California Literary Review

Profile of Holly Hunt

Articles written for the California Literary Review:

  • Art Review: Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico, Denver Art Museum
    Posted on 16 Apr 2013 in Art, Art & Design

    So many amateur painters have painted the swelling volumes of the church of San Francisco de Asis at Ranchos de Taos, and so many tourists have admired the blue skies and bold colors of northern New Mexico that these things threaten to become visual clichés. One of the virtues of this show’s wealth of katsina images is that they not only highlight what made O’Keeffe’s work distinctive, they also remind us of her place in the larger narrative of twentieth-century American art.

  • Vegas Recap: ‘From This Day Forward’ (Season 1, Episode 12)
    Posted on 16 Jan 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    As I’ve mentioned before, Ralph Lamb’s character and the police half of the show have been lightened and brightened; while this makes Vegas more fun to watch, it also points up the show’s weirdly dualistic nature.

  • Vegas Recap: ‘Paiutes’ (Season 1, Episode 11)
    Posted on 09 Jan 2013 in Movies & TV, Television

    Savino discovers he has an even bigger problem, when his banker storms in to inform him that the accounts holding the loan money for the Tumbleweed have been cleaned out. It seems that Rizzo has done with the money what he’d do with any other windfall – sent half back to the boys in Chicago and put the rest to work on the street.

  • Book Review: Fairy Tales From The Brothers Grimm
    Posted on 30 Dec 2012 in Books, Classics, Fiction Reviews

    The value of Pullman’s new translation, I believe, lies in his willingness to encompass the darkness as well as the light in the tales, and his determination to retell them in language that does not belong to any particular historical moment or sensibility.

  • Art Review: Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels, Denver Art Museum
    Posted on 27 Dec 2012 in Art, Art & Design

    Her canvases are vast, and painted in bold swathes of cartoonishly bright colors. The subject matter is intensely physical and often unsettling: bodily functions, explosions of emotion, and sometimes apocalyptic scenes of death and disaster.

  • Vegas Recap: ‘Estinto’ (Season 1, Episode 10)
    Posted on 19 Dec 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    Another plus — the writers continue to explore the far western cultural landscape. Tonight we get references to the internment of Japanese-Americans and to tubercular patients moving west for the climate, as well as a lady evangelist with overtones of Aimee Semple McPherson.

  • Vegas Recap: ‘Masquerade’ (Season 1, Episode 9)
    Posted on 12 Dec 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    And I have to say, while I admired Carrie-Anne Moss coming into this series, so far it’s been Sarah Jones as Mia Rizzo who’s been a revelation. She combines sexiness and steeliness in a way that makes her believable as a woman surviving in what’s very much a man’s world, and she has one of the great husky voices, on a par with Kathleen Turner’s.

  • Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012): Some Brazilian Contexts
    Posted on 10 Dec 2012 in Architecture, Art & Design

    The city of Brasília may have been an isolated phenomenon, rising on its remote and featureless plain, but the innovative modernism of Niemeyer and his contemporaries was not.

  • The Mob Doctor Recap: ‘Fluid Dynamics’ (Season 1, Episode 9)
    Posted on 04 Dec 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    I wish more people had been receptive to what, for me, makes the show appealing – a strong, morally ambiguous female lead and her deeply complicated relationship with her father figure (who may just be her father).

  • The Mob Doctor Recap: ‘Game Changers’ (Season 1, Episode 8)
    Posted on 27 Nov 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    Someone somewhere must have (or have had) faith in The Mob Doctor’s future. This week, the show forged ahead with the expansion of its fictional universe and the complication of its basic plotlines.

  • Vegas Recap: ‘Bad Seeds’ (Season 1, Episode 7)
    Posted on 21 Nov 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    Tonight, it’s all business in Vegas. The bodies of Cornaro and his associate turn up in the cornfield of a farmer who’s very upset at what they’ve done to the pH of his soil.

  • The Mob Doctor Recap: ‘Turf War’ (Season 1, Episode 7)
    Posted on 20 Nov 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    And The Mob Doctor’s never really been about an idealistic, good-as-gold young doctor unfortunately trapped in a deal with the mob; the show’s consistently suggested that Grace is more at home with the mob than with the other doctors.

  • Book Review: The Other by Thomas Tryon
    Posted on 15 Nov 2012 in Books, Classics, Fiction Reviews, Horror

    The summer of 1935 is a hot and languorous one in Pequot Landing, Connecticut. Elms yet untouched by the Dutch Blight shade the old houses, The Good Earth and Anthony Adverse are in heavy demand at the public library, and the headlines feature Bruno Hauptmann’s trial for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.

  • Vegas Recap: ‘The Real Thing’ (Season 1, Episode 6)
    Posted on 14 Nov 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    Lamb and Savino discuss the fake chips as, a few floors down, a uniformed employee of “JSR Gaming Supplies” arrives at the casino vault with a cart full of chips. Lamb and Savino realize the culprit must be planning one big haul, and go racing down to discover the guards tied up inside the vault and the cash gone.

  • Art Review: Becoming Van Gogh, Denver Art Museum
    Posted on 13 Nov 2012 in Art, Art & Design

    But it was at that moment that he discovered Japanese prints, rapidly assimilating all he could of a tradition of two-dimensional design defined by line and color, rather than depth and shadow. The compositions of Japanese masters such as Hokusai and Hiroshige seem to have provided Van Gogh with an aesthetic framework, a way of constructing images more congenial to him than the Classical tradition of the west.

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