As Marcus has noted, in the Dead Girl Show ‘the story will be over before it begins’; there can be no redemption for the Dead Girl, but it is available to the person who is solving her murder. Just as for the murderers, for the detectives in True Detective and Twin Peaks, the victim’s body is a neutral arena on which to work out male problems.
men and shirtlessness
violence and dads
Wolverine and healing
Akira Kurosawa and the barely receding mists
Mathieu Kassovitz and the Indomitable Gaul
Miranda July and homeliness
bullying and crying
Kelly Reichardt and entropy
the magic hour and Tree of Life trailer
And I thought how many happy, satisfied people really do exist in this world! And what a powerful force they are! Just take a look at this life of ours and you will see the arrogance and idleness of the strong, the ignorance and bestiality of the weak. Everywhere there’s unspeakable poverty, overcrowding, degeneracy, drunkenness and stupid lies … and yet peace and quiet reign.
— Anton Chekov, ”Gooseberries”
"They drank and smoked and played the piano and bragged of their decades-old exploits, reminiscing easily about a west coast before I-5, before California Route 1, even … or the Spanish Mission Trail. They claimed to recall impossible things, the gold rush and the Wiyot Massacre, priests knelt praying in the frothing waves, before there were palm trees."
My short story Franklin is up on Alternating Current’s Go Read Your Lunch week.
Walking home it occurred to me that the great thing about a bomb threat is how much it leaves to the imagination. Like your mom saying you’re in trouble but not telling you why, you go over everything it could be in your mind. There were hidden rivers of guilt running underneath. There had to be.
— Vanessa Veselka, Zazen
He’s said things like this in interview after interview, seemingly unconcerned about sounding like exactly the kind of cold-ass psychopath his detractors assume he must be.
— Alex Pappademas writing about Paul Verhoeven