Blind Spots

I remember all my efforts to prepare to move forward, but I forget the jerky reverse, stop-and-go motion that made that eventual forward movement possible.

The Weird and the Functional

The artist Rammellzee used the term ‘lightdwellers’ to reference a generic societal elite. Decades later, ‘the lofts’ can do a similar job for a certain kind of New Yorker. Ditto for ‘condos.’

Me and My Shadow

On Jungian shadows, Elena Ferrante, THE BABADOOK, and the sinister side of motherhood.

Men of Myth: On Bruce Springsteen & Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes’

Whereas early blues and country artists were subsumed under the mythology of their genre, rock was about individual stardom from the outset. Where do Dylan & Springsteen stand in relation to their progenitors?

Under the Skin: David Cronenberg’s CONSUMED

Though Cronenberg is undeniably preoccupied with decaying and deformed flesh, he also evinces a gleefulness in probing physical transformations, and how they both impact and reflect upon the psyche.

The Post-Apocalyptic Counterrevolution Will Not Be Televised

If it’s true that the world’s poorest will disproportionately suffer the effects of climate change, we are engaging in a kind of philosophical counterrevolution, undoing the modern idea that the masses matter at all.

The Generic Life

On POETS IN THEIR YOUTH, a newly republished memoir by Eileen Simpson, John Berryman’s wife.

The Personal and the Believable

Fanny Howe and Shabazz Palaces are strange bedfellows, but this summer their shared orientation helped renew my belief in the world.

Going Viral

Alena Graedon’s THE WORD EXCHANGE and Ben Marcus’ THE FLAME ALPHABET explore the traumatic capacities of language by imagining it is a virus.

Reading Tolkien’s Beowulf and Reliving My Own

Each translator must decide what sacrifices are most acceptable to make, because those sacrifices will define the translation.