In early winter of 1959, nine experienced Russian hikers led by Igor Alekseievich Dyatlov went missing in Russia’s northern Ural Mountains. A search and rescue team later found the bodies over a mile from their tent. Some were half naked, barefoot and in fetal positions. One of the hikers had his skull crushed by a force presumed too powerful to be human. Another had her tongue ripped from her mouth. No footprints besides those of the hikers were found anywhere near the incident. Their tent was oddly neat and arranged, ski boots standing in formation, bags of bread positioned in a corner and a stove in the center of the tent waiting to be lit. There was no evidence of foul play.
For decades, many have wondered about what truly took place on that mountain. Eichar claims to have the answer, which can be found in his new book, Dead Mountain.
Beginning with the caveat that some of the most lauded films of the year have yet to open in Tampa Bay (American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis), here goes, beginning with my favorite movies:
1) All is Lost director by J.C. Chandor
2) MUD directed by Jeff Nichols
3) 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen
4) Fruitvale Station directed by Ryan Coogler
5) Disconnected by Henry-Alex Rubin
6) In a world...directed by Lake Bell
7) Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas
8) Gravity directed by Alfonso Cuaron
9) Blue is the Warmest Color directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
10) Prisoners directed by Denis Villeneuve
10) What Maisie Knew directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel
Each year renowned sex writer, Rachel Kramer Bussel, compiles the most provocative, challenging, and serious essays on sex. This literary and entertaining volume serves as a sexual almanac, mapping the ever changing topography of America's sensual landscape. This year's essays were curated by Dr. Carol Queen.
At first Southwood, who considered herself a sexually liberated and progressive minded woman, thought she could handle her fiancé's job assignment. However, she quickly realized how messy love could be when she spent her days at home, searching for jobs and planning a wedding while Robbie dodged body fluids on porn sets and scouted locations at all-inclusive sex resorts.
Although the experience jeopardized her relationship, it also gave her an idea. Just as Robbie had used porn to build his professional credits, Southwood would use the experience to launch her literary career. The resulting memoir, Prude, tells the story of a young couple forced to reexamine their notions of sex and love through the lens of the adult industry.