Born in Macau and raised in Thornhill, Tings Chak chose Hamilton, Ontario, for a home for her university years. Her graphic novella, Where the Concrete Desert Blooms, tells the stories of Hamilton – the hammer, steel city, lunch bucket town – through its history, intimate interviews with its residents.
Marianne Chargois, contorsionist, actress and sex worker, performs her daily life and nourishes her stage work with her experiences. She works essentially with strangers that remain strange, and occasionally with familiar faces that remain so.
I discovered Blake Butler’s writing by accident. I was walking down a street in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, which is where I think Moby lives, when I happened upon a box of books on someone’s stoop.
Hamburger Banhof, a renovated train station turned contemporary art gallery in upper middle Berlin, is housing a utopian instillation of floating spheres and tangled black ropes. The exhibition is inspiring.
It is always hard to write about music. It is complicated to describe certain sounds and the emotions they trigger. To explain why a melody makes you want to dance or laugh, why a particular instrument reminds you of a season, a smell, a past memory.