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?
After the success of Man Booker International Prize Winner Flights, Fitzcarraldo Editions return with a new Olga Tokarczuk novel. Originally published in Poland in 2009, Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead was translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Far from the “constellation-novel” form of Flights that Tokarczuk opts for in many of her later works, it presents itself as a reinvention of the gothic noir and crime novel.
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.
Spring reads more like part of the My Struggle series; with the actual events happening over a brief period of time, Knausgaard weaves in memories, thoughts, and observations to create a complex narrative. This time, however, the story is more personal and emotionally nuanced, and one that his daughter will be unable to understand until many years later.