Storyological 1.19 - THE DEAD GIRL IN THE ROOM

Pokemon from giphy.com

Pokemon from giphy.com

Corpse Bride from giphy.com

Corpse Bride from giphy.com

along with, among other things...

[1]: Of note, this film stars the amazing Bae Doo-na, what you might recognize from the also awesome Sense 8

Storyological 1.18 - THE ONLY BEAUTIFUL THING

VIA GIPHY.COM, FROM "BURN THE WITCH" BY RADIOHEAD

VIA GIPHY.COM, FROM "BURN THE WITCH" BY RADIOHEAD

VIA GIPHY.COM, FROM, WELL, ONE OF THE POTTER FILMS, ISN'T IT?

VIA GIPHY.COM, FROM, WELL, ONE OF THE POTTER FILMS, ISN'T IT?

along with, among other things...

No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised, those Americans who struggle to pay the bills, make the rent, hold onto a job they might detest — folks who find their dreams slipping from their grasp as they frantically tread water, trying to keep from drowning.

I was thinking back in Sumatra, in 1982, this is a classic? Aliens did not belong in classics. Aliens belonged in movies. Aliens were great; I loved aliens in movies, but I did not want them in my Literature. What I wanted in my Literature was a somber, wounded, masterly presence, regarding the world with a jaundiced, totally humorless eye...

A forest was a forest, he seemed to be saying, let’s not get all flaky about it. He did not seem to believe, as I had read Tolstoy did, that his purpose as a writer was to use words to replicate his experience, to make you feel and think and see what he had felt. This book was not a recounting of Vonnegut’s actual war experience, but a usage of it. What intrigued me—also annoyed me—was trying to figure out the purpose of this usage. If he wasn’t trying to make me know what he knew and feel what he’d felt, then what was the book for?

In fact, Slaughterhouse Five seemed to be saying, our most profound experiences may require this artistic uncoupling from the actual. The black box is meant to change us. If the change will be greater via the use of invented, absurd material, so be it. We are meant to exit the book altered.

  • Edmund Burke said a thing once like, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
  • But, on Wikiquote, there’s a fascinating disputed section concerning this quote, e.g.

This purported quote bears a resemblance to the narrated theme of Sergei Bondarchuk's Soviet film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's book "War and Peace", in which the narrator declares "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing", although since the original is in Russian various translations to English are possible. This purported quote also bears resemblance to a quote widely attributed to Plato, that said "The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." It also bears resemblance to what Albert Einstein wrote as part of his tribute to Pablo Casals: "The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it."

Anglophiles, and especially lovers of the high art of English loneliness, are probably already familiar with ''Talking Heads,'' which Mr. Bennett originally wrote for BBC television in the late 1980's. Several of the installments, including Maggie Smith's deliciously dry portrait of a wine-soaked vicar's wife in ''Bed Among the Lentils,'' instantly became genteel cult classics.

Storyological 1.17 - A DIFFERENT KIND OF GHOST

In which we discuss,

1. "Man on the Stairs" by Miranda July, from Fence

2. "presence" by Helen Oyeyemi, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

along with, among other things...

Storyological 1.15 - FOR A MINUTE THERE

In which we discuss,

1. "The Game of Smash and Recovery" by Kelly Link, Strange Horizons

2. "Magic for Beginners" also by Kelly Link, Fantasy and Science Fiction

along with, among other things...

  • Donnie Darko
  • Kelly Link, fandom, television, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in an interview with One Story

    The story “Magic for Beginners” was based on the experience of watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I moved from Somerville, MA to Brooklyn to Northampton, MA during the seven years Buffy was on, and the one thing all of the places I lived had in common, besides too many books, was a room with a television where we got together with various friends to watch new episodes and then dissect, praise, complain, rewrite and rewatch. It was an enormously social experience, and it’s not one I’ve had since Buffy ended. I wanted to write something that would capture the way it feels to be a fan and a member of a fandom. On the other hand, the television show itself, The Library, was my attempt to write all the things that would be–if not impossible, then at least costly and impractical–to do in an actual television show. Like having different actors take over key roles in each episode, and putting in elaborate settings and all manner of special effects.

  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on making sandwiches

    There is an art to the business of making sandwiches which it is given to few ever to find the time to explore in depth. It is a simple task, but the opportunities for satisfaction are many and profound.

  • And learning how to fly.

    You must learn how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Pick a nice day and try it. The first part is easy. All it requires is the ability to throw yourself forward with all your weight and the willingness not to mind that it's going to hurt. That is, it's going to hurt if you fail to miss the ground. If you are really trying properly, the likelyhood is that you will fail to miss the ground fairly hard.
    One problem is that you have to miss the ground accidentally. It's no good deliberately intending to miss the ground because you won't. You have to have your attention suddenly distracted by something else then you're halfway there, so that you are no longer thinking about falling, or about the ground, or about how much it's going to hurt if you fail to miss it.

Also.

You can see bits of our Radiohead show on our new friend's instagram here, here, here, here, and here.

Also. Also

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Storyological 1.14 - LAMBORGHINIS AND OTHER SIGNIFIERS

along with, among other things...

Change is guaranteed, but the type of change is not; never is that more true than today. See, friction makes everything harder, both the good we can do, but also the unimaginably terrible. In our zeal to reduce friction and our eagerness to celebrate the good, we ought not lose sight of the potential bad.

We are creating the future, and “better” does not win by default.

…for when you gaze long into the abyss…the abyss gazes also into you

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Storyological 1.13 - THE ONE WITH THE SONIC CARROT

2. "Appliances" by Nikki Alfar, Heat: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology, first published in the collection WonderLust.

along with, among other things...

  • Also, an analysis of the Cheese as Metaphor.
    • ”…many devoted Whedon fans argue emphatically that the cheese man means nothing cos Joss says so. “The cheese man means nothing. He is the only thing in the show that means nothing.” Ah ha! See? This can mean only one of two possibilities. Either Joss is trying to throw us off the scent... or he is in denial. So I have made it my mission to discover and reveal the secrets of the cheese guy. And I think I may have cracked it.”
  • Advertising. Hyperreality. Fascination. Also. Jean Baudrillard.
  • That one episode, YOU MUST UNLEARN WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED, where we discussed “Six Things We Found During the Autopsy” by Kuzhali Manickavel.

Also.
You can find Nick Wood, here, and read more of Nikki Alfar here and here.

Also, also.

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Storyological 1.12 - HUNGER. SAINTS. BIRDS.

Along with, among other things...

  • Icarus

  • Superman

    Tom says, “You’re crazy. Get the f— away from me!” I said, “Tom, listen. You’ve got to read this.” I gave him all my feelings about what we should do. I said, “The most important thing when you look at it is this: Make a love story. And prove a man can fly.” So he read it and he called me that night and said, “You know, there’s a lot we can do with this.”

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.” - Kafka

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Storyological 1.05 - E.G. HAS NEVER SHOT A GRANDMOTHER

Along with, among other things:

some writers

some thoughts about ideas


Storyological 1.03 - GORGEOUSLY HORRIBLE AND TERRIFICALLY POIGNANT

In which we discuss

1. "Demon in Aisle 6" by Matthew Kressel, Nightmare Magazine

Along with, among other things...

Eternal recurrence

What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: "This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy, and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence? -- even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, a speck of dust!"

Death & The Dangers of Metaphors

Love & Scarcity

Other things