Finished Lint by Steve Aylett. Spoof biography of a fictitious surreal SF writer Jeff Lint, kind of a cross between Philip K. Dick and Michael Moorcock.
Captures the leaden-footed attempted zaniness of postmodern criticism very accurately.Also has a great section of colour illustrations showing Lint's covers across the decades, as well as comics and animation shots: very good retro pastiche there. The titles and quotes are well-done too.
Overall though, while it's funny at times, the joke wears a bit thin after a while. Maybe it could have done with more detailed satire of the various periods. Or maybe it's so specialized I'm just not getting the jokes.
Does have a bit of variety: there's some satire of the Beats as Lint hangs out with Burroughs, a comic book, a kids cartoon show "Catty and the Major", a never-filmed Star Trek episode, and a Trout Mask Replica-like concept album.
Overall, an interesting novelty : well worth flicking through, though not necessarily something to rush out and buy.
Finally booked my winter holiday. Flying out to Athens, then to Istanbul, then home to see the parents for Xmas.
Have misgivings about it.. Should probably have just done one destination, but feels like a waste having booked the time, even though I feel more in the mood to just hang around at home and read.
Last Psychiatrist asks: Are psychopaths charming?
Just as Dr. Chandon had predicted, the trans-fat-free label on the crackers seemed to imbue them with a health halo that magically subtracted calories from the rest of the meal.Sociology. Sampson & Laub's Age-Graded Life-Course Theory of Crime. Long PDF: Should crime be defined in terms of harm (via Bent Society).
Experiments showed that putting a "low fat" label on food caused everyone, especially overweight people, to underestimate its calories, to eat bigger helpings and to indulge in other foods.
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