Influences

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



May 28, 2022

“Only in a Rerun”

The Running Man became 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

Ohio. A sunny and brittle Tuesday with wind chills near zero. Last night I watched Hiroshima, Mon Amour.

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.

April 8, 2021

L’Avventura

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

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.

January 11, 2020

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.

July 9, 2019

Melancholy and Prophecy

Six days after watching Melancholia, I cannot shake the airless world of this film that lives in the eerie twilight between calamity and silence.

April 14, 2019

Red Neon and Broken Clocks

Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey into Night is the best film I’ve seen in years.

October 8, 2017

Mono No Aware

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