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Chasing Ghosts David Grann’s The White Darkness

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Chasing Ghosts: David Grann’s The White Darkness
Chasing Ghosts: David Grann’s The White Darkness

There’s a ghostly quality to much of David Grann’s nonfiction. It manifests variously, trailing annihilations both concrete and abstract. He’s written about seekers who became phantasmal figures, to differing extents, in the lives of their loved ones. In Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, he details a murderous conspiracy that targeted the Osage Nation in the early 20th century. In his New Yorker essay “Trial by Fire,” he reports on a man who, after being placed on death row through flimsy evidence, sensed “that his life was slowly being erased.” And there’s also, among other examples, “A Murder Foretold,” Grann’s piece about a Guatemalan lawyer’s response to the murder of his fiancé and her father. We learn that the lawyer pored over surveillance footage of the moments preceding the crime. At one point, he longingly “touched the television screen—she was there but not there.”

That gesture is faintly echoed in Grann’s latest book, The White Darkness. In 2003, Henry Worsley, the book’s subject, traveled to the gravesite of Ernest Shackleton, the polar explorer. Upon arriving, he extended his hand toward the tombstone. Worsley, who served in the British army and completed two tours with the Special Air Service, regarded Shackleton as a hero. In order to reach the gravesite, he traveled to the far shores of South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean. And he would, in the years that followed, travel farther still. In 2008, after much preparation, he began his first expedition across Antarctica. And he later decided to attempt two more.

Bright Light Bright Light Brings Tough Love to the East Coast

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Bright Light Bright Light Brings Tough Love to the East Coast

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Bright Light Bright Light Brings Tough Love to the East Coast

Following tour dates in Europe and the West Coast in support of his new EP, Tough Love, Bright Light Bright Light—nom de disque of Welsh-born, New York-based singer-songwriter Rod Thomas—is bringing his Tough Love Tour to the East Coast. The final leg of the tour kicks off tomorrow in Philadelphia, followed by performances in Washington D.C., Cambridge, Toronto, and New York City.

Ariana Grande Embraces Serial Monogamy on Single “Thank U, Next”

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Ariana Grande Embraces Serial Monogamy on Single “Thank U, Next”
Ariana Grande Embraces Serial Monogamy on Single “Thank U, Next”

In the two-and-a-half short months since Ariana Grande released her fourth album, Sweetener, the pop princess broke off her engagement with Pete Davidson and mourned the passing of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Most artists might lay low in the wake of such loss, but Grande is already working on a new album, reportedly titled Thank U, Next.

Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Party for One” Is the Self-Love Anthem We Deserve

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Party for One” Is the Self-Love Anthem We Deserve

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Party for One” Is the Self-Love Anthem We Deserve

It’s been over three years since Carly Rae Jepsen’s Emotion turned the Canadian singer from a one-hit-wonder into a cult pop figure and critical darling. In the intervening years, Jepsen has kept herself busy with film and TV roles—including last year’s Leap!, which featured her song “Cut to the Feeling”—but she finally seems poised to make her official comeback with “Party for One,” the first single from her fourth album.

Echoes from the Void José Revueltas’s The Hole

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Echoes from the Void: José Revueltas’s The Hole
Echoes from the Void: José Revueltas’s The Hole

In the visitors’ lobby of a Mexican prison, a mother secretly wishes death on her incarcerated son. He’s got a wish of his own: getting his hands on a feverishly anticipated bag of drugs. Smuggling the stuff past the prison guards—so-called “apes”—will no doubt prove difficult. But a plan has been worked out—and the mother has agreed to help. She remains, after all, bound to “this son who still clung to her entrails, where he watched her with his miscreant’s eye.”

We’re only a short way into this 1969 novella by José Revueltas, the Mexican writer and political activist. Entitled The Hole, it concerns three cellmates awaiting their next fix. The son, the most detested member of this trio, is dubbed the Prick, and the narrator hatefully insists that he’s indeed “a useless prick, blind in one eye, dragging himself around with the shakes and a lame leg.” Holed up alongside him is Albino, who throttles the Prick from time to time. Polonio is no less violent, and he intends to kill the Prick, but only after that bag of drugs is delivered to them.

In Action-Packed 4K Panoramic Trailer, Just Cause 4’s Scenery Chews You

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In Action-Packed 4K Panoramic Trailer, Just Cause 4’s Scenery Chews You

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In Action-Packed 4K Panoramic Trailer, Just Cause 4’s Scenery Chews You

No doubt there are those out there who are genuinely looking forward to Just Cause 4‘s continuation of protagonist Rico Rodriguez’s story. For the rest of us, however, the series’s continuing appeal can be reduced entirely to the free-form environment, or as we put it in our 2015 review of Just Cause 3, “the impressive, kinetic insanity” and the somewhat exhilarating feeling of using a “grappling hook, parachute, and new wingsuit to traverse the environment.”

Behold the Psychological Horrors of an Actor’s Mind in Layers of Fear 2 Trailer

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Behold the Psychological Horrors of an Actor’s Mind in Layers of Fear 2 Trailer

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Behold the Psychological Horrors of an Actor’s Mind in Layers of Fear 2 Trailer

In our review of 2016’s Layers of Fear, we suggested that “by focusing on the twisted imagery of an insane painter, Bloober Team has made the rare horror game that veers closer to art porn than torture porn.” The new revelation that Bloober Team’s formerly titled Project Méliès is actually just a codename for Layers of Fear 2 will likely send encouraging goosebumps up our arms. (The Roman numerals MMXVIII shown under the trailer’s title card hint at a late 2018 delivery, but that may simply be wishful Halloween thinking.)

Updating Slant Magazine’s List of the 100 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time

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Updating Slant Magazine’s List of the 100 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time

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Updating Slant Magazine’s List of the 100 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time

On October 28, 2013, Slant Magazine published its list of the 100 Greatest Horror Films of All Time, one of the most viewed articles in our publication’s history. Five years later, we’ve revised our list, which can be viewed here. The new list is based on polling nine contributors to the site, some of whom contributed to the original list. For the sake of posterity, we are presenting below the 100 titles that made our original list.

Mariah Carey Goes “The Distance” on New Track Featuring Ty Dolla $ign

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Mariah Carey Goes “The Distance” on New Track Featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Mariah Carey Goes “The Distance” on New Track Featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Nearly three decades into her record-shattering career, Mariah Carey knows a thing or two about endurance. It’s almost a full minute into “The Distance,” the latest track from her 15th album, Caution, before the elastic midtempo beat drops, by which point Mariah—ever the over-achiever—has already blown through a cheerleader chant, the first verse, and a pre-chorus.

The Red Dead Redemption II Launch Trailer Is Here, In All Its Western Glory

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The Red Dead Redemption 2 Launch Trailer Is Here, In All Its Western Glory

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The Red Dead Redemption 2 Launch Trailer Is Here, In All Its Western Glory

Currently, Red Dead Redemption sits as our number two greatest game of all time, so there’s more than a little chomping at the bit in the lead up to the release of its prequel, Red Dead Redemption II, on October 26. To help tide things over—or perhaps to refocus attention away from questions about Rockstar’s “100-hour-week” labor practices—there’s a new minute-long trailer designed to sell the game’s cinematic and western bona fides.