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Make Them Feel the Feeling: Candice Wuehle’s ‘Monarch’

A white crown floats on a blue background

A creepy doll-face with pink lips and green eyes; the cover of MONARCH by Candice WuehleI could describe Candice Wuehle’s debut novel, Monarch, in a hundred different ways, each as enthusiastic as the last.

Jessica is a teenager in the “middle of the middle”—her father, Dr. Clink, is a professor at a Midwestern University; her mother, Grethe, sells Tupperware (sort of).

Jessica is like a lot of teenagers—she spends an absurd amount of time studying herself in a mirror.… read more.

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The Transformative Filmography of Julia Ducournau

On this day in 2016, French filmmaker Julia Ducournau made her solo feature length debut with the critically acclaimed — but hugely controversial — Raw. 

Julia’s feminist sensibilities as a director tackling themes of gender and transformation can be traced back to her earliest work, Junior, a short film that follows a student who starts shedding their skin after becoming sick.read more.

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Beyond Humanity’s Solipsism: Nathalie Biancheri’s ‘Wolf’

'Wolf' movie poster in sea green. George McKay and Lilly Rose Depp stare into each other's eyesWriter/Director Nathalie Biancheri’s beautiful and compelling debut art film, Wolf, is the story of Jacob (George MacKay), a young man who sincerely believes he’s a wolf.

Set at an institution dedicated to reversing “species dysphoria” — an actual psychiatric syndrome, albeit a rare and under-researched one — Wolf challenges audiences to reflect on matters of identity and their impact on ecological relationality.… read more.

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Finding Faith and Magic with Bridget Talone’s ‘The Soft Life’

A sunset in Cheyenne Wyoming Last Chance Camp

The Soft Life book coverIn a dream, I am Bridget Talone. I have written The Soft Life — a book of poems that speaks for itself. I fold myself up into it, a letter to keep your page. I wake up.

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I love this book so much it hurts.

I read a poem. I’m overwhelmed. It is so good. There is so much goodness in it. It is exquisitely, painfully, good to read.… read more.

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Cat Power’s Third Cover Album is a Personal Journey

Today is the birthday of Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall – best-known by her stage name “Cat Power.” And, to celebrate, I’m excited to write about her latest album.

The first Cat Power song I ever listened to was Chan’s cover of The Velvet Underground’s song “I Found a Reason.”… read more.

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Transforming Metal in Julia Ducournau’s Film ‘Titane’

Titane – the French spelling for the metal titanium –is a slasher flick which features no less than six murders in its first half-hour.

Watching writer/director Julia Ducournau’s new film wasn’t exactly a pleasurable experience for me. I frequently cringed, and had to force myself not to look away.… read more.

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