Category Archives: Stefen

Marjorie Prime: A Film by Michael Almereyda

My latest movie review is up at Litbreak. I’d also recommend Almereyda’s 2015 entertaining, po-mo mashup of a film Experimenter which deals with similar ideas of how perception creates reality.

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Wind River: A Film By Taylor Sheridan

Monday Movie Review. My latest is up on Litbreak. The editors over there would love it if you gave it a look (as well as the site’s great fiction and poetry) and maybe even left a comment. Wind River

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Don’t Be Afraid of Your Characters

A while back I wrote the blog post Don’t Be Afraid to Tell Your Story. In it I discussed the way Roxane Gay plunges into a story without much, if any, background, and how that makes her work powerfully captivating. … Continue reading

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Kicking/Screaming Into the Digital Age

I resisted for so long, but in the end succumb. I am now on Twitter. You can find me here: @Stefen_Styrsky

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Moka: A Film by Frédéric Mermoud

My latest film review is up at the Litbreak website. If you have a chance, please check it out!  

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The Onus Is On Us

I’ve been reading POP! by Mark Polanzak. It’s his “fictional memoir” about his life after his father died from a heart attack when he was seventeen years old. He calls it a fictional memoir because he says fictionalizing the events … Continue reading

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The Bad Batch

It’s a movie by the inventive writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour. (Her first film  A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was described as a Persian vampire spaghetti Western.)  I reviewed The Bad Batch for Litbreak. If you have a chance, … Continue reading

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Red Squirrels

Two months ago the website Litbreak published my story Red Squirrels. I should’ve mentioned it then, but you know how thing sometimes just get away from you. Anyway, I’m really proud of this story. It was a stretch stylistically and … Continue reading

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The North Water by Ian McGuire

Here’s the latest in my very occasional series of 500-word book reviews. Thanks for reading! The North Water by Ian McGuire (Henry Holt and Co, 2016) It’s the late 1850’s and the disgraced surgeon, Patrick Sumner, fresh from the Sepoy … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Afraid to Tell Your Story; or the Genius of Roxane Gay

I have to confess to a problem. I’m afraid to tell stories. It’s not that I fear the actual telling, writing about a series of events that build to some sort of climax and/or resolution. Rather, I’m afraid to begin … Continue reading

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