Behind by Lisa Wassmann.
• “Without space art, nobody would know what Mars would look like.” Artist David A. Hardy talking to Nadja Sayej about a life spent painting the cosmos and—briefly—working for Hawkwind. Visions of Space, an exhibition of astronomical art, is at the Wells & Mendip Museum throughout November.
It breaks my heart when one writer tells another what she can or cannot do. I once knew a woman, a professor of literature, who said that Flaubert had no right to write Madame Bovary because he was a man. Such dangerous foolishness! This is just another form that dogmatic thinking takes. And it seems to me that the imagining mind—which is also a profoundly human mind—must be unfettered, boundless. To write from the perspective of another’s world demands a generous and a rigorous leap of the spirit; it demands empathy and mindfulness. Writing is so much about subverting dogmatisms of all kinds, above all the ones that insist you cannot go there! You must not say that! Writers need to go anywhere, to take anything on. And the only rule is to do it well.
Rikki Ducornet in a retrospective feature at Dennis Cooper’s blog
• “Horror at its best has always existed outside the mainstream,” says Brian Ennis in another celebratory piece about Thomas Ligotti.
• Alan Clarke & David Rudkin’s Penda’s Fen receives another cinema screening next week at the Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton.
• “[David] Lynch’s films abound with gnomic pronouncements and incantations,” says Dennis Lim.
• Stars of the Lid play a tremendous hour-long set at St. Agnes Church in Brooklyn.
• Drawn in Stereo: a book of music-related art and illustration by Michael Gillette.
• At Dangerous Minds: Only the coolest people get to sit in the wicker peacock chair.
• Everything Is Erotic Therefore Everything Is Exhausting by Johanna Hedva.