From the Vault: Eyes of Laura Mars

This essay first appeared, in slightly different form, at my old site, four years ago. Eyes of Laura Mars is a favorite slasher/American giallo-style horror film of mine, so Halloween season feels like the perfect time to revisit it. As its title indicates, Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) is especially concerned with eyes, and specifically … Continue reading From the Vault: Eyes of Laura Mars

The Writing is the Juice

“Why can't I write something that would awake the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply.”Patti Smith, Just Kids The writers who've inspired me the most over the years share a knack for expressing complex, often-conflicting feelings in potent, artful prose that captures my own complex, often-conflicting feelings. Writers like Joan Didion, Lester Bangs, … Continue reading The Writing is the Juice

“She Dies in Life, I Live in Death”: Zoë Tamerlis Lund

Zoë Tamerlis Lund was born in New York City on this day in 1962. She was a musician, model, actress, political activist, producer, and screenwriter, among other things. She was already a gifted pianist when she made her acting debut as the Avenging Angel Thana in Abel Ferrara's 1981 cult classic Ms. 45, long considered … Continue reading “She Dies in Life, I Live in Death”: Zoë Tamerlis Lund