|New York City in the 1970s: not so great|
- American writer Edmund White (Blue Met 2014) asks us to stop romanticizing New York in the 1970s ("the city was edgy and dangerous," women carried mace and that people craved a city, largely believed to be at its worst and one of the most dangerous cities in the US, that was more democratic).
- Speaking of the 1970s, Montreal writer Daniel Allen Cox has a new book out, Mouthquake, set in Montreal in 1979. I wasn't able to attend the launch last week at Drawn & Quarterly, nor have I read the book yet, but it's getting some good buzz (more here and here) and if it's anything like his last two books, it'll be a really unusual and fascinating read. Plus the afterword is by Sarah Schulman one of my favourite contemporary writers (and woefully underappreciated, I think).
- Interview Magazine talks to amazing artist Idris Khan. I am so in love with his haunting, black & white work that I want to follow his exhibits around the world like a superfan, just in case I can ever afford to buy a piece.
- Denzel Washington will adapt August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle into a mini-series for HBO. Not a lot is known about the project yet, but Wilson was one of contemporary theatre's most original voices until he died suddenly in 2005 at age 60.
- Very relevant to Montrealers: PBS Newshour looks at how gentrification changes a neighborhood.
|Daniel Allen Cox's new novel|