Aside from occasional walks in the neighborhood, I haven’t left the apartment in over a year now. Yes, I’ve kept at my creative work, more or less, but that’s still left me with a lot of time to kill as I’ve tried to keep alive. So I thought I’d compile a list of shows, movies, and video games that have made enough of an impression on me this year to think to recommend them to some of you now.

These aren’t critiques, they aren’t even reviews. It’s just a list, and some of my thoughts on who might enjoy them…

I want to talk a bit about something personal that has an outsized effect on my life and work, something that affects quite a lot of people: chronic pain, and opiates.

I normally only write about this topic tangentially online, "another high pain day" or "no spoons left today" posts, and for years people have pestered me to write about my experience here, for some reason. So here it is, for better or worse. (Most of this was written in 2015, so the links are probably out of date-- but the story is the same. …

Reflections on the death of an artist

Book available now from Intellect Books / University of Chicago.

All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event — in the living act, the undoubted deed — there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask! How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall? To me, the white whale is that wall, shoved near to me. Sometimes I think there’s naught beyond.

Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Blackstar was released on Bowie’s sixty-ninth…

An excerpt from Party At The World’s End, published 2014

Party At The World’s End is a part of the Fallen Cycle universe, available now on

The best lies are also true.

Gabriel De Leon

My ‘friend’ Bradley the Buyer once said to me, “If you want to get press attention, don’t write a good book. Blow up a mall.”

He was right, of course. Not that I blew up that mall. I wouldn’t have a clue how to do that kind of thing. Make a bomb? No, I was more a “theory guy.”

I was always zoning out in science class, staring at the dingy floor, thinking instead about the broken thermostat in our culture. There was clearly no self regulation. …

A New Angle on Bruce Lee’s Game of Death

In the time since his death, Bruce Lee’s legend has grown astronomically, adding his name to the pantheon of 60s and 70s superstars whose fame was in many ways sealed by their untimely demise. Despite this, his contribution to “modern mythology” is often under-scrutinized, both in terms of the role myth played both in exposing his interests and constructing his persona.

In this conversation with Alan Canvan — producer and editor of The Game of Death Redux, which can be found on Criterion’s Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits box set — we attempt to tackle this subject… or at least…

This 2019 interview was first published in MASKS: Bowie & Artists of Artifice.

Get inspired with Davide’s Starman Tarot.

James Curcio: Davide, in a 2017 Creative Boom article, you recounted the story of how you came to work with Bowie on, among other things, the liner art for Outside.

Far from this being a simple case of ‘record label client seeks designer’, the seeds of the collaboration were sown […] back in the early 1970s when he was just ten years old. He met Bowie on a rainy night in Soho, as he sat while his father worked his Soho Italian restaurant, whiling away the time ‘sketching distractedly with a crisp HB pencil in my drawing book, dreaming of…

After nearly 7 years of work, we’re happy to announce a limited edition, full color mockup of Tales From When I Had A Face. It’s been a long journey, conceiving and writing this “witchpunk” book, early rounds of concept art, recruiting the team, and working with Peter, Chris and Andu through that time.

Now, being sequestered away thanks to Covid-19, distracting and scary as it is otherwise, has given me the space to put all the work we’ve done so far together into a full color mockup. Still a little rough around the edges, but certainly “good enough for jazz.”

J Curcio

A useful fiction: Fiction is philosophy. Philosophy is fiction.

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