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Mad Men-esque — A Dark Look at Hollywood Filmmaking

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In this Hollywood, art is all "lies, connivance and darkness." 
Scrolling through the books on Biblioasis' websiteThe Camera Always Lies, a novel by Hugh Hood, caught my eye. It's described as a story about "Hollywood politics and one woman’s struggle to survive them." I was intrigued, not only by the promise of an insider's view, but to boot, the main character is a woman. Sold. (Not to mention Hugh Hood's bio, which in itself is impressive.) I read the novel over two evenings and thoroughly enjoyed it. 
Set in 1966-67, this is a very dark look at Hollywood filmmaking. Love and Art are all but extinguished in this Holly-land. The greed, lust and misogyny are palpable. Hugh Hood strikes the right balance by injecting humour into the mix. Even the truly "bad guys" are funny. And the overall statement Hood is making about art versus commercialism/careerism elevates the whole thing. 
At the beginning of the novel, it appears that this is goin…

In Conversation with Poet Sonia Di Placido

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“I found myself in an Akashic Wood.” 

Sonia Di Placido's poems, essays, and other writings have appeared in blogs, literary print and online journals such asThe Toronto Quarterly,Carousel,The Puritan,The White Wall Review38,Jacket2, The California Journal of Women Writers, and the Canthius Journal. Two anthologies worthy of mention:Walk Myself Home, An Anthology of Violence Against Women(Caitlin Press), andThe Poet to Poet Anthology (Guernica Editions). Sonia’s first full-length collection of poetry,Exaltation in Cadmium Red, launched in 2012 with Guernica Editions. Her second book of poems with Guernica Editions is forthcoming in 2018. Sonia's also currently working on an epistolary series about poetry and writing. 
Sonia's latest chapbook, The Akashic Woodwas published this past spring by LyricalMyrical Press. The opening quote by Emily Dickinson (from the poem “My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun”) sets the fiery and dangerous tone for this collection. This is not going t…