The Elenic Question
October 06, 2016
Masochism’s Gem-Like Flames
What did the Victorian era's aesthetic and psychosexual preoccupations produce? Len Gutkin on Claire Jarvis's "Exquisite Masochism."
Matthew Barney’s “Excrementitious” Transcendentalism: On “River of Fundament”
THE OPENING SEQUENCE in River of Fundament, Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler’s epic 2014 video opera (recently screened, for the
Babies Taste Best
"Snowpiercer" is Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s first English-language effort and the summer’s critical darling.
Camp Von Trier: On "Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1"
On Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1.
A Beatnik Animal House: John Krokidas’s “Kill Your Darlings”
One hopes teenagers trained on “Howl” and on the sardonic Burroughs of Junky and Naked Lunch will recognize when they’re being condescended to.
The Last Obscenity: William Gaddis’s Collected Correspondence
IN A 1978 LETTER to the novelist Cynthia Buchanan, William Gaddis — The Recognitions and J R behind him — discusses
The Stupidity of Mankind, Its Misuse of Reason: An Interview with William H. Gass
THE LEGENDARY NOVELIST William H. Gass’s long-anticipated new work, Middle C, is a caustic delight. The author’s third full-length
The Terrifying Wish that Comes True: On Cain's 'The Cocktail Waitress'
ldquo;I OWE NO DEBT, beyond the pleasure his books have given me, to Mr. Ernest Hemingway,” James Cain wrote