Paris from Camus’s Notebooks

Originally published in The Paris Review on September 19 2016.  The myth is tenacious: an unknown writer on the verge of international fame, not suspecting that the scattered pages on his or her desk will become that miracle, a first published novel and a passport to glory. From March to May 1940, Albert Camus was that man, finishing a draft of the book he was … Continue reading Paris from Camus’s Notebooks

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Three by Kafka

Originally published in The Paris Review on September 14 2016. Three what by Kafka? Truthfully, I don’t know how best to categorize the trio of prose nuggets below. I’m tempted to call them parables—each is succinct and appears to illustrate some truth—but Kafka himself undoes that notion in the first fragment, drawing a meaningful line between the lessons of allegory and those of real life. And yet … Continue reading Three by Kafka

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David Lynch Keeps His Head, David Foster Wallace

1. WHAT MOVIE THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT DAVID LYNCH’s Lost Highway, written by Lynch and Barry Gifford, featuring Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, and Balthazar Getty. Financed by CIBY 2000, France. An October Films release. Copyright 1996, Asymmetrical Productions, Lynch’s company, whose offices are near Lynch’s house in the Hollywood Hills and whose logo, designed by Lynch, is a very cool graphic that looks like this: … Continue reading David Lynch Keeps His Head, David Foster Wallace

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Suicidal Thoughts – Notorious B.I.G.

The last track on Biggie’s 1994 debut album ‘Ready to Die’ is a terrifyingly introverted admission of guilt from Notorious B.I.G. The lyrical theme of Suicidal Thoughts was ahead of its time for 1994, this track haunts the listener as Biggie calls Diddy late one night expressing his feelings of suicidal thoughts and the hate Biggie has for himself. He laments his behaviour and the guilt he … Continue reading Suicidal Thoughts – Notorious B.I.G.

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

From The RS Archives Issue 95: November 11, 1971 We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive. …” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and … Continue reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas -A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

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Plan Colombia – Beehive Collective

PDF narrative  The Plan Colombia graphics campaign is the second in the Beehive’s trilogy about globalization in the Americas. The final illustration is the product of many conversations that took place between our collective and organizers over the spring of 2002 in Ecuador, Colombia, and the U.S. We started out learning about the devastating effects of Plan Colombia in the Andean region of South America, and … Continue reading Plan Colombia – Beehive Collective