Weekend links 78


Struggle (2009) by Lindsey Carr.

• “Twilight Science is an imprint for sound, music and DVD editions initiated by artist Paul Schütze. We will progressively publish all back catalogue, new projects and collaborations. These will include works by Phantom City, NAPE, Schütze-Hopkins and others.” Related (because Paul Schütze remixed Main): Main Feed The Collapse, Neil Kulkarni talks to Robert Hampson.

• “You can’t really narrate or display this situation, you can only, endlessly, contemplate it. When the writer or director gets tired of the iterations, he tells us who the mole is.” Michael Wood on the novel, (superb) television series and recent film of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

• “Havin’ a dick is pretty fuckin’ awesome” says Horst, a new gay magazine limited to 1000 copies. Related (well, there’s a guy in and out of his underwear): Naked Lunch, a fashion shoot very tenuously based on David Cronenberg’s film.

“At first, I tried fighting bullies one-on-one, but they don’t fight fair; they fight two and three on one,” Bennett said. So the youths got together and “started carrying mace, knives, brass knuckles and stun guns, and if somebody messed with one of us then all of us would gang up on them.”

 “Gay black youths go from attacked to attackers” says the headline. A group of genuine Wild Boys; William Burroughs would have approved.

• Tor.com reminded me of Sally Cruikshank‘s amazing animated film Face Like a Frog (1987) which features a score and Cab Calloway-style song by Danny Elfman.

• It’s 1969, OK? Pádraig Ó Méalóid talks with Kevin O’Neill about the Swinging League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

• In the Tumblr labyrinth this week: Fuck Yeah St Sebastian and Gender is Irrelevant.

• For when you need some motherfucking placeholder text: Samuel L Ipsum.

• “Study finds ‘magic mushrooms’ may improve personality long-term.”

Solar Megalomania: paintings by Leonora Carrington.

• It’s all fun and games until Charles Manson turns up.

Firmament II (1993) by Main | Firmament IV (1993) by Main | Reformation (1994) by Main.

4 thoughts on “Weekend links 78”

  1. That frog short is fantastic! The Elfman ditty “Don’t Go in the Basement” is from that other forgotten gem, The Forbidden Zone, a movie that demands to be seen while very high.

    Also: great Main choices!

  2. interesting review of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but the BBC series is one of my father’s favourites and I remember being blown away by the acting when I first saw it. I hope the new version is worthy of it.

    And that magic mushroom study is quite amusing, considering that it basically states the obvious. Still, It’s always great when science is involved in the debate about drugs- and especially psychedelics. The subject has been monopolized by the scaremongers and the moral guardians for far too long.

  3. Thom: Thanks, I don’t know that film so it’s now on the list of things to look out for.

    Dimitris: I haven’t seen the film either but it’s received very good reviews here. I read the book for the first time a year or so ago then re-watched the TV series and was astonished by how closely it kept to the story, fixed all the main characters so accurately, and so on. Whatever the strengths of the new adaptation I really don’t see how it could work better when a large amount of the book will have been thrown away just to fit the running time. I was also disappointed when I read that Colin Firth is playing Bill Haydon: he’s a good actor but he’s no match at all for Ian Richardson in the same role.

  4. I know what you mean. I like the new cast but they have huge shoes to fill. I can see Tom Hardy as Ricki Tarr and Mark Strong as Prideaux (although Ian Bannen was a class act), but I can’t imagine Colin Firth as Bill Haydon. He has never played a similar character before. I am also curious as to who plays Karla, as I liked Patrick Stewart’s silent presence in the mini- series.

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