Author: Abigail Nussbaum

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Tomorrow evening is the first night of Hanukkah, which in Israel has become primarily associated, on a culinary level, with sufganiot, a type of doughnut in which dough is deep-fried and then filled with various sweet fillings. The traditional filling is strawberry jam, but in the last decade or so Israeli bakeries have entered into […]
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The Haunting of Hill House

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On October 31, 2018
I have a review at Strange Horizons in which I try to sum up my deeply conflicted reaction to Netflix’s adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Netflix’s miniseries adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House, by Mike Flanagan (who wrote most of the series’s ten episodes and directed all of them), throws most […]
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Some Weekend Reading

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On September 29, 2018
Malka Older is an academic, a humanitarian worker, and a science fiction writer. We’ll be talking about her work in the next Political History of the Future entry, but yesterday on her twitter feed she reminded me of the first thing by her I read, the short story “Tear Tracks”. Published at Tor.com in 2015, […]
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Quick TV Rec: American Vandal

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On September 16, 2018
There’s a problem I occasionally encounter as a reviewer that I call the “it’s really good” problem. It’s when you want to recommend something that doesn’t have an obvious hook (or worse, has a hook that is offputting) and whose appeal boils down the fact that it’s simply impeccably executed. You end up being reduced […]
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