Brian Oliu parses the performative stylings of one of wrestling’s most iconic figures into a meditation on origin and self-presentation. Brian will appear as a part of the Letters Festival in Atlanta, running November 8-10. Tickets available now at thelettersfestival.org.
“The first time I heard a Florence and the Machine song, I was a sweaty, closeted teenager in a hot car, casually getting every cell in my body rearranged by a voice.” Jeremiah Moriarty on self-discovery through art, consumer culture, and escape.
“I thought women back home were always in pain. I thought I escaped, learned how to live in spite of what happens when life doesn’t roll over its belly for you.” Sloane Frederick on their experiences with family roles, leaving home, and the process of discovering one’s persona.
Quinn Roberts explores overlapping themes of wealth, mental illness, and self-medication in Moshfegh’s latest novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, and Netflix’s animated series Bojack Horseman.
Brett Ortler with a moving essay on what happens when technologically connected millennials die, video games, the smattering of friendships that stick with you (for whatever reason) for life, losing a close friend to chronic illness, the music of Matthew Good, and much more.
Iphgenia Baal speaks with Fiona Helmsley about death, memory, writing from personal life, and much more regarding her new book, Death & Facebook.
Jeff Jackson checks in with his latest edition of Ideal Home Noise, taking a look at Welsh comics artist Chris Reynolds, Criterion’s release of Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates, new retrospectives of photographer Malick Sidibe and Robert Rauschenberg, and Tony Duvert’s Atlantic Island.