In our morning reading: adapting Djuna Barnes for film, thoughts on new books by Jerry Stahl and Jim Shepard, an excerpt from Sarah McCarry’s new novel, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Julian Schnabel, Future Chicago, Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean, James Bridle Residency, and More
A look back at one of Neil Gaiman’s first comics, Chicagoan science fiction, a bravura New Age compilation, Lore Segal’s latest novel, and more.
Posted by Tobias Carroll About three-quarters of the way through Tony O’Neill’s new novel Sick City, his pair of protagonists meet with an aging composer named Rupert Du Wald. Du Wald is very much a classical noir eccentric — comic in some areas, sinister in others. As he handles a piece of film, he begins a long ode to many things analog, which includes this observation: …there’s no romance to video. I feel sad for the people who will come […]
Tony O’Neill Down and Out on Murder Mile Harper Perennial; 258 p. Reviewed by Tobias Carroll Perspective is a tricky thing. The angle from which a narrator relates events can make a tremendous difference in how those events come across: are they lost in the moment, immediate reactions clinging to their descriptions? Or are they more contemplative, looking back across a span of months or years, shaking their head, wondering how exactly they found themselves in that particular situation? The […]