Return to Blue Velvet
"Isabella Rossellini is a dark-haired porcelain beauty with a stare that's as desperate as it is ravenous. She is the ultimate seductress, victim and martyr to Dennis Hopper's brilliant, masochistic sicko. I could watch the two of them for hours, whatever that says about my psychological health." By Jessica Machado
A Perfect Waste
"There's a hint of trepidation in his voice that reveals his youth when says, 'In your opinion, did your husband have any cause to damage the vehicle? That is, do you think the accident was premeditated?'" By Alissa Nielsen
Boetti at MAXXI
"The importance of Boetti's work--with its emphasis on playfulness, connections, chance, and the rest--assumes the greatest thrust when considering his complete ouvre. His influence surfaces repeatedly in the work of his contemporaries, and is now evident in a number of current Italian painters and sculptors." By Elizabeth Lopeman
Late Night Library
Late Night Review: Zubair Ahmed's City of Rivers
In the latest Late Night Review, Emily K. Bright reviews Zubair Ahmed's debut poetry collection, City of Rivers (McSweeney's Poetry Series). "This is a collection rooted in family and ghosts," Bright writes.
Invisible Threads: Jeanette Winterson's Oranges are Not the Only Fruit
"Winterson does not appear to be suggesting that Bible stories equal fairytales. Instead, she's moving in the margins, figuring out if she can create a new text for her life while still holding on to the old one." By Emily Burns Morgan
Fear and Loathing in Van Horn, Texas
"He was convinced that a decadent skintight sci-fi future was within his grasp, if he could maintain the fantasy long enough to reach Boston and get it all down on paper. He'd write a demented diary disguised as a flock of comic books that would warp culture while his PSA-launched acting career paid for a beach house and a satellite headquarters. Basically, young Jason Squamata had taken just enough drugs to go nuts." By Jason Squamata
Bad Connections: The Novels of Renata Adler
"What if the social details and contexts that lead us to believe we 'know' a character are misleading, and are therefore the first things that should be stripped from a narrative?" On Renata Adler's Speedboat and Pitch Dark. By Dan DeWeese
"As Long as Your Ambition is About the Writing, you're Okay": A Q&A with Nancy Zafris
"If I hear about a lineman or a welder, say, who loves opera, I'm immediately interested in exploring that person--which is quite different from explaining that person." Mary Rechner chats with Nancy Zafris, author of the new story collection, The Home Jar.
Late Night Library
Late Night Debut: Shara Lessley's Two-Headed Nightingale
Late Night Library has posted their latest podcast: Lucas Bernhardt and Sarah Seybold discuss Shara Lessley's debut poetry collection, Two-Headed Nightingale (New Issues Poetry & Prose).
On Books from Matias Viegener, William Gass, and Teddy wayne
Reviews of Viegener's 2500 Random Things About Me Too, Gass's Middle C, and Wayne's The Love Song of Jonny Valentine.
Rachel Kushner's Brilliant Connections
"Multiple storylines and plots, concerns on the personal, cultural, municipal, and global level: we weigh and handle these things with ease now, even more so when guided by a writer of Kushner's caliber." Patrick McGinty on Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers and whether James Wood has acclimated.
Is it Possible the NBA Team You're Playing For is Tanking?
Was it a good game? Did both teams play hard? Take our simple quiz and discover the truth.
Trying to Go Further: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
"The story of the Merry Pranksters, at least in Wolfe's telling of it, is less about drugs than you think, and more about the nature of leadership." By Emily Burns Morgan
Count Chocula Invades Duran Duran
"I cannot tell you how many times I danced to 'Cuts You Up' between the years of 1997 and 2000. To say that it was my jam would be an understatement; it was my solo performance in the spooky pageant that was my pseudo-goth-dance-club life." By Jessica Machado