Link posts sounds like a good idea at the time because you think they'll be quick.
Mine never are.
I want to say things about them and how they dovetail with magical reality. However, in this case there did not seem to be an overarching theme until I scrolled down the preview page.
And it turns out the overarching theme is my surprise at the widespread disappointment expressed over the first series of True Detective.
Because for me, there wasn't a hair out of place in the whole show. I loved it. It's a twenty first century Twin Peaks with better acting and worse directing.
My surprise turns to annoyance when I zero in on why it received such pushback. We have become too stupid for ambiguity. Two decades of reality programming and televised singing competitions have rendered us completely incapable of chewing our own food. Now we must have everything explained to us in the smallest possible words with the maximum amount of explosions.
Last year I suggested that Battlestar Galactica was probably the last show that could serve ambiguity as a dessert and get away with it. Guess that was correct. And I am frustrated because we so rarely get good stories, we are like lifeboat survivors spitting out the last of the fresh water because it isn't sparkling.
Also, I'm a little surprised that anyone was confused by the ending, as I thought it was perfect for a show that could not have known if it was ever going to get another series. That's a delicate climax to engineer; open-yet-closed. Have we forgotten Star Wars? They didn't bump off the emperor until the third film but the first two are still kickass. In True Detective, you have closure on two character journeys, a dispatched subvillain and a potent hint that the world is big and creepy. Were you expecting NCIS, for fuck's sake?
There is another layer to the critical disappointment, and that is the inexorable rise of the Scooby Doo neckbeards and their impotent, fat-wobbling consternation over the appearance of the vortex. But even this was elegantly done because, in the style of The Shining, you're never quite sure if Cohle hallucinated it. Just like magic. Again, flawless.
Pieces of the world that you are never fully sure you didn't hallucinate. MY. JAM.
But I guess occult drama is too sophisticated for occultists. Oh well, let's go back to quoting Practical Magic and watching Grimm, huh?
- March, in awesome paintings.
- The Decolonised Goddess.
- Swans on a Siberian lake. Because pretty.
- Hey, so it turns out the Bank Of England shredded the records of meetings that happened during the 2008 crisis. Just let that sink in.
- Because I am curmudgeonly, I never knew there was a Scumbag Baby Boomer meme. (Also I hate memes because they are archonic retroviruses.)
- Remember that thing about the ruins? Now you can indulge in ruin porn and be fancy and/or ironic. I may review this. Hey, who wants to go on an art date?!
- NSA plans to infect millions of computers with malware. Mind War, kids. Remember it.
- The economics of the sex trade.
- The problems actors experience summoning and banishing emotions and characters. Meat for the magical beast, right there.
- Dean Radin on popular science and the reporting of ESP.
- On the non-existence of France. I. LOVE. This. Post.
- Great piece on the London Review of Books. Which is also great.
- The lovely Josephine McCarthy drops some wisdom bombs about the magical path. I'm so glad she's blogging.
- This beardy fellow is organising a protest against TED for the continued censorship of Dr Sheldrake, one year on. Worth your time, over-educating readers!
- An updated release of the standard spiritualist and occult corpus happened.
- Why the general public should not trust science reporting. Fukushima stuff, mostly.
Now onto the videos. Bauval going through the story of Hawass and Lehner's involvement with the Edgar Cayce Foundation and in some cases, political Zionists.
Slavoj. One of the few philosophers left in Europe I actually like, talking about a film I have always loved. Also talking about ideology.
More about giants in the Americas. I appreciate this guy's OCD diligence.
You can now watch a video about sex, you bad thing, you.
Pieces of the world. Build something good with them.