Monthly Archives: August 2013

The McToaster Group

I once knew a teenager whose mother questioned whether she was getting the most out of her education.  Given that Lanna’s recent activities had had included an unscheduled road trip with a band called Blissful Discharge, you might be inclined … Continue reading

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Feckless in Fillory, or, Be Glad You Didn’t Get Sent to Teletubby World

I can imagine the agent’s pitch for Lev Grossman’s The Magicians: this kid is feeling bored with the mundane world, neglected by his parents, then he is whisked away to  an academy of magic steeped in the culture of English … Continue reading

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American Culture Land in Bad Trouble

At least half of the George Saunders stories I’ve read could reasonably be titled “The Job from Hell.”  One of my favorites, “John,” is narrated by a young man whose entire life is regulated by the advertising agency that employs, … Continue reading

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