Illegitimi non carborundum

Apr. 21st, 2014 07:17 am
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Vox Day, as one might have guessed from his pseudonym, does not know Latin.

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Cranky old fan

Apr. 20th, 2014 06:01 pm
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I am so old and out of touch that most of the names on the Hugo ballot mean nothing to me, but it's about time Steve Stiles (last of the paper fanzine people) got the Fan Artist award, and I'm rooting for Noah Ward vis-à-vis Opera Vita Aeterna and series almost Aeterna.

Burroughing

Apr. 20th, 2014 07:25 am
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I heard about William Burroughs in my teenage years. I was at an age where I'd be interested in anything by a homosexual druggie who'd written a book full of dirty words. And there was even more to it than that: He was the kind of mysterious figure that fortunately no longer exists in my part of the world: the victim of censorship, telling capital-T Truths capital-T They wouldn't allow us to hear.

When They finally let me read Naked Lunch, I agreed that it was a masterpiece—a magnificent collage of widely varied but almost always brilliant imagery held together by striking wit and a morbidly fascinating sensibility. I think it also was his One Book. Later works didn't add to it, and made it more obvious that he did not like women. At his worst, he called the whole sex a "mistake" and wrote books like The Wild Boys fantasizing about slaughtering them all and all the men who'd been contaminated by them (not unlike a Halloween movie). At best, he tolerated them.

Call Me Burroughs, by Barry Miles, is an excellent and thorough bio. It reinforces my view of the three Beat Generation superstars: Ginsberg was a saint, Kerouac was a turd, and Burroughs was a sicko. We read much about his mental adventures in Scientology and worse.

And it leaves us with a familiar problem: What do we do about great work by horrible people? I can't even decide whether the craziness is mitigating or exacerbating. At least Ezra Pound never said that the Jews were specially created by evil insects from space.

Visual untruth

Apr. 19th, 2014 02:33 pm
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How Fox News could do the Obamacare stats

Thanx to [livejournal.com profile] lsanderson

Powerful

Apr. 17th, 2014 06:22 am
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Oliver Willis on the almighty liberal media

Delocalization

Apr. 14th, 2014 06:19 am
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I remember the liberalization of censorship of both text and images in the 1960s. The overall effect, it seemed to me, was that sex got less creepy. You could tell where it was and where it wasn’t–Teresa Nielsen Hayden (and read the comments)

Thanx to Making Light.

OK, so we don't have the tech yet

Apr. 13th, 2014 11:29 am
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Free Enterprise Prisons
(NYSE/FEP/$52.09 PER SHARE)
Over a million individuals are already behind bars, and recidivism rates are rapidly rising, so it's an unquestionably bullish market for FEP with their emphasis on computerized systems that track prisoners' whereabouts by imprinting bar codes on their bodies. The most powerful lobby behind the "three strikes and you're out" legislation was the prison guards' union, an ironic twist inasmuch as the aggressively expanding private prison business employs nonunion guards to man the scanners of those bar codes–Paul Krassner, 1995 (The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race)

The encyclopedia that ate Cleveland

Apr. 12th, 2014 06:34 am
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Dave Langford and John Clute interviewed about their monstrous creation

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