Interview: Eric Shonkwiler

DSC_00601Eric Shonkwiler’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic. He was born and raised in Ohio, received his MFA from The University of California at Riverside, and has lived and worked in every contiguous U.S. timezone. Above All Men is his first novel.

Eric recently took some time to talk to Dashboard Citizen about his upcoming novel and writing in general. Continue reading

13 of Some of the Best Written TV Shows in History

While a great idea and a solid cast can lead many shows to success, the most important part is the writing. It takes a special show to display great writing, great dialogue, great storylines, and we’ve singled out these thirteen as some of the best written TV shows in history (in alphabetical order).

30Rock30 Rock (2006-2013)
Tina Fey’s creation garnered critical success during its seven season run. It was nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series on thirteen occasions, winning in 2008, 2009, and 2013. Continue reading

The 10 Best Political Movies of All Time

From campaigns and dirty leaders, to espionage and shady deals, just about every form of corrupt political action has been portrayed in film. The best political movies offer some sort of commentary, however slight, on the then-current atmosphere. Here are our picks for the best political movies of all time.

allpres2_All the President’s Men (1976)
Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star in this Watergate thriller as the famous investigative journalism pair, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. It was a huge hit both at the box office and Academy Awards, reeling in almost ten-times it’s budget and winning four Oscars. Continue reading

Interview: Leah Angstman

Leah Angstman Photo 17Leah Angstman has served as editor-in-chief of Alternating Current Press for two decades, bringing over 200 books by independent authors and poets into the small press. She writes historical fiction, poetry, and plays and has had 20 chapbooks published Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Midwestern Gothic, Winter Tangerine Review, Shenandoah, and Tupelo Quarterly.

Leah recently took some time out of her busy schedule to speak to Dashboard Citizen about writing, writing, and more writing. Continue reading

The 10 Best Philip Seymour Hoffman Acting Roles

Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away February 2, 2014 at the age of 46. He was a critically acclaimed and popular actor with a career that spanned nearly 25 years. Of the numerous roles he played, we’ve attempted to whittle them down to the best of the best. Rest in peace, Philip.

910. Sandy Lyle, Along Came Polly (2004)
Hoffman was the perfect sidekick to Ben Stiller in John Hamburg’s box-office hit. This performance made it clear that he could thrive in obvious comedic roles as well as his more well-known serious endeavors. Continue reading

The 10 Best Movies About Drugs and Drug Addiction

Drug abuse, addiction, manufacturing, and distribution have all been depicted time and time again on the silver screen, and we’ve done our best to identify the top ten. Cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines…we’ve got ‘em all. So here they are — our best movies about drugs and drug addiction.

800px-requiem_for_a_dream_screenshot_2Requiem for a Dream (2000)
The most horrifying depiction of drug addition is Aronofsky’s second feature film. Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award for her unforgettable performance as Sara Goldfarb. Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans turn in equally impressive roles. Continue reading

The 13 Greatest Living Writers

Often times any list of great writers almost exclusively includes those who are no longer with us. From Dostoyevsky to Salinger, Tolstoy to Joyce, we often equate true greatness with age and focus too frequently on the past. Let’s now take a look at the greatest living writers with hopes they’ll all be around for much, much longer.

Garcia-marquezGabriel García Márquez
86 year-old Gabo is one of the most important writers of the 20th century, with One Hundred Years of Solitude helping to bring him the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature. Magical realism starts and stops with García Márquez. Continue reading

11 Best Actors Who Never Won an Oscar

The Academy Awards don’t necessarily reflect the best performances, as certain films are Oscar-bait and others are pretty much untouchable. As we approach the 86th edition of the biggest night in Hollywood, let’s take a look at some of the best living talent who haven’t taken home one of those odd-looking statuettes in an acting category — the 11 best actors who never won an Oscar.

feature_00055_top_ten_belstaff_movie_jackets_leonardo_dicaprio_the_aviatorLeonardo DiCaprio
DiCaprio’s been nominated for four Academy Awards in acting categories: three for Best Actor and one for Best Supporting Actor. His best role to date was in the 2005 Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, for which he should’ve won the award. Jamie Foxx’s winning portrayal of Ray Charles was good, but DiCaprio perfected the life, style, and neuroses of the entrepreneur. Continue reading

The 5 Best Existentialist Books of All Time

Existentialism. It’s the philosophy that dares to ask “what the point of it all?” It’s driven some men crazy, brought others to personal greatness, but most importantly, has inspired some of the greatest works of literature of the 19th and 20th century. So, we’ve scoured through the bunch and found what we consider to be 5 of the truly best existentialist books of all time.

1. Nausea (La Nausée) – Jean-Paul Satre
Satre was one of the foremost philosophers of the 20th century and picked up existentialism where Kierkegaard and Nietzsche left off. “Nausea” was one of the works that led to his 1964 Nobel Prize for Literature – an award he ultimately refused. Continue reading

5 Great Authors Who Go By Initials

Some of the most well known writers are known to their readers simply by initials, though many of them went by completely different names in private. The reasons for this varies as some female writers tried to avoid any discrimination by putting their real name on the cover, while others simply preferred to join the long tradition of initialed authors. Below are 5 great authors who go by initials — or went by them — and the names they preferred in their private lives.

1. J.D. Salinger


Like Seinfeld, the greatest American writer of the 20th century shortened his first name, Jerome, and went by Jerry. Deeply troubled by his experiences in World War II and the violence people committed in the name of his work, he became a recluse and gave his last public interview in 1980. He passed away in early 2010 at the age of 91. Continue reading