Entries by Jay Ruud

Kopp Sisters on the March

Kopp Sisters on the March Amy Stewart (2019) Amy Stewart’s “Kopp sisters” novels are feminist literature in the classic sense. That is, they explore, define, and analyze the historic situation of women in the early years of the last century; by demonstrating the unequal and often appalling gap in the political, economic and social rights […]


Old-Timers (Staříci) Martin Dušek and Ondřej Provazník (2019) Foreign language films have never been hugely successful in the United States. For every Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, there are a hundred less popular films that make a tiny ripple at some small festival or get a few screenings in some art house in New York but go […]

The Club Dumas

The Club Dumas Arturo Pérez-Reverte (1993) A rare book dealer—of all things—is presented with a job involving the authentication of a manuscript version of a chapter from The Three Musketeers in Alexander Dumas’ own hand, but the search leads him into a more dangerous mystery involving three copies of a proscribed book called De Umbrarum Regni […]

The Current War

The Current War (Director’s Cut) Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (2019) The Current War is a not-so-current movie whose strange and troubled history makes it surprising that you can even get to see it today on the interwebs, but if you’re looking for a movie to stream while you’re locked up and can’t get to a movie theater, you […]

The Secret Agent

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale Joseph Conrad (1907) Back when I was in school, if you were reading Joseph Conrad it meant you were reading The Heart of Darkness, that haunting portrait of human depravity and horror beneath the veneer of civilization. If you were going to delve deeper into Conrad, you might take […]