Author: Silent Motorist Media

Interstellar Space: When Music Hurts

In my later teens, I happened across John Coltrane’s album Interstellar Space while sifting through neat rows of CD jewel cases in a Half-Priced Books. I almost couldn’t believe my luck. At that time, I was in the red-hot middle of an infatuation with the Beat Generation and everything that typically comes with it: books,

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Into the Library Loft: an Interview with Toby Driver

I have to admit, I’m a little bit giddy about this one. I first listened to Toby Driver and Kayo Dot back when Choirs of the Eye was released in 2003. I’ve followed Driver’s work since, and happily purchased every release he’s been involved in. Interviewing Kayo Dot front man and multifaceted musician extraordinaire Toby

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Hidden Chasms, Part One

they left cuts Iittle penknife incisions in the ligature seeming harmless innocent cachinnate fricatives awaken us at night the tiny hours leak oxygen as the chasm sours your eyes glass over coffee glass eyes sunk into oceans solid and immune to pressure the lugubrious rest cure nourishes the sandstone where flowers bloom we dig since

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Anarchy and Outsider Politics: an Article by Phoenix

By Phoenix It wasn’t until I started talking with friends that I realized that my political beliefs can fall outside of a margin or a political system of thought, or even contemporary politics itself. What I realized because of this, was that anarchy is a legitimate political position to take. Whether or not this aligns

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Horror, Nature, and Truth: An Interview with Michael Wehunt

Throughout the beginning of the week, I had the distinct pleasure of talking to one of my favorite voices in weird and horror fiction, Michael Wehunt. You know him, of course, as the author of the Shirley Jackson and IAFA’s Crawford Award-nominated debut collection, Greener Pastures. Stop by www.michaelwehunt.com, subscribe to his site, and for

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The Art of Noise: Forays into the Avant-Garde

It’s important to note in our foray into the history of avant-garde art that painting wasn’t the only medium impacted by experimentation. I’ve written several posts on music, and every band or independent musician mentioned in them bears the impact mark of the stylistic upheavals characteristic of the early 20th century. One particular character piques

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Into the Avant-Garde: De Stijl

I’m currently trading David Hopkins’ Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short Introduction, alongside several books coming up for review, including Vincenzo Bilof’s The Violators and Philip Fracassi’s Shiloh. I’m doing this because I am woefully ignorant of the Dada and Surrealism movements. I figured if I’m going to run a blog about weird art, I

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Banished from Language: An Analysis of the Work of Francis Bacon

After deciding to write this short piece on the twentieth century painter Francis Bacon, I promptly stopped by the local used bookstore (semi-famous for its relatively extensive “Art Books” section) to see if I could nab a hard copy of Bacon’s work in order avoid the hassle of switching back and forth between Google and

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For a Better Silent Motorist Media

Donate for a Better Silent Motorist Media Yes, this is a donate button. Why, you ask? There are several reasons, and absolutely none of them have to do with compensating me for the work I’ve done here. This blog is an undertaking of love; I began it freely and without delusions of turning it into

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