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    Painting

    This is not going to be a popular reply, but I feel much the same way as Jenks. For some reason, either cultural, technological or perhaps because of membership the dialogues here are very reductive and flat - perhaps this an inherent characteristic or fate of online platforms. The reading...
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    what are you reading now?

    Andrew Hankinson's You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life (You are Raoul Moat) is a good read. Strong armed to demur at the end over the police's mis-dealings and crimes but still an effective piece.
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    Top Ten Books

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    Top Ten Books

    No, I was just trying to draw out a nature/nurture question in the dynamic of fantasy and life.
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    Top Ten Books

    No, I never saw it. Had a quick look now. You said something up thread, and in Fantasies, about the cliché nature of fantasies. I've often said the unconscious manifests as cliché, that dreams are embarrassingly derivative and uninventive. Of course, there is the Jung archetype take on this. But...
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    Top Ten Books

    My favourite M. John Harrison story contains a character on a building site constantly burdening the narrator with details of his sword fantasies, just chopping people's head off, kids, old people, friends, swish swish chop chop thud. Pop off it goes. At one point the narrator asks him how...
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    Top Ten Books

    Of course, but some address of how narrow some genres become (Conan to Gor) and some creative alternatives to the cut out misogyny is not insisting every character be an ultra-intersectional trope subverter, it's to be creative beyond the narrow constructs.... which is what good writing is...
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    Top Ten Books

    And there's always the annoying shrug of 'hey, that's the genre' - so gangsters have to be big strong macho normative men fighting around weak women who's character stops at beauty. This, apart from being a bit DM-lazy-sexism, is the antithesis of so many successful takes within genre. In TV...
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    Top Ten Books

    'fanboy/fangirl aspects foregrounded, because the industry regards these qualities of identity as appealing to viewers.' It's commercial, a race the bottom via trad caricature. I would not credit this symptom with any depth or empathy. In my experience this is what defines gamers' attitude - a...
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    an apple on the moon

    There is a difference between 'alien sounds' that mvuent pointed out as being thrown around as a descriptor (that I didn't give them credit for), and certain cultural sonic aesthetics that impress, impart, a sense of a world beyond. But, Luka, surly in discussing musics that 'transport' there is...
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    an apple on the moon

    Should we assume by 'alien' you mean influencing and informed by science fiction cultures? Or do you really want to impress that anything electronic or not western and/or 4/4 is 'inhuman'? And a narrow seam of musical output is 'everyday'?
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    Dickens

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    Dickens

    Luka - have you read Maugham's Of Human Bondage? It's similar to DC on a number of levels.
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    Dickens

    Isn't the line from Mr Micawber, that one can live happily by spending 99% of what one has but to spend 101% brings on a life of misery, a line his father, Dickens', said? When I read DC I felt a heavy impress of the arbitrary nature of 'success', money, status etc. I really like the scene...
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    Dickens

    I've read (perhaps in a Steven Connor book) that Dickens was an amazing impersonator and would, at his readings, put on different voices for each character. That he was quite an actor in this sense, the crowd loved his readings because he performed the characters.
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    Films you've seen recently and would unreservedly recommend:

    I adored this. Watch it. Listen to some vapour-wave, early OPN. Watch White Noise.
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    Cancellations

    Doesn't mainstream comedy operate as both a pit of bullying AND a conspicuous platform to promote (insidiously or clumsily) 'normal'?... i.e in Enfield's case - if you ain't home counties white anonyman born into media then you're fair game for mocking impressions.
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    Cancellations

    Straying close asking this in the 'Reading' thread. Concerning degrees of representations in fiction. A lot of UK comedy has been removed. I think this is right - if a broadcasting organisation wants to (at very least appear to viewers) as actively inclusive surely flagship, splash-page, TV...
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    what are you reading now?

    On one level I agree, representations of those unlike the writer are not necessarily bad. They run from nuanced, empathic, complex explorations to shallow, trite, ignorant, clumsy cut-out stereotypes. But sadly I think the latter is more common. See previous post re. publishing industry...
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    what are you reading now?

    I was going to post these facetiously 'for Tea's benefit'. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/13/lionel-shrivers-full-speech-i-hope-the-concept-of-cultural-appropriation-is-a-passing-fad...
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