Reno News & Review

Week of Sept. 14, 2022

From the editor’s desk

The 2022 Burning Man festival, the first official fest since 2019, had about 80,000 participants and an uninvited guest: the virus that causes COVID-19. Although it’s an outdoor event, people gathered in tents and structures where the bug roamed freely—and infected campers across Black Rock City.

Photo editor Dave Robert interviews Reno optician Michael Grover, the focus of this month’s 15 Minutes feature. Grover not only makes eyeglasses; he repairs specs in his one-man shop.

RN&R music reviewer Matt King, meanwhile, spotlights Noland Magnuson, the guitarist and vocalist for Thee Saturday Knights, in The Lucky 13.

On the movie and video beat, Bob Grimm was impressed with “Clerks III,” a sequel that not only delivered an expected dose of sophomoric humor, but also came through with “a lot of genuine, feel-good smiles, as well as profound real-life musings and tears.” Bob also gave high marks to “Barbarian,” a twisted yet funny horror flick. But even though he is a self-described Disney fanatic, our reviewer says the live-action version of “Pinocchio” is merely passable entertainment.

Our Western Lit feature focuses on an excerpt from “The Vanishing,” Reno author David Michael Slater’s forthcoming novel, a fantasy about an 11-year-old girl in Nazi Germany who turns invisible after witnessing a horrific murder.

And readers’ epistles in our latest editor’s mailbag include commentary on the fitness (or lack, thereof) of some of the Washoe County School Board candidates, and a poem about the curtain of wildfire smoke you may be noticing outside your windows.

I’ll see you in the funny papers,

—Frank X. Mullen, Editor

From the RN&R

Many attendees returned from Burning Man 2022 with COVID-19 infections

By Frank X. Mullen

September 14, 2022

When some revelers returned from this year’s Burning Man festival, which ended on Labor Day, they brought back a coating of alkali dust, happy memories—and COVID-19.

Back to the Quick Stop: ‘Clerks III,’ as expected, offers laughs—but it also has a surprising emotional depth

By Bob Grimm

September 12, 2022

In Clerks III, Randal suffers a widowmaker heart attack early in the film—an event that leads to his decision to make a movie about his life.

15 Minutes: Michael Grover, the specs guy

By David Robert

September 8, 2022

Get to know Michael Grover, eyeglass repairman.

Top student: An excerpt from ‘The Vanishing,’ Reno author David Michael Slater’s forthcoming novel

By David Michael Slater

September 13, 2022

My forthcoming novel, The Vanishing (released Sept. 29 by Library Tales Publishing), is—it’s strange and a little uncomfortable to say—a Holocaust fantasy.

The Lucky 13: Noland Magnuson, guitarist and vocalist of Thee Saturday Knights

By Matt King

September 9, 2022

We ask Noland Magnuson, the guitarist and vocalist for Thee Saturday Knights, our slate of queries.

September mailbag: The 5th season is fire; endorsing school board incumbents; and rejecting GOP’s MAGA candidates

By Staff

September 13, 2022

Our readers have their say about recent RN&R coverage and more.

Twisted surprises: ‘Barbarian’ is a well-made horror movie—and that’s all we’ll say

By Bob Grimm

September 12, 2022

By using a discombobulated timeline, Barbarian has the viewer constantly guessing about what’s going on.

So-so ‘Pinocchio’: The newest live-action Disney remake is passable entertainment, and nothing more

By Bob Grimm

September 13, 2022

The new Pinocchio is proof that Disney’s concentration on live-action remakes of animated classics is getting a bit tedious

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