Finished Lost Girls. Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie put the graphic into graphic novel with a loving tribute to Edwardian pornography. Slightly more realistic versions of Alice from "Alice in Wonderland", Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz", and Wendy from "Peter Pan" meet up in an Austrian hotel and share erotic stories while engaging in promiscuous sex with each other, the hotel staff, and the other guests.
I get the feeling Moore is a bit disappointed with the lack of outrage at it. While publication was long delayed in the UK, the issue was with the extended copyright anomalously granted to "Peter Pan", rather than moral outrage. I think even now he overestimates the legitimacy that comics have in the mainstream: this is probably pretty much what the average person thinks a comic for adults is.
The book itself is surprisingly good. The artwork is elegantly drawn in pastel colours, and while there's not much plot as such, there's a lot of structure and unveiling of character as well as bodies. Also has some amusing innuendo. However, could get a bit repetitive for some as there are only so many permutations to go through.
Overall, worth reading if you like Alan Moore, though not his best work.
Note, the cover of this edition is innocuous, but you might not want to let anyone easily shocked see the interior.
Saw an early second-night preview of Feast at the Young Vic. Interesting mix of theatre, music and dancing. Basically a series of vignettes themed around Yoruba culture, going from West Africa to Brazil, America, Cuba and the UK over history.
Not bad. The prostitute reluctantly pressed into fortune-telling scene in Cuba was excellent. Some of the segments are weaker though, the scene in America felt a bit forced and the UK one tried a bit too hard to be topical. Two hours without an interval felt a bit much, though they're apparently trying to cut it down.
Might be a bit early to judge it. With more practice and some trimming it could be pretty great. The performance I saw was pretty good but a little bit strained.
What I'm Watching
Saw Arnold Schwarzeneggar action comedy The Last Stand at the cinema. Surprisingly good: it's a crisp, fast, fun movie. Feels low-budget in a good way, with nice crunching small-scale action scenes rather than vast detached CGI. Especially liked the thudding fist-fight at the end, and the car chase through a cornfield.
Worth a look if you like action movies. Also might help keep Arnie out of politics?
What I'm Watching
Saw the Tim Burton movie Dark Shadows on disc. Based on a TV series I've never heard of about a vampire reawakening in the Seventies. Some nice period sets, but not that great: didn't manage to be either very funny or very involving.
Economics. A bad recession and a terrible recovery . The Austerity Delusion? (Or, 'Cuts? What Cuts?') . The job-rich recession. George Osborne is destined to be remembered as the most inept Chancellor in British history.
Politics. "Like the interior of Mali, large tranches of the Conservative Party have become an ungoverned space, just waiting for an interloper to raise the flag of open revolt". How Outsourcing unemployment assistance is working, probation to come.
I think David Cameron is suffering from a peculiar and distinctive form of hatred from the Tory Right, that happens when an ideologue finds the real world conflicting with his ideas. He's cut corporation taxes, cut the top rate of income tax, drastically cut benefits to working-age people. This ought, according to their ideology, have propelled us into a tremendous economic boom: instead we're sinking into stagnation. But it literally cannot be considered that the ideology is wrong. Therefore, it must be that they have been betrayed somehow. The only psychologically acceptable explanation is that Cameron and Osborne have failed to deliver enough austerity. However much they cut, they will always be traitors for not having cut enough, because the cuts aren't doing what the ideology says.
This is very familiar to anyone who remembers Labour or the left from the old days. Nationalization isn't creating an economic boom? Must be that the sellouts of the Labour leadership didn't nationalize enough. The Right are the new Left.
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