Belinda Blignaut: On Exploding, Imploding, and Starting Over


 By Emma Alvarez Gibson Belinda and I met on Twitter and bonded over old punk songs, science fiction, and the fact that we’re “tough chicks who are softies on the inside,” as she puts it. And then I got a look at her art and was blown away. Stark, raw, sometimes mocking, sometimes painful, it [...]

An Interview with Wollstonecraft’s Jordan Stratford

Jordan Stratford

By Jack Move Staff When Jordan Stratford took to Kickstarter to rally funding for his forthcoming book, Wollstonecraft, he set a modest goal of $4,000 — enough to pay for the book’s production costs. It wasn’t long before he blasted past this goal, landing at a staggering $91,751 by the time the campaign was complete. [...]

Review: Sea of Trees by Robert James Russell

Sea of Trees

By Katie Mehas Japan’s Aokigahara Forest (also known as the Sea of Trees) is a bizarre and fascinating cultural phenomenon – a secluded spot where scores of people go each year in order to commit suicide. (A Daily Mail article places the number at up to 100 each year.) In Robert James Russell’s atmospheric novella, [...]

Incremental Experiments: An Interview with New Media Artist Peggy Nelson


By Emma Alvarez Gibson We may claim to be only “looking stuff up,” but our obsessive approach to online experience partakes less of the reference librarian and more of the fortune teller. [Peggy Nelson] As one does, I followed Peggy Nelson’s Ernest Shackleton Twitter account on the recommendation of an online friend. (Antarctic exploration being [...]

Review: Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing by Roger Dooley


By Emma Alvarez Gibson Featuring 100 case studies and simple, practical suggestions for implementing their neuromarketing concepts, Roger Dooley’s Brainfluence is a tool every marketer needs, regardless of business size or scope. For the uninitiated, Dooley’s explanation of Neuromarketing is as follows: Neuromarketing is the application of neuroscience to marketing. Neuromarketing includes the direct use [...]

Review: Art of Molly Crabapple Volume 1: Week in Hell

Week in Hell

By Katie Mehas At some point in every decent artist’s career, they begin to wonder if they have anything original to say. It’s the paradox of the art world; a mediocre artist can repeat the same tropes and claim brilliance, but any creative worth his or her salt is going to be wracked with fear [...]

Constrictive Creativity: Peter Glennie on Songwriting (and Horseback Riding)


By Ana Ottman To listen to Peter Glennie’s music is to be pulled back to another era. His melodies cast you in to a world of tragedy, heartbreak, war, jealousy, and other uplifting themes. A songwriter, composer, and producer, Peter’s first full-length solo album, Everyone Looks Good in Black, was self-released in mid-2011. You can [...]

A Conversation with Donny Miller (No Relation)


By Matthew Miller, All images by Donny Miller Charming raconteur, MMA enthusiast, and globally-recognized art hero Donny Miller is truly an artist unlike any other. His distinctive styles are often mimicked — barely a week goes by in which I don’t spot blatant ripoffs online, in fact — but the wit and verve behind his [...]

Review: The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney

The Last Storyteller

By Emma Alvarez Gibson In prose that is by turns breathtakingly rich and devastatingly simple, Frank Delaney’s latest novel, The Last Storyteller, deals primarily in loss and love. And what else is there, really? It’s written as a letter from Ben McCarthy (also the protagonist of Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show and The Matchmaker of Kenmare, [...]

Vienna Concert Halls and Swedish Death Metal: A Conversation With Christine Wu


By Ana Ottman   Christine Wu is on a mission to revolutionize the way people interact with art music. She’s composed original music for film and original string arrangements for such artists as Kelly Clarkson and Usher. Christine has played with world-class symphonies and toured Carnegie Halls around the world. A resident of Los Angeles, she founded the [...]

In Which Deanna Raybourn Responds to Our Enquiries


By Emma Alvarez Gibson Deanna Raybourn’s books are pure pleasure for the smart, historically-inclined, slightly Gothy woman with a wicked sense of humor. Her Lady Julia Grey novels follow their eponymous, witty, sharp-as-a-tack heroine as she solves twisted, gory mysteries in Victorian London and points beyond, often competing with her black-sheep, detective husband, Nicholas Brisbane, [...]

Crispy Cereal and Old Scotch: A Conversation With Laurent Whale

Laurent Interview

By Kathy Harney  Photo by Antoine Mottier Laurent Whale is a French science fiction author of four novels and several short stories. In 2005, he received the Merlin Award for Hélas Elias; earlier this year he was awarded the 2011 Prix Rosny Aine award for Les Pilleurs d’âmes. I met Laurent online and was so intrigued [...]

Calling on Love: Randi Buckley on Motherhood

Randi Buckley

By Ana Ottman   “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never.  A mother is something absolutely new.” (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) Randi Buckley has a compassionate, feminine spirit. As a leadership, relationship and team coach, conflict resolution and collaboration reign in her world. [...]

Desiree Adaway: Fearless is not reckless.


By Emma Alvarez Gibson   Desiree Adaway specializes in change. As a coach, consultant, speaker, organization builder and storyteller, she works with organizations and individuals to create lasting solutions. She’s also incredibly warm, down-to-earth, and funny. (Pretty nigh on perfection? Yes.) What do you do? I help organizations overcome challenges every day by partnering with talented leaders to successfully [...]

Keep Feeling Fascination: Sally Hogshead


By Emma Alvarez Gibson You could argue that Sally Hogshead does not actually have her own gravity field, but it would take a lot to convince us. During her her second year in the advertising industry, she won more awards than any other writer in the U.S. She started her own ad agency at age [...]

William Gibson on wa-wa pedals, emotional bandwidth, and space castles

William Gibson - Credit Michael O'Shea

by Emma Alvarez Gibson By far William Gibson’s most nuanced work, Zero History is as removed from his first novel, Neuromancer, as 1984 is from 2010. That is to say: a lifetime. Unmistakably a Gibson novel, it’s nonetheless a book written by a man who’s lived much longer than the kid who wrote the book on [...]

Review: Zero History


By Chris Lites It’s been seven years since William Gibson reinvented himself as a contemporary literary author. Best known as a science fiction writer and the reluctant grandfather of the cyberpunk movement, Gibson has never been comfortable with the prescient abilities ascribed to him. He has ever looked at the present under a finer lens [...]