At Pitchfork, Barry Walters writes about Grace Jones. “One night in 1993, I finally got my chance to see Jones perform at a local gay nightclub and took my friend Brian, whose partner Mark was too sick to join us….She didn’t back away from the elephant in the room: She dedicated one song to artist and AIDS casualty Keith Haring, who had used her body for a canvas on the occasion of her legendary 1985 Paradise Garage performance. That night’s show was remarkable for the simple fact that Jones just kept on going, granting one encore request after another, waiting patiently while the sound man scoured backing tapes to find the fans’ offbeat choices. When Jones got to such minor numbers as ‘Crush,’ it became clear that she didn’t want to leave. She was giving as much of herself as she could to the beleaguered troops, knowing full well that many wouldn’t live long enough to see her again.”
Posted October 30, 2013
At A Knife And A Quill, Kate Laity shares her thoughts on American Horror Story: Coven: “I don’t turn to drama series for insightful commentary on witchcraft. I do expect fun and I do expect a little pulse-taking on the state of the nation. Because witchcraft narratives are almost always about notions of female and other subterranean (AKA non-approved) power.” Meanwhile at Voodoo Universe, Lilith Dorsey discusses the commodification of Voodoo and Santeria (and offers a resource list to learn more about Voodoo Queen Marie Leveau and the New Orleans Voodoo tradition). And at The Witching Hour, Peg Aloi examines American Horror Story‘s reinvention of the witch archetype. Patheos has more on AHS:C, including livechats. Find them here.