’80s Teen Movies

Life moves pretty fast. Sage advice of a hallowed teen from the mid-1980’s, when Reaganomics’s voodoo charmed ideologies, a generation of kids were being raised at the shopping mall, and Huey told us to get back in time. Hollywood noticed these changes and, like John Bender piercing his ear in triumph, transformed pop-culture into the…

Ohio

Ohio begins with a funeral and ends in murder. What happens in between is as depressing as a high school reunion, but man, Stephen Markley’s writing elevates the wrist-slashing fatigue into a Stanley Kubrick-like, art-house style circa Clockwork Orange. Still, Ohio is 500-page work that feels like it takes all four years of the riding…

School, Sex, and SATs!

High school might indeed be the most dangerous place on earth, especially during those four oh-so special years. Yet be it Lindsey Lee Johnson‘s post-9/11 NoCal children or John Hughes‘ Shermer-based Gen X-ers, the clique names might have changed, but the game has not. For Johnson’s debut novel, the stage is set with a suicide…