July 2017 & September 2017
Reading Moonglasses Magazine is less like sitting back and cracking open a copy of Mad, or leaning forward to click through The Onion, and more like a night out at The Improv. You enjoy a series of comedic monologues that are slight on narrative and long on first-person-driven conceits. But the pieces that make up the latest issues of Moonglasses also have a literary virtuosity that makes up in appealing strangeness for what they might lack in straight-ahead laughs.
From the July issue, Ricky Garni’s “Since We All Die, Why Do We Have People Die (In The Movies)?” is a poem that rapid-fires its imagery, like Steven Wright on a PCP-laced speedball. “Insecta Dermaptera” by Kathryn Lee Wilgus (September) is a bit of Kafka-turned-John-Carpenter that is humour for the not-so squeamish. Kyle Hemmings’ “Notes on The Biography of E. H. Munch” (September) is more of a traditional parody, successful in both ridiculing intellectual pretention while, in turn, just goofing around in a Without Feathers-era Woody Allen mode.
The regular ‘Things We Wrote When We Had Acne’ feature is a bit of inspired self-curation, where grown-up writers dig into their personal vaults to offer up works they wrote back when, well, they had acne. Jared Moore’s tale of heroic video-game immersion, “Mortal Fury”, and Taylor Fang’s Shel Silversteinian “Food” are solidly juvenile yet charged with the pure, unbridled creative fervour that only youth can bring – and generally, wish to offer up to an unsuspecting audience.
If you want to spend some time examining life through a warmly-warped perspective like these ‘Moonglasses’ provide, put them on here.