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Murray is Murray is Murray is Murray, and that he suffered only the censure of the larger society, but never full expulsion from it, is apt commentary on the crazy-ass relativism of the Permanent Commentariat. MILLI VANILLI got ten times the shaming this guy did. As for Longworth - you know, her heart may be in the right place, but a fast-food joint, like a brokerage or, as Jeff so aptly pointed out, the staff of an alt-weekly, is filled with all types - high and low, strivers and losers, old and young (including the management.) EVERYONE'S running at least a little scared; the minority of those who aren't are lucky and the rest are whistling past the graveyard - or, more likely, texting. No matter - in the end I prefer not to take lessons on age and class from someone who preferred THE HUMAN effing CENTIPEDE to the keenest, saddest film about those subjects that I've ever seen.
You *are* fortunate, Dan Coyle. It's like the gratitude one feels at not being silly enough to peer at the sun too long. Or being lucky enough that a black hole sucked up the sun before you were permanently blinded. Or something.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2012 on Recommended reading at Some Came Running
And, if I may, since I've been so long a lurker: Tom Block: we seem to have a mutual thing for Polish poster art; the examples on your blog may cause me to hunt and gather until I can no longer afford shelter. And, I gotta say, being linked next to the Siren gives me a zing that is only exceeded by the possibility that we may have been simultaneously typing the words, "Greer Garson." Perhaps the steady triumph of the ahistorical is not yet complete, and it's a pleasure to read those who don't and won't buy into it.
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2012 on Recommended reading at Some Came Running
Hi, Tom. My name's Jim Gabriel, and I'm the naughty one. I hope you were inquiring for purposes of praise. If not, that's cool, too. I am obviously not shy about dishing out kicks to the behind (and, er, other places) and am a big enough boy to take a couple myself. Glenn - thanks for the too-kind link. I am, as you might have guessed, a longtime reader, but clearly not a close one; I've been so busy: a) trying to figure out a blog post of my own on Derek Jarman's BLUE - no mystery what made me want to revisit THAT; b) making nasty remarks on Twitter about - well, you know; and, c) spending WAY too long running through ZABRISKIE POINT (because I'm sure that *all* those stills from ZABRISKIE POINT) that I totally whiffed on noticing your post. I'm only half-kidding about the last one. Anyone who took the time to read that piece will notice (or should I say NOTICE) that it veers to the hyperbolic, a tendency that I am embarrassed to say that I kind of share with its subject. Those who feel as I do will get a kick out of it. I would suggest, though, to anyone who loves the kind art that most readers of this site do but temperamentally shrink from the Too Much, Too Uncivil tone of discourse on all things Koisian that, really, behind all the bonhomie and chumminess of *his* tone, HE DOES NOT WISH YOU WELL. I won't judge people who shrink from a scrap, but any "critic" who routinely and reflexively pisses on many things I hold dear (his HUGO and SHAME commentaries are merely unibrow; his Jarman stuff was a disgrace) gets no quarter from me. Dan Kois is the up-and-coming Prince of Here and There; I'll deal in my own way with the prospect of him being the King of Everywhere. To quote David Cronenberg, another artist who is apparently not snappy enough for that crowd, "It has a philosophy, and that's what makes it dangerous." Oh, dear, I did it again. Some people just can't be satisfied with "Thanks for the link"...
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2012 on Recommended reading at Some Came Running
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