This summer, my father passed away, suddenly and unexpectedly, from a brain aneurysm. Almost immediately thereafter, I began collecting watches.
There’s a school of thought which holds that forty-something men who purchase luxury items aren’t necessarily going through a “midlife crisis”—buying youthful accessories in an attempt to not seem old—but are instead buying things they’ve alwayswanted, yet are only now, in middle age, able to afford. I wanted a powerful muscle car when I was 16, for example, but was 39 before I could responsibly get one. A similar arc has followed in my life for indulgences like traveling regularly and eating at four-star restaurants on days that aren’t my birthday. More →
Since he passed away on Sunday, tributes to George A. Romero have been pouring out like a ravenous undead horde escaping from a government research facility. The Fear NYC film festival, which will bestow its annual Legacy Honor on the director, has announced a special screening of Night of the Living Dead at the Sonnet Theater in October. In Williamsburg, Vinnie’s Pizzeria is serving up special pies like the Night of the Living Ched. Local movie houses like Syndicate, Sunshine, and Alamo have also paid their respects.
Celebrations of H.P. Lovecraft—the master of weird fiction and favorite son of Rhode Island—are poised to take over the city this fall in the form of dramatizations and, delightfully, a new “institute of horror studies.” Much like the mysterious grey infection spreading across Ammi Pierce’s farm, Lovecraft-related commemorations seem to be growing exponentially.
Next month, the East Village will host the 6th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Festival. The event, at the Kraine Theatre, will involve no less than 10 performances of some of the most famous tales by the acclaimed master of the weird, including the seminal “Dagon,” “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” (which I also saw brought to life in a remarkable performance earlier this year by the Wildclaw Theatre in Chicago), and perhaps the granddaddy of them all, “The Call of Cthulhu.” The fest also seems poised to perform ancillary works known to have influenced Lovecraft, such as Abraham Merritt’s The Moon Pool. More →