A Friend in Need: “Creep”

Shortly after I submitted my 2015 horror round-up aka every Halloween is self-parody Halloween, I found myself thinking, You know, maybe I only think contemporary indie horror doesn't do enough male vulnerability because I still haven't seen Creep.Now I've seen Creep and boy howdy, I was right.This is a truly skin-crawly, high-tension film about the increasingly uncomfortable relationship between Josef and the younger man, Aaron, whom he hires to film him for a day. We know the title of … [Read more...]

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PJ Harvey’s New Album Will Be (Partly) DC-Themed!!

Teenage me would be so obnoxious right now: The album was created in conjunction with a museum exhibition staged in London. Travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C. with photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy inspired the songs, and titles include "River Anacostia" and "Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln." The compositions coincided with a poetry book, The Hollow of The Hand. more … [Read more...]

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“Too Much Reality”: Martyn Wendell Jones reviews my novel

at the University Bookman: Eve Tushnet’s self-published debut novel Amends is at full gallop out of the gate:J. Malachi MacCool was born in Berkeley, California, in the last decade of the Cold War, to parents who deserved better. He had a dilapidated body and a face like the last days of the Raj: jowly, discredited, eager for the final defeat.[…] His favorite term of praise was “civilizational,” and he lived by the creed, “Alcoholism is what raises man above the utilitarians.” The J stood fo … [Read more...]

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“Last Year’s Horror Cornucopia: Suffering in Style”: I’m at First Things

every Halloween is self-parody Halloween: Last night I watched The Final Girls, Todd Strauss-Schulson's 2015 slasher parody about mourning. It's charming, touching, and mostly successful—and a great example of the reasons 2015 specifically and the '10s generally have been such great years for horror fans. 2015 was just a cornucopia of bloody fruit: the lush Gothic fantasy of Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, David Cronenberg's nihilistic satire/poignant ghost story Maps to the Stars, and J … [Read more...]

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“Carol” and the New Morality

I saw Carol, the Todd Haynes/Patricia Highsmith '5os lesbian drama, at the tail end of last year. I haven't written about it until now because it was so jagged--parts really worked, although I wasn't sure I wanted them to, and the remainder was so off-putting that I just didn't feel like talking about it. But writing that review of Rat Bohemia helped me figure out why the film didn't work for me: It's really two movies, set in two entirely different moral universes.In the first universe … [Read more...]

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“Exterminatrix”: I review Sarah Schulman’s “Rat Bohemia”

for AmCon: I spent last weekend at the Gay Christian Network Conference in Houston, and I needed something to read on the plane. Something short, punchy, an in-flight entertainment that could keep my attention after an event that is equal parts spiritually uplifting and emotionally harrowing. I threw Sarah Schulman’s Rat Bohemia into my bag and grinned as I set my alarm for 1995. More fool me.Rat Bohemia is in some ways the scathing nostalgia trip I was hoping for. It’s sometimes a satire of … [Read more...]

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Contrarian to the Stars: I Defend the “Star Trek” Episodes You Hate

I have finally finished my epic rewatch of "Star Trek: The Original Series." (Previous posts here, here.) The final stretch was defined by my discovery that lots of supposedly terrible episodes are either genuinely good, or better than I'd remembered.There is one exception. That exception is, of course, Spock's Brain.Let's do this thing. Bread and Circuses, infamous for supposedly pushing Christianity with Uhura's final line, "Not the sun in the sky, Mr. Spock--the Son of God!", is … [Read more...]

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