California Literary Review

Profile of Holly Hunt

Articles written for the California Literary Review:

  • Book Review: True Believers by Kurt Andersen
    Posted on 13 Aug 2012 in Books, Fiction Reviews

    Nevertheless, Andersen’s willingness to digress, to reflect in Karen’s voice on the implications of her experiences and perceptions, to cram in yet another observation, yet another illustration of The Way We Live Now (or The Way We Lived Then), ultimately emerges as the novel’s strength.

  • Book Review: Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussman
    Posted on 08 Aug 2012 in Books, Fiction Reviews

    A potential reader sizing up Liza Klausmann’s new novel, Tigers in Red Weather, would do well to pay more attention to the cover art – a vintage photo from the Conde Nast archives showing two models on a beach, their red straw hats and parasols silhouetted against the blue sea – than to the knowledge that Klausmann is Herman Melville’s great-great-great granddaughter and that the title is taken from a Wallace Stevens poem. The book, in the end, is a bit more upscale beach read than Great American Novel.

  • Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight, Denver Art Museum
    Posted on 07 Aug 2012 in Architecture, Art, Art & Design

    But if there’s one form of architecture that has come to embody our society’s conflicted relationship with public space – our competing demands for security and for freedom of movement, for technocratic efficiency and for humanistic design – it is the airport.

  • A Distant Mirror: Fashion and Identity in Colonial Latin America
    Posted on 23 Jul 2012 in After Image, Art, Mexico

    The scene depicted is officially entitled Garden Party on the Terrace of a Country Home, but Tomlinson says it is known behind the scenes as “Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll”, as it shows the Beautiful People of colonial Mexico enjoying all the pleasures their world had to offer.

  • Landscape and Memory: Wildfires Threaten Colorado’s Built Heritage
    Posted on 28 Jun 2012 in After Image, Architecture, Art

    As environmental writer Bill McKibben noted on Twitter, the evacuation of the nation’s center for research into global warming in response to a wildfire fueled by drought conditions and an unprecedented heat wave, is “beyond irony.”

  • Book Review: Harriet by Elizabeth Jenkins
    Posted on 24 May 2012 in Books, Crime Fiction, Fiction Reviews, Historical Fiction

    Her measured and elegant style does indeed evoke Austen, and the grace of the writing makes the book all the more chilling. With pitiless clarity, Jenkins limns the process of self-deception by which four people, for the most ordinary of motives, bring themselves to commit murder by deliberate neglect.

  • House Recap: ‘Everybody Dies’ (Season 8, Episode 22 – Series Finale)
    Posted on 22 May 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    And now to the issues fans will no doubt be debating for ages to come: Did House plan this? We never do see what happens with the patient between the time that House finds the twig in his neck vein, and when he’s lying dead on the floor of the shooting gallery, having presumably OD’d.

  • Art Review – Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective, Denver Art Museum
    Posted on 21 May 2012 in Art, Art & Design

    And that little black dress worn by Catherine Deneuve is as much an idea as a dress – the quintessential modernist fashion statement reduced to its absolute essentials. Its tidy collar and cuffs evoke both the modest office dress and the schoolgirl’s (or maid’s) uniform, but they are not white – the cuffs and collar are of delicate ivory satin, advertising not the wearer’s cleanliness, but her distance from labor of any kind.

  • House Recap: ‘Holding On’ (Season 8, Episode 21)
    Posted on 15 May 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    Sometimes the worst thing about being a pessimist is how often you’re right. I would have been much happier if the hopeful commenters on last week’s recap who said House’s reaction to Wilson’s scan could mean any number of things were right. But they’re not. Wilson is dying; without chemotherapy, he’s got about five months, and he’s refusing chemotherapy.

  • House Recap: ‘Post Mortem’ (Season 8, Episode 20)
    Posted on 08 May 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    So is House achieving emotional balance, just in time to lose his best (only) friend? Is leaving the only way for Chase to become his own man? Why is it so hard to watch them leave when they’ll be disappearing from our screens anyway?

  • House Recap: ‘The C-Word’ (Season 8, Episode 19)
    Posted on 01 May 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    That wasn’t as bad as I feared. Wilson’s alive (for now) and it looks like next week he buys himself a shiny red corvette. The other patient of the week is a little girl with a genetic disorder that will eventually kill her, and while the team can’t fix that, they do cure her current illness, and her feuding parents are able to make at least a temporary peace. All in all, this was a sweet – at times almost saccharine – and fairly low-key episode, not the grim horror I feared.

  • DVD Review. I, Claudius: The Complete Series 35th Anniversary Edition
    Posted on 30 Apr 2012 in History, Movies & TV, Television

    The whip-smart dialogue, as fans of the series well know, forms a giddy counterpoint to an operatic plot featuring just about every permutation of sex and death imaginable. There’s also John Hurt as Caligula, in a gold bikini and makeup Hurt applied himself, because the BBC makeup girls couldn’t make it tasteless enough, dancing the role of goddess of the dawn in a ballet of Caligula’s own devising before a terrified audience who know they must applaud or die.

  • House Recap: ‘Body and Soul’ (Season 8, Episode 18)
    Posted on 24 Apr 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    This was the fifth-to-last episode, by my count. Tonight we had nightmare visions, erotic dreams, an exorcism, the collapse of House’s green card marriage, and a real bombshell, after weeks of teasers.

  • House Recap: ‘We Need the Eggs’ (Season 8, Episode 17)
    Posted on 17 Apr 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    I don’t know if others will agree, but I really, really liked this one. Funny, fast-paced, and unashamedly weird (as opposed to just “quirky”), it got at one of the show’s more intriguing core issues – the way the main characters are united by their failure at relationships – while also addressing one of the things that’s creeped me out in the past – House’s fondness for paid female companionship.

  • House Recap: ‘Gut Check’ (Season 8, Episode 16)
    Posted on 10 Apr 2012 in Movies & TV, Television

    That night, Taub finds the patient curled up in a corner, sobbing uncontrollably. The next day, Adams argues that aside from the crying, he’s doing well. Taub retorts that, apart from the guy in the book depository, the Kennedys had a lovely trip to Dallas. He insists the patient is suffering chronic traumatic encephalopathy brought on by repeated blows to the head.

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