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    The ‘Bestest’ of 2017

    The ‘Bestest’ of 2017

    The very best of 2017 according to The Wild Detectives’ family.

    Reading Quirks (56-59)

    Reading Quirks (56-59)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the fantastic) Laura Pacheco
    October ’17

    Oil Blood by Leif Wenar

    Oil Blood by Leif Wenar

    Book of the Month for November 2017

    En torno a Conjunto Vacío, de Verónica Gerber

    En torno a Conjunto Vacío, de Verónica Gerber

    La artista y escritora mexicana Verónica Gerber Bicecci escribe y dibuja un libro que se acerca a esas orillas “donde las cosas tienden a desdibujarse”.

    Confessions of a Wannabe Bibliophile

    Confessions of a Wannabe Bibliophile

    After being denied a writer’s residency at Shakespeare & Company in Paris I didn’t write much, but lived in the city. When I arrived home and out of my waking dream state I needed to escape again. The following comes from the moment of discovery that came from realizing my love of reading, while not reading in Paris.

    Reading Quirks (52-55)

    Reading Quirks (52-55)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the fabulous) Laura Pacheco
    September ’17

    Reading Quirks (47-51)

    Reading Quirks (47-51)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the picturesque) Laura Pacheco
    August ’17

    John Ashbery’s Background Music

    John Ashbery’s Background Music

    John Ashbery passed away on September 3 at the age of 90. I can’t imagine him heeding Dylan Thomas’s call to “rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

    Reading Quirks (43-46)

    Reading Quirks (43-46)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the ingenious) Laura Pacheco
    July ’17

    The Force by Don Winslow

    The Force by Don Winslow

    Book of the Month for July 2017

    Reading Quirks (39-42)

    Reading Quirks (39-42)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the sharp) Laura Pacheco
    June ’17

    Migration Is Not a Crime

    Migration Is Not a Crime

    The world is, as Thomas Friedman once penned increasingly flat. Have you noticed your favorite donut shop is owned by Koreans, the Local 7-11 where you pick up your newspaper is owned and operated by Ethiopians, that bowl of Pho was prepared lovingly by someone from Viet Nam and of course your favorite book store was founded by a few great guys from Spain? We all see that international influence in our country all the time. And the flow of international migration is increasing.

    Reading Quirks (34-38)

    Reading Quirks (34-38)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the tireless) Laura Pacheco
    May ’17

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie and the Athletic “New Woman”

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie and the Athletic “New Woman”

    At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, every country sent at least one woman competitor. An unprecedented event. In Rio de Janeiro last year, 45% of the 11,000 competing athletes were women. But more than 120 years ago, before Serena and Venus Williams, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles were household names, the Olympic Games prohibited women’s involvement. There just wasn’t any space for women in the collective “public sphere.”

    The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

    The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

    Book of the Month for May 2017

    A Camel’s Pace

    A Camel’s Pace

    “The current inheritors of complex colonial legacies must seek to transcend these legacies, while acknowledging the impossibility of erasing or pretending them into nonexistence.” (1) – Neelika Jayawardane

    Reading Quirks (30-33)

    Reading Quirks (30-33)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the unmatched) Laura Pacheco
    April ’17

    Dad, Read This

    Dad, Read This

    A book is a very welcome Christmas gift at our house. More even than a piece of clothing or jewelry, the selection itself carries with it the special intimacy of what one specific person thinks another ought to read. So, last Christmas, when my daughter, Austin, presented my wife and me with a large, wrapped bundle of volumes we were eager.

    Robert M. Pirsig – Really about everything else.

    Robert M. Pirsig – Really about everything else.

    This week, Robert M. Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values, died after a period of failing health. Two years ago, my friend, Darryl, died in a motorcycle accident, leaving behind his wife and four kids. At the funeral, I couldn’t find a connection between his still body and the vibrant, wonderful person I knew. That wasn’t Darryl, lying there. Intellectually, I knew, but emotionally, I couldn’t understand. He’s buried in Austin, wearing his mechanic’s work shirt and baseball cap, laid to rest as he lived. I’d like to think Pirsig will be sent off in similar fashion.

    Spoon – Hot Thoughts

    Spoon – Hot Thoughts

    The album of month is bestowed to Austin’s indie-rock royalty better know as Spoon. As they enter their second decade of musical output, Spoon refuse to rest on past glories. Hot Thoughts features cognizant elements fans have come to expect with an ambitious experimental sound. Hot Thoughts incorporates a wall of synths and electronic melodies to their “bar room rock n roll.” Hot Thoughts is criminally catchy pop record that is an early contender for albums of the year.

    Women Galore – Celebrating Women’s Words. Again.

    Women Galore – Celebrating Women’s Words. Again.

    Last year we hoped our feminist literary arts festival would become less necessary. Instead, it feels like we need Women Galore now more than ever.

    Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

    Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

    Book of the Month for April 2017

    Reading Quirks (25-29)

    Reading Quirks (25-29)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the extraordinary) Laura Pacheco
    March ’17

    a portrait of the bookstore as home

    a portrait of the bookstore as home

    when we talk about the literary city, we are talking about action, about movement, about conversation, but also about the physical places that house the renaissance.

    The Wild Detectives Evolves as It Turns 3

    The Wild Detectives Evolves as It Turns 3

    • Dallas Literary Community and friends will co-curate our selection of books
    • Lauren Smart will joins us to help us curate and design our literary events program
    • We are extending our bar operating hours till 1am on Saturdays

    4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

    4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

    Book of the Month for February 2017

    Writers in Motion

    Writers in Motion

    When Charles Dickens invited guests over for dinner, it was his tendency to take them on a little pre-dinner stroll. Some four hours later, the famished group returned back to his home for their later-than-planned meal. The ‘Sketches by Boz’ author was used to walking hours at a time. He sketched life by traversing it, gathering up material through close inspection of daily encounters.

    Reading Quirks (21-24)

    Reading Quirks (21-24)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the uber-talented) Laura Pacheco
    February ’17

    Dallas, A Literary Awakening

    Dallas, A Literary Awakening

    I grew up in Dallas, and the joke my father always used to tell about the city was this: What’s the difference between yogurt and Dallas? Yogurt is the one with the live culture. He had lived in New York for a time after the war, hand picked by composer Richard Rodgers to sing in his Broadway musical South Pacific, so he knew a thing or two about a more expansively cultured life.

    Brian Eno – Reflection

    Brian Eno – Reflection

    America is in the mouth of madness my friends. No sooner than pundits, experts, philosophers utter “this cannot get any worse,” President Trump keeps demonstrating it can. The album of the month belongs Brian Eno. ‘Reflection’ is an introspective ambient wordless mediation that provides space to catch your breath. Embrace the now. One day at a time. Sometimes that is all we can hope for.

    Nothing Ever Dies

    Nothing Ever Dies

    Viet Thanh Nguyen sees the American Dream as an insidious, supremely effective tool of colonization. The point seems inarguable; it feels unutterably sad.

    Reading Quirks (17-20)

    Reading Quirks (17-20)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the inspired) Laura Pacheco
    January ’17

    The xx – I See You

    The xx – I See You

    The xx return with an album that recaptures their light. ‘I See You’ combines familiar elements associated with their sound and aesthetic with festival friendly hooks without losing substance. A very “of the moment ” pop record with ambitious musical experimentation that The xx willingly imposed upon themselves. Moving out of their comfort zone has reinvigorated their sound. The have crafted a dance record for all the “wallflowers” to enjoy. The usher in our album of the month series for 2017.

    Reading Quirks (13-16)

    Reading Quirks (13-16)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the uncanny) Laura Pacheco
    December ’16

    The ‘Bestest’ of 2016

    The ‘Bestest’ of 2016

    The very best of 2016 according to The Wild Detectives’ family.

    This Christmas, Give with Expectations

    This Christmas, Give with Expectations

    Get your presents at The Wild Detectives and your drink will be on us.

    Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker

    Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker

    The last album of the month belongs to Leonard Cohen. You Want it Darker, explores the latter part of ones life. After the last dance, the party is over and it is just you and your thoughts. A man who had come to the end of the line but still had unfinished business. You want it Darker deals with death and afterlife. He knew the end was near. One would think an album of such ominous tones would entail a sad journey. Quite the opposite occurs, fans like yours truly will hang on to every note and be thankful our dark prince left us one more album in his wake. The great ones know when to leave the party.

    Reading Quirks (08-12)

    Reading Quirks (08-12)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the astonishing) Laura Pacheco
    November ’16

    Zombie Madness

    Zombie Madness

    George, Shaun and Rick finally get their hands on some unedited Walking Dead episodes and begin their Sunday night zombie watch-fest tradition.

    Bon Iver – 22, A Million

    Bon Iver – 22, A Million

    Days away from one of the most important elections, nothing is certain. The whole campaign has left us empty, exhausted and angry. No matter who wins the only guarantee is uncertainty. Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) explores and embraces uncertainty. Completely deconstructing his sound.

    Reading Quirks (04-07)

    Reading Quirks (04-07)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the impeccable) Laura Pacheco
    October ’16

    Myths and Truths of the Quran: a Coffee Shop Book Study

    Myths and Truths of the Quran: a Coffee Shop Book Study

    Looking to understand a faith that has been shaped and transformed by tradition, cultural baggage, and power struggle, journalist Carla Power takes the challenge of reading the Quran with a muslim scholar living in England. In their journey, they debunk myths and find historical context for some of the most controversial verses found in the holy book.

    Reading Quirks (01-03)

    Reading Quirks (01-03)

    This is a comic series about all those weird things we readers do.
    Script by The Wild Detectives
    Illustrations by (the incomparable) Laura Pacheco
    September ’16

    Mouth full of Words Gastro Week

    Mouth full of Words Gastro Week

    We’re hosting a week full of food and wine events with guest chef Iñaki Betrán. One challenge: to turn your taste buds into buddies. The joke is bad, the food is not.

    On Happiness, Literature and Happy Literature

    On Happiness, Literature and Happy Literature

    Everyone knows writers are depressed. As a species we are invariably portrayed as near suicidal heavy drinkers and odd, chronic overthinkers who tug at our hair, howl at the moon, and cover ourselves in proverbial ashes. The world of literary respect seems to honor this heritage by giving critical consideration and praise only to authors who possess a flair for the tragic, and who keep humanity’s dying ember held on their tongues. Happy writing is relegated to the likes of the commercially packaged, pastel drenched Nicholas Sparks or, at best, the demure Jane Austen who insists on a neat and satisfying ending. We all want our light romances to end well, but the preponderance of respected literature is dealt a much heavier hand; serious literature must be serious.

    Stranger Things

    Stranger Things

    Nostalgia flourishes when the present is cloaked with uncertainty. The album of the month soundtracks one of the year’s best new show: Stranger Things. A duo from Austin have crafted a score so enchanting that the finished product can stand on its own and be enjoyed if you have not yet discovered Netflix’s little gem. Both the show and music are fandom ecstasy. The soundtrack smartly sticks to three clear influences: John Carpenter scores, B–Horror movie ambience and glorious cheesy 80s synths. Fans of the show have something to hold them over until season two.

    An Oldie but Goodie: Fidel

    An Oldie but Goodie: Fidel

    On Sept. 9th, The Wild Detectives will host the Wordspace sponsored Utopian Fantasies event, featuring rapper Fidel, filmmaker Michael A. Morris, and writers Lee Escobedo and Patrick Patterson-Carroll. Curated by Randall Garrett, it will be the second of nine multimedia art events for the Utopia/Paradise themed Freefall Festival beginning Sept. 8th and ending on Dec. 17th.

    The Medium is the Message: How We Read and How It Affects Us

    The Medium is the Message: How We Read and How It Affects Us

    A recent study concluded that college students prefer paper to e-books at an alarming rate, almost nine to one. Does our preference for paper sound the death knell of e-books? Or have e-books simply failed to live up to their potential? In this writer’s opinion, we may interpret the successes, and shortcomings, of e-books by understanding simply that the way which we consume literature, its method of delivery, can be as important as the words themselves.

    Losing the War on Drugs – A Praise to Don Winslow

    Losing the War on Drugs – A Praise to Don Winslow

    Some of us felt something close to an existential emptiness after we finished watching The Wire’s finale. It was so rich and stimulating that it seemed almost impossible to find something slightly close to that level of entertainment.

    Music Heals

    Music Heals

    Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On is a spiritual heartbreaking haunting plea for change. America is on fire. Civil conversations have turned into shout fests, nonsense fueled with self-serving agendas. Some politicians seem to blame everyone but themselves. How much unnecessary bloodshed and loss do we need to go through for things to change? Bullet shells and tears are flooding the streets. What’s Going On is more relevant than ever. Sadly the issues being addressed within the record are clear and present in 2016.

    Static Age – Chapter 1: Intercession

    Static Age – Chapter 1: Intercession

    Mid 90’s, grunge, Deep Ellum. It’s been almost two years since the punk-obsessed teen Nathan developed his unlikely crush on Vanessa, the daughter of a local Baptist preacher. Now, in the midst of producing his first low budget zombie film, his young love has just returned from a mysterious freshman year of college giving him a chance to revive their relationship. But Nate has only a few days to rush in before she leaves yet again, for a summer-long backpacking adventure through Europe. Can he reconcile the conservative values of her father—who became something of a father to him as well—with the exciting attitudes of his stage-diving, cop-trouncing companions? And who can possibly resist the charms of their neon-haired, pill-popping friend Roxy, as cutely endearing as she is dangerous? Read the rest at Jukepop and help me win the contest and get this work published by remembering to vote for each chapter!

    Why did we add a bar to our bookstore? – A TEDx Talk at UTA

    Why did we add a bar to our bookstore? – A TEDx Talk at UTA

    Last April, UTA invited us to give a talk as part of their TEDx 2016 program. It was a great opportunity and a considerable challenge -we don’t usually talk to large crowds outside bars. After overcoming our stage fright, we managed to put this talk together and present the ideas behind this dream-project of ours: The Wild Detectives. Pardon our accent and hope you like it!

    Ménage à Trois: Maupassant, Flaubert, and Desire

    Ménage à Trois: Maupassant, Flaubert, and Desire

    “How strange and unpredictable life is! How little there is between happiness and misery,” remarks Madame Loisel, the tragic heroine of Guy de Maupassant’s masterful short story “The Necklace.” In this—perhaps trite—line by Maupassant, the rich legacy left by French writers is subtlety revealed. If the British gave us valuable moral lessons, and the Russians instructed us to deconstruct the human soul, what did the French teach us? Simple: to live. Ardently, eloquently, poetically. Never passively. The French taught us to live, perhaps en rose, perhaps en blanc et bleue, but live colorfully nonetheless. In honor of Bastille Day, here are my favorite French stories about living with desire.

    Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

    Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

    After an uncharacteristic misstep in their discography, Radiohead return with an elegant vengeance: A Moon Shaped Pool. Their new album is dark, haunting rock mixed with electronic beats, in other words: classic Radiohead. It is nothing short of thrilling to see masters of their craft producing art. Thom Yorke remains one of Rock’s greatest enigmas. Here is another piece of the puzzle for lifelong fans.

    How My Students Taught Me to Love To Kill a Mockingbird (Again)

    How My Students Taught Me to Love To Kill a Mockingbird (Again)

    Is there an American novel that invites more haters than To Kill a Mockingbird? Admit it: you judge someone who names it as his or her favorite novel of all time. If something is wildly beloved by the masses, it must be middle-brow, sentimental crap at best, right? That was my official position on Harper Lee’s classic bestseller for many years—until recently, when a spunky group of students reminded me of its greatness.

    #howtowinanelection

    #howtowinanelection

    As a follow-up to my piece on an orange-zest-faced demagogue of our time, I share some timely examples from Robert Penn Warren’s 1947 political classic All the King’s Men. In light of this most recent election and its theatrics, it seems the old adage “The pen is mightier than the sword” can be amended to “The rabble-rouse is mightier than the reasoned.”

    The Books We Don’t Read

    The Books We Don’t Read

    Many of us define ourselves by our jobs and interests, our friends and family, and our tastes in music, movies, or books. What we don’t think about is what lies just outside our own world, or perhaps just as importantly, what lies within our world that we haven’t noticed. Returning to old ideas, either through rereading or reading translated books, helps us define our past and present selves.

    Patti Smith – Horses. Live at Electric Lady Studios.

    Patti Smith – Horses. Live at Electric Lady Studios.

    In honor of the this month’s Wild Detectives’ Women Galore initiative, the album of the month belongs to a goddesses that has mastered her craft performing, writing, and creating uncompromising art.

    Women Galore – Celebrating Women’s Words

    Women Galore – Celebrating Women’s Words

    Lauren Smart, probably one of the most committed journalist in town to equality, introduces Women Galore, the festival we asked her to program a few months ago. The result: a month of May packed with events about women, by women. Check our events section to see them all.

    Stories Everywhere – An Interview with Carmen Boullosa

    Stories Everywhere – An Interview with Carmen Boullosa

    A couple of weeks ago, acclaimed author Carmen Boullosa, the voice behind Texas, the Grand Theft, or A Narco History (both published in English) among others, visited Dallas brought by Deep Vellum Publishing to make some presentations. Amongst her busy agenda, we had a chance to chat with her about her work, reading and inspiration.

    How to Create the Perfect Reading Room

    How to Create the Perfect Reading Room

    Whether you love the smell of books, or prefer the comforting glow of an e-reader, you simply need the perfect reading room if you’re a book-o-holic. Luckily, we at Modernize also love to read, and we have a few tips for creating a comfortable, quiet, and inspiring space where you can get lost in your favorite stories.

    Supersonic Lips

    Supersonic Lips

    Eclectic, that’s the best description for the Supersonic Lips sound. A mix of punk guitar, strong beats, melodic synth and powerful vocals, the Dallas based band fights against labels, seeks a broad and diverse public with great results so far.

    Hinds – Leave Me Alone

    Hinds – Leave Me Alone

    Four young ladies from Spain deliver a three-cord guitar driven throw-back that features elements of garage rock, 60s Velvet Underground lo-fi production, with a punk aesthetic. Hinds’ debut album Leave Me Alone is a propitious, auspicious indie-rock gem. They pen their own tunes, are paying their dues on the road, and are not some manufactured gimmick.

    The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer

    The Tender Bar by JR Moehringer

    People go to bars for different reasons: you have those who truly like bars. And you have those with other intentions in mind. The latter, by the way, are now better served by the online dating services that inundate the web these days. If you fall within the first category, there is no doubt this is your book. If you are kind of on the fence, this book may help dissipate your hesitations. But if you, sorry my friend, don’t feel particularly attached to bars, you’d probably be better off reading about the reproduction of mammals in the African savanna.

    Magic Realism and Grappling with Fear

    Magic Realism and Grappling with Fear

    The world is hungry for magic. There is an enchantment in every recorded culture with the baffling and the unexplainable, an enduring search for whatever underlying hoodoo jives with and rearranges predictable existences. Well recorded responses to mysticism and the uncertain have ranged from stonings to developing cults to writing bestselling novels, but moderate responses to what we do not understand appear to be limited, or to not exist at all. In the realm of literature, what is confusing and, often, strange is bread and butter—the needed fodder for ideological exchange, for the development of assumption shattering introspection.

    Pepitas de Calabaza: “Easy topics are for the rest”

    Pepitas de Calabaza: “Easy topics are for the rest”

    If we are what we read, shouldn’t we ponder about our reading diet, how do we choose our authors, how do stories become our own? Recently, I’ve been wondering about books, about how they get to our hands, how do we choose them… or do they choose us? In the long process that starts with a voice and a story to tell, the editor becomes a key to the door to an author’s world. That is precisely why Pepitas de Calabaza, a Spanish grassroots editorial, is so important and to have the opportunity to glance into their worlds is nothing short than a gift.

    Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

    Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

    Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo is a harrowing, unfocused, at times thrilling opus. The Life of Pablo is Kanye’s first musical (I emphasize musical) misstep. Kanye recklessly shares it all. America’s biggest rock star is refusing to age gracefully and hell bent on fulfilling his anti-hero manifesto.

    Cruzando el Border – Pepitas de Calabaza

    Cruzando el Border – Pepitas de Calabaza

    Bienvenidos a Cruzando el Border, la serie de meses dedicados a editoriales que publican literatura en español, a este y al otro lado del charco. Durante dos meses, dedicaremos la mayor parte de nuestra sección en español a una de nuestras editoriales preferidas, con eventos y actividades relacionados con la misma.

    La Iaia – On És La Màgia?

    La Iaia – On És La Màgia?

    Catalonia, a region of northeast Spain with its own culture and language, has had its own music scene since the mid-80s. Beyond the boom of indie-pop music generated around the Catalan capital for the last 15 years, new groups from less populated areas but as culturally engaged as Barcelona are breaking through.

    Instrumental – James Rhodes

    Instrumental – James Rhodes

    “I was raped when I was six years old. I got confined in a psychiatric hospital. I was a drug addict and an alcoholic. I tried to commit suicide five times. I lost my child custody. But I am not going to talk about that. I am going to talk about music. Because Bach saved my life. And I love to be alive.”

    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.

    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!!!

    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.”

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Speedboat by Renata Adler; following Mr Foster Wallace’s recommendation

    Speedboat by Renata Adler; following Mr Foster Wallace’s recommendation

    Reading the recommendations of established authors lets you look into the mind of an artist in a unique way; you don’t just see how they love to create, but the creations of others that they admire.

    Darkness and laughs take center stage to celebrate Dallas Noir

    Darkness and laughs take center stage to celebrate Dallas Noir

    Last June, The Wild Detectives gathered together some of the Texan authors who contributed to Dallas Noir, a short stories collection set in Dallas. Matt Bondurant, Catherine Cuellar, Ben Fountain, Suzanne Frank, Daniel J. Hale, David Hale Smith, Fran Hillyer, Harry Hunsicker, Kathleen Kent and Merritt Tierce opened the also called Dallas Noir, Oak Cliff’s First Literary Festival.

    Introducing Tostas

    Introducing Tostas

    They did it again. I don’t know how, but The Wild Detectives bunch keep managing to surprise us and improve the experience you get when you cross their doors on 8th Street.

    Make your mama shake with fear… by reading books

    Make your mama shake with fear… by reading books

    In which a professional nerd discusses why reading upsets your mother and why it’s worth doing anyway.

    Halftime balance of a year of books

    Halftime balance of a year of books

    Work, family, movies and miles of running. Work, friends, shows and gallons of craft beer. Work, travels, parties and a tones of wasted time online. In half a year there is room for plenty of things and probably not enough for all those goals you had in mind for the New Year. Although, when you leave January behind, does this really matter?

    Wind/Pinball – The first Murakami

    Wind/Pinball – The first Murakami

    On August 4, Haruki Murakami’s first two novels were released for the first time with a proper English translation. The novels, “Hear the Wind Sing” and “Pinball, 1973,” collected together under the title “Wind/Pinball”, were previously only available through roughly translated epub torrents. The books serve as a fantastic starting point for Murakami’s bibliography of weird, ephemeral fiction.

    Reading E. L. Doctorow is the best way of paying your respects to him

    Reading E. L. Doctorow is the best way of paying your respects to him

    In this world of incessant breaking news, emails, texts and notifications of every kind it is hard to believe that the passing of E L Doctorow could draw much attention to his figure. Let alone to his books. We shouldn’t fool ourselves.

    Enough with the tomes: 4 authors to read in an afternoon

    Enough with the tomes: 4 authors to read in an afternoon

    The website Vulture announced last May that we are coming up on a year of very long novels. In addition to their intimidating page counts, these novels mentioned in the Vulture article have something else in common. I will almost certainly not be reading them.

    What on Earth is a caña?

    What on Earth is a caña?

    Good question. Here at the WD we like it when people ask us questions about drinking; it is an area where we have done some research –Mom might say that rather than research, we simply lived in bars. Well, since you asked, let us tell you a little bit about the amazing world of cañas.

    Life is simple in the moonlight

    Life is simple in the moonlight

    The Velvet Underground’s avoid the sophomore slump, artistically speaking at least, by releasing a cathartic rock and roll masterpiece. 1968’s White Light/ White Heat caught lighting in a bottle that spawned another facet of American rock and roll. The riffs honor Chuck Berry and Lou Reed’s lyrics enhance each song by bravely exploring uncharted territories.

    Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

    Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

    In Happiness for Beginners Katherine Center tackles the well-trod territory of a woman on the verge, but what matters is the telling and Center turns it into a fun, entertaining read that has a lot to say about our preconceived notions of others. And of ourselves.

    Books are good for you. And for everybody.

    Books are good for you. And for everybody.

    Some of us in the WD family were in Madrid during the Feria del Libro (the World biggest Book Fair in Spanish) and lived, ate, drank and mainly talked literature for a couple of days. Paraphrasing the old ads of a popular beer, we say: books are good for you. And for everybody. Here is why.

    Oak Cliff Film Festival 2015 – Theme: DIY Cinema. This is a DIY guide

    Oak Cliff Film Festival 2015 – Theme: DIY Cinema. This is a DIY guide

    A provocateur, the Oak Cliff Film Festival is exactly that. The OCFF stands out far from the conventional festival circuit, with a torch in its hand stirring, provoking. Just take a look at the program and you’ll understand what I mean.

    Second Coming

    Second Coming

    D’Angelo returns from a self imposed exile to deliver a masterful album that questions the madness in the headlines. The music is inspirational and moving. Always one to shun the spotlight, the only aspect he cares to address is his music, a rare trait lacking in todays manufactured superstars.

    Music Is Our Weapon – The power of music

    Music Is Our Weapon – The power of music

    Music has power, it’s a fact. It has the power to sooth, shake, and stir something inside of us, reaching deep into our souls, awakening, healing us. Music is Our Weapon knows it. That’s why armed with MP3 players and songs, they go around North Texas calling us to fight loneliness and abandonment.

    You know it’s a good party when…

    You know it’s a good party when…

    Ingredients for a memorable night: beautiful spring like weather, soft breeze, perfect temperature, blue evening light, the sound of timbales rising, the melody of a son Cubano calling you to the dance floor. Oh… and the authority asking the band to stop.

    Our first Independent Bookstore Day

    Our first Independent Bookstore Day

    A message from the Wild Detectives to Dallas about Independent Bookstore Day

    The Namesake – An impressive, moving debut novel

    The Namesake – An impressive, moving debut novel

    In her sweepingly beautiful debut novel, Lahiri crafts and expansive portrait of what it is to struggle with and against the self and what it takes to make peace with the past.

    Book Day at The Wild Detectives smells like roses

    Book Day at The Wild Detectives smells like roses

    April 23 is World Book Day, and at The Wild Detectives we want to make it special. Following a lovely Catalan tradition we’ll be giving a rose with any book purchase from today and over the weekend.

    Mouth Full of Words – La Rioja Alta S.A. wine tasting

    Mouth Full of Words – La Rioja Alta S.A. wine tasting

    Wine, who doesn’t love wine. Wine is dinner with friends talking your hearts out, lunch at the family table solving the world, or the perfect companion at the end of a long, long day. I’m Argentine, so I know my basics, I like my Malbecs and Cavs, red is for meat, white is for fish. But to be honest, wine is also that mysterious and tempting stranger hard to figure out; so when I attended my first wine tasting, I was both excited and nervous.

    Record store day at The Wild Detectives

    Record store day at The Wild Detectives

    If you are near or around the Bishop Art’s District this Saturday come by and pick up a record and support independent establishments. Here is a list of five records available at the Wild Detectives. The list is a sample that tries to cover many genres and styles but convey a unifying quality of distinguished artistic musical statements.

    Why do you read?

    Why do you read?

    Reading; like listening to music, watching a movie, amusing yourself with a paint or any other way to enjoy art, is a personal experience, so unique to us, as unique we are as individuals; similar in many ways, but never the exact same.

    A Voice for the Invisible Girl

    A Voice for the Invisible Girl

    Sometimes, the smallest voices ring the loudest truths.

    Dallas International Film Fest – Let the treasure hunt begin!

    Dallas International Film Fest – Let the treasure hunt begin!

    Like the day before Christmas, or like a kid in front of a candy store, that’s the feeling I get when I have in my hands the guide to the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF). The DIFF ninth edition offers 11 days and nights of film; hundreds of movies, and the unique opportunity to watch handpicked worldwide features.

    Narcopolis – Swirls of smoke

    Narcopolis – Swirls of smoke

    I’ve always liked the idea of reading and getting lost in my own imagination, though there are few books that I have enjoyed reading for the genius intricacies of structure and allure to the aesthetic use of language. There is a delightful feeling to the way that Jeet Thayil has grabbed my short attention span and slowed down time to use Narcopolis to portray a beautifully broken India.

    The other side of the bar or those unlikely places and lives where you can find your own inspiration

    The other side of the bar or those unlikely places and lives where you can find your own inspiration

    Nobody with a minimum amount of common sense would ever consider neither one of these books Ablutions (Patrick DeWitt, 2009) and Love Me Back (Merritt Tierce, 2014) as inspirational. On the other hand, what anybody can easily see is that when it comes to writing fiction, these two know pretty damn well what they are doing. In fact, it is really hard to believe that we are talking about a couple of debut novels.

    Willingness to mess up

    Willingness to mess up

    Shakespeare in The Bar will be back at The Wild Detectives on March 23 performing Much Ado About Nothing. We wanted to know what’s the thinking process behind all this (beautiful) mess, so we reached out to Katherine Bourne, 33% of the collective mind behind SITB.

    Wild Tales, or the undeniable pleasure of losing control

    Wild Tales, or the undeniable pleasure of losing control

    Excessive, unsettling, cathartic, the Argentine film Wild Tales aims for nothing less. Damian Szifron’s Oscar nominated movie opens in Dallas theatres on March 13th., posing the puzzling question… what if we loose control, what if we forget our good boys and girls behavior, what if we forsake the rules, what if. Warning it’s not for the faint of heart.

    6 Deer Tick’s John McCauley’s songs to waste your weekend

    6 Deer Tick’s John McCauley’s songs to waste your weekend

    The New York Times is pretty good at telling you how to take the most of 36 hours in a new city, those are nice articles. Well, let me give you my guidelines on how to waste more than 40 hours next time you visit a friend in a new city, with the invaluable soundtrack of Deer Tick’s John McCauley.

    The Blue Fox, a novel by Sjón

    The Blue Fox, a novel by Sjón

    A beautiful piece of Icelandic fiction, with a darkness at its core.

    Catalonia calling

    Catalonia calling

    A quartet by the name of Mourn has released an album that dares the world to listen up. 2015 has a promising band trying to keep the “us against them” sentiment alive. Mourn’s self titled debut showcases a gang of four on the rise. Somewhere Pete Townshend is smiling. He is smiling because “the kids are alright”.

    Orography of the low lands

    Orography of the low lands

    John Grant maps in Pale Green Ghosts the lows of a break-up. With lucid precision and brutal honesty, the artist takes us on a deeply emotional, sometimes funny and always inspired journey through each and every stage of grief.

    Top 5 books/stories to read for valentine’s day

    Top 5 books/stories to read for valentine’s day

    Our friend Cinthya Salinas, aka Eloquent Gal, has prepared a very thoughtful list of books about love. For all of you that love someone, or would like to love someone, or would like to be loved by someone, or would prefer to not to love someone, or… Well, you get the idea.

    Texas: The Great Theft

    Texas: The Great Theft

    Once upon a time in Texas, there was a man perturbed, even aghast, by the rarity of contemporary translations of literature in this country. Thus was born Deep Vellum Publishing. Deep Vellum, based in Dallas, released its first title last December. Woo hoo! Congratulations all around. And what a debut it is: “Texas: the Great Theft” by Carmen Boullosa, translated from the Spanish by Texan Samantha Schnee of Words Without Borders fame. Her translation from the Spanish is inspired: chatty, cleverly colloquial and full of energy.

    A Brief History of Time (in Cinema)

    A Brief History of Time (in Cinema)

    If you’re looking for big bangs, singularities or other forms of Stephen Hawking’s wry wit you’re in the wrong place. We do want to talk about time, though. Cinematic time that is. We want to talk about the evolution of its treatment from the early pioneers to, what we think it’s a game changer, Richard Linklater’s masterpiece “Boyhood”.

    The Last Book Project

    The Last Book Project

    In 2011, Dutch photographer Reinier Gerritsen realized that phones and tablets were quickly changing the landscape of New York’s subway, replacing books in the commuter’s hands. Gerritsen has documented over a period of 3 years those New Yorkers that still preferred the feel of paper and the smell of ink.

    Reality beats porn

    Reality beats porn

    That’s what Pedro Almodovar used to say to illustrate how rich and unpredictable reality could be. This very same expression remained firm in my head, after I read Gyorgy Faludy’s “My Happy Days in Hell”.

    When dandies cry

    When dandies cry

    Here at The Wild Detectives, we usually talk about authors that have been published in English. Let’s honour our selection of Literature written in Spanish for a change by reviewing “Ya sólo habla de amor” (He Just Speaks About Love Now) from Spanish author Ray Loriga.

    Loving monsters

    Loving monsters

    A few days ago I was asked to compile a music list about any matter that I wanted to. Given the time of the year, the most obvious topic would be the best things I found during 2014, or whatever the top things I could filter from the whole past year. While I love and dig more than I’m willing to admit these lists, I presume you´re already overwhelmed with the amount you received so far. So have no fear and let me bother you with something more painful.

    That part of your person of which you cannot take any selfies

    That part of your person of which you cannot take any selfies

    John Williams, an English Academic at the University of Denver, wrote “Stoner” in 1963. In a conversation with his agent in which she gave him little hope of commercial success, the author answered her with this words: “The only thing I’m sure of is that it’s a good novel; in time it may even be thought of as a substantially good one.” Time proved him right.

    Camouflaged courage

    Camouflaged courage

    Dallas blogger Cinthya Salinas and first WD’ collaborator reviews García Márquez’s “Clandestine in Chile”, a report of Miguel Littín’s dangerous sneaking back into Pinochet’s Chile after the 1973 military coup. If you like what you see and you also want to collaborate with us, reach out and we’ll arrange something.

    Summertime, an anti-autobiography by J.M. Coetzee

    Summertime, an anti-autobiography by J.M. Coetzee

    Nobel prize J.M. Coetzee writes a self-lacerating fictionalised memoir in which he portrays himself as a worthless piece of shit.

    Mouth Full Of Words, tasting wisdom

    Mouth Full Of Words, tasting wisdom

    One of The Wild Detectives New Year resolution is to bring food and wine experts to the shop to tell us about their favourite products. Introducing Mouth full of Words.

    In the World Wild Web, finally

    In the World Wild Web, finally

    Behold you Dallasites! The Wild Detectives (proper) website is finally up and running and from now on it will nourish your intellectual appetite. Get a snack anytime!

    Merriweather Post Pavilion, a Post-Contemporary Master Piece

    Merriweather Post Pavilion, a Post-Contemporary Master Piece

    It’s difficult for me to talk about this album. It’s too vast. It never ends. It hijacks you into a sonic roller coaster and it spits you out at the end of the trip, while you still wonder what the f*ck has just happened. With Merriweather Post Pavillion you’re never in control.

    The Wild Detectives’ top 5 whistling songs

    The Wild Detectives’ top 5 whistling songs

    A selection of songs for those days when a perfect breeze alternates shadows and lights on your face from the trees and you walk 3 feet over the floor and absolutely nothing can touch you.

    April 17, 2014 – A walk with Gabo

    April 17, 2014 – A walk with Gabo

    Once there was a kid in a remote provincial town in a forgotten corner of Spain, which on its own, was a forgotten country at the time. And the kid came across with a book and read its first line “Many years later, in front of the firing squad, colonel Aureliano Buendía would remember that distant afternoon his father took him to see ice.”

    Yellow Sky

    Yellow Sky

    Yellow is an original essay by Brandon Hobson.

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