Issue No. 015
Dope / Not Dope: Tony Cruise―also known as Tony Kill―is a Washington, D.C. producer and composer. I came across his glitchy, lo-fi album, Replica by way of the website shared on his Twitter. "Album" isn’t quite the label for the musical experience, and "website" doesn’t do justice to his punk, interactive zine-esque web page. Its weird to say the least, yet captivating; futuristic and somehow familiar, a brief, but interesting break from normality.
Dope: Death isn’t dope. The passing of a life, any life, is an unfortunate loss to many. Kim Porter recently passed, a marvelous woman who is most known for her relationship with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, but is so much more. The remarkable Melissa Kimble put into words just how wondrous Kim Porter was.
Dope: I promise death isn’t the theme here, but it’s been painfully present all 2018. Sadly, death is wherever there is life thus a never-ending cycle of sadness. La tristesse durera toujours. What isn’t sad is E. Dan reflecting on his warm, loving relationship with the late, great Mac Miller. May his touching words remind you as it did me to cherish the good people in your life.
Dope: Okay, the theme might be death.
Dope / Not Dope: Zadie Smith is to words what Picasso was to paint. She knows how to make her keyboard sing, even when the subject is her father who has passed on. I guarantee you’ll crack more smiles than tears dropped.
Dope: Yes, you guessed it, the theme is death. The death of Superman. For an invincible alien who is just short of a God, the prospect of death made him beautifully human. I recommend you don’t watch the movie. Don’t! Grant Morrison’s All-Star Superman comic is only 12 issues, a short read that’s not perfect, but rewarding in ways that great comic.
Dope: Out of all the stories selected, the GQ profile on an extremely talented budding movie star is the one where you will need a tissue.