I just discovered that the wonderful and wise Erik Davis has a podcast on topics weird, wonderful, and delightful. Check out especially this episode with Mark Pilkington, founder of Strange Attractor and author of the new book Mirage Men, which I am dying to check out.
Gran-Abbott collaborative history, part 1
DISCUSSED: Familial Debauchery, Lowered Sensibilities, The Dark Side of the ’70s, Freudian Romance, Adolescent Rage, Middle-Class Suburban Drama, Recurrent Incest, The Mordant Reality of Hansel and Gretel, Nostalgia, Repressed Childhood Desires, Fears That Do Not Vanish, Soulless Retribution, Maternal Unrest, Dying Alone
One of my favorite books of the past year has been Trevor Paglen’s I COULD TELL YOU, BUT THEN YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE DESTROYED BY ME. This a collection of patches collected from military branches of various capacities. What they have in common is that they are all classified groups, with little or no official recognition. These are the people who work at Area 51, Groom Lake, Antelope Valley, and other liminal spots on the map. Of course, like all people, they have an urge towards self/group-identification, and so they do what other groups within the military do–come up with funny names and make patches. Each patch is a window into the strange twilight world of black ops and military conspiracy, and each one is a little mystery waiting to be solved–a perfect little microcosm of that sense of almost-truth that makes conspiracy theories so dangerously addictive.
Cottonwood, Scott Phillips
The Girl Sleuth, Bobbie Ann Mason
Rock Stardom for Dumbshits, The Phantom Surfers
Not in Kansas Anymore, Christine Wicker