Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Article Reading Group

Rococo Bowie! via bowiescigarette
This is from 1983 film The Hunger which Wiki describes as a British romantic horror film - "It is the story of a love triangle between a doctor who specialises in sleep and ageing research and a vampire couple". As if Bowie wasn't enough all by himself... Hilarious.

The Pop Diaspora of M.I.A. - Ayesha A. Siddiqi: This doesn't closely relate to my slightly complicated feelings towards MIA but it does take on white pop critics's inability to discuss her in any complex or meaningful way. Also, Ayesha Siddiqi is all over the internet and reliably insightful.

GREEN SCREEN: THE LACK OF FEMALE ROAD NARRATIVES AND WHY IT MATTERS - Vanessa Veselka: "Quest is elemental to the human experience. All road narratives are to some extent built on quest. If you’re a woman, though, this fundamental possibility of quest is denied. You can’t go anywhere if you can’t step out onto a road." Amazing. Without narratives the world has no way to understand you so simply stops seeing you.

The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature - Kathryn Schulz: Now, if that title doesn't make you sit forward in your seat then I don't know what will. Jokez. I am not, by and large, a fan of grammar. Obviously I don't want it to be so bad that it distracts from the content or makes it unreadable but I have no fond affection for the comma. In fact, commas are my arch nemesis. Were my arch nemesis, I suppose, since there is no longer a red pen wielding university tutor in my life. Comma splices? I do not care. That being said, Schulz's favourite punctuation marks in literature, specific examples from five books, are a lovely reminder of the charm and impact of grammar when it is used by a master. Also, Kathryn Schulz. Heart.

Sherlock and the Adventure of the Overzealous Fanbase - Laurie Penney: "What is significant about unofficial, extra-canonical fan fiction is that it often spins the kind of stories that showrunners wouldn’t think to tell, because fanficcers often come from a different demographic. The discomfort seems to be not that the shows are being reinterpreted by fans, but that they are being reinterpreted by the wrong sorts of fans - women, people of colour, queer kids, horny teenagers, people who are not professional writers, people who actually care about continuity (sorry). The proper way for cultural mythmaking to progress, it is implied, is for privileged men to recreate the works of privileged men from previous generations whilst everyone else listens quietly. That’s how it’s always been done. That’s how it should be done in the future, whatever Tumblr  says." Laurie Penney. Heart also. I have escalating issues with Sherlock that I'm not going to dive into here and which Penney doesn't address and I would like another journalist to write a more in depth analysis of the showrunners's (and the televisual establishment generally) relationship with its fans but this article is critical of their snobbery and celebratory of fandom and it is good. Also, I love it when 'legitimately respected peeplz' out themselves as fangirls.

A Four Year-Old Reviews Mission Chinese Food (with his face) - Jessica Saia (and Desmond): 100% my school of restaurant/food reviewing. This is both self-explanatory and adorable.

Any recommendations for further reading? Send them my way.

Chuck x

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