31 Days of Halloween — Day 9, Under the Big Top

Last night, the fourth season of American Horror Story: Freak Show, premiered on the FX Network. While the last three years have been wildly uneven in terms of plotting, character development, and storytelling, AHS has been consistent in one specific area: tremendously impressive casting. Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates join the recurring cast, along with the majestic Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare, Sarah Paulson, and Francis Conroy. And on top of that stellar list, Michael Chiklis, Patti LaBelle, and Wes Bentley will play recurring characters.  Read More 31 Days of Halloween — Day 9, Under the Big Top

News in Asia

Welcome, friends. This week’s edition of “News in Asia” does not contain much in the way of happy news (and comes with a trigger warning for discussions of rape), but there are one or two bright spots, including a children’s circus in Afghanistan and the creation of a mega-park in New Delhi. Read More News in Asia

Book Review: “Water for Elephants”

I decided to take a chance on Sara Gruen’s novel Water for Elephants, after reading the rave reviews of the book posted on several social media sites by friends and acquaintances. The truth is, it is summer and I am desperate for a distraction away from my recent obsession with Grey’s Anatomy reruns fueled by Netflix’s instant queue. Read More Book Review: “Water for Elephants”