Friend of the Gutter Michelle Kisner reviews M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin Door (2022). “We live in uncertain times right now. Pandemics, climate change, and an unstable economy. Humanity flirts with the apocalypse, dipping its toe into the murky darkness. What if we could somehow save […]
The New Yorker has a profile of cover artist Lorraine Louie with a small gallery of her covers for Vintage Contemporaries. “From the 1984 début of those first seven books, the Vintage Contemporaries design attracted immediate attention. It felt perfectly of the moment, a snapshot of the mid-eighties. […]
The Public Domain Review features new books and films that have come into the public domain in the US on Jan. 1, 2023. Read more here. Meanwhile, Duke University has a resource listing sound recordings as well and discussions of copyright and the public domain here.
At GQ, Jason Diamond writes about Noah Baumbach’s White Noise (2022) and “the unfilmable novel.” “The funny thing about film adaptations of unfilmable novels, though, is how they age: while they tend to meet critical resistance upon release, something interesting happens after that. Often, the movie versions of […]
I’ve been thinking about what “disreputable art” means in a time when nerds, fans, and geeks have won a kind of cultural hegemony. It was different when the Cultural Gutter was founded in 2003, before Iron Man (2008) launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Force awakened, and the […]
The Library of America Blog shares the an essay by John Williams on the Western novel and the West, “The ‘Western’: The Definition of the Myth“. “’There’s a very real sense in which “The West” does not, did not ever, exist. It’s a dream of The East—almost as […]