What I’m Reading

Film Review: November

Trying to reduce Sarnet’s film to a simple critique seems a bit unfair. At its core, this is a sensual experience steeped in fierce spirituality and oddball sincerity. Sarnet’s film is one of extremes, pulling beauty from bleak circumstance and presenting a rich fantasy that rewards those willing to pierce its initially impenetrable veil of eccentricity. And yet, the film also isn’t an empty barrage of sensory overload, but a keen exploration of human wants, needs and frailty.

Read it on cromeyellow.com.

Priya Sharma and the Nature of Bees

I was staying with friends who used to keep bees. I went out onto their smallholding for a walk. It was early in the morning and their was a slight heat haze that hadn’t burnt off yet. I heard the swarm before I saw it. It hung in a massive ball. I remember feeling real awe in that moment. And backing away very slowly.

Read it on Weird Fiction Review.

Quomodo Sedet Sola Civitas: some thoughts on the Liturgy and Waugh

These words first appear in Brideshead Revisited in a conversation between Cordelia and Charles. She uses them to describe her feelings after the chapel in Brideshead has been left empty. The phrase “Quomodo sedet sola civitas” -how lonely the city stands- is taken from the beginning of book of Lamentations, when the prophet Jeremiah cries over the destroyed Jerusalem; they are also used by the Liturgy of the Church in the office of Tenebrae to lament over the death of Christ.

Read it on A Heap of Broken Images.

What Would Happen if Yellowstone’s “Supervolcano” Erupted Tomorrow?

Another possibility, perhaps even more devastating than a lava eruption, is a hydrothermal explosion — a “mega-geyser,” so to speak — when a powerful earthquake displaces millions of gallons of water in an instant. One such event created Mary Bay, after continuous tsunami waves from Yellowstone Lake ripped the top from a large geothermal network — triggering an atomic bomb-sized explosion.

Read it on The 13th Floor.

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