Jesse Eisenberg: The New James Franco of the Literary World

Just when you thought James Franco was the only actor vexatiously parlaying his fame into a writing career, Jesse Eisenberg came along and submitted a twelve installment series to McSweeney’s, called Bream Gives Me the Hiccups: Restaurant Reviews From a Privileged Nine-Year-Old, that ran from May 2012 to December 2013. …

Amores Perros & 2666: Showcasing Mexico At Its Modern Worst

Although Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2000 film Amores Perros is not an epic piece of literature in the same impressively expansive vein as Roberto Bolaño’s 2004 novel, 2666, the similarities between the two works are far-reaching. With both stories taking place in Mexico–Amores Perros in Mexico City and 2666 in the …

Desperately Seeking Spoonerisms: The Decline of Word Play in Literature

“Spoonerism” may sound like a dirty word, but that’s only because it’s employed so rarely in contemporary literature that we’ve become unfamiliar with the term. Named after turn-of-the-20th-century Oxford University professor William Archibald Spooner, who was apt at muddling his words (e.g. meaning to say “Conquering Kings Their Titles Take” …