The Life of Laurie Bird, Transmitted in Fiction: An Interview with Tim Kinsella

The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense, Tim Kinsella‘s 2012 debut novel, impressed for a number of reasons. Its evocation of daily rhythms and of lives grappling with trauma and flawed histories made it a thoroughly compelling read. And for those who largely know Kinsella through the music he’s made since the 1990s, it was also a declaration that his talents weren’t solely confined to one artistic discipline. Let Go and Go On and On, his followup, takes a very different approach. […]

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We Will Watch a Paul Hornschemeier Short Film, Yes

Paul Hornscheimer is responsible for Mother, Come Home, one of the most powerful graphic novels I’ve read in a long time. Needless to say, I’m happy to hear that he’s at work on a short animated film, titled Giant Sloth; it’s described as “a surrealist tale drawing as much on influences like Fellini and (the main character’s namesake) Luis Buñuel as it does animation from the 1960s and 70s.” Throw in a voice cast led by Paul Giamatti and I daresay […]

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D. Foy’s “Made to Break” Has a Trailer

Next month, Made to Break, the first novel from D. Foy, will be released by Two Dollar Radio. In the novel’s trailer, released earlier today, Foy talks about the novel’s plot and setting, the tense relationships between its characters, and its origins in his own history. He also uses the phrase “gutter opera,” which we think is pretty memorable. We’ll be hosting Foy, along with Sean H. Doyle and Paula Bomer, at BookCourt on March 19th. You can check out the trailer below.

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The Time Peter Capaldi Made a Short Film About Franz Kafka

  If you’re familiar with Peter Capaldi, it’s probably through one of the iconic roles he’s played: the brilliantly profane Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and In the Loop, perhaps, or his just-commenced run on Doctor Who. (Right about here is probably where I tip my hat in the direction of his work on Torchwood: Children of Earth.) I hadn’t been aware that Capaldi is also a filmmaker — an Oscar-winning one, in fact, for a 1993 short that he wrote and […]

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A Cinematic Take on Amelia Gray’s “AM/PM”

As someone who’s long admired Amelia Gray’s fiction, from her debut collection AM/PM to her surreal, visceral novel Threats, I was very curious to hear that there would be a short film based on two of the former’s stories. From what I can tell from the trailer, it looks like the film incorporates the book itself into its plotline. Interest: definitely piqued. And speaking of the trailer, you can check that out below.

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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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