The Boomstick Film Club: Look Who’s Back

Look Who's Back

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If Look Who’s Back had been released in any other year, it would have been a clever, amusing cautionary tale positing an answer to the age-old question: what would happen if Hitler was magically transported, unchanged and unharmed, to modern-day Europe? How would we respond to him now that we know what he’s capable of? And it’s certainly a clever, amusing film. But since it was just released in the US by Netflix in early April, it also reads as an eerily prescient political allegory.

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What We’re Reading – May 2016

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai by Helen Dewitt: “Sibylla …finds herself trapped as a single mother after a misguided one-night stand. Lacking male role models for a fatherless boy, Sibylla turns to endless replays of Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai. But Ludo is obsessed with the one thing he wants and doesn’t know: his father’s name.”

The Bricks That Built the Houses

The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest: “Becky, Harry, and Leon are leaving London in a fourth-hand Ford with a suitcase full of stolen money, in a mess of tangled loyalties and impulses. Kate Tempest’s novel … captures the contemporary struggle of urban life, of young people seeking jobs or juggling jobs, harboring ambitions and making compromises.”

Allegheny Front

Allegheny Front by Matthew Neill Null: “Set in the author’s homeland of West Virginia, this panoramic collection of stories traces the people and animals who live in precarious balance in the mountains of Appalachia over a span of two hundred years, in a disappearing rural world.”

Also this month: We’ll interview Ann Friedman (!) and find out how Zoe Zolbrod is celebrating the publication of The Telling.

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Did You Hear? Every Girl

This sounds like Bob Dylan channeling Jonathan Richman while sitting in with the Velvet Undergound. It’s awesome! This is some true garage/surf rock, from an LA band comprised of a bunch of Amoeba Music employees who got together and started playing to critical acclaim, like some kind of Cameron Crowe fantasy come true.

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Patti Smith’s Berlin

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Patti Smith’s most recent memoir, M Train, was my amiable, occasionally absent-minded companion through the frigid first weeks of January in Berlin. Work commitments kept me apart from my husband for the early part of the year, and my solitude created an ideal state of mind to absorb M Train, which in large part is a meditation on being a woman alone in the world—and the search for a great cup of coffee.

Smith writes about her home life in New York City, which centers around a now-shuttered coffee shop, Café ’Ino, and Rockaway Beach, where she impulse-buys a modest bungalow she nicknames the Alamo. She takes us with her on her travels: French Guiana, London, Mexico, Japan, Yorkshire, Tangier, and, as luck would have it, Berlin. At loose ends one weekend while reading the book, I retraced her steps around the city.

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HITTING SHELVES #31: Golden Delicious by Christopher Boucher

Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious by Christopher Boucher comes out today!

It’s the story of the town of Appleseed, Massachusetts, where words come alive and bump against reality in strange and surprising ways. As the narrator grows up, interacting with stories that grow out of the soil and sentences that people keep as pets, he watches the town’s economy fail and his family fall apart. This is Boucher’s follow-up to How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, which we adored.

We asked the author one question.

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Did You Hear? Adam Ben Ezra’s Upright Bass Solo

“And the Dog Gave No Fucks About the Man in the Hat.” That’s the title I would give to this song, anyway.

If this performance doesn’t draw you in, then I guess you just don’t like bass playin’ dog owners.

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