Wednesday, August 29, 2018

2018: August 29th

How about a little ditty by The Flying Luttenbachers to kick things off today, eh?

A raging sinus infection woke me up in the middle of the night Monday. Ugh. Consequently, I took the day off yesterday, wrote, urgent cared and watched two unbelievably good films, both with the common theme of endurance. The first was a loan from Mr. Brown, a Sydney Pollack flick from '69 entitled They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Bleak and Brilliant. This one is going to stay with me always. Loved it. And I finally get why Jane Fonda was such a name back in the day. She is excellent in this film. And this is based on a phenomenon that actually used to happen in this country during the Great Depression. Mind blowing.

Next up, one on Netflix I've been meaning to get around to for a couple years: A Dark Song. Wow. The best and most accurate account of Ritual High Magick I've seen in a film, even if writer/director Liam Gavin was very non-specific. Not a critique, mind you. Also, this felt so much like a filmed version of a Warren Ellis story that I immediately posit Mr. Gavin is a fan. Mr. Solomon's approach to Magick reminds me a lot of how Ellis wrote William Gravel and John Constantine in their approaches to the Occult.

A Dark Song will also be with me for a long time, and will totally go on the shell soon, even if it does appear to be perpetually on Netflix. Highly Recommended. Please do another film soon, Mr. Gavin.

NCBD this week is light, however A Walk Through Hell #4 is finally out! I feels as though it has been months since #3. Also, Bendis and Maleev's Scarlet has moved to DC with Bendis?

Playlist from 8/27:

Alice in Chains - Rainier Fog
Chris Connelly - Artificial Madness
Alice in Chains - Dirt
Godflesh - Flowers*
Nothing - Dance on Rooftops
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Vol. 1
Drab Majesty - The Demonstration

Algiers - Eponymous

*Droney remix from In All Languages. Fantastic to write to.

Nurture your personality. Seems to describe yesterday, with A Dark Song really sating a long ignored aspect of my personal ego-system, i.e. the one interested in Magick. This is rearing its head a bit in my writing of late, too. After a disastrous attempt at a first novel based on Magick - this is going back to the early 00s and while it has some great scenes, it's a mess of a 'novel' - I've largely stayed away from Magick in writing. Now, I'm finding it's helping act as glue in my current project.

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