After reading Josh Simmons' Black River I had to read Cormac McCarthy's The Road and watch Requiem for a Dream to cheer myself up.
If Simmons' artwork wasn't so spellbindingly hallucinatory I would have stopped reading this grim odyssey of a group of women, a man, a couple of dogs making their way through a devastated wasteland in search of the promised land. Everyone in the group is afflicted with brain-crippling traumatic stress. They compound their misery by taking a joyless drug called gumdrop that "turns your head inside out." They encounter sadistic psychopaths. They die horribly. What's not to love?
Simmons' depictions of burned out buildings and blighted countrysides is made more surreal by his obsessively detailed renderings of the sky, with exaggerated Aurora Borealis trails, leaden Mammatus clouds, and impenetrably dense smoke. If you have a stomach for inhuman hopelessness, I highly recommend Black River!
Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, John Waters’ new book, sounds like a demented must-have: It “serves it up raw: how to fail upward in Hollywood; how to develop musical taste from Nervous Norvus to Maria Callas; how to build a home so ugly and trendy that no one but you would […]
Chamber’s second novel, A Closed and Common Orbit, in her Wayfarer series is so wonderful I cried several times. A Closed and Common Orbit picks up immediately after Chambers’ first story, Long Way to a Small and Angry Planet concludes but is barely an extension of that tale, beyond further expanding on Chambers’ wonderful universe. […]
Despite showing its age, John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids continues to be a consuming post-apocalyptic tale.
Breaking into the big leagues as a project manager isn’t done overnight, but there are principles that anyone can learn, and they’re applicable to nearly any business. No matter what your field, if there are multiple teams working toward a common goal, you’re going to need a roadmap. The Project Management Professional Certification Training Suite […]
On the one hand, nostalgia is “a corruption of the historical impulse,” according to William Gibson. On the other hand, “Super Mario Bros.” will never not be cool. Luckily, there’s a way to satisfy that retro gaming while still keeping an eye on the future: The GameShell Kit. This thing is simultaneously the last handheld […]
The field of data analytics can get intimidating, even for business professionals who constantly rely on it. But at its heart, its purpose is to simplify. To take mounds of information and distill their insights into a single clear picture. Currently, the go-to software for painting that picture is Tableau. And if you want to […]