Some Themes of Ti West: A Pithy Exploration

Here in London home of the brash, outrageous and free you are repressed, but you’re remarkably dressed, is it Real? —Morrissey "Hairdresser on Fire" It’s always interesting how various artists fixate on things that get repeated in their work. It’s more obvious with some than others. I mean, who doesn’t associate Bob Ross with happy…

How To Hugo Vote

Vox Day is once again performing a valuable service to science fiction fandom by handing the fascists enough rope with which to hang themselves. This iteration involves him and Larry Correia getting themselves nominated for a Hugo by the perfectly ordinary means of (a) having a lot of fans and (b) mentioning that they would…

House of the Devil (Review)

There isn’t much to say about Ti West’s House of the Devil (2009) that hasn’t already been said. Hell, there isn’t much to say about it to begin with. It’s a superior horror movie which, like all the best movies in that genre, is a focused and primarily visual experience. You get exactly what you…

Veronica Mars Winks and Wanks but Doesn’t Satisfy

The best concert I ever saw was Sonic Youth. I saw them at Rockpalast in Duesseldorf in 1996, along with a bunch of other throwaway bands of the time who gave forgetable performances. I was there to see Sonic Youth, and for once the band on stage far exceeded my expectations. How did they do…

Randall Munroe Shows his Ass

It’s hardly news at this late date, but Randall Munroe, whose xkcd comic I rather enjoy, has joined the ranks of the wilfully clueless about the big free speech issue. Since we’re only about a week out from Brendan Eich getting fired … erm … "resigining under pressure" … and a lot of people complaining…

Guilty of a Lesser Charge that’s really the Same

An increasingly annoying fixture of public discourse are those people who, when criticized, claim that they’ve been taken out of context. I don’t necessarily mean the people who are flat out lying – that’s straight-up fraud, and it’s generally easy to debunk. I certainly don’t mean the people who genuinely were quoted out of context.…