Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy
My most recent column for Strange Horizons went up this week! “A Strange and Savage Beauty: Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy” explores one of my favorite instances of dance as a speculative element – Saura’s trio of flamenco films (Bodas de Sangre, Carmen, and El Amor Brujo) that are linked by their stars, their aesthetics, and the bone-deep exploration of the line between reality and performance, and what happens when that line ceases to matter.…
Book Day Post: “Mechanique”
Mechanique is officially out in the world today! And this is your official book day post. Come inside and take a seat; the show is about to begin… Outside any city still standing, the Mechanical Circus Tresaulti sets up its tents. Crowds pack the benches to gawk at the brass-and-copper troupe and their impossible feats: Ayar the Strong Man, the acrobatic Grimaldi Brothers, fearless Elena and her aerialists who perform on living trapezes.…
Red Carpet Rundown: The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala
Red Carpet Rundown: The Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute GalaSo last night, after returning from grocery shopping for Friday’s launch party (more on this later!), I watched the Met’s Costume Institute Gala red carpet. This is probably my favorite gown-y event of the year, mostly because I’ve worked it twice, so I get to look at pictures and smile, knowing that for every celebrity posing smoothly on the red carpet there are two people running flat-out through the Temple of Dendur screaming “I NEED THAT FOLIAGE” into a walkie-talkie.…
“Study, for Solo Piano”
As it turns out, I have a couple of nice lead-ups to Mechanique’s release! First of these is live now at Fantasy: “Study, for Solo Piano”, a short story that offers a glimpse of some of the characters of the Circus Tresaulti, in a time just before the book meets them.…