This Week’s Voice: Todd P Goes to Austin, John Forte, Abandon Ship, Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, and More


Polaroids from another long, strange trip by Bridget Finn. Todd P, far right.

In this week’s Village Voice, Rob Harvilla talks with the director and main subject of the new doc Todd P Goes to Austin: “A documentary or other such deification was inevitable, though Austin, directed by longtime Todd P-show patron Jay Buim, goes easy on the messianic stuff. It’s a road movie, basically.”

Ben Westhoff talks with rapper/singer/producer John Forte about what it means to be pardoned by George W. Bush and have Orrin Hatch as a pal.

Jesse Jarnow profiles the bedroom-based noise tape label Abandon Ship.

Megan Foley on the song-a-day-regimen of Brooklyn composer Lawrence Bonk.

In Books, Ben Beitler chats with Lev Grossman about his new novel The Magicians.

In Film, J. Hoberman on the tragicomic, disaffected youth of Gerardo Naranjo’s I’m Gonna Explode, and on Lucretia Martel’s The Headless Woman, “a dark comedy of disassociation.” Plus: Anthony Kaufman interviews Naranjo.

Scott Foundas on the weirdly allegorical and effective District 9.

Nick Pinkerton reviews Dani Levy’s My Fuhrer.

Plus reviews of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Earth Days, Spread, and more.

In Theater, Michael Feingold on the future of drama criticism in an Internet age.

Alexis Soloski previews The Fringe Festival.

Plus Michael Musto on Ann Coulter, Julia Child, and some Desperate Housewives, Free Will Astrology, and more…

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 12, 2009

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