Tag: M.L. Rio

Campus Novels Off the Beaten Path

Campus Novels Off the Beaten Path

There’s something seductive about the campus novel. Even those of us who have made careers of academia are attracted to the esoteric, cabalistic worlds contained between its pages. There are the obvious examples—A Separate Peace, The Secret History, even Harry Potter—but the genre is much […]

An Interview With M.L. Rio!

An Interview With M.L. Rio!

Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces. We, here at The Attic on Eighth, love a good […]

With Friends Like These…

With Friends Like These…

Who wouldn’t need a cocktail?

Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces.

We, here at The Attic on Eighth, love a good novel that delves into the literary canon, plays with what we know, and then produces something of great value that’s all its own. M.L. Rio’s debut novel, If We Were Villains is just that. Dipping in and out of the present, IWWV tells the story of seven young Shakespearean actors who are faced with violence. The novel plays with the prose, borrows from theater, and creates a compelling story of drama, crime, lust, and friendship.

As the author is a friend of ours, we decided that we would do something a little different in addressing If We Were Villains. In case you’ve missed it, Culture Editor Eliza (A True Theater Kid & Literature Student) and Beauty Editor Rory (Who Could Have Been an Early Modernist) have reviewed the novel through a series of text messages.

And for this month’s Drink Column, I (A Certified Lover of Drama) offer a recipe inspired by the novel.

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Eliza and Rory Review M.L. Rio’s ‘If We Were Villains’… with texts!

Eliza and Rory Review M.L. Rio’s ‘If We Were Villains’… with texts!

Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces. We, here at The Attic on Eighth, love a good […]