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Archive for the 'Hostile Questions' Category

Mon, October 1st, 2012
Hostile Questions: Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are blights upon humanity. Like any good little antichrists, they rose from Midwest obscurity to pen the kind of films that pee furiously into the eye of good taste. Perhaps you managed to shield your innocent, beautiful face from Feast (gooey dreck!) and The Collector (torturous dreck!). But not even […]


Mon, September 24th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Courtney Summers
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Courtney Summers lives in Canada. Now, it’s true, I’m not a quote-unquote “expert” on Canada, but I’m pretty danged smart so let me paint you a picture of her writing life. Somewhere in the frozen, unforgiving Canadian tundra squats an ominous black cabin stinking of yak hide and bear piss (aka “the smell of fear”). […]


Mon, September 17th, 2012
Hostile Questions: James Dashner
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

It’s easy to be hostile to James Dashner. Dude is ubiquitous. You walk into a book store? The Maze Runner and its sequels stacked floor to ceiling! You walk into a library? Maze Runner-centered posters and displays! You walk around Hollywood? Fevered scuttlebutt regarding the upcoming movie! You go into a restaurant? Maze Runner-brand cutlery! […]


Mon, September 10th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Naomi Wolf
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you haven’t read The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf’s internationally bestselling analysis of beauty as a social construct, get yourself back to college and try again, this time with feeling. The titles of subsequent books–all of them starred by Booklist–say it all: Fire with Fire: The New Female Power and How It Will Change the […]


Tue, September 4th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Roger Ebert
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Who would have the cojones to publicly antagonize Pulitzer Prize-winning film reviewer, essayist, screenwriter, and memoir-ist Roger Ebert? Well, let me tell you a story. In a former life, I, too, was a film reviewer (I guess my Pulitzer got lost in the mail?) and on my first day at the screening room I accidentally […]


Mon, August 27th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Erin Morgenstern
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The Night Circus. If you’re a publisher, you’ve probably spent long weekends clutching your head, weeping, wondering how it wasn’t you who published this internationally beloved debut. If you’re a reviewer, you’ve likely lingered over your typewriter, swishing your tumbler, wondering if transcendent mellifluousness was really the phrase you wanted to use. If you’re a […]


Mon, August 20th, 2012
Hostile Questions: A.S. King
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Given the gushes of accolades gushed upon A.S. King (Printz Honor for Please Ignore Vera Dietz, six starred reviews for Everybody Sees the Ants), it’s shocking that no unscrupulous muckraker has put an end to her awesomeness by solving the the shady mystery of her full name… until now. Ladies and gentlemen, I am just […]


Mon, August 13th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Gregg Hurwitz
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

When Gregg Hurwitz isn’t banging out bestsellers like Trust No One, They’re Watching, and You’re Next, he’s writing screenplays and dabbling in comics featuring such obscure Marvel and DC characters as Wolverine and Batman. (Ha! A “bat-man”? No one’s gonna buy that, Hurwitz.) But methinks Mr. Busypants has spread himself too thin. While he’s busy […]


Mon, August 6th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Pete Hautman
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Take heed, warriors! That multi-limbed monster tromping over the hill is Pete “The Hydra” Hautman! Fall back! Fall back! He’s got too many methods of attack! Hiy-aa!!: he’s a National Book Award winner (Godless)! Karateeee chop!!!: he’s a sensitive sketcher of tender teen emotions (The Big Crunch)! Throwing-star zzzzzzing!!!!: he’s an epic sci-fi innovator (The […]


Mon, July 30th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Typically I start these things by listing a few accomplishments of the so-called “author.” Y’know, like: Anne Elizabeth Moore was co-editor and publisher of Punk Planet, founding editor of The Best American Comics, and is the author of Cambodian Grrrl. But, really, do you think I have all day for typing and hotlinking and whatnot? […]





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