Christopher Zeischegg’s “The Wolves That Live In Skin And Space” & “Come To My Brother” | Booktalk |

Christopher Zeischegg is a writer, musician and filmmaker who spent eight years in the adult film industry under the name “Danny Wylde“. Upon contacting him in hope that I would be able to interview him, he was kind enough to send me his two books – The Wolves That Live In Skin and Space and Come To My Brother.

I read The Wolves That Live In Skin and Space first, wanting to garner a sense of Christopher’s life as I had read that it was semi-autobiographical. He draws upon many elements of his life throughout his work, interspersing some fictitious moments for the sake of the story, but the result is a very human novel. The same goes for his other book Come to my Brother. In examining our psychosexual patterns – be it through the lens of a burned-out porn star who acts as a conduit for our fantasy or that of a tortured boy who is turned into a vampire by his long-lost love – the same undercurrent of intimacy and closeness is brought up to a microscope. It’s not always through rose-tinted glasses that Christopher depicts these relationships, some of them are very toxic and damaging, but in creating these slice-of-life characters and their interactions we’re left with raw emotions that are honest, vulnerable and fascinatingly real. Continue reading “Christopher Zeischegg’s “The Wolves That Live In Skin And Space” & “Come To My Brother” | Booktalk |”

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Marvel’s The Defenders

Heavy spoilers y’all.

The Defenders miniseries premiered on the 18th, just two days ago, and already a lot of fans have strong opinions and questions about the future of the Marvel Netflix universe. It picks up directly from where we left each respective Defender; Danny Rand is hunting down members of The Hand with Colleen Wing, Luke Cage is just finishing his time in prison, Jessica Jones is still dealing with the aftermath of her victory against Kilgrave and Matt Murdock continues to lead his ordinary life as a pro-bono lawyer having retired his days as The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. The cinematography alone deserves an award – with its experimental camera angles and continuous exploration of colours relating to each hero intermingling in the credits as they learn and grow from each other. Daredevil’s red silhouette stands beside Jessica’s bold blue – previously briefly flashing Kilgrave purple before snapping back. Danny’s green outline stands in Luke’s larger gold tones dissolving as more crosses are made between them and ending with their four profiles blazing before the title. There’s a slow but satisfying build to the eight-episode arc, pulling in characters organically and playing off the chemistry of the actors more so than the plot – which has been heavily criticised – so I’d like to discuss the interactions between certain paired characters.

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