I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx


by Thomas Michalski
July 5, 2015
Usually, when a movie is adapted from a piece of literature, it’s kind of a one way street; you have the inspiration and subsequently the thing it inspired. Readers can debate a film’s faithfulness to either the letter or spirit of its source material, but that’s because they have this concrete, unchanging thing to compare it to, the author’s original, unadulterated vision. In certain rare exceptions though, what ends up on the screen has an impact on what subsequently ends up (or doesn’t end up) on the page, as with 2001: A Space Odyssey, which developed as both a novel and a film more or less simultaneously, or Harlan Ellison’s Nebula Award-winning short story “A Boy and His Dog”which, before L.Q. Jones still-controversial 1976 film version, was meant to take on a very different, much larger form, one that has since been realized in pieces, but never completely...
Thomas Michalski is a writer and radio host from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can keep up with his comings and goings over at http://www.voodooinspector.com/

by Timothy Misir
June 29, 2015
In the townships of Soweto, crowds of locals gather in the dust and heat to dance for hours to a synthesized mix of traditional drums, marimba played through an organ, call-and-response vocals, and trap drum fills at speeds of close to 190 bpm. Contemporary synth-driven dance music is combined with traditional rhythms and percussion to produce a eminently danceable, frantic, and fast-paced music that seems like it won't stop. This is Shangaan dance music: Where African tribal culture meets global rave culture...

Timothy Misir is a Russia-based Singaporean writer and researcher in urban planning and architecture. He is currently working at The Moscow Times where he is a copy editor and writes for the arts section. He can be contacted at tim.misir@gmail.com.

by Lindsay Long
June 28, 2015
Through a blend of jazz, pop, and sweet sixties styling, Japanese band Pizzicato Five achieved worldwide fame and played a key role in establishing an entirely new sub-genre. The group formed in Tokyo around 1985 by Yasuharu Konishi (founder and only permanent band member) with schoolmates Keitarō Takanami, Ryō Kamomiya, Mamiko Sasaki, and Shigeo Miyata. The band would see Miyata’s almost immediate departure but opted to keep the name, releasing their first EP Audrey Hepburn Complex on Teichiku Records, and the subsequent Pizzicato V in Action EP...
Currently holdin’ it down in the dirty south city of Atlanta, Network Awesome contributor Lindsay can be found frequenting house parties, punk rock shows, seedy thrift stores, or glued to her computer screen unearthing the endless gems today's internet offers. A self-proclaimed fan of all things vintage, including the nudie mags of yesteryear, she possesses an insatiable appetite for anything visually mind-blowing or just totally tasteless. Notorious B.I.G. sums her up best with a line from ‘Gimme the Loot': ”Dangerous. Crazier than a bag of f*@#$%g angel dust.”

by Alison Stevenson
June 21, 2015
Cats are assholes. I know this is a controversial statement. Cats have completely taken over the internet. They're the stars of Youtube, and it's all because they look cute sleeping and can fit in various boxes. Studies have shown that the majority of the population has forgotten what purpose boxes have other than to hold cats in them. An audience of 100 men and women were shown a picture of a shoe box. When asked what it was, 96% checked the box for “Thing a cat pops out of to surprise us and make us squeal like idiots”, 3% marked “shoe box” (those were the dog people), and 1% wrote in his answer as “casket for dead lizards”...
Alison Stevenson is a comedian and writer who lives back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles.  She has performed at various venues across the country including the San Francisco Punchline, and the Purple Onion. She considers Woody Allen and John Waters her two gay dads (even though only one of them is gay). She has contributed to various sites such as Comics BulletinForty Ounce Bachelors, Imperfect Enjoyment, and Film Drunk. In her free time (which is all the time) she listens to a lot of power pop, eats a lot of pizza, and tweets stuff on her twitter thing (@JustAboutGlad).

by Anthony Galli
June 18, 2015

Memory Vague is the sound of the future lamenting its past.

Possibilities thwarted, opportunities squandered, potential wasted, connections missed.

Or…Memory Vague is the sound of the past mourning its future. A last look at all those things that never are meant to be.

Memory Vague bypasses the present altogether, constructing its identity with ghosts and fragments from glimpses of another age. It hints that it may launch into an unexpected celebration at any time, but reconsiders its position and, instead, mulls over its former glories and failures...

Anthony Galli currently lives in Athens, Georgia. He shares a birthday with his black cat, Magic, and they both claim Wings of Desire as their favorite film. Anthony has published two books of poetry, Amnesia for Insomniacs and Invisible Idiot.