Current Times 18

1. This is a Korean horror comic that uses motion in order to do some stuff with making you scared. I think that it’s pretty genius, and I want to see this done more in American webcomics. Be warned that it could be scary to you–it didn’t make me jump, but there was something uncanny in watching it.

2. Stripped is an amazing Kickstarter documentary that has reached its funding level. I suggest ordering the DVD at $25, even though it’s pretty steep. I think that the best things to come out of Kickstarter have been documentaries of strange things, and this is no exception. I especially like Kris Straub’s nonspeaking cameo in the trailer.

3. This is an archive of political posters from a lot of countries, political ideologies, etc. You should check it out for gems like this:

4. The Believer has a great article about Barry Duncan, a master palindromist, and the exhaustion of language. It’s great, read it here.

5. Wacom has a new thing called the Inkling that is amazing as fuck, and I’m definitely going to buy one. The dual creation of a physical object and a digital ghost of the same drawing is so, so strange to me, but strange like a wonderment. Here is a writeup about it.

6. The Jacobin blog has an interesting article by James Bloodworth about the notion of the cult of Che. A quote to convince:

Che’s enduring legacy also feeds on the cult of defeat. This he shares with the memory of another 20thcentury revolutionary, Leon Trotsky, although with none of Trotsky’s enduring contribution to revolutionary thought. In his introduction to a re-publication of Trotsky’s Terrorism and Communism, Slavoj Zizek contrasts the fortunes of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara – one, the ageing leader of a decaying bureaucracy whom history has left behind rather than absolved; the other, the eternally young and handsome revolutionary for whom a single country was never enough – with those of Stalin and Trotsky:

“Imagine if, in the middle of the 1920s, Trotsky had emigrated and renounced Soviet citizenship in order to instigate permanent revolution around the world, and then died soon afterwards – after his death, Stalin would have dutifully elevated him into a cult.”

After Stalin’s death, a copy of Terrorism and Communism was found among his private papers, full of handwritten notes, apparently signalling Stalin’s wholehearted approval. Anti-communists opportunistically jumped on this, of course, as final proof that Trotsky was the precursor of Stalin and the totalitarian dystopia he built.

7. The Language Log has a whole post about Shermin de Silva and her work with elephants and communication. I think that it’s really, really interesting, and I encourage you to check it out; there’s something beautiful in the recognition that animals are just like us (or better, that we are just like animals.)

8. There is a very real chance that David Lynch won’t ever make another feature film. Do you know how horrifying I find that? Source.

 

9. The Mary Sue has an interesting bit up about the UCB scandal that was someone telling a graphic rape story in front of a crowd of people and being shocked that no one found it funny. It’s horrifying. Read it. On another note, I love The Mary Sue for this kind of journalism. The site rarely “breaks” stories, but does a great job of collating important opinions about a topic. I don’t like having to jump around the universe to find out what’s been said about a topic, and The Mary Sue is great for that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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