Interviews & Reviews
Written in response to Ernest Cline's infamous scifi fantasy novel Ready Player One, Blasted Tree contributing author Lambert Muir investigates how fandom and enthusiasm can devolve into gatekeeping and toxicity. With the big screen adaptation in theaters, now is a great time to ask: how is "the canon" of geekdom constituted, who's favorites make the list, and how does policing inhibit the community? Muir's think piece reviews RPO as a book, a film, and as an ascendant touchstone in a problematic culture.
We sat down with Alberta-based print media artist and Blasted Tree contributor May G N to talk art and life in Calgary's queer community. May lends us razor-sharp insight into digital print-making, political engagement, and the demystification of gender, discussing how these pursuits fit into our anxiety-inducing contemporary context. Featuring images from May's impressive creative oeuvre, check out this interview for a closer look at one of Alberta's most fascinating young artists.
Adrien Smart may be new to the Canadian poetry scene, but his honest verse and well-crafted short films are already making waves. The Blasted Tree picked his brain about life, loss, and the production of video poetry, and Adrien has put together an exclusive film for us, the marvelous WHITE KNUCKLES/RED TABLECLOTH. Watch it using the link below, then read our interview with the talented Mr. Smart!
The Blasted Tree is now accepting the submission of essays, letters, and reviews, and always open to interviewing unique authors and artists. Generally speaking, we solicit interviews with people who pique our interest, but we invite you to start a line of dialogue with us, perhaps a showcase of your creative output is in order! We are looking for work which addresses a specific topic of social relevance and argues from the perspective of the author. We also accept reviews which examine a work of art with cultural significance. This is a very broad umbrella, but the implications are quite specific. Tell us what you think of a film, book, comic, art exhibit, record, or concert, but be sure to place the work in its historical context and explain how you believe it functions as a noteworthy social artifact or event, positively or not.
Essays, letters, reviews, and interview suggestions can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Critical participation in the discussion of global ideas is central to foraging new and innovative paths in a challenging future. The Blasted Tree interviews boundary-pushing authors and artists, and reviews media of cultural significance. You can find some of our nonfiction in The Blasted Tree Store. Essays, letters, and more can be found HERE.