Steve Schroer

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  • 19 years ago | Books

    BRAD SWANSON'S BASEMENT is bright and antiseptic, white floor tiles reflecting fluorescent light. In the middle of the main room, an island of small aquariums rises to the ceiling, identical glass panels crowded together like a bank of video monit...

  • 19 years ago | Pop Culture

    Tromeo and Juliet Troma Team Video "In art," wrote Goethe, "the best is good enough." Whatever he meant, he was probably right. And yet most of us art lovers occasionally feel the call to relax our standards and have a nice, juicy wallow in a reek...

  • 19 years ago | Essays

    Sitcoms, soaps, prime-time dramas--these are just stories somebody made up. If you want unvarnished truth rather than glossy fiction, you have to watch "reality" TV. America's Funniest Home Videos taught me that birthday parties can go tragically ...

  • 19 years ago | Books

    Kenzaburo OeA Quiet LifeGrove PressALL FICTION IS fundamentally autobiographical. All serious fiction, that is. Right? To a genre hack who spins yarns about detectives or spaceships or heaving bosoms, personal history may be irrelevant. But a seri...

  • 19 years ago | Pop Culture

    A house in which a suicide occurred. A room that must not be entered. A guilty memory, in flashback, of a childhood death. A scrapbook of serial killers. If you think you're watching a horror movie, then you've fallen right into the trap that Load...

  • 20 years ago | Film and TV

              IN THE FALL of the year, when the leaves turn red or gold or a disappointing brown, fledgling television programs come fluttering out of their producers' nests. From the moment they reach...


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