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Caroline Hagood

Caroline Hagood
Brooklyn, New York,
November 23
I'm a writer living in Brooklyn. My articles have appeared in various publications, including The Guardian, Salon, the Huffington Post, and The Economist. My first book of poems, Lunatic Speaks, is available from FutureCycle Press and my second poetry book, Making Maxine's Baby, is available from Hanging Loose Press:


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OCTOBER 5, 2009 5:48PM

The Outlaw Writer


I have been enthralled by the outlaw, outcast and outright lunatic in literature ever since I tried to explain the lure of the monster to my baffled little friends on play dates. Part of my fascination stems from this figure’s ability to pierce the part of us
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OCTOBER 1, 2009 4:19PM

Would You Stop Calling Hillary Clinton a Witch Already




I am so very tired of people trying to cripple potent women by throwing around the “W” word; no, I’m not talking about “Woman” or “Welfare,” I’m talking about “Witchcraft.” What century do we live in? I half expect to… Read full post »

John Blumenthal: Caroline, you're just starting out as writer. How did you decide that writing was what you wanted to do? And what genre do you hope to specialize in?

Caroline Hagood: I thought about what I liked doing (reading, writing, watching movies) and what I was good at doing (reading,Read full post »

 Writers are warned about the fiasco of their first novel before they even begin covertly scratching bits of dialogue on legal pads during business hours, much less birthing characters and their capers.  Of course there are many good reasons why writing and sending out that first novel canRead full post »

I always wanted "GoodFellas" and "Reservoir Dogs" to meet. I've often imagined poker night at my house with the two films sipping beers at the same table.  But something tells me that if they met, they wouldn't be friends.  Just thinking of the stilted conversation, the averted glance

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Now, I realize that Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) is no Simone de Beauvoir, but the sight of her at her computer, doing the writer’s jig that turns thoughts and experiences into words, still gives me the chills.  The very phrase, “I couldn’t help

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2009 5:41PM

Fraidy Cat's Top 5 Favorite Violent Films


Fraidy Cat's Top 5 Favorite Violent Movies


Okay, so I'm not a total fraidy cat, but let's just say I don't seek out violence in movies.  That's why I was so impressed by these films.  Not only did I not mind the violence, I thought it was crucial to the movie, and, in

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In committing to celluloid the compilation of the 2007 edition of Vogue to which the title refers, RJ Cutler’s "The September Issue" chronicles the perennial clash between art and commerce, beauty and the buck.  It opens with American Vogue’s infamousRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 11:24PM

Free Spike Jonze's Wild Things

Free Spike Jonze's Wild Things

The pilgrimage that is Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s "Where the Wild Things Are" is well documented in The New York Times Magazine.  Tracing Jonze’s ascent from craftsman of surprisingly original skate videos to the Emperor of Avant-g/

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 1:06PM

The Cowboy Sage in Poetry


The comic tone of Edward Dorn’s book-length poem, Gunslinger, allows the reader to absorb its serious societal critiques without the distance created by a dry delivery.  Consumer culture is one of the text’s central concerns; the poem often pokes fun at a ch

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SEPTEMBER 10, 2009 12:56PM

How Tennyson Teaches us to Read


In Idylls of the King, Alfred Lord Tennyson strives to bring the vitality of life to the legend of King Arthur by telling it, not as a dusty, old tale, but with all the force of real life.  Yet, built into his account is a consciousness of the limitationsRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 5:18PM

The Impact of District 9

The Impact of District 9

“District 9,” Neill Blomkamp’s faux documentary on the exodus of aliens from their titular ghetto, is a compelling study of the persecuted and underrepresented.  Set in Joburg, it is most clearly a commentary on Apartheid; but it’s also a meditation on oppression

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 12:27AM

Confessions of a Word Junkie




Do you frequently wake up fully dressed, reeking of coffee, with Post-it notes stuck to your face? Are you an information junkie, a detail fiend, or a wisdom addict? If so, you’re probably suffering from being a writer; but don’t feel bad; I have it, too. It hi… Read full post »

AUGUST 31, 2009 11:02AM

The Model as Muse

5.Veruschka in YSL by Rubaretlli 1968


Veruschka in safari suit, 1968, by Yves Saint Laurent (French, 1936-2008

French Vogue, August, 1968

Photograph by Franco Rubartelli (Italian, born 1937)

Photograph courtesy of Rubartelli – Vogue France

 When I first entered the labyrinth that is The Model as Muse: Embo

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AUGUST 31, 2009 10:48AM

Danny DeVito's Blowing Up

Danny DeVito's Blowing Up1

Danny DeVito is promoting The Blood Factory, his website dedicated to R-rated horror shorts that he discussed at the 2009 Comic-Con.  But that’s not what I want to talk about today.   I want to discuss his own short that he created as part of the/

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AUGUST 31, 2009 10:34AM

If Zombies Ruled the World

Dark Hero studios is cooking up a new zombie movie based on the comic book cult favorite, "Deadworld." The movie has a good chance of capturing the quality that drew cult following since David Hayter, who wrote "Watchmen," is adapting it for the screen and
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AUGUST 31, 2009 10:29AM

"Saw" is coming for...You

Saw is Coming for..

The "Saw" franchise, dubbed torture porn or just plain old good horror depending on whom you ask, is back for a sixth time on October 23, with Kevin Greutert directing.  Hmmm, what body parts is America willing to lose?  

Apparently, in this one, Jigsaw’s master
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 The title of Gertrude Stein’s essay, “Composition as Explanation,” ostensibly contradicts her literary scheme of raising form to the level of content.  The name seems to imply that this piece of criticism, or Stein’s composition in geneRead full post »

AUGUST 30, 2009 12:13PM

Inside Deep Throat, Again

Inside Deep Throat Again 

New evidence reveals that the FBI went to great lengths to prevent the (massively successful) release of the 1972 pornographic film "Deep Throat."  The movie’s allure was still very much alive in 2005 when Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato released "Inside Deep Throat,"

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AUGUST 29, 2009 10:04PM

Indies Anonymous: I Can't Get Enough

Indies Anonymous--I Can't Get Enough

Awhile back, Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir wrote an extremely useful article on the various online movie portals.  There has been much debate about whether online distribution will make theaters obsolete, as internet news threatens to do with newspapers; but O&rsquo

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Give Me Your Ambitious, Sprawling Messes

For the most part, the reviews of “Inglourious Basterds” are composed of the awe surrounding Tarantino’s gifts, peppered liberally with criticism of the untidiness that comes with them.

I have come to the conclusion that I would prefer a movie to be ambitious and messy than

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AUGUST 27, 2009 9:06PM

Exploring the Pink Ghetto


Exploring the Pink Ghetto

This past Sunday’s issue of The New York Times Magazine,“Saving the World’s Women,” framed women's rights as a key global consideration.  One article in particular, “The Women’s Crusade” by Pulitzer prize-winning husband and

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Sex Positive Review

From the passing of Proposition 8 and Obama's backing the Defense of Marriage Act, to "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's poignant Oscar acceptance speech on same-sex civil liberties, gay rights have been a charged topic in the media for quite some time.  

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AUGUST 26, 2009 2:16PM

Away We Go Review

Away We Go Review 

In “Away We Go,” it’s just Burt (John Krasinski of “The Office”) and Verona (Maya Rudolph of “Saturday Night Live”) against the world. In order to show this, cinematographer Ellen Kuras fills the film with shots of the two of them co

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AUGUST 25, 2009 12:37PM

Lovely by Surprise Review

The Permeable Membrane between Real and Make-believe- Lovely by Surprise Review 

In each layer of writer-director Kirt Gunn’s luminous film debut, “Lovely by Surprise,” is some absurdist, uproarious, shining thing. The film opens on an enthusiastic Marian (Carrie Preston) saying that she’s writing “this thing” and that she’sRead full post »