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An essay I wrote for my "Metaphysical Messages" class. The original had footnotes, which I don't feel like figuring out how to format in lj, so they're rendered here in brackets and small text (to differentiate them from the copious amounts of parentheticals I seem to use these days). This was written for a comics skeptic, so apologies for anything that comes off didactic.

Invisible Arches )

watchmen

Apr. 17th, 2009 12:37 pm
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Today I am writing an essay about Alan Moore for class. I am actually having Stendahl paroxyms looking at Watchmen. It's like a combination between a panic attack and an orgasm. It feels really bizarre.

I've always been really affected by the book, but I'm having a really hard time writing about it. Reason being that there is so much to notice, built into the structure and the art. I'm overwhelmed by how many ways the book works. It gets me agitated and light-headed when I start to unpack it. It is hard to focus when you are hyperventilating.

This is why I will not see the movie. It can't work the same way. It might be a perfectly viable movie (I don't know, Hodge said it wasn't as bad as most Moore adaptations at least) but it just can't be the astonishing work of art the book is.

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So, a lot of people on my flist have brought up the film version of V For Vendetta lately (I think it's lately released to DVD), and I thought I'd take a few minutes to jot down my feelings on this movie. This is not to trash on anyone else's opinion, but to throw my own thoughts out there (it seemed inappropriate to take up someone's comments slots with all this).


Okay, there you go. Feel free to pick a fight with me. I am open to other thoughts on this.
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I actually finished it within 72 hours of cracking the Amazon box, but it's a hard thing to figure out how to review. I wanted to mull things over a bit. Also I couldn't exactly do the write up at work, since I didn't exactly want to have a full color crotch-shot sitting at the front desk of a county office building.

Okay: so, no promises on the coherency front. Here we go.

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Okay...the boyfriend needs his computer, so I'm going to post. I loved Lost Girls. I thought it to be brilliant. Beautiful art. And a beautiful reclamation of pornography from the dregs it usually rests in. An insightful, smart reclamation of sex as a part of the human experience. I'll refrain from putting my more personal reaction here but I will say in general I had a very visceral, in some cases emotional reaction to a lot of the book--I'm sure no one needs the details.

Also: Wendy gets a spanking. And she deserves it.

If anyone wants more detail about the different stories and how they unfold, I'd be happy to provide more info--I don't want to ruin anything for anyone, if you're worried about plot spoilers, but there is a ton to say about the three women and their roles and their stories. Maybe that will be a post later this week.

update!

Sep. 12th, 2006 08:23 pm
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Dude, Laura Palmer was on House tonight! Sheryl Lee, last seen wrapped in plastic, got to play one of those ubiquitous frowning concerned loved ones necessary to any hospital drama. It was kind of weird to hear her voice pitched like a mom, and not like a cutesie little David-Lynch dirty innocent. But I'm glad girlfriend's got work.

In other news, I came home to a very heavy Amazon box on my doorstep. Guess what it was?

That's right. The heaviest--literally and metaphorically--porn in existance. Woot.

Further reports to follow.
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So I was going to be a good little consumer and shell out the full $75 to purchase Lost Girls from the local comic store. After calling around town, it quickly became apparent that every comic store and book store in the Portland area is sold out already. The damn thing came out this week and it's already sold out (apparently it's well into its 2nd printing already).

So to hell with them. I ordered it on Amazon. It'll be here within 3-5 business days.

3-5 long, sulky business days.

But that's all right, because I have the Zogg to keep me occupied. One must be ever-vigilant against the Zogg, as evidenced by My First Little Golden Book of Zogg. Read it and weep, hu-mann.

And almost as good as the highly literate philosophical pornography I am waiting to arrive in the mail are these Weight Watcher's recipe cards from circa 1974. Because everyone has to see the "fluffy mackeral pudding" to believe it.

And last, but certainly not least, I bring you either the obsessive-compulsive's fondest dream, or the obsessive-compulsive's worst nightmare. Via [profile] johnnybrainwash, experience the terrible siren call of online bubble wrap. I spent more of my day than I care to admit playing with this one.

Right, so that should get us through the afternoon.

lost girls

Aug. 2nd, 2006 10:55 am
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What, so you say I will soon have a comic book in my hot little hands that is 1) about Barrie's Wendy, Carroll's Alice, and Baum's Dorothy, 2) high class literary/artistic pornography, 3) illustrated by Melinda fucking Gebbie, and 4) written by Alan fucking Moore?

Literary, intelligent pornography? That is smart and hot and (from what I've heard) incredibly compassionate and humanizing?

Bliss bliss bliss!

I have been waiting for this damn book to be released for like a year.  It is supposed to be released in the vicinity of early September, but Alan Moore has abused me this way before, so I'm not holding my breath. But here, if anyone is gnawing their knuckles the way I am, is an Interview.

http://www.avclub.com/content/node/51180

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