This is England ’88 (2011)

Moreso than “This is England ‘86”, “This is England ‘88” really dives down on how there are rarely easy happy endings in real life. The way director Shane Meadows has extended the series beyond a single film to cover multiple entries with the actors ageing in real time (most visible in Thomas Turgoose’s striking development)…

This is England ’86 (2010)

“This is England ‘86” lacks some of the focus of the previous film “This is England” (”This is England ‘83” I suppose), and I’m not sure it totally earns its runtime. Yet when director Shane Meadows focuses on the main driver of the story, sexual assault, instead of just following up on characters from the…

White Nights (1848) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

An emotionally devastating novella with Dostoyevsky’s usual psychological depth. It’s amazing how can so quickly, with so much clarity, sketch a character out three-dimensionally, make them as alternately endearing and irritating as any real person, make them feel “lived-in”, not like a writerly construct just for a story. The psyche of the nameless narrator is…