September 15th, 2007

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Lesser-known Icons 13

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Oh, yeah, you're gonna have a lot of luck selling "Coolies" mints to the burgeoning China market today. Of course, this brand flourished with the lifetimes of many folks alive today.

Did you know Trailways employed cyborg bus/human technology?

And doesn't Peter Putter look like he'd slice off a major limb the first time he attempted home improvement?

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Peter Ackroyd

An interview with Peter Ackroyd, one of my top ten favorite writers — of fiction, biography, cultural history — I'm reading his biography of Shakespeare at the moment and it's brilliant. A bit cursory on literary analysis of the plays themselves, but it wonderfully captures the Elizabethan world that shaped the Bard.,,2169407,00.html

"Once taught by Benedictine monks, he organises his days with the ritual and rigour of Catholic mass. At the moment, he starts off with 500 words about Venice ("Thames was quite a visceral book; I needed to do something alien to me"), translating 17 lines of The Canterbury Tales, 120 words on a new novel, then a spot of journalism or a play followed by a bit of work on a book of English ghost stories, rounded off by reading for his biggest project yet - a six-volume history of England. Do the different projects feed into each other? 'There is some kind of liquefaction.'"
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PKD speaks

Realizing that I had never actually heard Philip K. Dick speak, I went looking on YouTube and found this little segment, which seems to have been produced in connection with the film of A SCANNER DARKLY.

You have to put up with other talking heads, but seeing PKD even briefly is worth it.

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Rick Klaw, author of Geek Cofidential, will be blogging about the upcoming Austin Fantastic Fest 3, a film festival specializing in genre film running from Sept 20-27. You can check it out at:

It sounds like a great line-up, but the one that really atttracts me is OFFSCREEN, a Danish film. Here's a description:

Nicolas Bro reigns supreme in the role of Nicolas Bro – a man intent on making a film about himself. His friend Christoffer Boe lends him a camera and tells him to record everything, a remark which Bro takes a little too literally. His constant filming succeeds in driving both his wife Lene and his friends nuts, and when Lene finally calls it a day and moves to Berlin, Nicolas – driven by the thought of getting her back and filming the entire process – begins his inevitable descent into disintegration. His self-monitoring is so hair-raisingly private (and creepy) that it becomes impossible to separate fact from fiction.

Bro won the Danish Film Critics award for Best Actor, and the picture won a prize at the prestigious Venice Film Festival.