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November 01, 2007

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Speaking of rowdy and uninhibited ladies, as I recently was ... The blog Lust Bites features writing by some of today's most daring female eroticists, a smashing visual design, and a general tone of crisp and merry irreverence. Recently: Polly Frost celebrates being a "genre slut"; Madelyne Ellis praises the vamp archetype; and Janine Ashbless confesses to having a thing for men's beards. Oh, I do have a soft spot for risk-taking, wild women ... Hmm, well, maybe "soft spot" isn't quite the right way to put it. NSFW, as if you really needed telling.

* A little Degas, a little Ashcan, a little East Village, a lot of talent and skill ... Fun. (NSFW, but classily so.)

* Linda Thom connects the dots between immigration-driven population growth and California's recurring wilderness-fire crises.

* The best camcorders of 2007.

* What, if anything, can be done to save Western New York State?

* "Reason can never be the absolute dictator of man's mental or moral economy," writes Theodore Dalrymple, bless his heart. (Link thanks to Arts and Letters Daily.)

* Steve Sailer traces the evolution of pop music over the last few decades.

* Culture-bargain: Before he turned to making straightfaced fantasy epics, the New Zealand director Peter Jackson was a wonderfully demented low-budget comic-horror specialist. At Amazon, you can currently buy his brilliant gross-out scare picture "Dead Alive" for a mere $5.49.

* MBlowhard Rewind: I rhapsodized about the tres charmante French actress Sophie Marceau.

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at November 1, 2007




Comments

Those Malcolm T. Liepke paintings are impressive.

However, I find myself drifting back to my typical question with modern representation: to wit, that virtually all of the paintings were of two subjects, one male and one female. Was the guy Mr. Liepke? If it was, are these all painted from photographs?

The ubiquity of photographic intermediation in modern representation is a topic that has been insufficiently considered. (I'm not suggesting that as a criticism of this practice at all, just trying to understand what's going on here.) Even if this is true, and Liepke's not painting from life, his paint handling obviously creates points of interest quite distinct from anything a photograph could deliver.

Posted by: Friedrich von Blowhard on November 1, 2007 12:35 PM



Save upstate? CUT TAXES! So simple. So impossible.

Posted by: ricpic on November 1, 2007 7:40 PM



Trying to pull the ideas presented in these links into a coherent whole is an interesting exercise. If I get the message it seems to be that serious problems like the wild fires in California and the decline of the Rustbelt are all the fault of taxes and immigrants. The decline of interesting pop music is due to black musicians failure to keep being funky and white musicians failure to borrow or steal from funky black music. But it is all okay because there is always sex to be found on the internet.

And, among the suggested or implied solutions are; eliminate all forms of welfare and taxes, privatize and merchandize water sources, tighten the borders and expel all illegal immigrants, get those darkies to make some funky music, and have sex with girls who have Scarlett Johansson lips.

Am I missing something?

Posted by: Chris White on November 2, 2007 8:05 AM



Sailer is the greatest cherry-picker of facts I've ever come across. The INCREDIBLE blending of white and black music genres beginning in the late 80s with bands like Faith No More fusing rap and metal and continues today with the hugely eclectic and influential electronic scene, is completely overlooked by him because a) it doesn't fit his neat little theory, and b) he probably has never head of these bands anyway, but instead prefers to skim off the top of the Top 40.

Old-fogey-ism at its finest.

Posted by: the patriarch on November 2, 2007 2:57 PM



dead-alive is funny but so gross. like the visual equivelant of smelling rotten milk. but not disturbing. it's a wonderfully over the top film. i'm not a lord of the rings fan but i like jackson. i'd say he's probably better then sam raimi (closest comparison as far careers go) meet the feebles and dead-alive are more demented then the evil dead movies. i even sorta like the king kong remake (only in theatres and with reservations).

Posted by: t. j. on November 7, 2007 8:42 AM






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