V.23 No.16 | 4/17/2014
Under the Skin
Experimental sci-fi film wonders what it’s like to be human ... and then harvest the internal organs of other humans for mysterious alien purposesExperimental sci-fi film Under the Skin introduces audiences to sex and violence, alien-style.
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Ouvrez La Bouche
French-American bliss on the WestsideGail Guengerich finds French-American bliss on the Westside.
In Rayya Elias' memoir, Harley Loco, her unpretentious, funny narration depicts her outsider existence as a junkie, hairstylist and aspiring musician in late-'70s/early-'80s New York.
Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side
Color Me Curious
Sophie Benini Pietromarchi’s charismatic Color Book aims to awaken a love of the visible spectrum in pre-teens (and older readers who haven’t outgrown a nice picture book with lots of vivid spreads to mull over).
The Color Book
V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
Love and marriage go through the ringer during a bittersweet anniversary trip to ParisMiddle-class British couple Meg and Nick have been married for 30 years. In an attempt to rekindle the ol’ flame, they decide to spend their wedding anniversary in Paris. From the start it doesn’t look like this expedition is going to bear fruit.
Sculptures by Andrew Bell
Creatures FeaturedThe new show’s acrylic-on-resin sculptures tell the story of an ominous factory in a world short on resources and long on corporate greed and toxic waste.
Letters, Lovers and Time Travel
Shiskin is considered that country’s greatest living novelist. The Light and the Dark may not be as long as some of the Russian classics, but it is as large in its scope. It’s by turns engaging, confusing and erudite.
The Light and the Dark
Being Poetry, Serving Albuquerque
Carlos Contreras’ first book of poems, Time Served, brings you the verbal pyrotechnics and heartfelt emotion that many of us have watched being born in this young man’s work. Reading it is a cause for celebration.
V.23 No.14 | 4/3/2014
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Wes Anderson’s screwball caper finds the art in artificeThe Grand Budapest Hotel is a whimsical chocolate box painting of a comedy, could be Wes Anderson’s most Wes Andersony film to date.
Recovery in Aztlan
Paul DeBlassie III’s The Unholy is a frightening thriller that details the struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Set in the mythical land of Aztlan, DeBlassie’s novel is infused with the scents, sounds, and traditions of the author’s native New Mexico.
V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
Nymphomaniac: Volume I
Lars von Trier’s fetish is the specialization of knowledgeThe first volume of the final installment in Lars von Trier's "Depression Trilogy," Nymphomaniac finds a battered sex addict talking sex, polyphony and fly-fishing with a bookish fisherman.
photos by Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Straight From District 5
Kim Long Asian CuisineAri LeVaux discovers that “Asian Cuisne” means “mostly Vietnamese.” But it’s good!
The Age of Innocence Lost
“I can pinpoint the very moment it all started to change, when the calm broke: when news that twelve-year-old Emanuel Jaques had disappeared spread through our neighborhood in the whispered prayers of women returning from Mass.”
Kicking the Sky
There are quiet sounds that often get lost in the business of our daily lives. Catherine Reid’s book Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home is a chronologically organized collection of personal essays meant to entice us to listen.
Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home
V.23 No.12 | 3/20/2014
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Put a Spell On You
The Kabab HouseA small University Area café offers a taste of Persia.