A quick recap of stuff I did this past month:
- In the wake of their permanent closure announcement, I wrote a remembrance of Chicago's ArcLight Cinemas.
- I wrote about moving my newsletter off of the Substack platform.
- My little horror film podcast, Quiet Little Horrors, released a mini episode on Parasite...
- And a full-length episode on The Wailing, a film I particularly like.
In personal news: I made these lemon sugar tea cookies and they were delicious.
How Yahoo became an internet villain. This is also a sad testament to the importance of owning your own content if you want it to last on the internet.
Understanding why horror films can radiate comfort. Follow up with this older article about why some anxious people find comfort in horror.
I’m a big fan of this couple rescuing and adopting out unsettling toys.
“It is a mistake and a misreading of nature to think that you, a living creature, will be flourishing all the days of your life.” I’m not languishing, I’m dormant.
- I knew nothing about Anna Kavan’s Ice before I found it on a library shelf and decided to read it. Now, after reading it, that seems almost fitting for such a mysterious, surrealistic book. Recommended to those interested in taking journeys.
- Mike Hodge’s film Croupier is streaming on Criterion Channel and is a pretty great slice of late 90s’s neo noir.
- The Black Tapes podcast is something of a legend in the horror podcast arena and I finally started listening to it. The later episodes drag a bit, but it’s mostly a highly effective and extremely creepy audio docudrama.
Happy May. Enjoy the flowers.
This week’s quote is from Naomi Shihab Nye.