Juliet Escoria’s Brion Gysin-Inspired Short Film For “The Other Kind of Magic”

We’re tremendously excited to read Juliet Escoria’s collection Black Cloud, out on Civil Coping Mechanisms this April, given Escoria’s penchant for haunting, visceral fiction. Given that one of the stories featured in the collection, “The Other Kind of Magic,” first appeared here last year, we’re especially eager to check it out. Now, Escoria has made a short film inspired by (a remixed version of) this story; you can watch it below.

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Tom Hanks Likes Your Bookshelf

I don’t know exactly what film it was that tipped me off that Hollywood had run out of good ideas; I believe it may have been the 21 Jump Street film that actually turned out to be pretty funny, but then I recall seeing the trailer for the 2005 film remake of The Dukes of Hazzard, and telling myself that the well had run dry in Hollywood. It’s so bad with these remakes that it is at the point where I can’t remember […]

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Father Yod’s Cult of Personality

  There’s been a recent crop of cult fiction books like Justin Taylor’s The Gospel of Anarchy and Fiona Maazel’s Woke Up Lonely, to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scientology-influenced movement called “The Cause,” in his 2012 film The Master, that has started popping up. Even though these works undoubtedly deserve your attention, you really can’t beat the real thing, especially when it comes to cults. You get plenty of that with the new documentary The Source Family.

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The Reading Life: The Terrible Poster for What Maisie Knew

I want to apologize publicly to all the strangers I have run into on the street while texting someone, emailing someone, or not paying attention to traffic lights, where I was going, or really anything that isn’t my phone. It’s a problem I have: I’m a multi-tasker, for lack of a prettier word. I am a sucker for appliances with several uses—it chops and it dices! I like combination exercise classes—it’s yoga and it’s rock climbing! When I cook, I […]

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Cinematic Notes on Baltimore Punks Double Dagger: A Review of “If We Shout Loud Enough”

I never saw Double Dagger. If I didn’t regret that before, I certainly do now. I’ve just seen Gabriel Deloach and Zach Keifer’s documentary If We Shout Loud Enough, which focuses on the final tour of this Baltimore punk trio. If We Shout Loud Enough, which is being packaged with the group‘s final record 333 for Record Store Day, uses the group’s final string of shows to deliver an intimate portrait of the Baltimore punk scene — and to document the evolution of […]

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Nora Ephron Fanclub Unite: A Documentary is Coming

Nora Ephron’s son, Jacob Bernstein, has lined up some seriously heavy hitters to help produce a HBO documentary on his beloved mother. We’re going to have to host some sort of viewing party for this with Katz’s Deli and lots of kleenex. In other news: HBO loves writers more than just about any network on television. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, our Tumblr, and sign up for our mailing list.

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