'Harper's' On 'The Room'
“He tried to make a conventional film and would up with something so inexplicable and casually surreal that no practicing surrealist could ever convincingly ape its form, except by exact imitation. It is the movie that an alien who has never seen a movie might make after having movies thoroughly explained to him.”
-If you needed an excuse to subscribe to Harper’s, the Tom Bissell article in the current issue on Tommy Wiseau’s camp classic The Room is as good as any. The pure strangeness of The Room is almost impossible to describe to anyone who hasn’t seen it, but Bissell’s piece is absolutely the most sympathetic yet clear-eyed examination of the phenomenon surrounding the film that I have read so far. Highly, highly recommended.