Il Mago from the IONA Tarot by Giona Fiochi.
• Geeta Dayal reviews High Static, Dead Lines: Sonic Spectres and the Object Hereafter by Kristen Gallerneaux, a new book about the eeriness of sound technology.
• Published next month: Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural by Peter Bebergal.
Let me first introduce an aside: I hate the word “queer” and all its new iterations. “Gay” was awful enough. “‘Gays’ makes us sound like bliss ninnies,” Christopher Isherwood said once. “Queer” will always be for men of my generation a word of violence and hatred, and it separates generations. And while I’m digressing, let me commit blasphemy: the over-emphasis on the Stonewall riots depletes and distorts our history of resistance and the art produced, which is determinedly referred to as “pre-Stonewall.” Resistance occurred years before Stonewall (but there were lots of writers in New York at the time to write about those riots), in San Francisco, Los Angeles, other cities, powerful confrontations with the police, powerful demonstrations. “Pre-Stonewall” writers include William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, strong radical voices confronting the grave dangers of the time, violence, prison.
John Rechy talking to Eric Newman about his latest novel, Pablo!, written in 1948 but only now seeing publication
• Beloved is the debut solo album by Randall Dunn, record producer and member of the masterful Master Musicians of Bukkake.
• “How will police solve murders on Mars?” Geoff Manaugh on the new frontier of interplanetary law enforcement.
• Milly Burroughs on how Verner Panton changed the way the world sees furniture design.
• Tim Martin on the new science of psychedelics.