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Rebecca van Laer
The walls, statues, and shrines of the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum are covered in offerings to the spirits—or loa—represented within. Plaques have pennies and dimes resting on their frames; there is a wishing stump filled with dollar bills. And there is lip-gloss everywhere.
Zachary Tyler Vickers & Pat Siebel
Likely I’ll fail to properly introduce Zachary Tyler Vickers’ debut,<a class="more" href="/web_features/finding-your-place-via-place-an-interview-with-zachary-tyler-vickers">... more</a>
After watching the TEDx Talk, I initially thought, “I wonder if everyone who watches that video will try to write a memoir.”
The narrator of Ben Lerner’s 10:04 goes to see The Clock at Lincoln Center in New York. The Clock was at Lincoln Center from July 13, 2012 to August 1, 2012, but in the book’s acknowledgements, Lerner explains that time in the novel does not always correspond to time in the world. This creates a sort of magical New York where Occupy Wall Street, The Clock, and Hurricane Irene can all be happening practically at the same time.
I’m pretty sure very few people fantasize about being burned at the stake, but I do think there’s something fantasy-like in a witch burning – putting a ‘dangerous’ woman in a submissive pose, publicly humiliating her, watching her scream and writhe as her clothes and then flesh burn away.