#Tarot #Noir: William Lindsay Gresham’s Nightmare Alley – Jan 25

TAROT NOIR: WILLIAM LINDSAY GRESHAM’S NIGHTMARE ALLEY It’s no surprise that Guillermo del Toro sought for years to make his own neo-noir version of Gresham’s novel. The heady combination of the occult, tarot, the carnival and grifters in the ‘spook racket’ made the original novel a bestseller and led matinee idol Tyrone Power to risk…

Radical Spirits: Hilma’s Ghost

As I found myself in Connecticut this weekend, I stopped off at the Hill-Stead Museum to visit the exhibit Radical Spirits: Tarot, Automatism, and Feminist Histories put together by the collective Hilma’s Ghost (named of course for Hilma af Klint): Hilma’s Ghost, named after af Klint, is a feminist artist collective consisting of Brooklyn-based artists and…

Surrealism, Tarot & Leonora

I am woefully behind on everything and making so little progress. What better time to watch some of the videos from the Biennale! This one of course I was very much anticipating. I know I have shared talks with Susan Aberth and Tere Arcq many times and they have spoken about Leonora and YET, there…

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…

Niki de Saint Phalle @ MoMA PS1

I headed down to the city to meet up with gal pal/fellow art crime shenanigator Stephanie QoE to catch the Niki de Saint Phalle exhibit at MoMA PS1, which I’d never been to before. Into the wilds of Queens we voyaged to Long Island City. I thought the exhibit would be fun, but I was…

Gresham’s Guide to Tarot

I seem to have neglected to update the blog with my post over at Punk Noir Magazine about William Lindsay ‘Nightmare Alley’ Gresham writing about Tarot. I realise now it was because I reblogged it not here but over at Graham Wynd‘s blog. I attended a talk on tarot in fantasy fiction and learned more…

Double Edge Theatre: Leonora & Alejandro – La Maga y el Maestro

People always want to tell you that magic doesn’t exist, yet that is the stock in trade of theatre. Gal pal Stephanie and I were treated to an extraordinary event last night out in the wilds of Western Massachusetts. You’ve got an opportunity to go to tonight’s performance if you’re in the region, and I…

It’s a Bear

In the midst of a delightful discussion about Midsommar on pal Carol’s FB wall, a few memories have bubbled up. One of them is the gas station we always stopped at on the drive up to our cabin in Kaleva. It was a long drive and we knew every turn of it. I always knew my…

Out Now: Tarot in Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

My essay “The Unlikely Milliner & The Magician of Threadneedle-Street” has been published in Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature. Click the 1st link to read a free PDF; click the 2nd to find information on ordering the issue (you can get it through your library, too). There’s a…

Write 4 a Day Sunday + Jen’s Tarot Workshop

Don’t you deserve at least one day to write? Write 4 a Day is a series of monthly one-day writing retreats in upstate New York. There is: no workshop no agenda no required activities no assignments no schedule no WiFi! Unplug. Write. Don’t write. Think. Daydream. Doodle. Outline. Come for the whole day or just…