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California Literary ReviewJanuary 2013 | California Literary Review California Literary Review

Archive for January, 2013

Eight Reasons To Watch HBO’s ‘Girls,’ Regardless Of Your Gender

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Newlin

January 24th, 2013

Everyone makes mistakes. And making mistakes won’t ruin your life. Everyone has rough patches, especially when they’re young and figuring life out.

Backlog Video Game Review #2: XCOM – Enemy Unknown

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Adam Robert
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Thomas

January 24th, 2013

This ability to win battles but lose the war, especially on the higher difficulties where the combat quickly becomes very unforgiving, creates tension for every decision you make, really nailing the sense that you’re managing a war effort. Combined with permanent death for your soldiers and you have a game weightier than a lead lined coffin and more engaging than a shotgun wedding.

CLR Street Fashion: Jojo in London

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Nando Carniel
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Machado

January 24th, 2013

Canary yellow at Canary Wharf…

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Miller’s Crossing, #40

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George
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Anastasia, Glen Macnow

January 24th, 2013

In a cast as deep as the 1998 Yankees, two performances stand out. Character actor Jon Polito is riveting as Johnny Caspar, the perspiring old-school gangster who also serves as Miller’s Crossing’s street-level philosopher. And John Turturro steals scenes as Bernie, the double-crossing bookie at the center of all the trouble.

Album Review: Wooden Wand’s Blood Oaths of the New Blues

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Lopes

January 22nd, 2013

The listener is held in suspended emotional animation, waiting for a push in one direction or another, but destined to be disappointed in that regard.

Book Review: Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra

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Kristine
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Rabberman

January 22nd, 2013

Like Bolaño, Zambra was born in Santiago, Chile. However, he was born later, in 1975, part of a generation that spent its childhood under Pinochet’s rule. In Ways of Going Home, Zambra depicts childhood experiences of trying to understand the cryptic comments and peculiar actions of adults, in an atmosphere where children’s simple pleasures – such as going to watch a soccer match at a municipal stadium — bring back memories of terror, incarcerations, and disappeared loved ones for their parents and neighbors.

The Female Gaze and Modern Women at PAFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

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Ed
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Voves

January 22nd, 2013

In Neel’s painting, the sitter’s beauty is not compromised by her pregnant condition and makes no concessions to male desires. Claudia Bach is alive with the promise of new life, which in turn is an expression of her own individuality and of her place in the world.

Girls Recap: ‘I Get Ideas’ (Season 2, Episode 2)

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Emma
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Miller

January 21st, 2013

In the second episode of the season, Hannah sucks. Even more than usual. She’s petty and defensive, and she refuses to take responsibility for her actions. But, you know, she doesn’t get naked once in the episode’s whole thirty-minute span, so maybe that’s why she’s acting out.

CLR Street Fashion: Jessica in New York City

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Jessica
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Donnellan

January 21st, 2013

Boho in Chelsea…

Suits Recap: ‘Blind Sided’ (Season 2, Episode 11)

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Mary Lee
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Costa

January 18th, 2013

As Suits reopens its second season on the USA Network, the devious and divisive Daniel Hardman (David Costabile) has departed from Manhattan’s Pearson Hardman law firm, but demons in differing disguises endanger our loved (and occasionally, loathed) legal eagles.

The Office Recap: ‘Suit Warehouse’ (Season 9, Episode 11)

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Brett Harrison
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Davinger

January 18th, 2013

Moreover, it brings back something that has been dreadfully missing over the past few years — actually working and interacting with clients. Last year, this element was virtually absent as the show’s idea of work seemed to be characters holding the phone or crying about “quotas.”

Backlog Video Game Review #1: The Walking Dead

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Adam Robert
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Thomas

January 17th, 2013

With their licensed tie-in to Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Telltale proves once again that worthwhile emotional experiences in gaming have nothing to do with fancy graphics requiring billion dollar budgets, but everything to do with well-crafted narrative and smartly written characters that you give a damn about.

CLR Street Fashion: Kim in Porto Alegre, Brazil

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Nando Carniel
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Machado

January 17th, 2013

Inspired by the music industry…

100 Greatest Gangster Films: Infernal Affairs, #41

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Anastasia, Glen Macnow

January 17th, 2013

Martin Scorsese used this movie as the framework for The Departed. And while Infernal Affairs has received high praise and dozens of awards, the feeling here is that Scorsese took an interesting plot and made it into a classic film.

Movie Review: Mama

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Dan
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Fields

January 16th, 2013

Mama is a movie of weight and a certain dark beauty. It is unlikely to change history, and has a handful of minor problems, but it deserves more than a January release, the exile by which many unwatchable horror movies go to die quietly. Mama is not only watchable, but engaging and at times even powerful.

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