By: Devin McKinney
1975 RED SOX
Suicide’s “Frankie Teardrop” — nihilism with a hungry heart.
The Beatles’ butcher cover: Look forever and you’ll never understand.
Shona Laing’s WHISPERING AFRAID — inspired by a teen’s infatuation with Henry Fonda.
Her tone invited, enfolded, and accepted you.
Devin McKinney on THE ATOMS
Her characters suffer from education, rumination, privilege.
She was the Lady in the Radiator.
Gruesome tenderness, explosively joyful.
Observer and participant, experimenter and deceiver.
The hurt that makes every feeling a shade of pain.
A fearless (albeit biased) response to American madness.
She wrote subversive, morbid lesbian pulp.
He reveals the underside of the human mask.
His folk singing evinces a forward-staring stoicism.