This week, my teeny tiny essay on Hana Andronikova, published in The Austin Review, has received two reviews (great reviews all around for this new journal. Submit? http://theaustinreview.org/)
“On July 20th, 2003, a tour van rolled on I-5 south of Portland, OR, killing three of my friends. They were members of power-pop band The Exploding Hearts, and I’m told their story is one of the biggest “what ifs” in punk rock. I don’t know if that’s true, but I can say for certain that it’s the biggest “what if” in the lives of those they left behind.
Rock & roll, immortality, youth—whatever was shattered that day, this is what I keep.
10 fragments—10 years later…”
“Lisa Wells and Bobby Abrahamson set out to document the plight of Oregon small towns in the spirit of the Federal Writers Project during the New Deal. Their work, titled The 45th Parallel, is currently on display at the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland.
They focused on four Oregon towns: Halfway, Fields, Mitchell, and Longcreek — all of which have populations under 350 people. The two Portland-based artists understood the challenges of accuracy and exploitation inherent in documenting the lives of others. They traveled to the locations separately, not wanting to come across as offering a definitive account of the towns. They instead focused on their personal connections with the towns and the people who live there. The photographs on display are the beginning of what the artists hope will be an on-going project in collaboration with the residents depicted.”