There is a magical time in one’s life when you stop caring about who made the song and you can focus 100% of your care energy on if you like it or not. That day is a beautiful free moment that feels like your soul has been replaced with wind and your legs have become eagle feathers.
I went to high school with a guy who wrestles at Delfs’ Martial Arts & Health Club (some place 30 minutes north of Toronto). I never knew much about him except that one time he stuck it to a friend of mine on my parent’s couch. Now he’s a wrestler at the fair and goes by the name “RJ City.” Over the years I kept hearing about his matches and made many empty plans to watch him bodyslam some greased-up guys. Then, I got around to watching that wrestler movie everyone was talking about a few years ago and was like, “Hmm I wonder if they’re all depressing dudes who have a hard time finding love?”
Mexican street musicians are like cats: You either love them or they cause your entire body to physically spasm in disgust. I am fortunately of the former persuasion and so was more than happy to head around town and chat with the men and strangely-no-ladies-whatsoever who bust their backs, balls, asses, and feet just to bring a little happiness to the city. Or a little torture. Whatever the case, here is a tiny glimpse into the never-ending musical adventure that is their day-to-day lives.
Maria Isabel Rueda has been photographing the goth scene in places like Columbia, Mexico, and Cuba since the early 90s. She’s turned her work into a collection of zines, the first of which, Tropical Goth, made me reconsider my position on the whole “goth” thing. Maria is currently working on the third installment, Tropical Black which will mainly focus on youth culture in Havana. I spoke with her about the current state of goth and why anyone should care enough to take pictures of it. Read the rest of this entry »
William Gibson’s new novel, Zero History, completes a trilogy that began with 2003’s Pattern Recognition and continued with 2007’s Spook Country. In these three works, Gibson explores the dark, dark world of marketing, advertising, and trend forecasting. Unsurprisingly, it’s pretty scary stuff. Read the rest of this entry »