KILL THE LEADING MAN: 21st Century TV

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I wrote a long review-essay for The Los Angeles Review of Books about absent women, difficult men, the canon of television’s new golden age, and why online television criticism will save us all! It addresses new books by Alan Sepinwall and Brett Martin.

“If there were few female voices at the helms of these shows, their reception was shaped by a discourse community with a strong female — and, more often than not, feminist — undercurrent.”

Here it is!

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ZEALOT: The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth

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I’m very proud to have contributed a piece—”On the Art of Rabble-Rousing”—to the Los Angeles Review of Books symposium on Reza Aslan’s controversial/ordinary new Jesus biography, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth alongside Andrei Codrescu and Kevin Hart.

“This backlash is not surprising. There is a long tradition of biographies of Jesus — and, along with it, an equally long tradition of controversy. Zealot is now officially part of both, serving as both a compelling new narrative retelling of the life of Jesus Christ and, thanks to its author’s personal faith, a flashpoint for very contemporary strains of Islamophobia and anti-intellectualism in the media.”

My piece is here, and the symposium is here!