Standing outside a set of unisex bathroom stalls at a bar, waiting for a friend to exit, and a man comes up and asks me if a stall is empty… But he asks it in Russian. Which is weird, because we are definitely in America. I answer in Russian, out of politeness, but that was pretty weird.
Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom, my Stepmother on my Father’s side, and Stepmother on my Mother’s side, that have blessed my life by inspiring my spiritual and artistic paths, scientific pursuits, and freedom in the career paths I choose. Thank you for being strong and authentic women, showing me that I can do and be anything I set my heart and mind to, regardless of my gender. Grateful!!
This is a silly old ScavenJester Valentine video I made with Nick Kane years back… thought I’d post it for this Valentine’s day for any of you who feel this way during this fuzzy hearts inspired holiday…. hah… feel the love.
A moving account of an extraordinary friendship that stretches from postwar England, is tested through post-punk London and disintegrates, as so many things did, in the 80s, only to be reborn in the new century. Like most fans of The Cure I have my favorite songs, my favorite videos, my favorite era, and while I’m hardly a scholar the book contains many happy surprises. Though Lol saw many band members come and go before he himself was sacked, his respect for Smith’s integrity as an artist never wavers. Highly recommended for readers of rock memoirs and a must for fans of The Cure.
Gina Frangello’s new novel, Every Kind of Wanting, published last month by Counterpoint, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is a novel that explores the idea of what makes a family a family through the lens of gestational surrogacy. While all families are strange, I guarantee you haven’t met one like this. Chad and Miguel are a same-sex couple who want to have a baby. Chad comes from a supremely wealthy Chicago family. Miguel was born in the slums of Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to the United States under mysterious circumstances. Chad’s sister Gretchen donates an egg. Miguel provides th…
The Vegetarian is a dark and menacing story about the extreme measures taken to control a woman’s body. It opens with Yeong-hye’s decision to stop eating meat and is broken into three parts, with each section told from a different point of view. Yeong-hye’s husband, brother-in-law, and older sister all conspire to change her behavior for reasons that suit their own purposes. These men and women confront the problem of Yeong-hye’s body while ignoring the agency of the individual driving the decision — until it’s too late. The Vegetarian reminded me of Yoko Ogawa’s work from the very first…
A quick and engaging read. Before you dive in, however, be sure to read the story by H.P. Lovecraft that LaValle draws from in his novella: http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/hrh.aspx And then, when you’ve read both, don’t miss this excellent review in Slate by Tammy Oler: http://www.slate.com/…/victor_lavalle_s_the_ballad_of_black… One note I’ll add is that there’s an entity in the novella known as the Sleeping King and every time its referenced my eyes would transform “Sleeping King” into “Stephen King,” wh…
Without looking at DNA results, I’m just going to go ahead and say these are whyte guys reacting with the emotional dexterity of toddlers. Because, when it comes to this stuff, it’s always the whyte menchildren snowflakes.
Also: BRILLIANT idea.
“And when we say ‘Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,’ we mean it. Everyone working at this screening—venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team—will be female.”
Jen George’s characters are mired in depravity and dissolution disguised as desire. Impossible situations, gallows humor and fondness for catalogs bring Stanley Crawford’s Log of the S.S. Mrs. Unguentine to mind. I kept seeing the scenes as they might appear in a painting by John Terahteeff where beautiful figures languish as violence lurks.
Nick Fox is a conman extraordinaire. Kate O’Hara is an FBI agent with an obsessive streak and a weakness for fast food. Together they make an unlikely team as they go after high-value crooks for the federal government in a series of extra-judicial takedowns. The Heist has it all: great characters, terrific dialog and a barely credible plot with lots of twists and turns. The end doesn’t quite live up to the outstanding opening and high-concept premise, but I’m already looking forward to the next one.