For most people, drunkenly stumbling into a bodega at 2 a.m. for a hot sandwich is mostly, if not entirely, about acquiring and eating said sandwich. But for artists like Lia Ryerson, that act can quickly evolve into an art project. In this case, a series of sketches based on the “Bodega Cats of Bushwick.”
Things are looking pretty bleak on Earth right now. We can’t say we’re surprised, but we’re certainly not happy about it. Let’s hope you’re either doing something about it or saying something about it preferably beyond Facebook status updates. In recognition of our fraught existence on Planet Doom, this week we’ve included some films and film series that seek to remind us that humans can do cool stuff sometimes, or they can simply succumb to horrifying diseases, tyrannical powers, and/or depravity. It’s up to you, sort of.
Gaffney is the author of When the World Was Young and Metropolis, while Steinke has penned Friendswood, The Fires, and Holy Skirts. The latter’s articles have appeared in the likes of The New York Times, Vogue, O: the Oprah Magazine, and Bookforum, while the former is currently editor at large of literary rag A Public Space. Join the authors for a forum moderated by School of Writing director Luis Jaramillo.