A young woman knows where she is going. She always has. Today it is to the island of Kiloran in the Scottish Hebrides. It will take a day and a night to get there—first by train, then by boat—but when … Continue reading I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING!
Located next to the butcher’s shop, down the row from the local pub, Deadly Cuts is the hair salon where the women of Piglinstown, Dublin, congregate. It’s a safe space in a rundown town that never feels safe. The gangs, … Continue reading DEADLY CUTS
The poor dope—he always wanted a pool. Well, in the end, he got himself a pool. —Joe Gillis, Sunset Boulevard Selma Blair wanted to be a writer. Then her English teacher saw her act and told her, “You’re an actress.” Not … Continue reading INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR
Wildflowers, released in 1994, was Tom Petty’s fastest-selling album. It went triple platinum in just nine months and became the album Petty cited as his best. And considering the personal turmoil Petty went through during the making of Wildflowers, its success … Continue reading TOM PETTY, SOMEWHERE YOU FEEL FREE
History has a nasty little habit of being reductive. Life unfolds with such a multitude of specificity it’s damn easy to be overwhelmed by it all. So we generalize, we categorize. Anything that doesn’t fit is extricated. Then, after enough … Continue reading WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR
Born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, Poly Styrene picked her stage name out of the phone book because she wanted something that sounded plastic. This was Britain in the 1970s, and the cultural landscape was changing. Punk music was taking the scene … Continue reading POLY STYRENE: I AM A CLICHÉ
It took only two movies for Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang to establish his trademarks: Slow-paced storytelling, scarce dialogue, alienated characters. And that was back in the mid-’90s; today, Tsai’s movies fit comfortably into the category of slow cinema, a burgeoning … Continue reading DAYS
Edee (Robin Wright) has no desire to live. She was once a wife and a mother, but a cruel twist of fate snatched both in one blow. So Edee packs up and leaves Chicago for a remote cabin located deep … Continue reading LAND
Of all the ideas to come out of Michael Lewis’ Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, the notion that the difference between a team making the playoffs—and a team not—coming down to the success or failure of a single … Continue reading TRY HARDER!