Influences

A collection of books, buildings, songs, and films that have shaped how I see the world.



September 5, 2022

Fields and Waves

Berenice Abbott’s portrait of a magnetic field reminds me of fireworks beneath the eyelids and my childhood conception of God.

May 28, 2022

The Running Man

My ur-text for a sleazy future of trashcan fires, black markets, station hijacking, and vicious game show hosts.

January 25, 2022

Hiroshima, Mon Amour

Lovers speak in monologue and monotone. They thrash and sulk in shadows. They repeat themselves while gazing into the middle distance of the emotionally detached.

January 4, 2022

The Memory Police

In Yōko Ogawa’s fable, the residents of an unnamed island suffer the ritual disappearance of objects big and small. Flowers. Lemons. Perfume. Calendars.

May 9, 2021

Mahjong

Two games later, she said something to me that roughly translates as “you are still breathing but you have no strength.”

April 23, 2021

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.

February 2, 2021

Devotional Image

She gave me the most magnificent gift: a small framed reproduction of my favorite painting.

January 15, 2021

Between

Good philosophy for an extreme season.

August 1, 2020

Max

“You’re looking at the future: people translated as data.” This line from Max Headroom certainly holds up thirty-five years later.

July 9, 2019

Melancholia

I cannot shake the airless world of this film that lives in the eerie twilight between calamity and silence.

April 14, 2019

Long Day’s Journey into Night

One of the best films I’ve seen in years. I never thought wearing 3D glasses could be so heartbreaking.

October 8, 2017

Blade Runner 2049

Ghosts in the machine, glitches in the sublime, and rain-streaked neon. Watching Blade Runner 2049 felt like returning to church.