Raymond Carver called it “smoked-glass prose”, writing that is blurry or not clear in sentiment. It is the downfall of many novice writers, and som(...)

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Is there an antonym for “seamless”? What word does a tailor use when three pieces of cloth come together in a particularly ugly knotted mess? Anywa(...)

Grand Budapest Hotel 2:25

A few critics have, from time to time, accused Wes Anderson of “contrivance”. What now? All fictions are contrived. Unlike real life, stories tend (...)

Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel

CALVARY Fresh from an avalanche of positive reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, John Michael McDonagh’s follow-up to The Guard looks like a ca(...)