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    David Bowie – Blackstar

    David Bowie – Blackstar

    In an age when musical nostalgia is raking in money that would make Wall Street blush, it is endearing to see artists restrain from pillaging their past glories for a quick buck. David Jones invented genres and characters only to abandon them so his vision would not be tainted by the rewards that came calling.

    Literature

    The Universe wants to see you dead: the return of Cosmic Horror

    The Universe wants to see you dead: the return of Cosmic Horror

    Cosmic Horror. It’s a phrase I expect to find written in fat, drippy letters on the cover of an EC comic book from the 1950’s. Or one of the empty promises hurled at the audience in the previews for what will prove to be a predictably ordinary 1940’s horror film: Fiendish Tortures!…Ghastly Terrors!!…Cosmic Horror!!!

    Music

    David Bowie Matters

    David Bowie Matters

    When David Bowie once commented on a mime piece he did early in his career, in which his character struggles to remove a false face, he noted “The papers made a big thing out of it . . . funny though, they didn’t mention anything about a mask.”

    Interviews

    Louisa Hall – The pursuit of substantial language (and the chances of not finding it)

    Louisa Hall – The pursuit of substantial language (and the chances of not finding it)

    Louisa Hall’s novel Speak shocked us all with its thoughtful and rich exploration of the human need for connection; it left us with certain urge to find out more and ask her about the book. Here is that conversation.

    Own Horn

    The ‘Bestest’ of 2015

    The ‘Bestest’ of 2015

    The very best of 2015 according to the people who make The Wild Detectives possible and some of our great friends.

    Film

    Wong Kar-Wai – In the Mood for Love

    Wong Kar-Wai – In the Mood for Love

    Wong Kar-Wai creates art for one medium: film. His are not the kind of movies that could be adapted to any other format, be it book, television, or theater. He paints with the lens, flashes of color slashing across the celluloid. He extracts the best from his actors, beckoning feelings of incredible depth and meaning in a single look. Wong is, to put it simply, a filmic genius crafting masterworks of mood and light for an audience that’s just now coming to appreciate the extent of his oeuvre.

    Literature

    In defense of the tome: four books for four seasons

    In defense of the tome: four books for four seasons

    In July, Charles Dee Mitchell wrote an excellent article on this blog entitled “Enough with the Tomes: 4 Authors to Read in an Afternoon.” However, despite its excellent recommendations, the reverse position deserves an ardent defense.

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