At its core, Motherlunge is a novel of longing. Kirstin Scott has written characters who so profoundly feel an absence in their lives, yet despite this yearning, they have difficulty with moving forward. Filled with fierce, difficult love, the story still does not let itself become bogged down with excessive melancholy, and it is an immensely satisfying read.
In more localized news, if you are in the Great Falls, Montana-area (or need a reason to be), Tyson Habein (the mister) and musician Joe Ryan are throwing a party. Well, an arts and culture showcase, to be more exact: Magnificent Seven. And because, more officially, the event is sponsored by Electric City Creative, that means I'm somewhat involved too. Our little hibernating magazine venture is more of an arts promotion venture at the moment, and that's ok too. Anyway, there will be food, booze and coffee; artwork sold; and music by the people listed on the event page. All of them are.... wait for it... magnificent.
Over at P-Mag, here's what I've written lately:
- What I Watched Last Night: Chaplin: The Robert Downey Jr.-starring biopic. I enjoyed it a lot.
- Masterbitch Theater: Bisexual Invisibility: In which I get cranky about lazy journalism at HuffPo and Dan Savage.
- Book Review: Papercraft 2: Design and Art with Paper edited by Robert Klanten and B. Meyer: My first review for Cannonball Read 5.
- Book Review: With My Body by Nikki Gemmell: Crossposted from the review that previous appeared here at GLL.
- Book Review: The Beautiful Anthology edited by Elizabeth Collins: Another crosspost because I thought this book could use some more attention.
- AKA... That Time I Met Noel Gallagher: Look, I'm going to be talking about meeting Noel until the end of time, so shush.
- Book to Film Adaptations: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith: Yes, I know I also talk about this book a lot. This is how I roll.
- Get in My Belly: Baked Potato Topped with White Beans and Kale: So good. And good for you.
- 30 Years of Music: 1989: featuring Madonna, Indigo Girls, De La Soul, Pixes, Tom Petty, The B-52's, Chris Isaak, NOFX, Janet Jackson and Depeche Mode.
- 30 Years of Music: 1990: featuring The Sundays, Sinead O'Connor, Concrete Blonde, Iggy Pop and Kate Pierson, Extreme, INXS, The La's, Deee-Lite, Whitney Houston, and C+C Music Factory.
- 30 Years of Music: 1991: featuring REM, Mr. Big, Metallica, Guns 'n Roses, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mariah Carey, Primal Scream, Massive Attack, and A Tribe Called Quest.
Only two new Notes From Elsewhere over at Word Riot since we last rounded them up:
- 12-28-12: A few Best Of lists, therapy llamas, and late-blooming authors.
- 1-11-13: J. Robert Lennon's bathroom reading material, new work by Nick Antosca, and Neruda Cats.
Finally, my review of Stasiland by Anna Funder now has a bit of perspective from a former East German, my friend Karo, appearing at the end. Do take a look.
Also, I've heard some cases of blogger eating comments here. Do let me know via email if you've tried to comment and it's not showing up. I don't have comment moderation turned on for any recent posts, so they're supposed to turn up right away.
Until next time.