Friday, July 20, 2007


  • To clarify: back to when I arbitrarily and inadvertently insulted Joss Whedon's Buffy Season 8's introductory issues. I understand the complexities of introducing characters to a (possibly) new audience, and I know the complexities of doing so within an acceptable framework of action and exposition. The opening of Season 3 of Deadwood did it, too. Feel free to Netflix it. Milch brought all up to speed, made proper introductions of characters and setting (!), and kicked the plot. Maybe because Buffy isn't set on the easily-evoked streets of Sunnydale anymore, the characters have new challenges (Giant Dawn?), and the usually-formulaic teevee comforts are gone. Empowerment has always been the dominant subtext to Buffy, so I'm empowered to say I never liked the even seasons as much as the odd. I'm looking forward to the next few episodes issues. Mmmm Faith.
  • That said, I enjoyed the way Joe Straczynski re-inroduced Dr. Donald Blake and Hammerguy Odinson. Anyone who can sneak in an epistemological argument about the need for man to relate to the infinite without getting all "atheism vs Hume vs deism vs cheese" is pretty sharp, even for a guy who wrote Spider-Man and Murder She Wrote.
  • Dr. Blake's admonition to Thor: "It is not for the gods to decide whether or not Man exists -- it is for man to decide whether or not the gods exist and because you are important [to Blake at that moment] -- because you are needed -- your time is not yet over."
  • You have your Harry Potter. I have mine.
  • If your heart is anywhere near New Bedford, be aware that there's a new version of Moby-Dick. Moby-Dick: In Half The Time, the Orion Group Compact Edition. They also plan to deface Anna Karenina, Vanity Fair, David Copperfield, The Mill on the Floss, Jane Eyre, The Count of Monte Cristo, and others. According to Malcolm Edwards, the publisher: “We realised that life is too short to read all the books you want to and we never were going to read these ones.” Reading is an artful avocation. Writing is an art. So, because your narcissistic, technology-encumbered, unteachable, profit-margin "mind" sees no art, you can just delete a few sentences or paragraphs or chapters and sell a few more units. It's all about the money, anyway. Why don't you remove the hyphen in the title as well? Saves on ink.
  • There's a show next Thursday night at Gallery X starring newlyweds Jeff and Benares (now from Asheville NC), The Rust Kings (from Lewisburg WV), The Jethros (from The Whaling City), and The Maybees from Somerset. Gal X is calling it "New Bedford Roots Performance." I'm calling it a night of blue- and stompgrass and blues and friends I haven't seen in a while. Any of the above links will show you.
  • Congratulations, Ed and Ava.

1 comment:

karie said...

SOoooo... welcome back, Jeff & Benares!!!
We have missed you!