❝ Storytelling is a political act. It’s making sense of the world and ourselves, and like every other kind of sense-making, it’s as political as it is personal and vice-versa. There is no distinction to be made between the political and the personal. Writing of any kind is political. It’s claimsmaking regarding reality and how to interpret it. Because whenever we’re faced with these things, we’re faced with fundamental truths regarding how creation makes and unmakes the world, regarding whose voices are amplified and whose are lost, between who gets to speak and who is literally silenced. ❞
❝ Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them. ❞
- Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices
❝ Some words were like that. Whole lives attached to them. Ghosts and lives and ecstasy and sorrow. ❞
- Paullina Simons, The Bronze Horseman
yo a few people have expressed interest in reading transmet so yeah here you go!! knock yrselves out (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧*:
vol 1 / vol 2 / vol 3 / vol 4 / vol 5 / vol 6 / vol 7 / vol 8 / vol 9 / vol 10
each of those is a .rar file, and after you unzip it you will need a comic book reader (i use cdisplay) (also if any of the links stop working just holla and i’ll try to fix it)
and for anyone who still isn’t sure quite what it is, here is a far better summary than anything i could write
eta: if you do decide to read it, let me know how you like it!! come yell at me about it or whatever i don’t get to talk about it nearly enough
to make your digital comics more portable you can download the cloudreaders app for you ipod/iphone
i wonder if hell has been privatized yet, thanks reagan and thatcher
I just recently finished House of Leaves and I saw in one of your ask responses that you have a theory about the origin point of the story, so now I'm really curious! Who do you think is the real narrator of the story?
[under a cut: major spoilers for House of Leaves]
I loved your tags on the Laws of Robotics. you seem like a brilliant person
we can add asimov to the list of science fiction writers—along with orwell, huxley, atwood, gibson, wells, pkd, et al—who would be dismayed to discover that their extreme and fictional dystopian cautionary tales have quickly and without fanfare become science fact.
[there are few technologies which speak as damningly of humanity as military drones.]
Okay, but your Snowpiercer meta is so great that I'm tempted to just post a link in the tag to it every now and then when I feel people posting in the tag would benefit from a reading it.
well i’m not going to stop you although that might cause resentment : )
[having seen the tags written by people who’ve reblogged that post, which have been overwhelmingly complimentary & enthusiastic, my ego needs no more pampering trust me. i’m also aware that a substantial part of the internet does not like snowpiercer, finds its premise too fantastical, wants to list exhaustively the plotholes & leaps of logic, hates the no-holds-barred ending, &c.
and while i think literalist readings of this film [the polar bear would eat them!] are supremely uninteresting & missing the point, i’m not going to tell people how to read the film, that’s not how this works. i think snowpiercer is ambitious and radical and a striking departure in its depiction of class warfare / revolution—let alone most action blockbusters, seriously—and i laid out why i think that; but other opinions are available.]