The Romance of the Battered Underwood by K A Laity

Originally posted on Punk Noir Magazine:
Oddly enough it’s come to my attention that Mark E. Smith’s old typewriter is going to be auctioned off. What Fall fan could resist the allure of that relic? You don’t have to be a ‘look-back bore’ to see the appeal of owning a bit of that remarkable history.…

Bantz with the Foxes

New from Fox Spirit Books: the comedy stylings of Adele and Tom AKA Aunty Fox and Mr Fox offering a glimpse behind the scenes of an award-winning small press. Or something like that 😉 scripted by me but of course based on real conversations (perhaps exaggerated slightly).

Grissel Jaffray’s Stone

In the Howff this stone has come to be called the headstone of Grissel Jaffray, last witch executed in Dundee. It’s not her headstone, but who am I to mess with tradition? There is of course a formal memorial for her as well. Besides, the cemetery is full of lovely sights. You should probably visit…

New Semester & Academic Mystery

I am back in New York and the new semester has begun: allow me a little time to acclimatise and then I will catch up on recent adventures (WorldCon of course, but also Brigit Riley and Leonora Carrington!) In related news, Fox Spirit Books has a new academic-themed cozy mystery, Hire Idiots. It may suit your…

Dublin WorldCon & Inanna Sale

Get The Ascent of Inanna (includes me!) for just $10 this weekend only. Click here. I will be attending WorldCon in Dublin next week along with a huge crew of folks — including the Fox Spirit skulk! My schedule includes: ConEIRE 16 Aug 2019, Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Wicklow Hall 2A (Dances) (CCD) A love letter to…

Helene Schjerfbeck @ RA

The Helene Schjerfbeck exhibit at the Royal Academy is stunning. I do wonder if there is something genetic that makes me particularly partial to Finnish artists, but sacrilegiously, I don’t like coffee or liquorice, so perhaps not. There is something utterly engaging about her use of light, even when she paints in Cornwall, which by…

Olafur Eliasson @ Tate Modern

If you can’t get to the Tate Mod, be sure to watch the BBC programme on Eliasson’s preparation for the exhibit (and also the Cindy Sherman one even though I had to miss her exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery — sob!). The exhibit is immersive and experiential so it went far too fast. Speaking…

Leonora (& Me) in London

I had a fabulous time at Treadwell’s spreading the word of Leonora Carrington and The Hearing Trumpet. Thanks so much for the invite, Christina! The enthusiastic audience really made me feel welcome. I have so much more to say about this book — I’ve actually pitched two more conferences with related pieces for next year. I think…

Film for a Friday: Dragonwyck

I think I have the Cultural Gutter to thank for finally getting to watch this film. It ought not to have been a hard sell: Vincent Price! Gene Tierney! And it takes place in the very region I live in the NY half of my year. Based on the Anya Seton novel, ‘It is a…