I’m *still* working on my Klarion piece, which I started writing a couple of days ago. It’s 3/4 done, but it’s required a great deal of quote-hunting that I haven’t needed to do for some of the earlier pieces – I know the outline of my arguments, and the links between subjects, but I’m cross-referencing bits between half a dozen texts (among others early 17th century books of Christian apologetics, essays by G K Chesterton, the King James version of the Bible and Life, The Universe And Everything by Douglas Adams), and it takes time to find precisely the right bits. This essay will look sloppier than some of the others, but it’s setting up a lot of stuff for (especially) the Frankenstein piece.
Those of you who care will be glad to know that once the 7S stuff is finished I’ll be working on getting PEP! 3 completed. I now have enough material to get it done – from Debi Linton, Adam Prosser, Gavin Robinson, David Allison, Gavin Burrows, Richard Flowers and Bill Ritchie, with a piece promised by my wife Holly. (I’m sure I’ve missed someone there. Forgive me. I’m very tired).There’s a mix of articles, short fiction and comics, with topics ranging from paleontology to David Bowie via the future of the Lib Dems. The editing process will take a month or so, but I thought people (especially those contributors who got their material to me six months ago) would want to know the material’s all in. It’s going to be a good ‘un.
And in a third piece of news, a commenter has sent me a lot of photos of the Monkees from the gig I was at. I shall be adding these to the review soon.
And finally, before we get to the links, a public service announcement. Blake Jones and the Trike Shop are doing a mini-tour of the UK, starting Sunday. Having seen them twice last time they were over, I can say that they’re one of the best live bands in the world today, and their audience is criminally low. If you like great pop in the tradition of Nilsson,McCartney and Wilson, or spot-on Frank Zappa tributes, or performances of Harlem Nocturne on the theremin, or just fantastic songwriting, then you owe it to yourself to go to one of the following gigs:
Cavern (Liverpool) Sunday the 22nd at 2:30 in the afternoon
Cavern Pub (Liverpool) Monday the 23rd at 6:30pm
Tiger Lounge (Manchester) Wed. the 25th
London at the Bull and Gate (389 Kentish Town Road) 4:15 in the afternoon on Saturday, May 28th.
(I’ll be going to the Cavern and Tiger Lounge shows).
And now, links.
Andrew Rilstone talks about folk music and nationalism.
Jennie Rigg on different types of rape (warning, triggering for some). Read the comments, too.
Jon Blum on Saturday’s Doctor Who
The programme for the Bradford Fantastic Film Weekend is up.
Roz Kaveney has written a poem that is definitely not about feminist debates about trans people
A rather nice interview by a parent of her child with autism. Rather criminally, this is one of thirty posts in a series called ‘voices of autism’ of which *TWENTY EIGHT POSTS* were by and about the parents of autistic children, rather than the actual voices of actual autistic people. And that’s their idea of ‘autism awareness’. Sickening. But unsurprising given that the first post in the series features the logo of the ‘charity’ Autism Speaks, which thinks the world would be better if I’d never been born and wants to rid the world of people like me. That post itself is lovely, though.
Great interview with Van Dyke Parks, I’ll be posting my review of his Monday gig soon.
Run GNU/Linux inside your browser (if you’re running an up-to-date version of Chrome or Firefox)
Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Free Software
Dorian at postmodernbarney looks at Saturday’s Doctor Who.
Millennium looks at Saturday’s Doctor Who
Rich Daley on fascism, immigration and the English language
And a post on Liberal England – Towards A Liberal Democrat Ideology