These fresh sources of inspiration will be keeping our minds sharp, thoughtful, and busy this weekend.
Read | Cleo Wade
Poet and founder of the arts collective, Chez Conversations, Cleo Wade is a powerhouse creator focused on keeping essential truth the main focus of her work. She has built a large following using her Instagram @cleowade as a platform for spreading simple, evocative messages about life, creativity, and kindness. You can read more about her approach and passion for fueling the minds and spirits of young artists here.
Listen | Not To Disappear by Daughter
While sticking to their inherently melancholy temperament, Daughter’s second album shows a definite growth and strengthening of the band’s style that makes this moody album an almost guilty pleasure listen while ensuring you don’t feel all your teenage angst rushing back to haunt you.
The album is expansive – both in its recording and lyrics – and full of dramatic, echoing highs and lows, vibey riffs, and a few creative sample rips interfused with Elena Tonra’s lilting vocals.
Watch | The End of the Tour
The End of the Tour is a reminiscent portrayal of reporter David Lipsky’s weekend spent with David Foster Wallace during Wallace’s Infinite Jest book tour in 1996. The movie is darkly comical and – at times – uncomfortable to watch in its honest portrayal of both writers’ strengths and shortcomings. In conversations that could easily seem too expansive for a 106 minute-long movie, Segal and Eisenberg dive into Wallace’s well-documented struggle with depression and his deep meandering contemplations on life and loneliness.
Although Wallace was a member of Gen X, the movie is without a doubt targeted towards a millennial audience. The tone and style is intimate and overtly personal. Segal’s almost overly congenial, self-effacing depiction of Wallace is immediately familiar (think of a hairier Marshall Eriksen) but as the film goes on, he skillfully brings Wallace’s haunting desperation to the surface. At times, he becomes frazzled, overwhelmed, and you can tangibly feel his frustration about to break through. But Segal only allows us a glimpse before pulling back into the forced politeness that guards him against Lipsky’s curiousity, both as a journalist and fellow writer.
Eisenberg as Lipsky is simultaneously relatable and obnoxious. His jaded frustration and envy of Wallace increase as he spends more time with the famous author. As the movie progresses, we see Lipsky move from a voyeuristic wonder at Wallace’s success to a more serious grappling to understand the mystery behind the man.
Both writers are insecure about the worth of their work; both are unhappy about where they stand in life, in writing, and in relationships; and both are even unsure of their feelings towards the other. The movie doesn’t attempt to answer many of the questions it asks – ones about the nagging pursuit for authenticity and the paralyzing fear of failure. Without offering tidy, trite solutions The End of the Tour adds texture and resonance to broad issues that are familiar to every person – artist or not.
Visit | English Kills in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Founded in 2007 by Brooklyn based artist Phoenix Lights and his wife, Teresa, English Kills seeks to represent local artists while building the emerging art scene in one of Brooklyn’s fastest growing neighborhoods.
English Kill’s current show is a collection of illustrations by the artist Mammalsoap. The pencil and paper sketches feature other worldly creatures, dreamlike visions, and sinister animals the artist felt inspired to create while serving time in an upstate NY penitentiary. The sketches tenuously but courageously explore the depths of the artist’s subconscious, visually depicting the benevolent and malevolent duality residing in the human mind.
For information about the gallery and to check out Mammalsoap’s work, visit their website.
*Header Photo by John Rosenthal