Despite being unable to see it to completion and publication, Leonard Cohen offers in The Flame a collection of writing that stands proudly at the end of his body of work, which spans over six decades and includes fourteen studio albums, two novels, and nine poetry collections.
Dan Fox’s new book came as a result of writer’s block, a period marked by failed attempts to write a collection of travel essays. Instead, he focused on this phenomenon of creative stagnancy and wrote about his introspective analysis. The result is Limbo, a long essay that considers a multitude of domains, physical and metaphysical, in which agency is removed and time takes on unfathomable qualities.
The conflict between the competing demands of the market economy and religion is unmistakable in three much lauded films of the last decade, There Will Be Blood, Hail, Caesar!, and The Birth of a Nation, in which characters negotiate the underlying contradictions between a get-rich-quick economy and a money-is-the-root-of-all-evil faith.
When BoJack Horseman dropped its first season on Netflix it was noted for its quick paced humour featuring animal puns and linguistic dexterity. Soon though, it stood out from the crowd as a show that tackles in a direct and poignant way themes of depression, self-loathing, nihilism, and existential angst. How has it developed in the last four years to become one of the most successful animated shows around?