Archive for October, 2010

October 30, 2010

by Sara Gran

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.

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October 30, 2010

V. C. ANDREWS AND THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS

by Megan Abbott

Gran-Abbott collaborative history, part 1

THE BELIEVER – SEPT 2009 ISSUE

DARK FAMILY: V. C. ANDREWS AND THE SECRET LIFE OF GIRLS

SARA GRAN AND MEGAN ABBOTT

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

October 30, 2010

Betsy and Tacy

by Megan Abbott

Wouldn’t you buy sand from them?

October 30, 2010

I could tell you, but then you would have to be destroyed by me

by Sara Gran

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.

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October 30, 2010

by Megan Abbott

Secret Wisdom

October 29, 2010

Currently Reading

by The Abbott Gran Medicine Show

Cottonwood, Scott Phillips

The Girl Sleuth, Bobbie Ann Mason

Rock Stardom for Dumbshits, The Phantom Surfers

Not in Kansas Anymore, Christine Wicker

 

 

October 29, 2010

Cotton Comes to Harlem

by The Abbott Gran Medicine Show

Megan, I know you’re a Chester Himes fan–have you seen this Ossie Davis 1970 adaptation? It was a lot of fun!

October 29, 2010

by The Abbott Gran Medicine Show

October 29, 2010

Recommendation

by The Abbott Gran Medicine Show

My favorite astrologer, D. K. Brainard.

October 29, 2010

by The Abbott Gran Medicine Show