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Archive for December, 2019

 

Weekend links 497

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Poster by Zdenek Ziegler for Roma (1972), a film by Federico Fellini. • At Dennis Cooper’s: a short history of Straight to Hell, a long-running fanzine launched by Boyd McDonald in 1971 dedicated to true stories of men having sex with other men. The post gives an idea of the contents but for a deep […]

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Foiled at last

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I’ve already written about the design for this story collection from Swan River Press but the gradient layout does nothing to convey the splendour of the foil-embossed printing. In the past when I’d suggested to publishers that foil printing might be an option the idea was always turned down for reasons of cost. My original […]

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Weekend links 496

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Fahrenheit 451 (1966) poster by György Kemény. • “The novel is constantly assailed by people wanting to conscript it to their own ends. (Other art forms are not similarly burdened; someone yelling ‘What about global warming?’ between numbers at a Keith Jarrett concert would be recognized to have made a category error.)” Jonathan Clarke on the demands that […]

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Shades of Darkness

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The end of the year in Britain is as much a time for ghost stories as the end of October, and this is one Christmas tradition (one of the few…) that I’ve always been happy to support. In recent years all of the best of the British TV ghost stories have appeared on DVD, along […]

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Weekend links 495

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Angelus Novus (1920) by Paul Klee. • “Compared to [László] Krasznahorkai’s earlier fiction, Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming is funnier and more stylistically accessible—despite its length and seemingly endless sentences—but it is also his most unremittingly ruthless work,” says Holly Case. Elsewhere: “Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming may not bring joy or consolation, but reading it is a mesmerisingly […]

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Nothing Happens

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An 11-minute animated film by Michelle and Uri Kranot in which a group of people slowly gather in a snow-laden field, all of them waiting for…what? Nothing Happens is a welcome alternative to the hyperactive Pixar school of animation, where our attention is never allowed to wander for a second, and mystery is an unknown quantity. […]

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Weekend links 494

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Aurora Borealis (1865) by Frederic Edwin Church. • December is over-stuffed with enervating cultural lists, most of them reminding you of things which received enough attention earlier in the year. Better value than these—and always unpredictable—is John Waters‘ choice of favourite films; unpredictable and enlightening are the Secret Satan selections at Strange Flowers which come […]

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There Lived Kozyavin

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The aesthetics of Surrealism are largely absent in the art of Soviet Russia but they can be found in some of the early animated films of Andrei Khrzhanovsky. One of these, The Glass Harmonica (1968), shows the influence of Magritte and De Chirico, among others, and is also distinguished by being the only animation to […]

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Weekend links 493

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Art by Rand Holmes for Gay Comix No. 1, September 1980. • In the universe next door, Los Angeles in November, 2019 looks like the drawings in the Blade Runner Sketchbook (1982). The book has been out of print for many years but available online for a while, although seldom in a downloadable form. A […]

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