TAROT IN GRESHAM’S NIGHTMARE ALLEY

[N.B. Written when I first heard that GDT was remaking it] When I showed Nightmare Alley to the students in my noir film course, one came up at the end to complain that the tarot readings were way off. I agreed and encouraged him to pick up Gresham’s novel. I assured him that the author cared a…

51%: Witches

No, I’m not claiming 51% of the population is witches — would that it were! — rather I am one of the folks interviewed on the timely edition of this venerable radio program 51%. Host Jesse King interviewed me along with Pam Grossman (readers of this blog will be well familiar with the host of…

#WHM: Tove, Frida & Alice

Women’s History Month is fast evaporating and there are several things I ought to get to but haven’t. Time being short and my memory even shorter, here are some films I didn’t immediately write up and can’t access again to double check impressions so I will be vague but enthusiastic. TOVE (2020) Director: Zaida BergrothWriter:…

Virtual Opening: Silent Fire

Tonight at 7pm EDT Nasty Women Connecticut and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music present the virtual opening for the exhibit SILENT FIRE. You can sign up for the event here. You can follow NWC, YISM and the Silent Fire Project on Instagram. Curatorial Statement I burn in a silent flame. … And while for…

Review: The Witch of Kings Cross

THE WITCH OF KINGS CROSS Writer/Director: Sonia Bible The story of Rosaleen Norton is not very well known outside Australia, even among the pagan world. I was lucky that a friend who was a huge fan introduced me to her art in the 90s. Powerful stuff, it is, too. With occult, spiritualist, and surreal art…

More Hilma in Hudson

In the midst of all this uncertainty, we can be certain that art restores our souls [feel free to insert a less fraught word if you are uncomfortable with that one]. The Hilma af Klint exhibit in Hudson though modest is glorious. At the heart of it are her notebooks, meditating on the meaning and…

Hilma af Klint in Hudson

I had thought just to write up the documentary Beyond the Visible which is playing at Time & Space Limited. I saw it recently with Peg and it was just glorious to see her art again even if it was on the big screen and not right before me. Of course it’s frustrating too, to see…

Leonora, Me & The Hearing Trumpet

Check out my conversation with Rick over at Some Other Sphere about my obsession with Leonora Carrington, The Hearing Trumpet and more. I enjoyed it: hope you do, too.  

Popular Occulture Write-Up

It was great to get to Glasgow and see Jay! And of course to attend the Popular Occulture in Britain, 1875-1967 workshop, which touched upon many of my interests and current projects. See the full schedule with bios of the presenters here. This is just some quick notes on things that I want to remember:…