So, today we wrap up The Week of The Dissolve. It’s been a fun, occasionally melancholy stroll down meta-memory lane. I hope you’ve enjoyed it.
As should be abundantly clear by now, The Dissolve meant a lot to me, and still does. Given the horrific events of this past week, as we’ve watched the country implode under the weight of white supremacy and unconscionable violence, you might wonder why it’s even worth discussing some website about movies that doesn’t even exist anymore.
I get that, and it’s fair. For me, there are two reasons. First, The Dissolve was always a refuge, a place to consider viewpoints on art that expand the world rather than shrinking it down. There’s an inherent value to that. Secondly, its community of writers and readers made me feel a little less alone. I don’t know about you, but that’s something I could use today more than ever. Are the topics frivolous when viewed in the context of world-historical events and relentless sorrow? Sure, I guess. But sometimes frivolity is a needed reprieve. And some other times, seemingly minor discussions offer avenues to deeper insight.
The Dissolve was a unique and important thing. As evidenced by the ferocity of its enthusiasts, it still hasn’t faded. It burned bright and left a mark.
We close with a round-up, necessarily partial, of where its writers can be found now. Thanks for reading my stuff this week, and thanks for reading their stuff yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
As they say, see you at the movies.
- A good portion of the original crew is back in podcast form! The Next Picture Show is a delightful collection of astute critics doing what they do best. If you’re not listening, you are missing out.
- Nearly everyone has a letterboxd account and a Twitter presence, if that’s your thing.
- Nathan writes two columns for The AV Club, My World of Flops and Silly Little Show-Biz Book Club. And two for Rotten Tomatoes: Sub-Cult and The Simpsons Decade. He’s also got a column going on Splitsider (Pod-Canon), and another at Mom.me (which I can’t recommend highly enough). You can also find him at TCM Backlot.
- Tasha’s got some AVC stuff too, and her writing on The Verge is truly excellent.
- Scott is everywhere, including NPR, The Washington Post, and who knows where else. All the places.
- Noel helpfully rounds up his links weekly on his site, and you would be well-advised to read them all. He writes for Rolling Stone, The L.A. Times, AVC, and more.
- Genevieve writes for New York Magazine.
- Matt is doing good work at Screencrush, and also eating a bunch of bullshit. (Sam Adams is over there, too! Enjoy.)
- Rachel has taken her hilarious voice and much-needed insight over to MTV.
- Charles’ meteoric rise continues at Rolling Stone, despite being, as I understand it, a child goddammit stop being so good it’s annoying. (Not that I’m bitter or something.)
- Matthew Dessem is on Slate, and recently published a book that I really, really need to read.
I’m sure I’m forgetting people, and probably fucking up the resumes of those I’ve included. But that’s a start. Let me know if I missed important stuff, and I’ll fix it.
Thanks again, everybody, for writing, and reading, and caring about things. Talk soon.