Portrait Of The Artist as a Consumer: Dietrich Kalteis

ALBUMS
The Big Bad Blues by Billy F GIbbons
You Want it Darker by Leonard Cohen
Kill or Be Kind by Samantha Fish
The Sparky Sessions by The Hillbilly Moon Explosion
Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen
Colorado by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
TELEVISION/SERIES
The Bodyguard
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Crown
Schitt’s Creek
White Gold
Veep
BOOKS
The Border by Don Winslow
The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke
Julia, Naked by Nick Hornsby
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
House of Earth by Woody Guthrie
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
FILMS
Deadwood
The Irishman
Ford v Ferrari
The Good Liar
Green Book
PLACES
Carmel by the Sea
OTHER STUFF
Milk Stout
Dogs
Vintage guitars
Vintage sports cars
Vinyl albums
A good book
Bio
Dietrich Kalteis is the award-winning author of Ride the Lightning (bronze medal winner, 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for best regional fiction), The Deadbeat Club, Triggerfish, House of Blazes (silver medal winner, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards, for best historical fiction), Zero Avenue, Poughkeepsie Shuffle and Call Down the Thunder. His novel The Deadbeat Club has been translated to German as „Shootout“, and 50 of his short stories have also been published internationally. He lives with his family on Canada’s West Coast.

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: PAUL D. BRAZILL

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TELEVISION

Happy

Happiness

Happy Valley

 

BOOKS

Happy Birthday, Wanda June – Kurt Vonnegut

The Happy Prince – Oscar Wilde

A Happy Death- Albert Camus

 

FILMS

The Happiest Days Of Your Life

Happiness

Happiness

 

MUSIC

Happiness Is A Butterfly – Lana Del Rey

Everybody’s Happy Nowadays – Buzzcocks

The Happy Man – Thomas Lang

 

BIO: Paul D. Brazill was born in England and lives in Poland. His books include Man Of The World and Gumshoe Blues.

Portrait Of The Artist As A Consumer: Simon Maltman

TELEVISION

The Prisoner, Mad Men, The Killing, Killing Eve, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Peaky Blinders, The Bridge, Columbo.

BOOKS

Richard Stark, Lawrence Block, Raymond Chandler, Jo Nesbo, Alex Barclay, Ian Rankin, ‘Ulster Noir.’

FILMS 

The Third Man, Vertigo, American Splendor, The Big Sleep, Fargo, Hidden, Live Flesh.

MUSIC

Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan, Afghan Whigs, Captain Beyond, Iron Butterfly, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Black Crowes, Alice in Chains.

TRAVEL

Portmeirion, Vienna, Barcelona. And of course Northern Ireland!

FOOD 

Burgers, cheesecake, honeycomb ice cream, Ulster Fry.

DRINK

Coffee, coffee, coffee. Also a little whiskey and stout.

ART

Schiele, Klimt, Hopper, Kahlo.

 

BIO: Simon Maltman is the ‘Ulster Noir’ author of novels, novellas and short stories. An Amazon Bestseller, he also splits his time working as a musician and as a tour guide on his ‘Belfast Noir’ tour.

Recent Press for Simon Maltman:

“A terrifically gritty thriller.”

Jo Spain

“Lean, mean, fast and furious.”

Gerard Brennan

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: MARIETTA MILES

TELEVISION – Zombies. I love zombies. The Walking Dead. Fear the Walking Dead. Both shows are very different from when they first began. I admit I am not as obsessive as I used to be, but I still watch and look forward to the episodes.

American Horror Story, though I haven’t watched an episode since Roanoke Island. I need to catch up. Game of Thrones. Going to miss that show. It was spectacular. I liked The Strain and The Returned, the French version. I have not seen the American remake. It’s safe to say I like anything spooky and atmospheric. Horror.

Right now, I’m watching a lot of anime. I like the horror sub-genre there, as well. Tokyo Ghoul is my favourite.

BOOKS – I have a mixed bag of favourite books. I think it’s easier to discuss my favourite writers. Shirley Jackson and The Haunting of Hill House or We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Flannery O’Connor and The Violent Bear It Away. Joyce Carol Oates and Kate Chopin. Plus, Stephen King, Joe Lansdale, and Joe Hill. Ramsey Campbell. Adam Nevill, The Ritual was brilliant. Richard Matheson.

When I was younger, I consumed science-fiction. A love of crime fiction came later for me, in my late twenties. James Ellroy and his L.A. Quartet was an inspiring thrill. From there it was a deep dive into more and more writers. The genre-defying Cormac McCarthy. Elmore Leonard.

FILMS – The movie I am most looking forward to this summer is The Dead Don’t Die. Bill Murray and Adam Driver. Sounds like it is going to be amazing.

Movies are funny things these days. Because of streaming services, favourite movies might be several years old. For instance, I just got around to showing my girls Train to Busan. It may be from 2016, but it’s a new household favourite.

MUSIC – I have music that I write to, which is for background and atmosphere. Soundtracks are good. Depending upon what I’m working on it can be the music from Dexter or Call of Duty.

My playlist is crazy random and I can usually find something I like no matter who is in charge of the tunes. I do listen to what my kids listen to a lot. Boy Pablo. Billie Eilish. Beach Fossils.

TRAVEL – I’ve been pretty lucky and have travelled a bit. London. Paris. Amsterdam. Chicago and Atlanta. Miami. Lived in NYC and Los Angeles. Washington D.C. Baltimore. Hawaii.

I’d like to visit Italy and Japan. I could spend weeks in both countries.

FOOD – Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Cal-Mex. Enchiladas, tostadas, burritos. Quesadillas. Tacos of all makes, but particularly tacos al pastor, with bits of pineapple and a nice red salsa. Barbacoa. Guacamole.

DRINK – Coffee and sweet tea. Water in between. Nice and simple.

ART – Another area where I am really all over the place. I think the art that I gravitate towards is influenced by where I’m at in life. After high school I was fond of the French Impressionists. Years later, when I lived in the East Village, I fancied Mondrian. Recently I’ve regained an interest in folk art from Mexico and the southern U.S.

BIO: Marietta Miles’s short stories and flash can be found in Thrills, Kills and Chaos, Flash Fiction Offensive, Yellow Mama, Hardboiled Wonderland, Shotgun Honey and Revolt Daily. Her stories have been included in anthologies available through Static Movement Publishing, Out of the Gutter, and Horrified Press. She is rotating host for Noir on the Radio, Dames in the Dark. Her first book, Route 12, was released February of 2016. She followed up Route 12 with May in 2018. Her latest novel, After the Storm, is due in September 2019. Born in Alabama, raised in Louisiana, she currently resides in Virginia with her husband and two children.

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: Sandra Ruttan

TELEVISION

The joke in this house is that my husband is all about movies and I’m all about TV; I love a great series, the kind that has season-long arcs, memorable characters. I’ve been doing a lunch rewatch of Fargo, season 1, recently. I love the storytelling, the characters, the intricate way the threads weave together.

We’re currently watching Insecure, which I love. Comedies have risen to the forefront of my viewing over the past two years; Letterkenny, Superstore, The Good Place, Barry. These are all must watch.

I’m looking forward to Stranger Things and The Handmaid’s Tale and season 2 of Dark. I can’t wait for the adaptation of Eden Robinson’s Trickster series next year.

Best shows ever list includes Rectify, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Justified. I would be looking forward to Hap and Leonard, but Sundance cancelled their most-watched original show. Assholes. (See how long my memory is, Sundance? I haven’t forgotten, or forgiven.)

BOOKS

The first book I remember picking out in the library when I was young was The Boy With Two Eyes. When I had pneumonia my sister brought me home The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and my love of Narnia and Lewis was born. I was also a huge fan of books like Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.

My tastes are pretty varied. I’m currently reading Alicia Elliott’s amazing A Mind Spread Out On The Ground, Rebecca Roanhorse’s Storm of Locusts and I just bought Waubgeshig Rice’s Moon of the Crusted Snow. One of my favorite reads from last year was Guillermo Stitch’s Literature, and I was a big fan of Terror is our Business: Dana Roberts’ Casebook of Horrors by Joe and Kasey Lansdale. This year, Dea Poirier impressed me with her debut, Next Girl to Die, and I loved Gitz Crazyboy’s book Secret of the Stars. I’m always looking forward to the next Ian Rankin – I do love Scottish crime fiction. I’ve also been reading beyond the genre, and indulging in works like The See-Through Leopard, which reduced me to tears. Sometimes, a book is about the concept, sometimes it’s about the character, sometimes it’s the emotion and connection. Those are the things that really draw me in.

FILMS

Although Brian is typically the film junkie, I’ve been watching more films this year. While I’m a fan of the original Star Wars films and love films from a variety of genres, one of the things that really makes a film stand out for me is the emotional connection. I tend to like weighty movies that deal with heavy issues.

One of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time was A Monster Calls. It was heart-wrenching and powerful. I’m a Taylor Sheridan fan. I love Wind River and Hell or High Water.

Get Out was amazing, we watched Midnight Run this year, which holds up impressively.

My current most-anticipated movies? Blood Quantum, Us and Falls Around Her. I don’t get to the theater often, so I usually have to wait for DVD or streaming.

MUSIC

I was raised strictly on country music, but my tastes have expanded far beyond that. I like everything from A Tribe Called Red to Snotty Nose Rez Kids to Rhiannon Giddens to Iskwe to J.J. Grey and Mofro to James Bay to the Revivalists to Rag’n’Bone Man.

TRAVEL

I like flying. I like traveling by train. I love a good road trip. There’s just something about getting out on the road and going … We did a lot of camping trips when I was a kid and I always liked driving.

I have traveled extensively … 25 countries or so on 4 different continents, to about two dozen different states, from New Brunswick to British Columbia in Canada, and I’ve also been to the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

Favorite places include the ruins in Tunisia, the rainforests of Costa Rica, and the Irish coast and countryside. Outside of North America I’ve been to the U.K. more times than anywhere else, and I always enjoy it. London and Edinburgh are two of my favorite cities. And for an unexpected European wonder that I knew little about but loved? Portugal. You can’t beat the art in Italy, but I loved the atmosphere in Lisbon.

FOOD

I have some health issues that have put me on a limited diet, so no gluten, no milk, no sugar these days. I occasionally cheat for cheese. I love a great fruit salad, my favorite meal is steak, baked potato and corn on the cob. I have ways of still eating tacos … I love tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese; I can live off of that as a soup.

DRINK

I drink a lot of water. I also love lemonade, and strawberry peach juice. Part of my diet means no more soda; I don’t like coffee but I love cranberry tea.

ART

The Group of Seven. I love their work. Can’t really express all the reasons why; we had to do a project on one of them when I was in high school and I focused on Lawren S. Harris. His works have this divine quality to them, like a merging of heaven and earth.

OTHER

My longstanding lack of interest in comedy and what might be dubbed frivolous entertainment stems from being a pretty serious person. I grew up with a parent who was undiagnosed bipolar, and there were some other issues, and I found it hard to find things funny when I was just trying to hold things together.

Over the years I’ve shed my staunch conservative upbringing and mindset, and also learned to laugh. In spite of that, I am very passionate about serious issues and politics. I oppose the genocide of Indigenous persons and want to see Canada take action to implement the recommendations from the #MMIWG report and begin to actually atone to Indigenous people. We need a nation to nation relationship that respects Indigenous people and their lands. I also have a couple close family members who are part of the LGBTQ+ community and it is important to me to advocate for their rights. I’m also passionate about mental health awareness and the rights of those with disabilities and am concerned about environmental issues.

I believe it is our duty to be actively involved and advocate for the world we want to see. Anyone can complain, but a difference is made by people taking action.

BIO: Sandra Ruttan is the submissions editor for Bronzeville Books, manages content for Bronzeville Bee (a paying ‘zine publishing fiction and non-fiction) and the author of several books, short stories and non-fiction articles, interviews and reviews. Her background includes studying journalism and special education; she loves to travel, enjoys photography, and loves crafts but isn’t very good at them.

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: Beau Johnson

TELEVISION

I do love good TV, yup.  Some of my favourites being Breaking Bad, Justified, Lost, The Golden Girls, Hannibal (gone too soon) Bosch, X-files (season 1-7 only, sorry Doggett), the first 2 seasons of Battlestar Galactica and the TV movie Razor, The Office, Friends…I could go on.  Currently I’m in love with Fleabag and Barry, with Good Omens and on deck while I patiently await The Boys.

BOOKS

King. Anything King.  As I’ve said before, that Dude is my Vader.  Not Anakin.  Vader. Thomas Harris, of course, along with copious amounts of what I have come to call home, crime fiction.

FILMS

Oh man, where to begin?  Silence of the Lambs, of course, along with Tombstone, Terminator 2, Back to the Future (all 3), Pet Semetary (original and best), Stand By Me, Shawshank Redemption, the first two Aliens, Ironman (original and #3), Captain America: the Winter Soldier, Avengers: Endgame, Misery, The Shining, The Dead Zone, Rocky 4, They Live, John Carpenter’s The Thing, 28 Days Later, Groundhog Day, Fargo, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Manchurian Candidate (Sinatra version), Unbreakable…man, I could go on, but yup, those are a few I could watch over and over again.

MUSIC

I will always say The Tragically Hip, the best Canadian band to ever come out of the Great White North in my opinion.  We lost Gord Downie a bit ago and man, to be truthful, it still hurts.

TRAVEL

Wherever my wife tells us we are going, me and the boys are almost ready on time.  Me, I’m always on time.  The boys, though, two of them anyway, they take after their grandmother…

FOOD

All of it, thank you.  Save for olives (ack, the Devil’s balls) and Cheeze Whiz.  You do know Cheeze Whiz is grey before it’s put on the shelves yes…

DRINK

Coffee, water, and when I find the perfect amount of time, Bud light with ice.

ART

Don’t know him.  Never have.  I hear good things though.

OTHER

We have a Dinner Cruise Business called The Grand River Dinner Cruises which runs from May until October.  This year we are attempting something new.  We call it Beau’s Book Nook.  A little library where you can discover the greatness which is crime fiction.  If you ever find yourself in the neighbourhood, Caledonia, Ontario, Canada, specifically, drop on by.  As I’ve been known to say: come for a cruise, leave with a book!

 

BIO: Beau Johnson has been published before, usually on the darker side of town.  He is the Author of A BETTER KIND OF HATE and THE BIG MACHINE EATS, both published by Down and Out Books.  Look for Bishop Rider’s continuing struggles in ALL OF THEM TO BURN, coming 2020, also from Down and Out Books.

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER S.W. Lauden

 

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TELEVISION 

I watched a lot of TV throughout my childhood and early teen years. As I got older, I started turning my back on TV for long periods to make time for other things (music, books, concerts, writing, etc.), so I’ve missed out on a lot of big cultural moments in the last couple of decades (Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones among them—I know, I know). That said, I still gleefully tumble down a “TV” (streaming) rabbit hole every once in a while. A few all-time favs include The Wild Wild WestThe SimpsonsThe OfficeJustified and Fawlty Towers. A few recent favs include Mr. RobotRussian DollThe End of the F***ing World and Bosch. 

 

BOOKS 

I didn’t start reading for pleasure until my late teens when the guitarist in my high school band handed me Deadeye Dick. From there I quickly read everything else by Kurt Vonnegut. I stuck with literary fiction for most of my 20s and 30s (Charles Bukowski, Umberto Eco, Annie Proulx, Jorge Luis Borges, Mikhail BulgakovKatherine Dunn, Martin Amis, etc.), occasionally veering into genre fiction by Phillip K. Dick, Neal Stephenson, Raymond Chandler and Kem Nunn. I really got into crime fiction about a decade ago, thanks to Don Winslow, Joe Nesbo and Arnaldur Indridason. These days, Blake Crouch is one of my favorite authors. Dark Matter blew my mind, but his new one, Recursion, is even better. I’m also an unabashed Harry Potter fan. 

I also read a lot of non-fiction books about music. I loved We’ve Got The Neutron Bomb and Under The Big Black Sun, both oral histories of the early LA punk scene (and I’m currently reading the follow up to UTBBS, called More Fun In The New World). I recently read an excellent book about the Chicago power pop band Shoes called Boys Don’t Lie, A Man Called Destruction about Alex Chilton, and Ray Davies’ bizarre autobiography, X-Ray. I loved Trouble Boys about The Replacements.

MUSIC 

I’ve spent most of my life listening to it, watching it live or playing and recording it myself. My older brothers got me into classic rock and heavy metal in elementary school (Cheap Trick, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, etc.), but I discovered punk in junior high (Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Gun Club, Descendents, Black Flag, etc.) followed closely by post punk and new wave (BuzzcocksNick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Go-Go’s, The Soft Boys). My musical tastes got pretty broad once I started seriously playing drums in bands myself (early Johnny Cash, The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Linda Ronstadt, Big Star/Alex Chilton, John Coltrane and 70s David Bowie were huge retroactive discoveries), but punk/alternative/indie rock/pop have been constants for me (everything from Husker Du, Robyn Hitchcock and The Specials to Jawbreaker, Fountains Of Wayne and Supergrass). Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Frank Turner, Jason Isbell, The New Pornographers (and A.C. Newman’s excellent solo records), Kurt Baker, Sloan and Ty Segall. 

Late last year I was asked to co-edit an essay collection about power pop with Paul Myers (it’s called “Go All The Way” and will be published by Rare Bird Books this October). That project helped me re/discover classic melodic guitar bands like The Records, Bram Tchaikovsky, The Nerves, The Shivvers, 20/20 and Shoes. Those bands, in turn, were the inspiration for my new crime fiction novelette, That’ll Be The Day: A Power Pop Heist. I just self-published that one this week. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on it from crime writers and music-lovers alike so far. 

 

I also recently played drums on a record by an LA-based garage rock/power pop band called The Brothers Steve. Music comes out on vinyl in late July. 

TRAVEL 

Yes, please. I was lucky enough to backpack in Europe after college and lived in Prague for a while in the early 90s. My daughter and I went back to visit last Spring and was happy to find it’s still a magical city. I also toured with bands in the 90s and early 2000s, so I spent some time driving around America, and a little in England and Japan (although that kind of travel is mostly about truck stops, chain restaurants, cheap motels and dingy nightclubs). Vietnam is still on the bucket list for my wife and I. And I’d love to get back to Japan. 

 

Thanks for having me at Punk Noir Magazine! 

 

BIO: S.W. Lauden is the author of the Greg Salem punk rock P.I. series including Bad Citizen Corporation, Grizzly Seasonand Hang Time. His Tommy & Shayna novellas include Crosswise and Crossed Bones. A new novelette, That’ll Be The Day: A Power Pop Heist, was released on June 18, 2019. S.W. Lauden is the pen name of Steve Coulter, drummer for Tsar and The Brothers Steve. More info at http://swlauden.com. 

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: NIGEL BIRD

TELEVISION

I’m not sure what it is, but I’m still trapped in a time-warping loop that takes me back to a different age. My devices are filled with episodes of Columbo, Van Der Valk and Frazier and I can safely say I’m an addict. It might be that life feels stressful a lot of the time, so I need something familiar and comforting when I turn on the box. They’re all great, mind, and I’m amazed at how many stars and legends have appeared in Columbo on one side of the camera or the other.

I’m also a bit predictable when it comes to contemporary work. Killing Eve had me purring until a slight drop off at the end of series one. Fleabag, on the other hand, is just about as good as it gets and I would happily be sucked into their universe whenever they wanted me.

The big police shows often leave me cold. To me, they seem so contrived and even when they hook me in, I wish I’d left them alone.

I also get to see a fair bit of kids TV. Millie In Between (now defunct) is where my kids are at and I love sitting with them as they work through nostalgias of their own.

And the 63up documentary – top class.

Whatever it is, if it’s longer than half an hour, I’m unlikely to see it all in the one sitting.

BOOKS

Now I realise that I’m stuck in another loop. McBain and Simenon more often than not. Pelecanos and Winslow. I’d read more Willy Vlautin if he’d write more quickly. Getting a buzz from Duane Swierczynski. Delighted by whatever All Due Respect put out.

FILMS

When I get to the cinema, it’s with my family. Mary Poppins Returns was a good stab at a sequel. Favourite recent watch, The Blue Lamp – even better than I remembered – courtesy of channel 81.

The fact I’m struggling to come up with anything makes me a little sad. I’ll need to do something about that.

MUSIC

My favourite music to listen to when I’m writing is jazz. I only discovered this recently (not jazz, but the fact that I like to write with a free-flowing musical background). It helps with the flow of words. It’s a kind of mutual improvisation, I suppose. Again, it’s mostly old, but Giles Peterson keeps me fresh.

TRAVEL

All our travel is with the family, so it’s usually somewhere that isn’t too complicated.

We pop to Holland every year and that chills me out without fail. What a vibe.

Last year, Berlin blew my socks off. We had a lovely week wandering around in German woodland and loved that, but the capital was so vibrant and buzzing that I almost wanted to be a teenager again.

This summer, our holiday’s to France. We’ll be staying with some old friends, some new friends and in a caravan.

I get to the city for an occasional break. Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, London, Preston, Liverpool, Paris…  I love them all. I sometimes wish I was back living in a bigger place, but when I get back to the sea, I remember that the peace and tranquillity outweigh the cultural offerings, though it’s a close run thing.

Other than that, lots of my travel is into the countryside. Walks through valleys, up hills, alongside rivers, into the woods or by the coast, that’s what I’d miss the most if they were to be taken away.

FOOD

Been vegan for three years now. That hasn’t changed my eating habits too much, other than on the desserts front. I crave good cake and do my best to make one on a weekly basis (a cake, not necessarily a good one). And dairy free banana pancakes don’t half sweeten up life when I need a pick-me-up.

DRINK

Soft drinks only. It’s safer that way.

ART

My wife’s just changed jobs and she’s now the head of conservation at the National Galleries of Scotland. I’m pretty jealous of the opportunities she has of getting up close and personal with artworks, but not envious of the stress, pressure and endless workload. Even so, I’m hoping there’ll be some fringe benefits for me.

Our most visited galleries are in Newcastle. The Baltic is terrific. There’s always something amazing and something awful in there, so whatever is on display I leave feeling something, which is why I go in the first place. I’ve also become a regular visitor of the Side Gallery. It has a photography gallery and much of the work feels very political and really digs into those emotions.

Last year, on a Paris trip to meet up with some very old friends (very old as in my age). I braved the queues and went to the Musee D’Orsay and it absolutely blew me away. The building alone would be worth the entrance fee. Throw in some of the most amazing pieces of art and this has to be one of the most beautiful human-made spaces on earth.

THEATRE

Recently, Matilda was an entertaining treat. War Horse made me cry.

 

BIO:  Nigel Bird is the author of several novels, novellas and short story collections, including The Shallows, the Southsiders series, In Loco Parentis, Smoke, Mr Suit and Dirty Old Town.

He is currently an editorial consultant for the publisher All Due Respect books.

He lives on the East Coast of Scotland in Dunbar with his wife and three children.

As well as writing fiction, he has been a teacher for thirty years and has worked in a number of mainstream and special schools.

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: Erik Hofstatter

TELEVISION

My freeview is a shrine to dust. A neglected mistress. I have zero interest in current affairs or majority of programmes. Pompous reality shows such as Love Island murder my brain cells. I prefer a box set binge. Historical and decadent shows like Deadwood, Spartacus, Rome, or Vikings.

BOOKS

Books are a whetstone for the mind. I read daily to learn, absorb, and grow as a writer. Nothing like falling through a hole in the page and getting lost for hours. I frequently juggle two, three different texts. A well-thumbed paperback is my silver bullet, but the Kindle app is also loaded with digital ammunition as they’re significantly cheaper.

FILMS

A friend of mine hosts regular film nights where we watch and analyse, critique and appreciate. It’s also a good excuse to surf beer waves. I often watch a film on repeat, study dialogue, reactions, and musical impact in emotional situations. Film is my preferred form of relaxation. International cinema is a particular favourite. Masterpieces such as Secret in Their Eyes (Argentine original), Martyrs (French), Raw, Let the Right One In (Swedish), Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Oldboy (Spike Lee version), The Witch (dir. Robert Eggers).

MUSIC

Music relumes my soul. I’m a very emotional person. Lyrics cut me deep. Songs like Snuff (Slipknot) capture the anguish and pull on my heartstrings. Women always were my avalanche of happiness and sorrow.

TRAVEL

Lake District. Places where trees outweigh people. The serenity of nature, cold whisper of water. That’s where I feel at home. People are stones in my pocket and sometimes, just sometimes—you must cast them out.

FOOD

I don’t pay for cruelty. I’m not an adventurous eater or a slave to taste, but I do recommend Wagamama’s vegatsu.

DRINK

Just get me drunk.

ART

Francisco Goya’s ‘Black Paintings’ brushed me with intrigue for many years. I’m also captivated by Luis Royo’s combination of eroticism and myths of beauty and the beast.

OTHER

“The worst feeling is falling for someone and knowing that they won’t be there to catch you.” ~ Rashida Rowe

 

BIO: Erik Hofstatter is a dark fiction writer, born in the wild lands of the Czech Republic. He roamed Europe before subsequently settling on English shores, studying creative writing at the London School of Journalism. He now dwells in Kent, where he can be encountered consuming copious amounts of mead and tyrannizing local peasantry. His work appeared in various magazines and podcasts around the world such as Morpheus Tales, Crystal Lake Publishing, The Literary Hatchet, Sanitarium Magazine, Wicked Library, Manor House Show, and The Black Room Manuscripts Volume IV. Other works include Rare Breeds, The Crabian Heart, Toroa, and Isidora’s Pawn.

www.erikhofstatter.net

Twitter: @ErikHofstatter

Instagram: @ErikHofstatter

Facebook: www.facebook.com/erikhofstatter

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: Liz Davinci

TELEVISION

I haven’t been able to watch television for the past 4 years or so, which is exactly when I started writing pop songs…no coincidence.

 

It seems that TV stimulation somehow interferes with my ability to compose music.

 

But I used to watch TV – documentaries about the second world war, cooking shows and an occasional trending series.

 

I don’t miss it but I don’t rule out that I will feel like watching again.

 

BOOKS

When I became passionate about reading as a child, I began with horror and murder mystery novels.  As I entered my teens and twenties I tended towards more literature, poetic or philosophical books (Kerouac, Sartre, Shakespeare, Hume, Tolstoy, Hemingway), with an occasional novel from time to time.

 

Recently I read books as research and to learn.  This started with cookbooks and health and fitness books, followed by mathematical books and now music mixing and mastering how-to books.  Basically, I discover that I lack knowledge somewhere and I then research books that will help me reach the answers I am seeking.  So far this has always worked.

 

A small selection of my favourite novels: “Salem’s Lot”, Stephen King; “On The Road”, Jack Kerouac; “Trustee From the Toolroom”, Nevil Shute; and “Tagebuch einer Berghebamme”, Roswitha Gruber  (“Memoirs of a Mountain Midwife”).

 

FILMS

The same goes for films as for TV – I can’t watch any.

 

But, I consumed films for years and years.  I loved looking for underground films but also thoroughly enjoyed popular Hollywood films.

 

My favourite film of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life”, by Frank Capra, which I have loved since I was a child and makes me cry tears of happiness every time I watch it.  It is a great lesson to not put too much value on money.

 

A more recent film that had me very impressed is “Inception” by Christopher Nolan.

 

I enjoyed “Trois couleurs” by Krzysztof Kieslowski and the experimentation of “Memento”, by Christopher Nolan.  I have seen most movies by Joel and Ethan Coen and really enjoy them.

 

MUSIC

I love so much music – I listen to classical, jazz and pop/rock/alternative music on a regular basis.  I am a musician – a composer and a performer and more recently a recording non-expert and a mixing non-engineer.

 

Classically, my absolute favourite pieces of music are Beethoven’s late string quartets, especially Opus 131 in c# minor.

 

Jazz-wise…Coltrane and Mingus move me over and over.  “Olé” by John Coltrane is one of my favourites, as is “Mingus Live at the Bohemia” by Charles Mingus.

 

“The White Album” by The Beatles is such a wonderful collage that has pleased my ears on so many occasions that I almost cannot listen to it anymore and the chord world of The Doors is blissful.

 

“Blood Sugar Sex Magic” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers is an album I find brilliant, as is “The Beekeeper” by Tori Amos.  I cannot forget to mention “Check Your Head” by The Beastie Boys – another favourite album.

 

TRAVEL

Put me anywhere in Holland and I am happy; Burgundy, France, San Francisco and San Diego, California; New York, NY.

 

Munich, Germany is my home base and it still feels a little like vacation here, even though I have been here 11 years.

 

FOOD

I eat what I need, no more, no less.

 

DRINK

I drink black coffee and Spanish white wine, with water in between.

 

ART

Pawel Kuczynski whom I discovered on Instagram (@pawel_kuczynski1), MC Escher, Mondriaan, Picasso, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Munch, Monet.  I love visual expression that moves me.  All of these artists do that.

 

OTHER

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”  William Shakespeare

 

BIO:

www.elizabetheverts.com

 

Liz Davinci was born and raised in California and currently lives in Munich, Germany. Her energetic and dynamic songs, honest voice and soft lyrical touch culminate to achieve an intimacy in her music.

 

Her voice has been called “haunting and beautiful”.

 

Her first album, “Obstruction Destruction”, was released in 2017, followed closely by the release of an EP entitled “EEEEP”.

 

In 2018 Elizabeth released a series of singles followed by her most professionally produced and musically daring release yet, the EP “Contraband”, which was released in May of 2019.  She is currently working on a second album.

 

For Elizabeth, songwriting is a necessity, an expression and an attempt to evoke affinity in listeners.

 

 
 
Elizabeth Everts