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…

Surreal Noir: 20 Oct 21

Coming up on the spooky holidays, it’s SURREAL NOIR at NoBounds Radio. This episode brings together a surprisingly apt pair: Dorothy B. Hughes’ Ride the Pink Horse and Dorothea Tanning’s memoir Between Lives. What brings together two such unlikely texts? Chicago gangsters! Yes, really. How so? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out. I’ll…

Upcoming Events

Who’s super busy? Me. Yes, I am saying no to things — mostly so I can say YES to things I am enthusiastic about (yes, it’s still a struggle not to overburden my time). Some of them quite fun. I have two conference presentations coming up next month and another in December. I have a…

Surreal Noir 22 Sep 21

The Equinox brings the monthly return of SURREAL NOIR at NoBounds Radio. This episode brings together another unlikely pair: Alice Rahon and Patricia Highsmith. This episode may sound a little different: cobbled together from the phone and recordings made in hasty moments when I could find a little quiet here at my dad’s. Not easy…

Enchanted: Fantasy Illustration

I ran up into the Berkshires to join the QoE Stephanie at the Norman Rockwell Museum, the unlikely setting for Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration. It ended up being a lot more rainy then we expected, in fact bucketing down while we enjoyed a leisurely lunch until it stopped long enough for us to…

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…

Out Now: Until We Travel

Out now from Cities & Memory: With the future of global travel still hanging in the balance due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we’re delighted to launch our latest global project Until We Travel today – it’s the world’s biggest collection of the sounds of travel and will transport you to the excitement and familiarity…

From Dundee to Prague

I should have been in Scotland weeks ago. I miss my family, I miss Dundee, I miss livable weather, too. I miss idling in the Howff and dropping by my favourite paintings in the McManus or standing on the little observation deck in the V&A watching the Tay flow past. I miss all of us…

Dora Maar @ Tate Modern

Although my main goal for the flying visit to London in January was Blake, there were plenty of things to be seen. And going from Tate to Tate is always a good excuse to hop on a boat. It’s more expensive than taking the tube or busses, but you can’t beat the view. I was…

Blake at the Tate

Why did it take me so long to get around to posting this, you ask? Well, I took about 300 pictures at the exhibition and the tedium of uploading them finally happened today as it’s a holiday [fight capitalism in the name of MLK!]. The agony of sorting just a few to post here (see…