March, 1979 by Alex Colville (1920-2013)
I was unblocked for years, getting reviews or riffs or whathaveyous out at least once a week. For months now—more than months, really—the words don’t come out, or they come out in quips on Twitter. Or I don’t feel like they’re necessary. I guess that’s fine. I’m not sure what I’m doing with the blog at this point. So anyway, these are the signed pieces on the blog over the last three months.
I reviewed two titles from Nowbrow, Vincent Mahé’s 750 Years in Paris and Victor Hussenot’s The Spectators; both graphic novels center on Paris.
I also reviewed Paul Kirchner’s The Bus 2.
I riffed on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, suggesting that “SW: TFA takes Star Wars itself (as brand-mythos) as its central subject. The film is “about” Star Wars.”
David Bowie died.
I read Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish novels and riffed on them.
And I wondered if anything good happened in Quentin Tarantino’s film The Hateful Eight.
There were several books I wanted to write about and failed to write about in the past three months, notable The Free-Lance Pall Bearers by Ishmael Reed, Vertigo by Joanna Walsh, and Lucia Berlin’s Homesick. They were all great and good and grand.
Unrelated Studies of a Fox (1669-1671) by Pieter Boel: