brightwalldarkroom:

We are insanely excited to officially announce some very BIG news:
Beginning this week, RogerEbert.com will be running one essay from each new issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine on their website.
We are partnering with them to make this possible, thanks to the work of their editor-in-chief (and writer/critic extraordinaire) Matt Zoller Seitz, who reached out to us and offered us a chance to be a part of the amazing work they’re doing to further Ebert’s legacy and spirit by continuing to build an international community of passionate critics, writers, and fans through the site.
We feel immensely blessed to be associated, in any way, with Roger Ebert (who was, for many of us, the man who first helped us fall in love with movies), and we couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration! 

brightwalldarkroom:

We are insanely excited to officially announce some very BIG news:

Beginning this week, RogerEbert.com will be running one essay from each new issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine on their website.

We are partnering with them to make this possible, thanks to the work of their editor-in-chief (and writer/critic extraordinaire) Matt Zoller Seitz, who reached out to us and offered us a chance to be a part of the amazing work they’re doing to further Ebert’s legacy and spirit by continuing to build an international community of passionate critics, writers, and fans through the site.

We feel immensely blessed to be associated, in any way, with Roger Ebert (who was, for many of us, the man who first helped us fall in love with movies), and we couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration! 

Vincent Van Gogh Irises, 1889.

(via sigh-twombly)

Taken almost exactly five years ago. Miss you, dude. 

Taken almost exactly five years ago. Miss you, dude. 

The Glove - A Blues in Drag

I just found out a wonderful, kind, generous friend passed away last night in the most mundane of ways. Fuck addiction.

He once wrote how he loved this song, that it transformed his brain:

This song does extraordinary things to me. Its effects differ depending on the season. In the death heat of a Georgia summer, that slow suffocation, I can play it just at dusk, and it ushers in a breeze. It always ushers in a breeze; be it through a window, or a garage door, where I’m sitting on the wood step thinking of where I only wish I was. The melody is cool like that painted cement floor. It’s sporadic. Robert Smith sits at the keys and plays airy notes from the center of the sharps and flats, and leave behind them sunshine echoes cool’d by the shade. They hang there, dabbling, then… they jump. It jumps so high… an octave, off the page. And you jump with it, and you’re way up in a blue sky with winking ledger notes, so far to the right they almost click.  Those keys are out there, places where a piano teacher waits with ruler… uncharted territory - There Be Dragons!!! It is someplace that makes you lightheaded, where the notes of heaven reside. The ledger noteswink at you,and smile in your direction… You, The Clever One, so flighty and bold to float up so high with such disregard to the fall. But it feels like someplace you’ve always belonged, and that’s what the wink was for. “You clever bastard!How did you get all the way up here!?” And you are welcomed to a view of a crystalline dream-scape.

I hope you’re up there listening to this song right now, buddy. You are already missed. And I’m so angry with you right now that it breaks my heart. But it’s a selfish anger. I get that. I just think the world deserved to spend more time with you. 

Summer came so late this year here. Even in early June we were still wrapping ourselves in cardigans to stave off the cold. But now we are here in the heat and it feels so nice and warm. Growing up in California I hated the heat. I found it oppressive, overbearing, suffocating. I deal better in warmth in small, coveted doses. Little gems of warm days and tank tops. Blue water, sandy beaches. July to me feels like the most beautiful, shining days of summer where anything feels possible. 

  1. Panama Wedding - Feels Like Summer
  2. Electric Guest - This Head I Hold
  3. Generationals - Trust
  4. Go West - The King of Wishful Thinking
  5. Len - Steal My Sunshine
  6. Kanye West feat T-Pain - Good Life 
  7. The King Khan & BBQ Show - Hold Me Tight
  8. T. Rex - Mambo Sun
  9. Wild Belle - It’s Too Late
  10. Autre Ne Veut - Play by Play
  11. P.M. Dawn - Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
  12. Shy Girls - Voyeur’s Gaze
  13. The Reflections - (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet
  14. Haim - Honey & I
  15. Phantogram - Don’t Move
  16. The Stepkids - Shadows On Behalf
  17. Purity Ring - Fineshrine

katiecoyle:

I was a snob once, too. When I first started writing short stories in college, I was determined to read only the best, and so I focused on the Western canon, on Hemingway and Faulkner and Jonathan Franzen; I took a small step away from my beloved Harry Potter, understanding it to be different and lesser. It went on that way for a long time, until the summer after my first year in grad school, when I picked up Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters in the teen section of the Carnegie Library and something shifted in my brain. It was like the curtains had been parted and I suddenly saw that my whole conception of value had been formed and shaped by people who looked exactly the same (people who looked like Hemingway and Faulkner and Franzen), that the world was much bigger than that, much more interesting, and so much more fun it made me want to scream. This is the thing I can’t get over in these conversations—we talk about Literary like it’s not in itself a genre. We talk about books as if it’s just understood that there’s a Universal Good and a Universal Bad, and we act like the Universal Good is not overpopulated with white males, and we act like readers of the Universal Bad don’t know any better.  

But look: I can read and understand and appreciate High Literature, and usually I don’t. And that’s because as we should all well know, it’s our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities. And what I want to be is happy.

JUNE 2014

It’s June and I can barely breathe, but that’s only because my allergies are late this year and they are trying to make up for lost time. June is a light, summery month and this is a light, summery mix. Enjoy.

  1. Guided By Voices - Littlest League Possible
  2. The Teenagers - Homecoming
  3. Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX - Fancy
  4. Penguin Prison - Don’t Fuck With My Money
  5. MMOTHS feat. Superhumanoids - Summer
  6. The Breeders - Divine Hammer
  7. The Pharcyde - Passin’ Me By (Hot Chip Remix)
  8. Bill Withers - Lovely Day
  9. Capital Cities - Tell Me How To Live
  10. Kisses - The Heart of the Nightlife
  11. Devendra Banhart - Hatchet Wound
  12. Brenton Wood - The Oogum Boogum Song
  13. Jim James - Dear One
  14. Here We Go Magic - Fangela
  15. RAC and Kate Harding - We Belong
  16. The Kinks - Strangers
  17. The Turtles - You Showed Me

brightwalldarkroom:

Excerpt from Issue #12:

Michelle Said imagines the other end of the line from Dr. Strangelove's famous phone scene:

His brain felt cloudy. This Cold War. So cold that other bodies couldn’t provide warmth. A stand-off, a frozen state. What was any of it good for? Power struggles helped nobody. But the Soviet Republic had to triumph. It had to be an example. And yet, and yet…

He tossed back the second shot and went back for another. And another. And another after that. But despite feeling numb, he could not erase that face from his mind. The only person in the world he would like to talk to was not there. He remembered their periodic chats with a fondness he had never felt before. Each phone call lasted at least a half-hour but it felt like it lasted for ten hours or five seconds. And each time it was never enough.

Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed the record player, gilded and golden in the corner of the ornate bedroom. He fumbled through a stack of records until he came to the only disc that would help the pain.

Seems like the other day  
My baby went away  
He went away ‘cross the sea 
It’s been two years or so

He thought of the Doomsday device. It would be so brilliant and perhaps his beloved would be surprised. Oh, how he loved surprises. Demonstrating this ingenious feat of engineering—yes, world-destroying, but perhaps peace-keeping?—would surely make the President of the United States stand up and take notice.

He began to sing along with the record. Once it ended, he skipped the needle back again and turned up the volume. 

The phone rang. Alexei! Alexei began speaking quickly. Something about the president, something about planes. His brain was too muddled to comprehend the words. And then, before he knew it, the phone transferred to the American president.

“Hello?” he asked. He felt his heart skip as he heard the flat monotone voice on the other end of the line. 

Hello? Hello, Dimitri? Listen. I can’t hear too well. Do you suppose you could turn the music down just a little?”

“Oh, yes,” Dimitri mumbled. “Yes, of course.” He flipped off the sound and felt his cheeks blush with embarrassment. The Shangri-La’s, while terrific, were not the musical choice of a Soviet Premier.

“Oh, that’s much better.”

“Can you hear me now, Merkin? Is it fine now?”

“Fine, I can hear you now, Dimitri. Clear and plain and coming through fine.”

“You, also, are coming through fine.”

“Well, then, as you say we are both coming through fine. Good. Well, it’s good that you’re fine and I’m fine.”

Dimitri clutched the cord of the phone close to his chest, twisting it in circles around his fingers. “It’s great to be fine,” he said stupidly. 


To read the rest of Michelle’s piece, download the Bright Wall/Dark Room app to your iPhone or iPad for free, or subscribe online for just $2 per month.

brightwalldarkroom:

ISSUE #12 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

A brand new, end-of-the-world themed issue of Bright Wall/Dark Room magazine! Featuring pieces on Dr. Strangelove, Planet of the Apes, Children of Men, Tank Girl, The Turin Horse, Sorcerer,  - as well as a brand new piece from author Leslie Jamison, a prayer-of-sorts written for “The Unlikely Heroes of Apocalypse Movies”.

To read the whole thing, head over here, read, and subscribe! $2 gets you a monthly subscription, and $20 gets you a full year!

MAY 2014

April showers bring May flowers, and everything is in bloom. Literally every thing. Pollen is everywhere. I am sneezing out of my ears. But at least everything is pretty. The rain clouds making way for the sunshine. Relax. Bask in it.

  1. Richard Swift - Lady Luck
  2. Lana Del Rey - West Coast
  3. Blood Orange - S’Cooled
  4. Phèdre - In Decay
  5. Little Feet - Teenage Nervous Breakdown
  6. The Smithereens - Blood and Roses
  7. Annie Lennox - Little Bird
  8. Wild Belle - Keep You
  9. Zambri - ICBYS
  10. Vetiver - Fog Emotion
  11. Will Stratton - You Divers
  12. V.O. - When You See Red
  13. Better Than Ezra - In the Blood
  14. Joni Mitchell - Coyote
  15. The Youngbloods - Sunlight
  16. The Mamas & the Papas - Midnight Voyage
  17. Chad VanGaalen - Where Are You