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Farnoosh Fathi’s Great Guns at Philadelphia Review of Books

By Harriet Staff
Photo by Alan Bernheimer

Photo by Alan Bernheimer

Welp, good thing we signed onto the internet today! Otherwise this fantastic review of Farnoosh Fathi’s Great Guns may already be hidden by newly sprouted internet. This review by Matthew Pennock is so good, and Great Guns so fantastic, we want ’em to stick around. Take a gander and see what you think!(Spoiler alert: we think that you will agree!)

Every Sunday, around eight million people tune in to ABC’s dramatic confection, Once Upon a Time. For those of you superior folks who don’t own televisions, or are too busy binge-watching Breaking Bad on Netflix, it’s basically a show where all of your favorite characters from fairy tales, thus the Disney universe, are thrown together in the modern world and, how shall we say, reinterpreted. The show owes its success to its ability to tap into Americans’ overwhelming penchant for nostalgia, while twisting things just enough to provide an element of risk or surprise, which keeps the viewer from drifting off to another channel to watch house renovations or table-flipping mob wives.

In the current season, the show’s third, most of the action takes place in Neverland, but this isn’t Barrie’s Neverland, or even the Disney version most of us are probably more familiar with. This incarnation is darker and a bit more menacing. Peter Pan is not a hero, but a devious villain. The whole thing has started to resemble Lost, which is not surprising considering Once Upon a Time’s creators, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, were writers for the seminal J.J. Abrams series. This version even has an easy parallel to the Lost island’s famous smoke monster in the form of Peter Pan’s demonic shadow. This collision of worlds has proven fruitful for the show. It’s fun to watch Snow White and Prince Charming stumble around the vaguely threatening Lost Island, trying to combat an evil Peter Pan. The experience is at once familiar and strange, or at the risk of sounding redundant, nostalgic and new. I received a similar sensation while reading Great Guns, the debut collection by Farnoosh Fathi. […]

Read on at PRB. Cheers, Matthew Pennock and Farnoosh Fathi!

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Posted in Poetry News on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.