A Year of Favorites: Tobias Carroll

I always get something wrong in these. There’s generally one book that I utterly forget to include, remember two days later, and curse myself for leaving out. And this year, I’m throwing in some thoughts on music, so that should offer even more opportunities for retrospective regret. I’m getting in just under the wire with this one, yes indeed.

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A Year of Favorites: Jason Diamond

It was cold the morning after it was announced David Bowie had died. Not surprising since I live in New York City and it happened in January. Yet I found myself standing outside my apartment around six in the morning, gym clothes on, not really dressed to be idling around. I put on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, which I’ve listened to countless times since I was about 13, and simply referred to […]

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Dreams and Revelations: A Review of Wendy C. Ortiz’s “Bruja”

Sometimes I finish a book and feel sorry for whichever volume I will be starting next because the odds of it matching the brilliance of its predecessor are slim. That’s how I felt after finishing Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Albina and the Dog-Men. Luckily, what I started devouring a few hours later was Wendy C. Ortiz’s Bruja, which is packed with surreal imagery, emotional moments, and recollections that walk a fine, blurry, every-shifting line between memory and imagination. Jodorowsky’s pshycomagic is absolutely […]

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