I know, I know…it’s been awhile since I’ve updated this blog and you’re all probably wondering if I’m dead or have just flown the coop.
The answer is neither.
I’m very much alive and around, and believe it or not, I still come back and check this site every day or so. I’ve just been busy working on projects for other people and have been dealing with some unfortunate health issues as of late — but those will hopefully clear up in time.
I have plans in the very near future to ‘restart’ this blog with brand new daily content, so that the 1,000 or so of you who come to visit every day have something new to look at. I can’t give you a definitive timeframe on that, unfortunately, but expect me back in the next few weeks.
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Eric 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
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).
30 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
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.
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
Leah 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
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.
10. 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
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.
Requiem 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
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.
Gabriel 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
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.
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
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