Recent editorial writing
Below is a selection of my latest editorial work produced for online and print publications like Broken Frontier, Now Then, and The Daily Spectacle.
LOVE AND ROCKETS VOL.4, #3 REVIEW FOR BROKEN FRONTIER
For all their differences in subject matter, illustrative style and setting, Los Bros Hernandez have one thing in common with their ongoing Love and Rockets epics: the history weighing down both the creators and their stories. At this point Jaime and Gilbert have been telling stories in their Locas and Palomar settings, respectively, for 35 years. In that period the assorted punks, luchadores and burn-outs of Hoppers have got together, split up, and grown old.
THE LADY FROM THE SEA THEATRE REVIEW FOR DAILY SPECTACLE
How long can the truth stay buried? Apparently not long, if you live near any sizeable body of water. The tides have a way of dredging up repressed emotional flotsam, from the memory of the first Mrs De Winter in Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca to the ghosts of dead sailors in John Carpenter’s The Fog, and so too with the promise of a lost lover in Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea. Nikki Amuka-Bird (seen recently in the BBC adaptation of Zadie Smith’s NW) stars in this new version which is bold and accessible, but suffers from being too rooted in reality.
THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY CARDS ESSAY ON BLEEPING SICKNESS
Stuff goes missing in the shuffle, an experience not particularly comparable to the corruption of memory cards, loss of hard drives or Sony’s bungling of your uploaded saves thanks to the crumminess of their network servers. That’s more like the kind of amnesia you see in Bourne movies, not real life. Otherwise, games offer a perfect recall which is almost creepy in its competence. You can pick up a game you haven’t touched in months, even years, and provided you never deleted your progress, you can be instantly transported to the exact moment where you left off. It’s like a form of time travel.