Big big thanks if you have subscribed over the last week, and respect for being on board early while I clumsily try to figure out what this thing is. Words like aggregation and digest come and go while I continue working through a long backlog of stuff accumulated over the summer, much of which informs the bits and pieces shared below.
Some things for you to read and watch and hear.
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First up is yet another completely dreamy mix from Time is Away. Folky autumnal vibes to match yr heart.
If you are somehow new to their work, I recommend taking a week or so out to explore their extensive NTS archive. The more formal collage/essay stuff tends to be my favourite but it’s basically all gold.
With zero shame I will admit to you here and now that Hereditary FUCKED ME UP upon first viewing, and certain scenes will likely remain scorched into my retinae with some degree of permanence.
Sophie Lewis (author of the excellent Full Surrogacy Now, published last year by Verso) does an incredible job of unpacking Hereditary alongside the subsequent Midsomar to ask whether director Ari Aster might have (perhaps unintentionally) created the strongest argument in contemporary cinema for the abolition of the ‘bio-conservative cult’ of the family. Absolute 🔥
Low Theory is a collaborative digital journal that values unconventional thought and under-explored forms of knowledge and meaning-making within written and/or visual culture. Issue 1 appeared in June and assembled some really interesting work around the theme of ‘creativity + time,’ and submissions for its second issue, this time themed around ‘the body,’ are currently open.
The new issue will raise funds in support of The Okra Project, who provide home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans people worldwide.
If you are reading this there is no actual reason for you not to submit something. Take a risk.
“At least 62% of white nationalists might still be converted,” as if there is an antidote for the transubstantiation of the poor white interplanter oligarch and state executioner, a corrective for every white citizen who has internalised the power of the police, as if the plot against America isn’t America.
I’m still utterly reeling from Saidiya Hartman’s “rant” read for CAAPP’s Looking for Language in the Ruins event with JJJJJerome Ellis and Erica Hunt last week. An actual revolutionary.
The whole discussion is rich and varied and rewarding and worth your attention but hit (approx) 32:23 to 51:21 for Hartman.
Was into this mix from Oliver Coates, whose new album skins n slime comes out later this week. Jimmy Ferraro to Darkthrone via Enya, Dean Blunt and, bizarrely, a long, long forgotten cut from Marion’s first album.
The first time I saw Coates play live I was unable to overcome the Arthur Russell cosplay optics of the thing, but his set for last year’s MODE was a real nerve-jangler and I’m stoked for the new record.
Last week I read Strangers, the new Rebecca Tamás essay collection just published by Makina Books, and it was a belter. So refreshing to read someone tackling the big stuff—how to re-think and re-feel our bodies/selves/the world—in warm, accessible yet provocative language, that is politically and philosophically dialled in without succumbing to the sort of paralysing abstraction that befalls many (me).
Truly gutted to have somehow missed Tusk’s premiere of Just For the Record, a new film about legit genius “Blue” Gene Tyranny, and may actually have to pre-order it ahead of its Vimeo release in December. Check out the trailer, I still can’t believe it exists.
Karrabing Film Collective spent a couple of years kind of hovering in the periphery of my consciousness but reading Elizabeth Povinelli’s Geontologies over the summer led to me watch everything of theirs I could track down.
The group features in a new online exhibition that coincidentally shares its name with the Otolith Group film mentioned last week. I haven’t found the time to check out the rest of the exhibition yet, but these short Karrabing clips offer a sense of some of the ways in which the group’s work—sometimes described as ‘improvisational realism’—expresses a very particular set of relations with land, time, and each other.
A selection of contemporary avant-garde organ tracks from Bandcamp would be peak-zeitgeist wouldn’t it and yet here we are anyway. Have a nice lie-down, you’ve earned it.
Significant vibe at the end there.
(Suggestions of more effective ways to assemble playlists that don’t rely on Apple/Spotify/Tidal for someone who lacks the patience to produce an actually mixed mix would be particularly welcome right now btw.)