Saturday, January 15, 2005
New tracks -- this time by asher -- on Taylor Deupree's .term site
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Exhaustive essay (available as a .pdf file) on Joan Vollmer Burroughs' death by William Burroughs' amanuensis and close friend, James Grauerholz, who's apparently working on an epic bio
With some good Burroughs links.
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"The very fact that they're using the word 'taxidermists' is offensive..."
Indeed, the absurdly gory, sometimes campy nature of the work is aggressively weird. But the three are earnest about their art and the ideas they are trying to highlight through taxidermy. All are animal lovers, with a number of pet dogs, cats, birds and fish among them; they use only roadkill, donations from veterinarians and unused animal remains from museums. A strict waste-not-want-not policy accounts for Ms. Brewer's mummified squirrel heads and pickled internal organs, what she calls "carcass art," which is not technically taxidermy.
To be sure, the Rogue Taxidermists do not claim to be the first to suspend animal remains in formaldehyde and call it art. But they hope that through their exhibitions they can inspire people to recognize the natural world around them and to reconsider their position in it - whether, as Mr. Marbury said, the reaction is "revulsion or love or distrust."
In Mr. Marbury's estimation, taxidermy has a unique capacity to evoke the mystery of death. "When you deal with a dead object and then you are imbuing it with life and giving it characteristics," he said, "people become uncomfortable."
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DVD Savant review of the new Deceivers disc
A favorite of mine, it has basically no extras and it doesn't sound like they did a great job on the transfer. And as the footnote says, not really accurate about the thuggees.
But a great story well filmed.
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This Tuesday, TCM is running a great line-up of noirs, if you haven't seen these classics: Murder, My Sweet (5AM), Born to Kill (11AM), Out of the Past (3PM), Double Indemnity (5PM), The Postman Always Rings Twice (7PM), The Lady from Shanghai (9PM), Detour (1030PM), The Maltese Falcon (12AM), and Act of Violence (145AM)(all PT)
I haven't seen Born to Kill yet, but it sounds great, and Maltese Falcon & Postman Always Rings Twice are overrated at this point, but if you haven't seen 'em, you should.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Finally got around to watching the first couple hours of the new season of 24, and it's well-done as usual (though it's less compelling each season); my main problem is the script could be written by Karl Rove
The series started before 9/11 and they did a passable job of not obviously capitalizing on or pandering to the New Fear Paradigm. But this season -- which supposedly takes place years from now, it looks like they've been fed plot points by Richard Perle et al.
"Secretary of Defense" William Devane even looks like a creepy cross between shrub and Ian Holm.
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