The Weekly : Harald
The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma by Junot Díaz (2018)
I wish I had told you the truth then, but I was too scared in those days to say anything. Too scared, too committed to my mask. I responded with some evasive bullshit. And that was it. I signed your books. You thought I was going to say something, and when I didn’t you looked disappointed. But more than that you looked abandoned. I could have said anything but instead I turned to the next person in line and smiled. Out of the corner of my eye I watched you pick up your backpack, slowly put away your books, and leave. When the signing was over I couldn’t get the fuck away from Amherst, from you and your question, fast enough. I ran the way I’ve always run. Like death itself was chasing me. For a couple of days afterward I fretted; I worried that I’d given myself away. But then the old oblivion reflex took over. I pushed it all down. Buried it all. Like always.
Deeply personal essay by Junot Díaz sharing his sexual abuse and how the event wormed its way into every relationship and action from childhood up to now.
Read the full article over on The New Yorker
Raketkanon - Rktkn#2 (2015)
More Belgian flavour, once more from Ghent, fuck, what must my Antwerp born roots think of me ;)
You cannot squeeze, push, nudge or talk Raketkanon into a genre, they refuse to fit, and the better for it. The one description that does suit them: INTENSE, down to the bone.
Have a taste of both their music and their sense of humour with Florent.
Oldboy by Park Chan-wook (2003)
I've known about this film for years, but only saw it a few weeks back at the Belgian film festival MOOOV.
MOOOV invited Raketkanon to create and perform a live soundtrack for the film for their 2018 edition. They nailed it, it was excellent, and suited Oldboy to a T.
The film itself, I feel that knowing too much about it might ruin the experience, so I'll leave you with this excerpt from an interview with Park Chan-wook.
Read the AV Club Interview with Park Chan-wook
written by Julie Smits
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