All Things Working in Fervent Collusion

Here are the things that impacted me as a writer this year and influenced my work in my new manuscript. In no order:

  • Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely
  • the Todd Haynes film Poison (thanks again for sending it, Em; it was life-changing)
  • Juliana Spahr’s thisconnectionofeveryonewithlungs
  • Panic! At the Disco’s A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (in terms of narrative)
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Denise Duhamel’s poem “Carbós Frescoes” in Two and Two
  • A telephone romance
  • The Luca Cambiaso exhibit of “Venus and Adonis” pantings at the Blanton art museum in Austin, Texas.
  • Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and his interviews with François Truffaut
  • Memories of my high school physics class
  • Rereading the journal I kept in 1998
  • Paul Morris’s frequent conversations at work about false documents in literature and film
  • the ghazal
  • The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier.
  • Conversations about poetry with Stephanie Lenox and Richard Siken
  • Veronica by Mary Gaitskill
  • the production design from the films The Rocketeer and The Manhattan Project
  • the photo shoots on America’s Next Top Model and runway shows on Project Runway
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