Here's a list of wonderful books that look at physical and mental health from many different perspectives. By the time we read through the entire list, maybe Congress will have come to their senses. ...more
Josie Swantek Heitz’s and Dave Adams’s The Wrong Light, theatrically released in NYC through Cinema Guild on July 14, is disturbing on several levels. First, there’s the story itself. The filmmakers set out to create a portrait of the Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA), a nonprofit boarding school of sorts founded in 2005 by Mickey Choothesa. Choothesa is a self-proclaimed war photographer (with no background in child services) whose mission in life seems to be to save Northern Thailand’s girls from being sold into the country’s sex trade. Through the eyes of two “rescued” adolescents, whose parents had allegedly sold them to traffickers, the filmmaking team hoped to celebrate a tale of resilience, courage, and redemption. If all this sounds too good to be true, you’re probably not part of the rich, white philanthropy establishment.
Spoiler alert: Things aren’t quite what they seem. (more…)
Cornelius is the alter ego of the legendary Japanese composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Keigo Oyamada.
Twenty years after releasing their iconic album Fantasma in 1997, and putting an end to an eleven-year-long silence, the Tokyo-based musician and his band are now back with Mellow Waves, out now via Rostrum Records.
Having shifted from the postmodern cut-and-paste of previous efforts to a more organic recording technique, Cornelius’s new sound is that of psychedelic brain waves, twirling around scattered thoughts and filling unnerving silences—Mellow Waves is a trip into the creative mind of a musician known for his outstanding and visionary orchestral talent. Check out three videos off the new album after the break! (more…)
Join author Jean Harper for the launch of her book, Still Life with Horses, which happens to be the winner of the 2017 Howling Bird Press Creative Nonfiction Prize! Sateren Auditorium, 7:15 p.m., free.
Wednesday 7/26: Kathleen Anne Kenney will be presenting her new novel Girl on the Leeside. Common Good Books, 7 p.m., free.
Our next Letter in the Mail comes from Kristen Arnett, author of the forthcoming debut collection Felt in the Jaw (Split Lip Press)! Kristen writes us a beautiful, breathtakingly honest letter about about the Christmas present that sits unopened in the backseat of her car, learning to set boundaries, and what it means to have a family.
In “Stevie Versus the Negative Space” by Bonnie Chau at The Offing this week, a young woman tries to define herself through a familiar and flawed lens: her relationships with men.
In order to see the shape of Stevie, start here, with the shapes of the guys.
Chau leads each of the story’s seven sections with a liminal space, “Space 1: Between sophomore and junior years,” and the protagonist Stevie’s physical—or metaphysical—form, “Body Type: A pale, soft-squeezed clay.” These descriptions give the impression of a substance being passively formed by outside forces, a play dough bearing the fingerprints of passing hands, as Stevie struggles to find her own shape. (more…)