“This weird call should have been prime hang-up material, but I kept talking to the guy, whose name was Mike Rodelli and whose theory turned out to be remarkably cinematic. He told me the Zodiac Killer was still living, and not in squalor or obscurity, but at the levels of beau mondeSan Francisco society. He was a wealthy sports-car dealer, a horse-breeder, and a philanthropist who slept in a Presidio Heights mansion, but from December 1968 until October 1969, he had lived a murderous double life, stalking lovers lanes around the Bay Area and killing at least five people.” Tom Zoellner gives us the inside scoop on Mike Rodelli’s The Hunt for Zodiac: The Inconceivable Double Life of a Notorious Serial Killer.
“Magic, stories, elephant vibrations, interspecies empathy. Is this mere airy-fairy stuff that evades the meat and potatoes of life while also failing to put them on the table? Here is the core of the misperceptions we must directly confront. What unlocks our passions more than exposure to compelling and emotional ideas that motivate us to think in new ways?” Robert D. Newman charts paths toward an ecological poetics.
“Over the last few months, it seems that #MeToo stories are slowly being supplanted by a new kind of narrative: the ‘comeback story’ of the powerful male perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industries. Charlie Rose, Louis C.K., Mario Batali, and others have reportedly been ‘testing the waters’ about their ‘comebacks.’” In the third installment of her bi-monthly column exploring popular feminism, Sarah Banet-Weiser critiques the “comeback story” and argues for a scandalous feminism.
On BLARB, Abby Aguirre reflects on Tom Wolfe’s legacy in her hometown of La Jolla.