Masha Tupitsyn’s The Tarot Diaries

Robert Bresson wrote: “Make people diviners. Make them desire it.” An audio diary, essay, and mixtape of Masha Tupitsyn’s quest for love, The Tarot Diaries mines a personal 10 year archive of Tarot and astrology readings. Soundtrack, autobiography, and cartomancy, Tupitsyn turns to the stars and to the power of intimate dialogue for questions & forecasts about belief, love, expectancy, loss, crisis-masculinity, and, above all, the role of fate and futurity in late capitalism. The Tarot Diaries features clips from various thinkers on love—Nina Simone, bell hooks, Jean-Luc Godard, Kathleen Hannah, Derek Jarman, Esther Perel, James Baldwin, Kathy Acker’s Don Quixote (which Tupitsyn herself performs), the pastor Toure Roberts, Audre Lorde, and LA writer Johanna Hedva with her own Tarot love story. Musical interludes by Mooval, PJ Harvey, Blondes, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Craft Spells, E.D.G.E, High Powdered Boys, Rufus Wainwright, The Carps, Thomas Newman’s Desperately Seeking Susan score, and Gwen Stefani.


Masha Tupitsyn is the author of Like Someone In Love: An Addendum to Love Dog (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Love Dog (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film (ZerO Books, 2011), Beauty Talk & Monsters, a collection of film-based stories (Semiotext(e) Press, 2007), and co-editor of the anthology Life As We Show It: Writing on Film (City Lights, 2009). In 2015, she completed Love Sounds, a 24-hour audio-essay and history of love in English-speaking cinema, which concluded an immaterial trilogy. The film has been exhibited and screened in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. The Tarot Diaries, 2016, is an audio essay, diary, and mixtape about fate and future in late capitalism. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. In 2017, she completed the first installment–the 1970s–of her ongoing series, DECADES, a durational film on the history of sound and score in cinema. She is currently working on the second installment, the 1980s. She teaches film and literature at The New School.