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Cat Person

Arguably one of the most undersold pieces of the year. I saw it in my newsfeeds at least a dozen times before I finally clicked on it. Don’t be fooled by the bland title and give it a try. I don’t want to spoil too much, but this piece of fiction will make you feel uncomfortable, and probably for different reasons depending on your gender.

From Weekly Filet #259, in December 2017.

Black Mirror: White Christmas

A future in which people can be blocked in real life just like on social media โ€“ that’s just one of the dystopian themes in the latest episode of Black Mirror, the first one in feature length. As with the six that came before, Charlie Brooker does an excellent job in dissecting the present by extrapolating. If you knew Black Mirror, these 75 minutes are just as good as you’d have hoped for. If you’re new to Black Mirror: Welcome to this brilliantly creepy, exceptionally thought-provoking ride.

From Weekly Filet #188, in December 2014.

The Nightmare on Connected Home Street

ยซI wake up at four to some old-timey dubstep spewing from my pillows. The lights are flashing. My alarm clock is blasting Skrillex or Deadmau5 or something, I donโ€™t know. You see, my house has a virus again.ยป

From Weekly Filet #169, in August 2014.

Haruka Murakami โ€“ Samsa in Love

Franz Kafka had turned Gregor Samsa into a monstrous bug. Haruki Murakami brings him back. ยซHe woke to discover that he had undergone a metamorphosis and become Gregor Samsaยป begins his ingenious short story published this week in The New Yorker. Itโ€™s a perfect weekend read. Thinking about it, it has been a while since Iโ€™ve last recommended a fiction text. The last one was in Weekly Filet #86, called ยซGoing For A Beerยป. A great read, still.

From Weekly Filet #134, in August 2014.

Deactivated

As if right out of an episode of Black Mirror. You want to deactivate your Facebook account? Sure, ruin your life.

From Weekly Filet #117, in August 2014.

Going For A Beer

It all starts with a beer or two and in the long run, weโ€™re all dead. A beautiful, humorous short story by Robert Coover. Just the right thing to head into the weekend with a smile.

From Weekly Filet #86, in August 2014.
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