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DO NOT DETONATE: In the Orbit of Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City

Jun 2 — Jun 16, 2023

When organizing a new anthology of writing connected to Wes Anderson’s latest film, Asteroid City, book editor Jake Perlin and Anderson took a different approach than in the volumes for his previous films The Grand Budapest Hotel and The French Dispatch. While those collections were built around specific references for those films, the new book DO NOT DETONATE Without Presidential Approval, A Portfolio on the Subjects of Mid-century Cinema, the Broadway Stage and the American West (published by Pushkin Press) is, in Anderson’s words, “more about the atmosphere” of the film. Set in a small western town in the 1950s, Asteroid City was inspired, directly or indirectly, by a variety of films, many of which are touched upon in either new essays or classic writing. This series, organized by Perlin, brings together a selection of titles featured in the book, which evoke the historical or social or fantastical milieu of Asteroid City. 

Pictured above: Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)