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…

Kirriemuir

A little jaunt in the mists and rain: the birthplace of J. M. Barrie and Bon Scott! Lovely drive through the Sidlaws there, too. And WiFi on the bus 😉

10 Ways to Wear it Like a Surrealist!

Over at the Fox Spirit blog, I have a piece up on how to dress like a surrealist. Red is dead, blue is through, Green’s obscene, brown’s taboo. And there is not the slightest excuse for plum or puce — or chartreuse. ‘Think Pink’ from Funny Face (lyrics by Leonard Gershe) Looking for that quel-que chose for your summer or fall…

World Listening Day 2019

Join in World Listening Day 2019! The theme is ‘listen with’ and you can get more details at the World Listening Day site. Want to listen with me in the heart of Dundee? Gratitude always to Pauline Oliveros who got me listening deeply.

A Female 007

Headlines this week as word leaks about the 25th Bond film: a female 007! And she’s black! Cue fan boys screaming. Awesome for Lashana Lynch! But the truth is she’s just taking James Bond’s job, not Daniel Craig’s role (and alas, no Idris Elba? Sigh). But who reads beyond the headlines? And does it matter…

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‘Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.’ Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr Ah, so it comes around again: newsletters. With drastic changes coming to Farcebook, it looks like they will be pushing all activity into groups (probably so they can push the administrative work of moderation onto unpaid volunteers and pretend that the problem is therefore…