Gerry Canavan

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Three Late-Night Links

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Three quick late-night links:

* At McSweeney’s, the neurotic pick-up artist.

* We got more information out of a German general with a game of chess or Ping-Pong than they do today, with their torture. The veterans of the Nazi interrogations at Fox Hunt reminisce.

* Via Bookninja, an interview with noted pornographer and genius cartoonist Alan Moore. Given what I posted earlier today it made me happy to see that he had some thoughts of his own about reification:

‘Well, this is something that was very conscious,’ Moore says. ‘It was before Watchmen even, it was when I was writing V for Vendetta [about a freedom fighter who dresses as Guy Fawkes and pits himself against a British dictatorship] and I suddenly realised that unless I was very careful, I was going to end up with a glorious romantic anarchist against a bunch of cartoon Nazis who would all have monocles and University of Heidelberg duelling scars and things like that. I thought that actually the thing about fascism is that these people, the Nazis who were manning the concentration camps, they were butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, somebody’s dad, they were street sweepers, they were just completely ordinary people, they didn’t arrive from Mars; and so I went out of my way to try and give even the unpleasant characters some sort of internal coherence so that you can understand why they’re doing these things.’

This has a lot to do with why the comic version of V for Vendetta is so very good and the film version is more or less just a movie.

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October 9, 2007 at 6:24 am

reification and dystopia in mass culture

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New culturemonkey post: Reification and dystopia in mass culture, or, a few quick thoughts on the greatness of Brazil.

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October 8, 2007 at 5:20 pm

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