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Tag: october/november 2021

A man in a suit and tophat (think Mr. Monopoly)walks gleefully through a changing neighborhood. Building in the distance are under construction, and someone lies on the sidewalk across the street.

Casting Call

Hospital patient  to die on-screen.  Must be able to stay dead for money. Must stay dead  for several takes. Must not flinch when the protagonist’s tears make a lake  of…

The Act of Smelling

The Nose If all our genius lies in our nostrils, as Nietzsche remarked, the nose is an untrained genius, brilliant but erratic. The human nose can detect a dizzying array…
In a basketball court, a girl shoots hoops, and misses.

The Innocent

For weeks we watched for hatchlings to come  of three smug eggs tucked into a nest,  the nest tucked into the crook  of a neighbor’s honeysuckle. Time nodded,  was nodding—the…

Enter Ghost

1. There is a kind of cinematic prophecy, a big-screen dreamworld that eerily anticipates the real. An event erupts into our attention—a natural disaster, a political movement, a war, a…
An illustrated portrait of Bijan Stephen, by Kristen Radtke

Side Quest

List of games mentioned: Magic: The Gathering Fortnite Valorant Counter-Strike List of ’90s trading card magazines mentioned: The Duelist As you might imagine, I play a lot of video games.…

Star System

It was the fall of 1966, as the Las Vegas Strip was just beginning to sparkle and sprawl, when a young architect and planning professor by the name of Denise…