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beautiful blue skies and golden sunshine all along the way

For the past few months, I’ve been relying on David Lynch’s Los Angeles weather reports to help organize my days. I tune in every...

Writing, Little Women’s Romance

Why do we need yet another movie of Little Women? There are now five surviving feature film versions, an average of one every twenty...

The One That Got Away: On Inherent Vice

“Doc stroked his chin and gazed off into space for a while. ‘You know how some people say they have a ‘gut feeling’? Well, Shasta...

Montana Noir

I moved to Los Angeles from Missoula, Montana, a sweet and scenic university town that is still remote enough to be inspiring, still small...

The Pixies Film That Never Was

Why did Black Francis take this long to write a graphic novel? Sure, he’s been busy of late with reunion tours of both the...

“A filthy process in which I was engaged”: Revising Frankenstein

Terror, nausea, and the solitary slog of patching together cold, dead bodies in the workshop:  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus created a...