Awesome, thought-provoking writer/philosopher Ian Mathers just contributed to THE comprehensive "JOSS WHEDON", an essential book for anyone who's interested in pop culture criticism or has been touched (in the good way) by Whedon's work, whether it was through "Buffy," "Angel," "Firefly," "The Astonishing X-Men," "Cabin in the Woods," "The Avengers," my well-defended "Dollhouse," or- why the heck not- "Toy Story" and "Speed."
Sweet Caroline Hagood (don't let her convince you otherwise) is the writer of the much mourned "Culture Sandwich" blog. She's currently an English PhD at Fordham University, where she works with literary magazine CURA, and has just published her first collection of poetry, "LUNATIC SPEAKS." You know this is a friend, so when I say that to my ears she is one of the most joyful, observant, penetrating minds toying around with the English language, you might think I'm biased. But I'm not. Friends can be wonderful and still write shitty poetry. Not the case with Caroline. If I hated her, I would still love her poems, because they move me, and I am rarely moved by modern poetry. She is truly a genius, and I don't know how she walks around with all that beauty in her head.
Last but not least, my biffle Vanessa Lopez (who's an editor with Random House) and ex-roomie Alex Segura (who currently does PR and Marketing for Archie Comics) somehow found time in their hectic lives to become one half of THE FAULKNER DETECTIVES. Their first EP, THE MODERN HANDSHAKE, has just been released. You can check it out at Amazon or Spotify! Their jangling, velvety undergroundy sound provided the soundtrack for this post. (My favorite? "New Blood"!)