“I am drawn to confusion: how we try to make sense of things, relationships, work, our family history, and how we cope, both in healthy and unhealthy ways, as well as compulsions, how we get stuck, and our desire to be unstuck, mostly, but not entirely, because those compulsions are part of our worldview.” Chicago’s Ben Tanzer is interviewed at Big Other. (We reviewed his Hold Steady-inspired novel You Can Make Him Like You last year.)
- A John Zorn-directed film being screened at Anthlogy Film Archives has to win you some sort of Lower East Side cultural bingo, right?
- At Tablet, Abby Margulies on the work of Etgar Keret.
- The title track to their forthcoming album Oh, Magic by the band Like Pioneers — including folks from Bound Stems and The Narrator — pretty much makes our day.