Beauty Talk & Monsters
Masha Tupitsyn's Beauty Talk & Monsters is a debut collection of stories told through the movies. Equally influenced by Brian De Palma and Kathy Acker, Tupitsyn revisits the ruins of a childhood and youth nurtured on the fringe of the glittering lower Manhattan art world and the Atlantic haven of Provincetown in the 1980s. Moving fluidly through space, time, and a range of cinematic frameworks, Tupitsyn cuts through the cynical glamour and illusion of Hollywood to a soft, secret heart.Her narrator, a female loner and traveler, is caught in the maelstrom of films and images, where life is experienced through the eye of a camera lens and seen through the light on the screen. In a precise and elegant style, Beauty Talk & Monsters embraces and confronts a lineage of familiar myths and on- and off-screen cinematic excess in order to challenge the silver screen's century of power over our dreams and ideals. Intimate and intellectual, Tupitsyn's stories play with the cinema's most popular icons and images.
About the Author
Masha Tupitsyn is the author of LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film, coeditor of the anthology Life As We Show It: Writing on Film, and author of the multimedia book, Love Dog (forthcoming in 2013). (http://mashatupitsyn.tumblr.com/). Her fiction and criticism has appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including The American Tetralogy, BOMB, Bookforum, Fence, and The Rumpus. In 2011, she wrote a radio play, Time for Nothing, for Performa 11, the New Visual Art Performance Biennial.