Editor’s Notes #192

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Good evening, blog readers! I hope you’ve been enjoying this weekend. It’s time for another round-up of our recent blog posts. But first, I have some very exciting news!

The latest issue of the Jet Fuel Review — issue #13 — is now available! We are very excited to present this new issue, with beautiful cover art from Damon Locks, a Chicago-based visual artist and musician. Be sure to check out this new issue because it contains work from some truly amazing writers, including a group of high school students from across the world in our special dossier.

On the blog, we have some new tunes for you to jam out to! Be sure to check out this post from a few weeks ago, as well as our recent late night edition of the Jet Fuel Jukebox.

As always, we have some stellar media reviews here on the blog. In her Book Corner, Sabrina recently reviewed My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Quinn Stratton, our comics blogger, wrote a post about Dan O’Bannon’s The Long TomorrowAnd finally, music blogger Dan Fiorio wrote a review of Gorillaz’ latest albumHumanz.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed our recent posts on the blog. Be sure to check out issue #13 of the Jet Fuel Review!

— Blog Editor, Mary Egan

 

Editor’s Notes #191

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Hello, blog readers! I hope that spring weather has come to you wherever you live. Good news: Issue #13 of the Jet Fuel Review is on its way! In the meantime, I encourage you to check out the Review website for some announcements. While you’re there, be sure to check out our previous issues as well. Now let’s check in with the blog!

If you’re looking for some new music to listen to, or if you just need a playlist for your daily routine, look no further than the Jet Fuel Jukebox! There are three new playlists for you check out!

If comics are more your speed, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out the two new posts from Quinn Stratton, each of which reviews a title from Junji Ito. In these recent posts, Quinn reviews Uzumaki and Gyo.

Of course, we’ve got tons of film content on the blog this month. Our Casual Critics reviewed the documentary Searching for Sugarman. You can check out two perspectives on the film — one from Reno Stramaglia, and one from Donatas Ružys. Recently, Michael Lane reviewed two new movies. Be sure to check out his thoughts on The Belko Experiment and The Fate of the Furious.

In addition, our managing editor — Sam Gennett — weighed in on The House of the Devil, a film that some editors reviewed a few weeks ago. You can also read a new review of The Babadook from two Lewis U students — Courtney Dial and Ahimme Cazarez.

Finally, if you’re looking for some book recommendations, be sure to check out the new posts in Sabrina’s Book Corner. Lately, she has reviewed As You Wish by Jackson Pearce, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, and The Remedy by Suzanne Young.

Until next time, keep an eye out for more updates to the blog!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #190

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Hello, blog readers! I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend. Now that the reading period for the Jet Fuel Review‘s latest issue is closed, our editors are hard at work reviewing all of the submissions. Issue #13 is well on its way! In the meantime, lots of new material has gone up here on the blog. Let’s take a look back at some recent posts.

Of course, we’ve had several additions to the Jet Fuel Jukebox lineup. Be sure to check out the three latest playlists curated by Michael Lane and Jake Johnson!

Several weeks ago, a new series called Día Con Miguel began here on the blog. This series is brought to you by Miguel Soto, our Special Sections Editor. So far, Miguel has written three posts in this series. Right now you can read his analyses of We came all the way from Cuba so you could dress like this? by Achy Obejas, I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin, and The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

If you’re looking for opinions on films and comics, we’ve got that as well! Film Blogger Donatas Ružys recently reviewed Kong: Skull Island. And our Comic Blogger, Quinn Stratton, has written what he calls an “introductory spiel” on Mickey Mouse.

In recent weeks, Sabrina Parr has written several more reviews for her Book Corner. Be sure to check out her posts on Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, The Cellar by Natasha Preston, and Embrace by Jessica Shirvington.

Last, but not least, we have a new student feature up on the blog. In this installment, Lewis University students Heather Ray and Courtney Dial offer their takes on the retro horror film The House of the Devil.

I hope you’ve enjoyed what the blog has offered throughout the month of March. We hope to see you around as we count down to the next issue of the Jet Fuel Review.

— Blog Editor, Mary Egan

Editor’s Notes #189

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Hey, blog readers! I hope you’re all doing well. Before we take a look at some recent posts from our editors, I want to remind you about the Jet Fuel Review‘s current reading period. We are accepting submissions until March 15th, so you still have a few more days to submit your work! If you’re interested, you can send us your stuff right here.

As always, Michael Lane and Jake Johnson have selected some songs for our Jet Fuel Jukebox playlist. Check out this post from the end of February, as well as their first post in March. In addition, Michael Lane wrote a great review of Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, the horror film Get Out.

There have been two new additions to Sabrina’s Book Corner. These posts review Old Magic by Marianne Curley and Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano. Gina Capperino’s latest “romantic inquiry” focuses on The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks.

Our comics blogger, Quinn Stratton, recently reviewed Daniel Clowes’ newest graphic novel, Patience. And our “casual critics” have reviewed some new films. Donatas Ruzys reviewed M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, and Reno Stramaglia reviewed Hacksaw Ridge.

At the beginning of the month, we posted another Artist’s Portfolio post. This time around, we featured the work of Lewis student Larissa Barnat. Check out the post to learn more about Larissa and to see her stunning oil paintings.

Finally, be sure to check out the last two “Meet the Editors” posts of this semester. In recent weeks, we featured Miguel Soto, our Special Sections Editor, and Jacqueline Nelson, our Art & Design Editor.

Stick with us next week for more awesome posts!

— Jet Fuel Blog Editor, Mary Egan

 

Meet the Editors: Jacqueline Nelson

Jacqueline Nelson

It’s Friday again, so that means we have another Meet the Editors post. This is actually our last new editor for the semester! Today we are introducing Jacqueline Nelson, who is working with us this semester as our Art & Design Editor.

Jacqueline is a computer graphic design major at Lewis University. This is only her second semester at Lewis, but she already feels at home. She is 22, but 35 in spirit. Somehow, she is both the tallest and the youngest in her family. She loves finding new places to explore with friends, especially in Chicago. Art and design has always fascinated her, and has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. (Throwback to the KLUTZ craft books, y’all!) Her goal is to translate this passion into her work with the Jet Fuel Review.

Below is our Q&A with Jacqueline:

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Meet the Editors: Miguel Soto

Miguel Soto
Miguel Soto

Welcome back to another Meet the Editors post! Today we are introducing Miguel Soto, who is working with us this semester as a Special Sections Editor.

Miguel Soto is currently a junior at Lewis University, majoring in English literature and language. He enjoys reading, binge-watching Netflix, and making music. One of the reasons he decided to major in English literature is because he enjoys reading about various experiences from various timelines.

Miguel’s favorite author (at the moment) is James Baldwin, and he enjoys exploring the genre of magical realism. If he’s not busy with work or school, then you can find Miguel planning his next tattoo.

Below is our Q&A with Miguel:

Who are you and what is your role at Jet Fuel Review?
My name is Miguel Soto, and currently, I’m working on the high school submissions at the Jet Fuel Review. I also sometimes dabble in the Fiction/Non-Fiction areas of the JFR.

What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
The last book I read was If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, but other than that you can find untouched textbooks I bought for the semester on my desk.

If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
I have always wanted to co-write with Isabel Allende. The use of magical realism in her novels is very convincing. Her novels are also similar to the life I remember from several vacations I’ve taken to our family ranch in Mexico.

Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
The perfect reading atmosphere is outside, in seventy-five-degree weather, with a cool breeze, under the shade, and with a consistent background noise.

What might your personal library look like?
My personal library is neatly organized, and all authors are in alphabetical order. On my bookshelves, you can find anything from the Game of Thrones series to books by James Baldwin, Isabel Allende, Arundhati Roy, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and so many others.

If you could “remake” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
I would definitely consider re-making The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende.

What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
One piece of literature that I could read over and over again is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.

Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“It reached out of his head to the rhythm of an ancient, fetal heartbeat. It sent its stealthy, suckered tentacles inching along the insides of his skull, hovering the knolls and dells of his memory, dislodging old sentences, whisking them off the tip of his tongue. It stripped his thoughts of the words that described them and left them pared and naked. Unspeakable. Numb.” – Arundhati Roy from The God of Small Things

If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
Harry Potter, because Hogwarts.

Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.).
Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
“Death Beyond Constant Love” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Be sure to check back next Friday to meet another new editor. Have a fantastic weekend!