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Girl Gangs and Tweetstorms

Magazine article Filmmaker

Girl Gangs and Tweetstorms

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LARRY GROSS'S TWITTER

Amidst of sea of social media me-too-ism and diffidently composed schtick, screenwriter and critic Larry Gross's Twitter feed stands out. Often composed in tweetstorm-style, the author of films ranging from 48 Hours to We Don't Live Here Anymore spills out arresting meditations and poetic aphorisms on everything from Alain Badiou's take on St. Paul to the poetry of Wallace Stevens to Paul Thomas Anderson's intuitive understanding of the crisis in American cinematic narrative, twitter.com/@larryagross

Y2K

What separates Y2K from other independently developed role-playing games? According to the designers at Ackk Studios, their novelty comes from being a Japanesestyle game designed by Americans. Haruki Murakami's fantastical narratives are the guiding influence for this sprawling narrative. In a city under siege from a potentially homicidal automobile dubbed the "Death Cab," college student Alex Eggleston gets sucked into an increasingly complicated investigation; players can expect to spend a lot of time trying to master a number of different spells. The game aims to launch this spring for the PS4 and PS Vita.

CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC

Piercingly analytical while hauntingly disorienting, Claudia Rankine's book-length work - prose poems interspersed with artwork by William Pope.L, Mel Chin and others - traces the lingering, destructive racism infecting American encounters of all types. From casually wounding slights delivered at the supermarket to the speech socially denied to Serena Williams as she contests a line umpire's call, Rankine's revelatory prose gnaws, burrows and exposes. (Graywolf Press, 2014).

LOST THEMES

Legendary horror director John Carpenter has been writing his own scores for years, but Lost Themes is, surprisingly, his first non-soundtrack album, produced in collaboration with his son, the oddball songwriter Cody Carpenter, and film scorer Daniel Davies. Lead single "Vortex" is firmly in the pocket fans have come to associate with Carpenter senior's music: ominous minor-key chords in stabbingly repetitive patterns, retro strobing synths and an overall state of kinetic unease. Settle in for nine tracks with predictably ominous titles like "Abyss" and "Purgatory." (Sacred Bones, Feb. 3)

SILVINA OCAMPO

Though some of her short stories have been translated into English, until now none of Argentinian writer Silvina Ocampo's poems about her native land and the mysterious nature of animals have been collected in an English-language edition. …

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