Gentry: The Soulful, Sleazy Bureaucrat at the Heart of Drugstore Cowboy

Gentry: The Soulful, Sleazy Bureaucrat at the Heart of Drugstore Cowboy My time in the Army knocked the wanderlust right out of me. I understand…


Life Without Consequences: Why Escapist Comedy Depresses Me (and You)

The first film review I reviewed was It: Chapter Two (2019) because I’d been let down by that film so profoundly. On reflection, I understand why:…


Paranoia and Ennui: A Review of Under the Silver Lake

I would like to talk about Under the Silver Lake, the 2018 film whose release was slightly sabotaged by A24. It is a film that feels like it was…


Anaïs Nin Returns? Part 2

Return to New York War broke out in Europe in 1939, but one would hardly know that from reading Anaïs’ diary. In fact, it were as though the wars and…


Death in the Desert: A Review of Rhythm & Mucous by Mather Schneider

Rhythm & Mucous by Mather Schneider (Terror House Press, 2021) These poems are serious and playful; bitter and sweet: visceral poems, sometimes…


The Gods Trapped in Cocoons: Eugenics, Psychiatric Abuses, and Classist Liberal Tyranny in Get Out

The first time I walked into a therapist’s office at age eleven (I’d walk out diagnosed with depression), I asked if hypnotism was real, if it…


Down in the High Desert: An Interview with Mather Schneider

Tomorrow, Terror House Press will release its 29th book: Rhythm & Mucous by Mather Schneider, a poetry chapbook examining working-class life,…


Anaïs Nin Returns? Part 1

When I was a student at University of California, Berkeley in the early 1950’s, my circle of friends included several graduate students in the music…


Venus, Mars, or Mercury Retrograde in Furs: Drag Performance, Crossdressing, and Trans Characters in Film

I fell in love with Julie Andrews when she punched a hustler while coming out a closet dressed in a suit. The symbolism couldn’t’ve been more…


Suburban Purgatory: A Review of Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia by Tracey Thorn

Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia by Tracey Thorn (Canongate Press, 2019) If you don't know who Everything But the Girl is, it was an English…