Film of the Fortnight: Persepolis

Persepolis (2007) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Persepolis is a French-Iranian animated film written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. It is based on Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name and depicts her childhood and young adulthood in Tehran and Vienna against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Persepolis beautifully balances political and personal issues, historical events and everyday occurrences,…

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Book Review: Jennifer Egan – A Visit From The Goon Squad

Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From The Goon Squad Begins with punk rock and slowly erupts into an epic plot that seems to time travel itself across the backs and forths of many characters as their lives criss-cross and intersect. Imagine sharing headspace with the Humans of New York and you’ll have a good feel for the tone…

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Augusten Burroughs | Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL – March 29, 2017

Last month I had the chance to meet one of my writing idols, Augusten Burroughs, at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago discussing his book Lust & Wonder. The Music Box is a historic picture house located in the Southport area of Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. It was built in 1929, then later restored in 1982, retaining…

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Amanda F@#%ING Palmer: The Art of Asking

What I like most about Amanda Palmer is that she makes me uncomfortable. She shouldn’t. I’m not going to lie, I’ve followed and unfollowed her multiple times on Twitter because, well, I want to read something else on my Twitter Feed and it tends to turn into an Amanda Palmer fest. However, she shouldn’t make…

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Book Review: Duff McKagan – How To Be a Man (and other illusions)

You’d hardly expect Duff McKagan from the ’80s hard rock band Guns N’ Roses to have become such an inspiration, but every time I finish one of his books I feel energized. His last book It’s So Easy (And Other Lies) was the first rock bio that made me both laugh, cry, then want to…

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Patti Smith’s ‘M Train’ and Out of The Frying Pan: Ruminations

The book is building up to tragedy, I just know it. That was my first thought when I started reading Patti Smith’s new memoir M Train. She starts off with a dream of a mysterious cowpoke. Mid-book I’m so entwined into Patti’s world that the photo of her with her willow tree at St. Clair…

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Book Review: Viv Albertine – Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys

Viv Albertine’s bio Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys starts out slow, but by the middle it’s pure punk rock fantasy. From The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Vivienne Westwood and being best pals with Sid Vicious – it’s all here, the music, sleeping in squats on bare floors, pissing onstage, crabs – you…

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Patti Smith: A Profile, Looking Ahead

It was a haircut that changed Patti Smith’s life. Her memoir Just Kids chronicles the time she spent with her friend and photographer, the late Robert Mapplethorpe in New York City in the late 60s and early 70s. They never had any money, and they could barely afford rent. When they could, it was just…

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Book Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless was one of those rare books I expected to love from the moment I glanced over the cover. I was quite sure after I read the first few pages. Author Catherynne M. Valente’s words are like a pickled feast; sometimes biting and sour but in all the right ways, and so you continue to eat…

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Book Review: Holy Cow by David Duchovny

Holy Cow tells the story of a scatterbrained cow named Elsie, who can’t stay focused enough to tell her tale unless she’s preaching her cause (don’t kill cows!). It’s a lot like me trying to tell a story, which may be the very reason I have trouble following it. The book is overfilled with tropes…

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