Loretta Barnard

Gertrude Loves Alice: Hailing Literature’s Greatest Power Couples

(Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas)
The power couple is a long-running social concept. However, only in the literary sphere do they do it properly. In fact, their love enabled the production of true classics.   It would be hard to find a more powerful literary couple than Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre – towering figures in literature and philosophy. They never married, never ... Read the full article
Loretta Barnard

Loretta Barnard is an Australian freelance writer and editor who, in a long career, has done almost everything possible in the book publishing industry. These days she actively pursues her love of music, literature and theatre, and is something of wannabe roving ambassador for the creative and performing arts.

Spiral Isn’t Your Typical Torment-the-Outsiders Movie

James Jay Edwards reviews Spiral, a horror thriller film by director Kurtis David Harder, starring Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, and Jennifer Laporte. (Shudder)

The Nest Is as Grim as a Failing Marriage Movie Can Be

James Jay Edwards reviews The Nest, a film by writer/director/producer Sean Durkin and starring Carrie Coon and Jude Law. (IFC Films)

Antebellum Is an Important Movie That Will Soon Be a Pop Culture Legend

James Jay Edwards reviews Antebellum, a film written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, and starring Janelle Monáe. (Lionsgate) 

Words on Bathroom Walls Tackles Mental Illness Just Heavily Enough for Its Ya Audience

James Jay Edwards reviews Words on Bathroom Walls, a movie adapted from the YA novel and directed by Thor Freudenthal. (LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions)