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.
So you’ve visited the Kennedy Space Center every year. You’ve watched “The Right Stuff” for the 95th time. There must be something to do while you’re waiting to join Space Force for the next manned mission to Mars or the moon. Here’s a combo that should raise a salute from any fan of space or […]
Looking for a new tablet? If you haven’t upgraded in a while, it might be time to check out the latest iPad Pro for two very good reasons. First, the 2018 model is a real workhorse. The 12X Bionic chip processor means it can handle any task you set out for it, and still have […]
You want wireless earbuds to make an impact on your mood and workout, not the environment. If that’s the case, we’ve got a new contender for AirPod market share: Brio Phantom X7 True Wireless Earbuds. The features on these tiny, comfortable buds are impressive even without the environmental angle. Their Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity is good […]