Ozark, created by Bill Dubuque

Netflix has reportedly surpassed all competitors with its original programming, but if it continues to produce fiascos like Ozark, how that trend can continue beggars the imagination.  There is nothing original about this series – a work that seems derivative of countless other works, and not in a good way. The series is about a…

Little Sister, by Barbara Gowdy

In the middle of Little Sister, an exceptional character materializes, shines brightly through several lines of luminous dialogue, then disappears never to be seen again.  Her name is Shannon, and she is the brief childhood acquaintance of the novel’s protagonist, Rose.  Eleven-year-old Rose falls in love with 13-year-old Shannon – an impudent, self-confident, pragmatic dreamer…