Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.
Arthur: Given the frankly ugly direction the associated discussions took - really, I'm surprised at some of the commenters' behaviour there
No need to be coy, Arthur. I'm perfectly aware that my later comments were completely out of line. Usually, I'm a mild tempered man, but something about the proscription of mirrors always manages to bring out the worst in me. I realize, of course, that none of this excuses my language, and I hereby apologize for my shockingly offensive statements, and in particular, any use of the phrase "proto-cranial attack squid."
And I know this will be controversial, but if the Cordova entries do turn out to be permanently lost, I for one will be slightly relieved. I've never seen a single Cordova film, but just the description in your articles gave me nightmares for the better part of a week. On the other hand, I'm sorry to see that we've apparently lost your brilliant piece skewering The Navidson Record - sounds like it was all mirrors and trick photography, to be honest. Ditto, your mammoth series on the works of Kilgore Trout, which I feel beautifully complemented and rounded out your Moorcock and Dick retrospectives (you even almost sold me on all the fishing related puns. Almost).
On the subject of stuff I'll miss, despite having no taste in music to speak of and even less interest in following bands, I'm quite sad to see Rami's moving review of the Spinal Tap reunion tour has also apparently been whisked away into the digital ether.
I think it may be just as well that we've lost my in-depth look at the Nintendo Digital Offline Operating Router, which, though it had its good points, was in hindsight far too meta. (Though I'm a bit peeved at having lost Andy's fantastic takedown of the Torchwood episode which to me shall ever be known as "that effing Dalek three-way/shooting spree episode," second only to series one's "Random Shoes" in my personal lexicon of bad Torchwood.)
On a completely unrelated note, are there any veterinarians on hand? I believe this horse is in grave need of medical attention. Or failing that, a priest.
Apologies for the technical difficulties over the last few days, readers. Unfortunately, they seem to have eaten my multi-part retrospectives on the Sutter Kane bibliography and the movies of Stanislas Cordova, and the backups I had on Google Drive seem to be corrupted - oh well, maybe I'll get around to reconstructing them later.
Well, if my opinion counts for anything (it doesn't) I'd really like to see these articles reconstructed and posted. Particularly one about "In the Mouth of Madness", one of my favorite horror movies.
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Man, and I just started watching this show on Netflix this past weekend! I marathoned the whole first season in a day. What a cool show.
I tried redownloading the Bring Up the Bodies Text Factor episode but all I got was fifty minutes of you screaming and weeping, and I swear the original episode only had about five minutes of that at most.
Arthur, not sure if reposting the Cordova articles would potentially breach your contract re: the biopic? You know better than me, just thought I should flag it up.
WOW ARTHUR WOW.
I wonder if we'll ever find out what happened to Agent Chester Desmond? (I assume David Bowie made it back to his planet safely.) I also wonder what's going to happen now that Frank Silva's gone. I suppose that upsetting old woman from The Oregonian could use some work.
It went to the Federal State of Bavaria after Hitler's Death, so up to now the book never was properly "banned" in Germany, it was rather a question of copyright claims.
Bavaria first gave 500,000 Euros to create an annotated version of the book when copyright lapses, then it withdrew its support, then it said they'd ban even annotated versions going to court, then they said an annotated version would be fine and the current state of affairs is that a critically annotated edition might be acceptable, but this would have to be considered on a case to case basis once the critical edition has been finished.
Which, if I were a historian working on this, is not something I'd see as a clear-cut "yes". Might be a lot of time and effort to just get banned anyway.
The whole story shows quite well how problematic handling this part of our past and finding a proper response to it is... even to this day.
Fin: I saw this chilling article earlier today.
That is, indeed, deeply disturbing. However, I keep getting stuck on this bit:
"I look at the US military and government, ironically, as having some of the very same problems as what the Call of Duty franchise has," Anthony continued. "We are both on top of our game. We are both the best in the world at what we do. We both have enemies who are trying to take us down at any possible opportunity."
Really, Anthony? Look, I happen to be of the opinion that here in the US, the threat posed by the military and government's "enemies" is vastly over-instated; and while I'm sure there are plenty of state and non-state actors who would like to topple said institutions, I doubt there are more than a handful who seriously believe there's a chance they'll ever be in a position to do so. That said, are you seriously comparing whatever skullduggery your rivals in the video games industry may or may not get up to with the tactics of people who are trying to overthrow a foreign government? Isn't that just the tiniest bit conceited?
Reaching back a bit,
James D: Blatant racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. isn't cutting edge at all, it's shit that was commonplace in decades past and is still pretty common today.
... And into Ye Olde Quote File. Well said, sir.
Reaching still further,
Arthur: It's worth noting that, what with next year being the 70th anniversary of Hitler's death, Mein Kampf is entering the public domain.
That's interesting, and now it makes me want to speculate who's been holding the copyright up to this point - somehow, I doubt it's a Hitler Family Estate.
Short version: If GamaSutra doesn't want ads pulled, it shouldn't allow women to have opinions that make straight, white dudes uncomfortable or critically question them.