“That’s Your Daughter?! When Did She Get So Hot?”: Our 20 Favorite Moments From Michael Cohen’s “Disloyal”
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“That’s Your Daughter?! When Did She Get So Hot?”: Our 20 Favorite Moments From Michael Cohen’s “Disloyal”

I love sleazy lawyers. Show me a poorly produced ambulance-chasing commercial filled with images of car crashes, explosions, and infernos with a sweaty man in a suit hollering about bringing down “THE HAMMER!” of justice and I’m over the moon. Maybe it has to do with growing up in Pittsburgh where memorizing a certain ad … Continue reading

Everything Will Be Human, or at Least Californian: A Conversation About “Sensoria” and “We Want It All”
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Everything Will Be Human, or at Least Californian: A Conversation About “Sensoria” and “We Want It All”

The first few chapters of McKenzie Wark’s Sensoria: Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century, recently published by Verso Books, had us both thinking: why are we reading Wark’s book reports? Are we to do a book report on book reports? So instead of that exercise in grad(e) school nostalgia, we decided to have a meandering chat … Continue reading

I Decided To Do Nothing About Everything…Forever: Lana Del Rey’s “Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass”
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I Decided To Do Nothing About Everything…Forever: Lana Del Rey’s “Violet Bent Backwards Over The Grass”

While you were staring slack-jawed at the avalanche of COVID positive test results from the fresh air breathers in the West Wing (even my baby Kellyanne who I thought quit…), caught at a hexed super-spreader Rose Garden infection extravaganza cursed by the angered spirit of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, you may have missed … Continue reading

Blake Butler’s Novel “Alice Knott” Is a Tale of Psychological Disintegration for the Age of Disassociation
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Blake Butler’s Novel “Alice Knott” Is a Tale of Psychological Disintegration for the Age of Disassociation

If I had a favorite narrative genre, it would be what I like to call “psychological disintegration.” I’ve long been seduced by madness, the deterioration of identity. The descent into madness of the lonely civil servant Poprishchin in Gogol’s Diary of a Mad Man. The identity confusion of Trelkovsky in novelist and artist Roland Topor’s … Continue reading

All The Boys I Loved Would Leave…All These Boys Are Dead: Thomas Moore’s “Alone”
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All The Boys I Loved Would Leave…All These Boys Are Dead: Thomas Moore’s “Alone”

Ever since the Great Toilet Paper Hoard of 2020, marking the start of quarantine, the Internet has been full of people howling into the abyss about the agonizing pain their gnawing isolation, a collective holler of loneliness that can, at times, overpower even the accounts of people suffering through COVID-19. Months later, all these lonely … Continue reading

“Jesus Christ, Dad!”: Our 20 Favorite Moments From Mary Trump’s “Too Much And Never Enough”
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“Jesus Christ, Dad!”: Our 20 Favorite Moments From Mary Trump’s “Too Much And Never Enough”

“It would have been easy for Donald to be a hero,” writes Mary Trump, President and Ultimate Member of the Book of the Month Club Donald Trump’s niece and seemingly one of the only people in the Trump clan capable of human emotion, self-reflection, and complex thought, in the epilogue of her recently published, much … Continue reading

“If you really loved me…you wouldn’t rim me while I’m crying”: Diarmuid Hester’s “Wrong: A Critical Biography of Dennis Cooper”
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“If you really loved me…you wouldn’t rim me while I’m crying”: Diarmuid Hester’s “Wrong: A Critical Biography of Dennis Cooper”

“If you really loved me…”–Ziggy slugs–“you wouldn’t rim me while I’m crying.” This is John Waters’ favorite line from Dennis Cooper’s George Miles Cycle, read in a surprise appearance at an event at NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collections in 2000 celebrating the publication of the final book of the Cycle, Period. Specifically deriving from … Continue reading

Just Another Day At The Office: Our 20 Favorite Moments From “The Room Where It Happened”
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Just Another Day At The Office: Our 20 Favorite Moments From “The Room Where It Happened”

“Just another day at the office.” This is the defeated phrase sighed several times by blowhard hack…I mean, former National Security Advisor John Bolton in his recently published, not-quite-bombshell book The Room Where It Happened. Treading water in the eye of the shitstorm of daily impeachable offenses, hourly obstruction of justice, minute-by-minute clownish ridiculousness, and … Continue reading

That Filthy Five! They Did Nothing To Challenge Or Resist: The Items I Would Steal from “Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition”
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That Filthy Five! They Did Nothing To Challenge Or Resist: The Items I Would Steal from “Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition”

I am a crooked (wo)man and I’ve walked a crooked mile…what’s that? Oh, I’m just practicing for my inevitable prison crooning after getting pinched for petty larceny aka having some sticky fingers, the same ones that tattooed E.V.I.L. on his brother’s fist (that filthy five! They did nothing to challenge or resist). I mean, that … Continue reading