Author: Alana Solomon

Eastern (Russian) Orthodox artist and writer currently at SUNY Binghamton. Majoring in Art History w/a medieval concentration.

Walls and Bridges Burning

I haven’t been this enthralled by a music project since the first time I heard The Boatman’s Call in my basement room as a teenager. Although I’d heard a bit of Timber Timbre before (yes, while watching everyone’s favorite meth cook) I’ve only recently explored their catalog and can’t get enough. Here is a small […]

Films on Cults: Kumaré (2011)

Reviews of films on cults: fiction, docu-drama, and documentary. See all reviews in the tag. Overall: 8/10 Outline: “A documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples and unveil his greatest teaching of […]

Films on Cults: Wild, Wild Country (2018)

This is the first in a series of reviews of films on cults. See all reviews in the tag. Enjoy! Overall: 8.5/10 Outline: (Documentary.) The “Rajneeshee” cult moves their compound adjacent to the small rural retirement town of Antelope, escalates in aggression and antagonism against the townspeople. Also, the spokeswoman for the cult (“Sheela”) is a violent […]

Genie

I have produced many images of Genie Wiley over the years. Here is a small sample:

Soundtrack for Taxidermy 

(Featured image: Working on a specimen while my (very much alive) pet pigeon Franklin looks on. Later while preserving a pigeon, I would build a sort of tent around the table in order to block her dissected brethren from her view.) The Start

Art of the Marbler

Today I would like to share with you this incredibly charming, hypnotic, and beautiful video I found on YouTube some time ago. It comes from the website of the Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service. Although mockumentary films like the “Look Around” series reference the style, it is, in fact, a real film. And don’t listen […]