Your micro-review roundup: 14 December 2011
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: "The Rage of Achilles" by Terence Hawkins, which takes "The Iliad" then modernizes the dialogue to the graphicness of a typical HBO series; Pete Morin's "Diary of a Small Fish," a misguided experiment in making a "one percent" Tea Partier the unironic hero of a light political comedy; and Douglas Coupland's 2006 "jPod," which unfortunately sees him at the nadir of his transition between Postmodernism and what's come after. Posted on by Jason Pettus 
Justify My Netflix: Batman: Year One
Today's movie: The ultra-faithful new adaptation of "Batman: Year One," the 1987 Frank Miller graphic novel that helped kickstart the entire "Dark Age" of comics history, in this case brought to you by the same team who does the highly stylized contemporary television series. Posted on by Jason Pettus 
Justify My Netflix: Super 8
Today's movie: JJ Abrams' disappointing latest, "Super 8," meant as an homage to early-'80s Spielberg films but more like an overly sentimental shot-for-shot ripoff, and feeling less like a polished film and more like something that Abrams has been waiting thirty years to get off his chest. Posted on by Jason Pettus 
Book review: “The Visible Man,” by Chuck Klosterman
Today's book review: Chuck Klosterman's revelatory latest, the pitch-black psychological horror tale "The Visible Man," which not by coincidence also metaphorically calls for the violent death of Postmodernism in a post-irony age, and which viciously criticizes the pop-culture-spewing celebrity-interviewer cartoon-character persona Klosterman had become by the mid-2000s. Posted on by Jason Pettus