Seriously, I'm both saddened and genuinely perturbed by people who feel capable and justified in casting out monsters, most especially Adam AKA Frankenstein's Creature. While the Creature's actions may be contemptible, his plea to be recognized as worthy of human compassion is so convincingly stated. We must register, here, the contradiction at the heart of … Continue reading Yes, you have to use the same rules for everyone (Monsters vs Modernism)
A busy week, from meeting Patton Oswalt and swapping reading recommendations to visiting the Bauhaus centennial exhibit at the Boston MFA.
Read: The Hounds of Tindalos. Frank Belknap Long.The Crisis of Criticism. Maurice Berger, ed.Introduction, Age of Lovecraft. The Baffler: Issue 43. [partial]"Intra-European Racism in Nineteenth-Century Anthropology," History and Anthropology, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2009, pp. 37–56. Gustav Jahoda.Broken Stars. Ken Liu, ed. [started] Watched: An appalling quantity of Comedy Central's "This is Not Happening" … Continue reading Week in Review 2019: 005-7
I figure blogs are also the place to put all the darlings you had to kill in the process of writing—you know—real people stuff. So here is an entire section about human evolution that had to get cut from my post about the role of genetic determinism in Aquaman. Obviously, the DCU is not contingent … Continue reading Degeneration, Aquaman redux
And none of this even begins to touch on the issue, "Nic Cage is a meme." Because once you have been transformed into a hollow vector for self-replicating situational humor, you cease to be able to generate meaning for yourself.