David Cronenberg’s Novel Mantra for Cosmopolis? Let It Express Itself

A vampire capitalist haunts New York in David Cronenberg’s film adaptation of Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo’s sci-finance novel that focuses on a Wall Street billionaire named Eric Packer who trades, converses, theorizes, kills and screws his way through New York in a single day.

Experimental exercises like DeLillo’s fiction work just fine on the printed page, where the stories can be given enough white space to breathe freely. But they are harder to pull off in movie form. Still, Cronenberg remained extremely loyal to the source text.

“It’s different if I’m writing something original, but when I’m adapting these novels I’m attracted to them for what they are, not how I’m going to squish them,” Cronenberg told Wired by phone. “For me, the process is to, quoting Cosmopolis’ doctor, ‘Let it express itself.’ He was talking about a pimple on Packer’s back, but that could be my mantra for any adaptation: Let it express itself.”


Three Mile Pilot Resets Controls for Heart of Art-Rock Credibility

Three Mile Pilot, the band that fractured into Pinback and The Black Heart Procession at the turn of the century, is back with an EP composed of the “odd men out” from the group’s 2010 reunion album, The Inevitable Past Is the Future Forgotten. What’s more, the trio is hitting the road for a handful of rare live shows.

“Three Mile Pilot is definitely a ‘when the stars align’ band,” Armistead Burwell Smith IV, who plays bass in both Three Mile Pilot and Pinback, told Wired, noting the reunited group’s polarity reversal with the odd, moody pop of the bands that followed in its wake.

Smith, drummer Tom Zinser and guitarist/vocalist Pall Jenkins will tour to support the new Three Mile Pilot EP Maps, which was released late last month by a indie label Temporary Residence Ltd. The tour, which starts Friday in Los Angeles, will give fans a chance to get up to speed on one of experimental rock’s best-kept secrets.


Six Organs of Admittance Enters Space-Rock Race With Incendiary Ascent

For more than 15 years, guitarist Ben Chasny’s Six Organs of Admittance has created hypnotic acoustic soundscapes fleshed out by eclectic percussion. But he’s turned his amp way past 11 for the warped interstellar full-length Ascent, an album filled with mystical thinking.

“This record has a pretty heavy gnostic sci-fi element,” Chasny told Wired of the latest Six Organs of Admittance release, which hits stores Aug. 21. One example: The track “One Thousand Birds,” which you can hear below, bows to 12th-century Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar’s The Conference of the Birds and its phoenix fable of lost atoms and eternal mirrors.


Ren & Stimpy Creator Wants Another Shot of George Liquor

The Ren & Stimpy Show creator John Kricfalusi is resurrecting tight-fisted patriot George Liquor in a new cartoon called Cans Without Labels.

Kricfalusi based the throwback character he created for the ’90s animated hit on his own father. “My Dad’s Canadian,” said Kricfalusi, aka John K, in an e-mail to Wired about the new project. “We don’t have Republicans here, but he shares some traits with them.”


Exclusive: Barry Sonnenfeld and Grant Morrison’s Sci-Fi Experiment Dominion: Dinosaurs vs. Aliens Is Far Smarter Than You Think

Grant Morrison: Themes of apocalypse are very potent right now, as we live through a time of mass extinctions brought about by human intervention. Dinosaurs dominated the planet for 165 million years. Human civilizations has been around for 6,000 years and we’re already well on the way to rendering the planet uninhabitable for ourselves and other species. So it’s definitely worth using our entertainment media to talk about how that feels. Both dinosaurs and aliens can be seen as representatives of where we are as people right now.