I've been rereading Huckleberry Finn since I discovered it as the sequel to Tom Sawyer back in junior high school, getting more out of it with each encounter. Hearing Hal Holbrook last Friday inspired me to share a few keepers.
Featuring a character on the autism spectrum on a TV show is hardly a new phenomenon, but it does seem to be more prevalent in pop culture lately. Is it a sign of society's efforts to embrace and personify a disorder that has become more and more prevalent?
Hannibal is a monster, of course, but Mads Mikkelsen's performance and the show's great writing for the character limned a portrait of a very human monster, one whose terrible actions begin in a somewhat understandable place.