Surreal Noir: 17 May 22

Tonight, it’s SURREAL NOIR at NoBounds Radio. Episode Ten: Last episode was so talky I decided to double the listening pleasure this time around. Deep Listening from the 21st century back to the 14th—immersive sound to stop time and feed your ears! Musical selections include: Pauline Oliveros: Big Slow Bog (Mills Tape Center 1966-7) —…

Blithe or No

BLITHE SPIRIT (2020) An impulse purchase this week: I suspect it was the subliminal effect of the tarot spread in the cover image. And I like Judi Dench. And Dan Stevens. And I love Coward, the snap and crackle of his dialogue. Certainly the play could use an update — like removing all the casual…

Surreal Noir: 19 Apr 22

Tonight, it’s SURREAL NOIR at NoBounds Radio. Episode Nine: My text for this episode is Leonora Carrington’s ‘My Mother is a Cow’ which you can find in the collected stories. It features surrealism, ritual, goddesses, sacrifice, skin, magic, and a bit of Graves’ The White Goddess. If this sounds familiar, it’s adapted from the talk…

Magickal Women: 3rd Time = Charm

I am delighted to say I will be part of the third Magickal Women Conference this October with a superb bunch of other speakers, practitioners and performers. My presentation: OPEN YOUR LUNAR PLEXUS WITH LEONORA CARRINGTON This one weird trick could help you to change your life. Doctors hate this! Celebrities endorse this! Big pharma…

Sunday Matinee: The Fake (1953)

Another early morning movie with a noir tinge and an art scam — I’m staying on brand for once! I watched another neo-noir last night but am mulling over whether I want to write about it. Yes, two films in a 24-hour period. Who am I? The key is working around dad’s schedule (also ear…

Got Gothic? Turney’s The Other One (1952)

The Dell paper back edition: ‘Black magic — and a modern sorceress!’ That ghastly green: I love it. Last week’s film Back from the Dead was based on this mid-century Gothic thriller and scripted by the author, who certainly streamlined the narrative — perhaps a little too much. By coincidence (or due to us both…

Surreal Noir: 22 Mar 22

Tonight, it’s SURREAL NOIR at NoBounds Radio. Episode Eight: It’s Women’s History Month, so a variety of things including adaptations of Patricia Highsmith’s Deep Water (no, I haven’t seen the brand new one yet but I did hear someone refer to it as Gone Girl 2.0 which is encouraging. All texts mentioned: Leave Her to…

Surreal Noir: 22 Feb 22

Returning for 2022, it’s SURREAL NOIR at NoBounds Radio. Episode Seven: In the States it’s Black History Month so this episode shares a variety of Black women and centres on Paris, of course the city at the centre of Surrealism, but also with a long history drawing people of colour for art, music and more….

Surreal Noir: 22 Dec 21

In a contemplative yuletide vein, it’s SURREAL NOIR at NoBounds Radio. This episode gets me belatedly into seasonal mode: an exploration of fictional accounts of the Parker-Hulme murder and its repercussions. In the darkest days of the year we tend to hide; with good reason – who knows what might lurk in the dark. Even…

Surreal Noir: 24 Nov 21

Coming up on the eating holidays, it’s SURREAL NOIR at NoBounds Radio. This episode gets me belatedly into Noirvember mode: a dive into Highsmith’s Cry of the Owl which my students just read (they’re not onto Deep Water so maybe I will get on to that next here). I also wrote about the 2009 adaptation…