Last year’s Dumpster fire has spread to the landfill. But there were some good parts. Little Village contributors weigh in on the highs and lows of 2017.
“Fuck Rock and Roll (I’d Rather Read a Book),” Richard Hell sang in 1974, back when he played in the band Television. He also co-founded two other influential New York punk groups—The Heartbreakers and The Voidoids—something that tends to overshadow Hell’s half-century involvement in the publishing world. “I’ve always loved books,” he told me over […]
The first season of Gotham, FOX’s exploration of the Batman mythos beginning from the moment Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered, was, at best, uneven. Driven by strong performances, including that of Shueyville, Iowa native Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, the show nevertheless floundered about as characters and storylines were introduced, dropped and (sometimes) revisited. […]
Comedy Central’s Another Period, written and created by Natasha Leggero (Chelsea Lately) and Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel and Oates), follows a wealthy Newport family as sisters Lillian (Leggero) and Beatrice (Lindhome) attempt to become famous in 1902. The show, which premiered last week and airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m., features a knock-out cast and sumptuous costuming. […]
As excited as we are for our annual respite from the cold, the heat of summer—also known as “swimsuit season”—can bring with it anxiety, and for some, feelings of shame. What does television have to do with swimsuits and bodies? For one, television has a long history of contributing to and exacerbating body anxiety both […]
The warmer months are usually thought of as a television hiatus reserved for re-runs and Saturday afternoon movies, but these summer releases will give you something to look forward to when you’re all sunburned out from your adventures. Bring those tropical drinks from the poolside to your side table and kick back with your year-round […]
Chris Soules of Arlington, Iowa makes his debut tonight in the season 19 (season 19!) premiere of ABC’s The Bachelor, a strangely anachronistic show wherein dozens of women compete on national television for one man’s affection. It’s a pretty strange concept for 2015, right? This season, the producers have a twist in store for the […]
A couple issues ago, I put the ABC sitcom Black-ish on the list of new fall TV to skip. I rarely admit to something like this, but I was wrong. It may not be the funniest or most innovative show on television, but I think it’s a socially and politically important one. Black-ish features an […]