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A leaf Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 04:57 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
Taken from a couple of angles over about a minute.

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I am taking care of someone's cats Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 04:45 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
As one does, I keep a log of my visits.

The cats expressed their appreciation for my record-keeping.

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Ornaments hang from ramparts, let me know where to go, but not who's coming Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 03:53 pm
[personal profile] sovay
I dreamed I was in Providence last night, visiting friends who don't exist in waking life. There was no particular occasion—I hadn't seen them in months, NecronomiCon notwithstanding. I had brought one of them a ring I had found in a thrift store in Boston. It looked like heavy gold with a blurred device on the signet and chips of emerald down the band; I thought it was costume jewelry. It had been priced accordingly. The girl at the register hadn't been able to tell me where it came from. I almost tossed it to my friend as we walked through Burnside Park, telling him it had looked like his style. He didn't even put it on: he turned it over once or twice and dropped onto the nearest bench like someone had kicked his feet out from under him and burst into tears. I thought at one point he asked, "How could you do this to me?" but I didn't have an answer and I wasn't sure he was asking me. When he left without looking at me, he left the ring resting on the bench behind him. I put it back in my pocket. I went back to their house. He was there helping his partner prepare dinner; no one said anything about it. I can do something with this dream, I think. [personal profile] spatch asked me months ago if I had ever written Lovecraftian noir and I couldn't think of a way to do it without being cheap or clichéd or ripping other authors off: I might have dreamed myself a way in. I just wish I could think of things that don't require research.

1. Thank you, question mark, Facebook, for pointing me toward this teeth-grinding article: Zoe Willams, "Yes, yes, yes! Welcome to the golden age of slutty cinema." I was a little wary of the opening, but then we reached the following claim—

"On the big screen, we look to the 1930s and 40s – rightly – for an object lesson in how to make a female character with depth, verve, wit and intelligence, but to expect those women to shag around would be unreasonable, anachronistic."

—and I blew a fuse. Can I chase after the author screaming with a copy of Baby Face (1933)? Or the bookstore clerk from The Big Sleep (1946)? Pre-Code cinema in general? A stubborn and sneaky percentage of Hollywood even after the ascendance of the Production Code? "It is a radical act," William writes, "which every film generation thinks they are the first to discover: to create characters who are not good people"—well, apparently every generation of film critics thinks they discovered it, too. I wrote on Facebook that I was reminded of the conversation between an ATS driver and her prospective mother-in-law in Leslie Howard's The Gentle Sex (1943), where the younger woman declares proudly that "for the first time in English history, women are fighting side by side with the men" and the older woman quietly lets fall the fact that she served as an ambulance driver on the front lines of the last war. Just because the young women of the rising generation don't know about the social advances of their mothers doesn't mean they didn't happen. Just because the author of this article lives in a retrograde era doesn't mean the onscreen representation of morally ambiguous women is some kind of millenial invention. It's so easy to think that the past was always more conservative, more blinkered, more backwards than the present. It's comforting. It's dangerous. It permits the belief that things just get better, magically, automatically, without anyone having to fight to move forward or hold ground already won. Once you recognize that the past, even briefly, got here first, it's a lot harder to feel superior for just being alive now. We can't afford it and anyway it isn't true.

2. Apropos of nothing except that I was listening to Flanders and Swann, I am very glad that I discovered them before reading Margery Allingham, otherwise I might have thought she invented "The Youth of the Heart." It's quoted in a scene in The Beckoning Lady (1955)—correctly attributed, but her books are so full of fictional artists and musicians that when I read of "Lili Ricki, the new Swedish Nightingale" who is "singing Sydney Carter's lovely song against a lightening sky," I might have easily had the Avocado of Death problem and assumed she made them all up. As it is, I know the song from a recording of Swann performing it solo as part of At the Drop of a Hat in 1957, since he wrote the music. And I was reminded of Allingham because there's a copy of Traitor's Purse (1941) on Howard's bookshelves in Howard the Duck (1986). I assume someone in the props department was a fan.

3. The Somerville Theatre has announced its repertory schedule for October. I am sad that the double feature of James Whale's Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935) is the same night that [personal profile] rushthatspeaks and I already have plans to see William Wellman's Beggars of Life (1928) at the HFA, but I am looking forward mightily to the triple feature of Psycho (1960), Psycho II (1983), and Psycho III (1986), because it is the Sunday before my birthday and five and a half hours of Anthony Perkins seems like a good preemptive birthday present to me. I have never seen Robert Wise's The Haunting (1963), either, or Anna Biller's The Love Witch (2016), and I always like Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead (2004). I know Brad Anderson's Session 9 (2001) was shot at the derelict Danvers State Hospital before it was demolished for condos, a decision which I hope is literally haunting the developers to this day. Anyone with opinions about the rest of this lineup?

I am off to write letters to politicians.

Current Music: Bulletproof Stockings, "Off Track"


Trying to close windows ... Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 06:32 pm
[personal profile] rydra_wong
Politico: Russia probes pose loyalty test for Team Trump

Vanity Fair: Mike Flynn’s Nuclear Side-Hustle Gets Even Shadier

Vanity Fair: Did Jared Kushner’s Data Operation Help Select Facebook Targets for the Russians?

Talking Points Memo: Report: Trump Using RNC, Campaign Funds For Russia Probe Legal Bills

Huffington Post: The blow-it-all-up billionaires

Mother Jones: How Donald Trump Lied to Conceal His Moscow Business Partner

Salon: How Trump followed a Russian map straight to Paul Manafort

Deadspin: Teresa Kaepernick On Trump Calling Injustice Protesters Sons Of Bitches: “It’s What Most Of Us Have Come To Expect From Him” (her magnificent Twitter response: "Guess that makes me a proud bitch!")

Vanity Fair: Has Milo Yiannopoulos’s Berkeley Troll Circus Become a Fyre Festival for the Right? (answer: looks like it, and it's glorious)

Transformers: Lost Light #3 - "Dissolution, Part 3: A World Misplaced" Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 10:46 pm
[personal profile] laughing_tree, posting in [community profile] scans_daily


I always wanted to give the franchise as much depth and weight as possible. One of the easiest ways to do that is to politicise it. -- James Roberts

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2017: The Puppies Notice The Michelist Futurians Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 10:14 am
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
And so much more!

Enjoy!

Nicked from File770

The Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 10:10 am
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll


The Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher

The debut of Cheryl and Jason Blossom! Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 09:04 am
[personal profile] alicemacher, posting in [community profile] scans_daily



Long before Cheryl and Jason Blossom were the victim and victimizer within a taboo relationship in Afterlife with Archie, or respectively mentally disturbed and dead in the Riverdale TV series, they were more lighthearted elitist troublemakers in the old Archie Comics continuity. That doesn't mean what they got up to wasn't envelope-pushing in its own way for the relatively family-friendly venue. Especially in this, their first appearance.

'Maybe it's time to shake them up around here!' )

Groo: Friends and Foes #3 (2015) Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 07:36 am
[personal profile] riddler13, posting in [community profile] scans_daily
Dark Horse: "As the Year of Groo bumbles on, the world’s stupidest barbarian and his dog wander into those two sinister witches, Arba and Dakarba . . . who have a scheme to conjure up a giant duplicate of Groo! That means more Groo for your buck!"



Arba is the one in blue, Dakarba is the other one )

Next: Arcadio the hero.

U.S.Agent #2 Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 09:19 am
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Namor the Sub-Mariner #2 Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 08:35 am
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In which Marvel gets clever with their marketing Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 01:21 am
[personal profile] sarahnewlin, posting in [community profile] scans_daily
Dazzler #42 )

Gone full circle when things went square Sep. 23rd, 2017 @ 08:51 pm
[personal profile] sovay
Happy autumn! Happy Bi Visibility Day! Happy centenary of the invention of Fluff, which explains why the first thing I ate today was a peanut butter and marshmallow fluff cookie: I spent the later part of my afternoon in Union Square with [personal profile] rushthatspeaks, [personal profile] gaudior, and Fox, who may or may not have liked their first taste of marshmallow but was really into a crunchy organic juice blend one of their parents was trying to drink. (Eventually they covered themselves in it. It was green. That's the first time I've seen a baby cosplay Howl's Moving Castle.) I am delighted to learn that plasmodial slime molds can share memories. I would definitely watch Dwayne Johnson as Plato. I am faceplantingly tired, but I have cats. It has not been terrible, being awake today.

Current Music: Johnny Flynn, "Churlish May"


Crisis on Infinite Earths #2 Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 02:35 am
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The Discipline #2 Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 01:09 am
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Injustice 2 #21 Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 12:03 am
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Dazzler #13 - "Trial... and Terror!" Sep. 23rd, 2017 @ 11:36 pm
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Josie and friends in "The Hold Up" Sep. 23rd, 2017 @ 04:01 pm
[personal profile] alicemacher, posting in [community profile] scans_daily



Josie is best known today as leader of the Pussycats. However, for her first six years of existence, she wasn't a rock star but a sort of Everygirl counterpart to Archie (although they wouldn't appear in the same universe until some time in the Pussycats era). And before Alexander Cabot III became her band's manager, he was Josie's friend and sometimes-boyfriend. However, just as Melody was always a "dumb blonde" (prior to the 2016 reboot attempt, anyway), Alex was always a haughty and often flaky rich guy, as we see in this classic story.

'Glad to, my good man! You've made a very good choice of victims!' )

Astonishing X-Men #1: "Life of X," Part One Sep. 24th, 2017 @ 12:24 am
[personal profile] superboyprime, posting in [community profile] scans_daily


"I think I’m known for writing a certain kind of X-book, after DEATH OF WOLVERINE, DEATH OF X and IVX. ASTONISHING X-MEN is no exception. If people want consequences, they’ll get ‘em." - Charles Soule

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Thanks to the first step in every review Sep. 23rd, 2017 @ 11:26 am
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
Which is creating the Amazon and Chapters links for the book being review, I know one particular book is $19.19 if you buy it from Kobo and $11.71 from Kindle....
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