- Patti Smith writes about her friendship with the late Sam Shepard, the American playwright, actor, and writer: “He would call me late in the night from somewhere on the road, a ghost town in Texas, a rest stop near Pittsburgh, or from Santa Fe, where he was parked in the desert, listening to the coyotes howling.”
- And Sadie Stein writes about her relationship with ghosts and haunted houses and the feeling that a thing is never truly finished: “I remember I went to the bathroom in the night, down a whitewashed corridor, and the door latch dropped of its own accord, and I was thrilled and rushed in to tell him. He was very envious. The next morning, I saw by the light of day that it was simply how that latch worked, and it probably hadn’t been the doings of any ghosts at all. Still, we held it close, as evidence of … something. What, I am not sure. But it felt very, very important.”
- And now, for the haunting of us all by the nightmare of the political system down south — Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III convened a grand jury in Washington D.C. to investigate Russia’s interference with the 2016 American Presidential election.
- More troubling — but also intriguing and fascinating — news: Adobe’s latest, Voco, allows editing and generating audio based on a twenty-minute input; new facial manipulation technology edits history; alarms about fake news. Simon Adler of WNYC’s Radiolab “takes us down a technological rabbit hole of strangely contorted faces and words made out of thin air.”
- jayy dodd on life and poetry and where they converge in an interview with Claire Schwartz: “In my poetry, I either want the voice to be so full that you hear the body it’s coming from or I want you to see the body that I’m preparing in the text. I think the more meta poems about the body are figuring out what I need to feel whole. The voice in those poems is speaking the body in the poem — my body — into existence.”
- Finally, Dan Sheehan and Téa Obreht on iconic movie kisses: “[My] Strangest/Most Sinister award definitely goes to Leia kissing Luke in The Empire Strikes Back. This is one leery red herring. It’s meant to be titillating. It’s meant to provoke jealousy in Han Solo. Then Luke puts his hands behind his head in peacocking triumph. But she’s his sister! The writers already know it, and once we do, it makes all subsequent viewings extremely uncomfortable. Sidebar: there’s a pretty steamy train kiss happening at my three o’clock right now…your five p.m.…”
Happy Halloween, Novella readers! With the end of October, we hope your month has been filled with ghouls, goblins, and other hellish creatures that relentlessly delight the strange masochist in all of you horror buffs. Keeping in spirit with the season for one last day is a new track from Toronto indie outfit Blitz// Berlin, premiering a stunning video that features a motley crew of atrocious creatures banding together to give a funeral worthy of a witch of Salem. Amidst the backdrop of the gorgeous cinematography is the new single “Jesus Shoes”; a chilly, airy track that is reminiscent of The Weeknd’s early days mixed with a hazy, house-ier version of Health.
As the year continues, we hope to hear more from Blitz // Berlin. After composing the critically acclaimed score for the 2014 feature horror film, Extraterrestrial, the band is set to release their debut album Distance, out on Wax Records later this year.
Spin Jesus Shoes below and have yourself a spooky, scary evening filled with booze, masked men, and terrifying midnight rituals!