Channeling Dorothy Parker

I’m over at Gillian Polack’s blog musing on the effects of this year of pandemic and how we have all cycled through all the feelings (at least I have). Check out the wonderful crowd of women Gillian has gathered there for Women’s History Month, because she knows everybody. Yes, it features that lovely heart depicted…

Is It Funny? Episode 13: Fran Lebowitz & Cool

Guess who’s back? I manage to get all the way through this episode referring only to ‘the Scorsese show’ which of course is Pretend It’s A City, which is on Netflix and has the director following around his pal Fran Lebowitz and chatting with her in various places, as a follow up to his HBO…

She Bop: 25th Anniversary Edition

Hop on over to WE ARE CULT to read my review of the new revised edition of She Bop, the history of women in rock-n-roll. This will inspire you to start your own band or write you own history of that great musician no one else has bothered to write about. Be inspired, get wired….

Film for a Friday: The Sensual Nature of Sound

THE SENSUAL NATURE OF SOUND (1993) 4 Composers Laurie Anderson, Tania León, Meredith Monk, Pauline Oliveros Dir: Michael Blackwood Yes, getting the most out of my Kanopy account and distracting me from being on a treadmill so I don’t just think about the capitalist grind of our lives in the midst of a pandemic. Also…

Film for a Friday: The Sorrows of Satan

Thanks to Angela (check out her fab writing at the Cultural Gutter), I was introduced to this interesting novel by the famous-but-largely-erased author Marie Corelli. The Sorrows of Satan was a sensation upon its release and a scandalous bestseller, so it’s typical that it has been overlooked despite its broadly appealing topic — Faustian bargains…

Review: Nightmare Asylum & Other Deadly Delights – Sonia Kilvington

NIGHTMARE ASYLUM & OTHER DEADLY DELIGHTS Sonia Kilvington This collection of stories is shot through with a gothic ambience of darkness, disease and madness in the clinical sense. From its opening story death is always close by, reading to lay a cold hand on someone’s neck. The tales seldom wander far from the haunted corridors…

Tove in Tokyo

I have been invited by the Finnish Institute of Japan to give a keynote lecture…