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    mythical creatures bestiary

    Giants Cool links! The Ceiling Cat made me laugh and the Mongolian Death Worm is definitely one for future boredom killing "research". I have just been doing some of the latter and stumbled on this guy's nutty but fascinating site promoting his book about Giants Unfortunately the first...
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    Barry Malzberg

    I read The Men Inside a couple of weeks ago. It's about a guy who is shrunk to a fraction of an inch and has to crawl up rich peoples' arses to burn out their cancers. He fucking hates his job... :) I can see why Ballard loves the guy now. This is one twisted story on so many levels...
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    Proto-Minimal Techno

    Are you talking about his recent "Climb" EP. I'm digging that one. No-one's mentioned Patrick Pulsinger yet. I love his "Porno" album. That IO "ADSR" album on Cheap is also good. I'm guessing every knows about "Metri" by Ø. Speaking of Tresor their Vol. 3 compilation is jam packed with...
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    new rock bands that don't suck

    I know how you feel! Although I have Boris' Pink album and I rate it. If you're looking for something heavy and stonery as per your list above, I highly recommend you check out the newly reformed Carcass live. They'll be in San Fransisco in a couple of weeks. Get bent and stand in front of the...
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    The Cramps

    this track is the best <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always"...
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    red riding films

    Look great! I'll have to track down the books..
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    Art and Morality

    You see, it's all about the dicks, the pussies and the assholes.
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    films you've seen that are like whatever

    I just watched Gattacca... I never knew dystopian SF could be so schmaltzy.
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    Art and Morality

    Hmm... I missed that. It kinda is "fashionable" now to dis empire: fashionable and correct! A lot of the history was new to me though and that's what I remember most - as well as the jokes and the swashbuckling etc. Not even Queen Victoria? I vaguely remember Flashman being just as terrified...
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    Art and Morality

    Yeah I didn't really get that. But obviously the neo-cons are "serious thinkers" - sober minds!
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    Art and Morality

    True. That's what attracted me: I love a good adventure story.. Perhaps but that is what Flashman would have thought being an upper class Victorian, and the way that the novels are presented as edited papers, historical artifacts to be examined with a critical eye - with footnotes etc -...
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    Art and Morality

    I totally agree, josef k. The best art makes you look at something in a new way - makes you think about something. Which is why I wouldn't hesitate recommending the Flashman books even though I disagree with Fraser's politics (I never knew until I read the obituaries). There is an attempt at...
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    Films you've seen recently and would unreservedly recommend:

    Well I went in expecting to hate her, and in hating her I enjoyed the film. It's the only way it makes any sense.
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    Films you've seen recently and would unreservedly recommend:

    I checked out Happy-Go-Lucky to see what the fuss was about and enjoyed it. I'm not sure what movie Mike Leigh is talking about. The main middle class character is cheerful, yes, but but she's also manipulative and deluded (and simply annoying). I think the first thing she says in the film at...
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    Iain Sinclair

    You reckon? That last paragraph seem quite trenchant: Where Alan Moore can float Kelly's escape as a wistful potentiality, Hollywood needs a clear finish. An up-beat resolution. From Hell returns to source, as a penny-dreadful, a shocker; a distortion of place and time. An industrial product...
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    Spaz - personality test

    The Warning (Hot Chip) SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY? Terminal On City (x|k) WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY? Leave it to the Drums (Tricky Tee) WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL? Behind This Door (Robert Hood) WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE? Coughee in My Cup...
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    Thomas Pynchon - Against the Day

    My five cents Against the Day is the first Pynchon book I've ever read and I loved it. Sure it felt like a bit of a chore every now but then he'd hit you with a passage so beautiful it breaks your heart, or with some awesome science fiction concept, or he'd slip in a joke when you least...
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    video game influenced tracks

    I used to be totally addicted to Bubble Bobble on my old Amiga... : ) I just found this gem on YouTube: Omar S - Strider's World
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    Barry Malzberg

    I read Beyond Apollo a little while ago. I liked the stuff about the narrator's wife and the Captain and his sexual fantasies between the two but I wasn't quite as blown away by it as I was when I first discovered Ballard as an undergrad say. But I got a small stack of them second-hand so I...
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    I saw a stempunk band mentioned on Mick Farren's blog. Is this your mate's band? This is his quote from a Guardian article about it: btw I finished reading The Difference Engine. I really enjoyed reading it but I didn't find it quite as satisfying as (how could I have forgotten) the most...