Fellini’s 8½ is a head-scraping and memory-swirled portrait of the judgment and shame that comes with creative effort.

Shadowbahn

In Steve Erickson’s Shadowbahn, the Twin Towers reappear in South Dakota, wholly intact and without explanation.

Double Feature

Nightcrawler and Bringing Out the Dead

Shock G

I grew up with Digital Underground. I copied the cartoons from their albums into my middle-school notebooks and I memorized their lyrics; my brain still carries them around thirty years later.

Shot

A late April snowstorm blew through Ohio last night, quick and heavy.

3+1

I answered a few questions about writing and the allure of lonely gas stations as part of Michael Donaldson’s 3+1 interview series. I’m flattered to appear on his eight-sided channel, which has the passion and sprawl of a vintage zine, and it’s one of the first places I visit when I’m looking for new great […]

L’Avventura

“Our myths and conventions are old,” said Antonioni. “And everyone knows that they are indeed old and outmoded. Yet we respect them.”