a zoo in hell


On a roll: 4.24.2011

Missed a week because of too many day job commitments. It was a slow week, anyway, though.

Starting things off with a bit of "soylent" culinary news, brothers in Pakistan make habit of human curry. I wonder if curry is interesting to the hordes of faux cannibals on the interwebs, or if they need their meat to look like meat.

The LA Times has a little blurb about cryptozoology books. They also mentioned Jeff Vandermeer's monsters book, which sounds pretty cool. I don't plan to read the debunking books, those are pretty predictable, and if I want to know why something can't happen there are more than enough opportunities for that. Cool picture of a chupacabra, though.

The folks that brought you the police radio meditation podcast have brought us something better, "Deep Thought", spiritual and philosophical readings over a bed of ambience...nothing ground-breaking in the idea, but the random nature makes it appealing.

These days, it's easy to forget that there are also lunatic fundamentalists on the Christian side of things. Just in time for Easter, here's a reminder.

Once again, the folks at Pulitzer have chosen to honer a book with fantastic themes.

Here's an interesting, if roughly written, article about the joys of the original Fog. I love this movie, and it is especially attractive in this season of zombie like interest in zombies. In other film matters, Coen Brothers are rumored to have a full-on horror film in their future.

I cannot count how many times The Phantom Tollboth was read to me, or by me. That book is right up there with "Famous Monsters" as a regular staple of my youth. Anyway, Michael Chabon thinks it's pretty cool, too. In other news about children's literature, the LA Times has a cool bit about Beverly Cleary. Is there anyone that didn't have a crush on Ramona?

Weird but not surprising...automata that brought the devil to life for some church people. I wish had that info on hand when my born-again public school teacher took me to task for drawing devils in class.

Fangoria claims they aren't hiring writers. Maybe they should reconsider.

Yeah, it's true. The Starbucks guy wrote a book. The basic premise is flawed though -- I don't think it ever will have it's soul back. What a ridiculous waste of paper. Couldn't they just have it as a download at their locations, right next to the music compilations?

And finally....

At its best, this approach can be delicately moving; at its worst, it can be precious and sentimental: the indie rock of the indiest art.