All My Stars (26)

By: Joanne McNeil
June 30, 2016


One in a weekly series in which Joanne McNeil recommends books, films, exhibitions, and more. You can also subscribe to the All My Stars newsletter here.


I was in a writing rut this morning and googled about for some of Renata Adler’s pieces for distraction and inspiration. It is now quite difficult to find her writing because search engines instead will first direct me to work about her. Everyone had something to say about Speedboat in 2013!

Teenagers hitchhiking on the Sunset Strip, 1966.
Teenagers hitchhiking on the Sunset Strip, 1966.

Finally came across her story about the Sunset Strip curfew protests in 1967. It is part of the collection of her work After the Tall Timber released last year. Now Speedboat is a novel “which one doesn’t so much read as throw open randomly, like the I Ching, to light upon some enigmatically barbed Girls-esque incident,” as James Parker put it in a punchy appreciation for The Atlantic, an appreciation finally worthy of Adler, but her journalism is something else entirely. Again, quoting Parker because he really nails it in this piece, “She possessed a set of literary instincts not quite as canine as, say, Hunter S. Thompson’s — they lacked his snarl and drool, his hallucinatory hackles — but no less acute or telepathic, and in the end rather more dangerous.” Anyway, reading “Fly Trans-Love Airways” worked better than another cup of coffee because after a shower, a paragraph came out from the fog and assembled itself on the page.


I’m working on another project related to virtual reality and immersive experiences and so I’ve been seeking out various demos and examples. Including the indoor cycling class called IMAXShift. It’s a LIEmax, of course. The videos that played were trippy and inspirational like iMac G3 default screen savers. But it got me thinking about the potential for the space. Imagine a spin class set to Pipilotti Rist or the Vasulkas. Because the entire duration of this class I wished I was watching something better like 2001: A Space Odyssey. I think I missed my calling as a spin instructor for a “Kubrick Rise and Ride.” The monolith appears (“Dial it back two times. C’mon flat road!”) Tom Cruise says “Fidelio” in the country mansion (“Tap it back. One and two and one and two. Tap it back. Here we go!”) Turgidson reads the order to protect the purity and essence of natural fluids (“Uphill climb! Two and half turns. Keep the pace. Let’s go!”) Running through the hedge maze (“Hold that gear. Rise and sprint! Keep it up!”)

blood orange

I’m writing this while listening to the new Blood Orange. It’s very good, if maybe not quite my thing. I am mentioning it because that’s quite a striking album cover. It’s by the artist Deana Lawson and here’s more about her work.

Meanwhile, I’m still thinking about NYC sci-fi… Another one I forgot—of course — Liquid Sky!



CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: UNBORED CANON by Josh Glenn | CARPE PHALLUM by Patrick Cates | MS. K by Heather Kasunick | HERE BE MONSTERS by Mister Reusch | DOWNTOWNE by Bradley Peterson | #FX by Michael Lewy | PINNED PANELS by Zack Smith | TANK UP by Tony Leone | OUTBOUND TO MONTEVIDEO by Mimi Lipson | TAKING LIBERTIES by Douglas Wolk | STERANKOISMS by Douglas Wolk | MARVEL vs. MUSEUM by Douglas Wolk | NEVER BEGIN TO SING by Damon Krukowski | WTC WTF by Douglas Wolk | COOLING OFF THE COMMOTION by Chenjerai Kumanyika | THAT’S GREAT MARVEL by Douglas Wolk | LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE by Chris Spurgeon | IMAGINARY FRIENDS by Alexandra Molotkow | UNFLOWN by Jacob Covey | ADEQUATED by Franklin Bruno | QUALITY JOE by Joe Alterio | CHICKEN LIT by Lisa Jane Persky | PINAKOTHEK by Luc Sante | ALL MY STARS by Joanne McNeil | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | NOT OF THIS EARTH by Michael Lewy | ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Colin Dickey | KEEPERS by Steph Burt | AMERICA OBSCURA by Andrew Hultkrans | HEATHCLIFF, FOR WHY? by Brandi Brown | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | BEDROOM AIRPORT by “Parson Edwards” | INTO THE VOID by Charlie Jane Anders | WE REABSORB & ENLIVEN by Matthew Battles | BRAINIAC by Joshua Glenn | COMICALLY VINTAGE by Comically Vintage | BLDGBLOG by Geoff Manaugh | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | MONSTOBER by Rick Pinchera | POP WITH A SHOTGUN by Devin McKinney | FEEDBACK by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FTW by John Hilgart | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | FANCHILD by Adam McGovern | BOOKFUTURISM by James Bridle | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | SCREEN TIME by Jacob Mikanowski | FALSE MACHINE by Patrick Stuart | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | 12 MORE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE (AGAIN) | ANOTHER 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE | UNBORED MANIFESTO by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen | H IS FOR HOBO by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FRIDAY by guest curators



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