I’m hoping to get the next Kinks post up tonight, but in the meantime here’s some links:
Playing D&D With Porn Stars has a great piece jumping off from a letter from William Burroughs to Truman Capote, and using that as a springboard for a talk about the nature of art and of fandom. The article is safe for work, but the site, as you would expect from the name, isn’t.
David Brothers, who seems to improve as a writer every time I look away for a nanosecond, has been doing a great series of pieces on the moral failing behind the new Watchmen prequels DC is putting out. Unlike David, I cannot quite bring myself, yet, to stop buying DC comics as a result of this. Unlike the people who he’s arguing with (all of whom are the bad type of fan D&D With Porn Stars excoriates) I see this as a moral failing in myself, rather than something to be proud of (I make moral choices all the time to boycott various forms of entertainment. I have to compromise my principles somewhat if I want to live anything other than the most ascetic life. But it is still a compromise.) Rather amazingly, the comic writer Chris Roberson feels so strongly about this, in part because of David’s pieces, that he’s quit DC for good.
And we’ve seen recently that Racist UKIP have started to pick up a lot of protest voters. This shows why that is very worrying — a councillor who’s a member of Racist UKIP and wants people on benefits to lose the right to vote. I can understand people not liking the current government and wanting to ‘send a signal’, but that signal shouldn’t be “we want to take the franchise away from poor people”.
In (I hope) better news, the new Beach Boys single has announced cover art. No release date yet, but sometime this month. Then we’ll know if the reunion was a great, or a terrible,idea.