Mental Illness in the TV series ‘Maniac’

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“Maniac” poster crop

“Maniac” is a 2015 Norwegian TV series from co-creator/star Espen Larvaag and Håkon Bast Mossige. Cary Fukunaga is helming an American remake, but the original stars Larvaag as Espen, a mentally ill man who’s been committed – though in his head, he’s having the time of his many lives (And now for spoilers galore). In his vivid fantasy scenarios, Espen’s alternately a billionaire who moonlights as a superhero, a hotel magnate/heir to a dubious family’s fortune, a WWII hero, (sitcom) Jerry Seinfeld, and more. The one constant in these lives is best friend/companion, Hakon, who alternately reaffirms that Espen’s the coolest person on the planet and to not trust any interloper. Continue reading “Mental Illness in the TV series ‘Maniac’”

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Oh, the horror of a lime in most dishes

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Van Gogh art, 1888

Ghosts and goblins? Psh. What about the horror of any dish with a lime thrown in just to add some semblance of flavor? As if, “This food is pretty bland, but instead of spicing it up, I’ll just throw in some lime flavoring. Limes are, after all, very zesty.” Continue reading “Oh, the horror of a lime in most dishes”

Halloween post: ‘The World is a Vampire’

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G. Dou art, 1635, public domain. Fangs by Fennel.

For Halloween, I wanted to write about classic monsters in a way that’s slightly different, harking mostly to the metaphorical parallels that makes them so interesting. As alliterated in a Smashing Pumpkins song, the world is a vampire. Cue flash of lightning and the sound of thunder. Continue reading “Halloween post: ‘The World is a Vampire’”

Fiction: Diversity Fest!

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Mix of public domain silhouette, Eugene Boudin’s “On the Beach,” 1866, France, also public domain.

That show many people seem to love has had its season finale, so fill the void with my short story “Diversity Fest!” here on WP. Bonus: no fee.

And now for the making-of bit: I don’t know if it’s the final draft, but I do think what’s here is (at the very least) a solid, good read.

Lit-Vamp

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© Lena Finch

This post isn’t about some vampire that feeds on the informal version of literature. Mostly it’s a bit of bias in favor of the Steuert-penned fiction here: https://ilovevampirenovels.com/vampires/wednesday-reading-list-82317/ Actually, no, wait. Maybe it is about a vampire that feeds on the informal version of literature — certainly if one generally capitalizes the “l” in “literature,” anyway.

Wings and the Lack There Of

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Crop of Albrecht Durer art

Most of liberalism’s biggest heavyweights did not support Jeremy Corbyn. The official wing of liberalism is generally so because it still benefits the privileged the most on an economic level, thriving in the shared part of a Venn diagram which has its most powerful rival on the other side. It mostly supports the poor having some of the same rights that it does, just so long as there are still privileged bubbles.

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In Their Nicest Clothes

Their new haircut or hairdo doesn’t need much work. A few tussles and … there, good. Now there’s the outfit they have picked out — a nice suit, a dress, a kilt. Whatever it is, to them it’s the regalia of someone who is very much alive. Wearing these clothes, they walk purposefully around their house, their room, or if they’re lucky, their neighborhood — if only the porch — and there, they wait.

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