There is nothing much to say about the Orlando mass murder that hasn’t been said already. I’m against murder (surprise.) I’m against persecution of LGBT people. I’m against semi-automatic rifles in the hands of civilians. It’s horrifying. Meanwhile, the presidential election will be less about economic justice and brutal, hawkish foreign policy than it was before. So it goes. So many innocents murdered and there will be no justice. Their deaths will be used as a smokescreen for to avoid other ugly truths.
The Clinton voters are still scolding people who don’t like Hillary on Facebook. One especially long, rambling defense of her played a whatabout Petraeus?! Who gives a shit? It’s a different case. This reddit post has better analysis of what Clinton claims about her private email server versus what is in the IG report, sourced with relatively objective articles.
Plus, Petraeus belongs in prison. So does most of the Bush administration. Stop lowering the bar.
While I was sorting through the comics, I caught up on the second half of season 6 of Venture Bros. Jackson Publick & Doc Hammer took the show to yet higher levels. The references are perversely arcane. The Legion of Doom from Challenge of the Super Friends is Andy Warhol’s Factory:
- Edie Meenie: Edie Sedgwick & Toyman/Bumblebee
- Serpentine: Ondine & Copperhead
- Ultra Violent: Ultra Violet & Star Sapphire
- Billy Maim: Billy Name & Cheetah
- Frigid – Brigid Berlin & Captain Cold
- Gerard the Gorilla: Gerard Malanga & Gorilla Grodd
- Hard Candy: Candy Darling & Bizarro
- Trashenstein: Joe Dallesandro & Solomon Grundy
- Wes Warhammer: Andy Warhol & Lex Luthor
- Black Mariah: Black Manta, but I’ve no idea who the Factory equivalent is. Black Hole of the camera itself?
The Miller’s Crossing homage was brilliant, with riffs of Scorsese thrown in. The arcs thrown in across the season paced along nicely and meticulously referenced an absurd number of obscure lines and gags from earlier seasons. The show is dense with its references, both self-referential and various genres. It’s baffling that I know more people who save their praise for a relatively two-dimensional bro comedy like Archer.
This Paris Review piece “My Autobibliography” is nifty. I’ve pretty good notes for where most of my books came from, their histories and how they fit together in shaping me.
Vice talks to Alan Moore about Show Pieces, his screenplay for The Show, and his creative process. I’ll get to watching Show Pieces in the coming weeks.
Digging up grievances, Moore, Morrison & Supergods. I’ve read both Supergods and Lance Parkin’s biography of Alan Moore. While I love the work of both of them, Morrison’s been coming off more poorly for the past several years. Supergods put me off of reading Morrison interviews until now. I have no idea how he feels about how DC discarded many of the good ideas from New 52, to speed into a retread of the extreme ’90s. Muliversity is a magnificent superhero comic. Annihilation and Nameless were both interesting, but had a peculiar sour taste to them. Is Morrison feeling okay?