Today, a sliced and diced recipe book for image gluttons.
The Art of Punk and the Punk Aesthetic: Couple things caught my eye in this.
“In the act of dismembering and reassembling the very images that were supposed to keep you down and ignorant, it was possible to counteract the violence of The Spectacle and to refashion the world around you.”
Just sort of reminds me of some of my thinking in writing Technicolor Ultra Mall. Not as a homage to or and effort to be punk, just as a method that seemed like it might work.
. . . perhaps, one were to view punk prophetically as a form of science fiction. Interestingly, this is just how Savage does regard punk: as a “jump cut” into the future. “[P]eople in Britain see punk in terms of social realism and rock music. It was pure science fiction and it was very informed byJ.G. Ballard, and by The Man Who Fell to Earth, among a lot of other things. . . . I think what’s important about punk is the idea that it was for a brief period very futuristic.” That’s another intriguing insight that calls out for more excavation.
One often hears, at science fiction conventions, some distress about the ‘punk’ suffix being attached to everything. In the case of cyberpunk, I always found the attachment of ‘cyber’ to be stranger. To my eye, it’s just punk literature.
Steampunk, however, has nothing to do with punk. And, really, it can go fuck itself. For any number of reasons. Most of which also have nothing to do with punk.
Giant eyeball mystery solved: You know that giant eyeball that washed up on shore? No? Well a giant eyeball washed up on shore. Scientists figured out what it was.
William S. Burroughs, The Art of Fiction No. 36: A 1965 interview with William S. Burroughs from the Paris Review.
That’s a real cut-up. It flickers, just like the old movies used to. When talkies came in and they perfected the image, the movies became as dull as looking out the window. A bunch of Italians in Rabat have a television station and we could get the signal in Tangier. I just sat there open mouthed looking at it. What with blurring and contractions and visual static, some of their Westerns became very, very odd.
Painkilling chemicals with no side effects found in black mamba venom: In the future, no methlabs, just mamba farms.