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Kamil Ahsan
kamilahsan
Kamil Ahsan has a doctorate in biology from the University of Chicago, and is pursuing another in history at Yale. His work has appeared in The Nation, NPR, Los Angeles Review of Books, and more.
Mar 25
11

You know what? Sure, fine, the fight between Kevin & Randall was brutal. I’ve had a bajillion such fights with my siblings, whatever. What really gets me is how truly insufferable the writers have made Randall—no, not insufferable, borderline sociopathic. Even Beth knows he manipulated his mother into making a medical Read more

Jan 15
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Yeah I couldn’t recommend it more! I think A Little Life is, well, sadistic, but having somehow forced myself to reread parts of it last year, I like it a bit more now than I did when I first read it, so I’m sort of ambivalent. Regardless, this book isn’t anything like that except that it does deal with pain, but in a Read more

Nov 26
4

But...but...why didn’t they think through that an actor the age that Florence Pugh is may not manage to do both the child and adult versions?! I found it clumsy—I feel like Eliza Scanlen felt younger! Pugh is great in the adult sections, but I’m afraid I have too much fealty to Kirsten Dunst’s incredible Amy in the Read more

Oct 7 2019
2

I think Peggy Blumquist is one of TV’s best-created characters, just viscerally through and through......and somehow I still feel like Krystal Stubbs has topped her. I dunno, man, I dunno how she does it but Dunst just keeps getting better! Read more

Oct 7 2019
3

Oh, 100%, absolutely, I meant out of all the episodes in this season this episode was jaw-dropping for me.
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Oct 7 2019
11

I feel like this episode is the best Kirsten Dunst has been so far, which is saying a lot. I’ve been feeling like she just keeps besting her previous performance every week. One major clincher for me was when she told Cody to put his head in the toilet, her glee and unabashed manipulation was just...fucking Read more

Sep 30 2019
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I do mention his previously novels quickly in the first paragraph but you’re right—mostly due to simply keeping it short, I didn’t make explicit links with Atocha Station too much (but also because...what if people haven’t read that?) The Ben Lerner Cinematic Universe is not meant as a derogatory phrase, it is very Read more

Sep 30 2019
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I’m dinging the very idea that *any* novel can be sufficiently “of our times, and I pretty clearly also say this is far from the first book marketed this way. Sorry if we disagree on this.

Sep 30 2019
4

That’s sweet of you, but I read it twice. You should too! It’s very good. FYI—I’m dinging the very idea that *any* novel can be sufficiently timely, and I pretty clearly also say this is far from the first book marketed this way.

Sep 28 2019
1

My point was less about “actual shots” at Oscars and more about incredible performances that are pretty damn deserving. Melancholia, yes, but also Interview with the Vampire, Bachelorette, Marie Antoinette, The Virgin Suicides, The Cat’s Meow and she kills it in her small supporting roles in Eternal Sunshine, The Read more

Aug 25 2019
5

She makes a meal out of tiny scenes like when she sees the scene of the accident and just says “no you didn’t” to Cody. Also, I know this isn’t something all that pertinent to the episode but her baby weight really suits her character. Feels like a massive change for her along with the braces and the hair, she looks Read more

Aug 25 2019
12

Oof. Such a great show. Kirsten Dunst is SUCH an amazing actor (and yes she is underrated in that, despite *that* body of work, she’s never even earned one out of a million possible Oscar nominations!) I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pin down what “kind” of show this is at all, because I’ve never...really seen Read more

Jul 15 2019
3

Well, given that I circle back to that point at the very end, you may well think I’ve revised my initial opinion (which I have) :)

Jul 15 2019
6

Of course I have, which is the whole point: is any of this even remotely new for us to ponder? The premise of course implies that being designated “Fake Woke” is a crime (in the world of the story) which is really not all that clever a premise at all for the very reason you’ve indicated.

Dec 11 2018
4

Yep. Lila very clearly tells Lenu, right after the Solaras show up, that her marriage is over. There’s a lot of discord in that final scene, everyone sees it. First Lila is this perfect, beautiful bride who everyone is kind of jealous and mean about, but then when the Solaras show up and her anger is extremely Read more

Oct 26 2018
1

I’m not sure it’s fair to Camila Mendes—who I think is as great as Lili Reinhart—to compare Veronica to Blair Waldorf or Taylor Townsend. And the reason I say that is because Veronica has never, not a single time, been a primary or even secondary source of major antagonism on this show. If anything, the show’s bent Read more

Jul 16 2018
3

I’m a little shocked at the B-grade you gave this. Cole’s part was good but Omar Metwally’s performance was the single most moving performance I’ve seen on TV these past few months, maybe even the whole year. The choice to interact with a character as static and one-dimensional as Sierra was a little jarring, but Read more

Jul 11 2018
5

I don’t think there’s two modes in the way you’re telling it. The complexity and complicity, in life, sit by side with resistance and liberation. Women live in the patriarchy, too, but they also have powerful voices (broad brushstrokes here, but you get my point). The frustrating thing is not those two things Read more