The Scholar Must Die: Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’

I began to write, at the force of a mental flood, about Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’ parts I and II on the subway the morning after I finished the second film. First, I got down what I thought, beginning with how angry I was that the Scholar character who saves Joe ended up being so…

Psychopathy in Hitchcock Thrillers ‘Rope’ (1948)

Character Study: Rupert Cadell (‘Rope’, 1948) I recently read an article in which the author questioned whether a psychopath could be a good person. Scientists have studied psychopathic behaviors enough that they’ve come full-circle, considering that psychotic people should be viewed with empathy and even admiration. After all, they are focused, not driven by emotions,…

Interview with Wally Lamb

Interview with Author Wally Lamb I met author Wally Lamb after his reading at Central Park SummerStage in 2008. During a phone interview later that year, Wally was kind enough to share his thoughts on his first novel, She’s Come Undone, nearly two decades after its first publication. Three books later, Wally Lamb was more…