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The BBC2 Interview

Thanks to a fellow denizen of New Babbage, young master Loki Elliot, the Beowulf segment of this past Saturday's The Culture Show (BBC2) is now up on YouTube. Not bad, all in all. But this is twice now I've been called a "cult author," and I have to admit there's something peculiarly damning in that appellation. But I'm happy with how my bit of this came out, and watching it, my thought was, gods, I've become the stuff of science fiction. And I do love that the RL photo shown of "me" before the Second Life portion begins is a photo of me as Nar'eth. Also, I rather like what Tom Paulin has to say.

I will admit that Ray Winstone comes off rather poorly, what with all the rambling on about "the first superhero" (I always fancied that would be Gilgamesh) and admitting he's never actually read Beowulf, which he refers to as "the books" (making me wonder if he thinks J.R.R. Tolkien is somehow in back of this whole thing).

Anyway, without further ado, the clip:


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Nov. 20th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
and watching it, my thought was, gods, I've become science fiction.

That's exactly the impression I got. It was like watching someone play a new version of Zork--which is a really old, entirely text based computer game where the player writes questions to an alien.

I love the fact that no one could afford to bring you to the UK became "Kiernan is interview-shy."

You seemed to have the least hedging response to his most persistent question--yes, we do need heroes. You're right. And in a crazy way, we may actually need something to remind people that doing the right thing is good.

and admitting he's never read Beowulf, which he refers to as "the books"

Erk. Reading his statement really charitably, I suppose he may've been saying that he's never read the books about the fact that Beowulf was the first superhero . . .
Nov. 20th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
There isn't anything wrong with being sci-fi. I mean...look at my Footprints stories--I've literally taken HPL's most sci-fi-oriented stories and turned them into transhumanist fables. I can't even write a plain ol' horror story that is not somehow sci-fi-based.

Speaking of which, if you ever have the time, you gotta get in on the "Goodnight, Antarctica" action.
Nov. 21st, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
"cult author" feels very specific and leadership-oriented. I think you should have your own Tarot deck at the very least.
Nov. 21st, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Not going to lie, never read Beowulf or a bunch of other classics. I tried, trust me I tried but I have a 10 page limit. If you haven't drawn me in the first ten, most likely I will put your book down, most likely never to pick it up again. There are a few exceptions to this rule. Silk was one of them (And it is one of my favorites as is Liquor.)

But I really came to go off topic but this being the only writing website I read really. I recommend Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis. I am not given to Hyperbole very often but this was the best book I have read this year and the best debut novel I have read in years.
Nov. 21st, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
i could be biased, but i think you come off the best in this. (and you're right, ray winstone comes off absolutely terribly).
Nov. 21st, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
I like how the interviewer seemed to have to go on a virtual quest to interview you, as if you were Grendel's mother or something.

The slight pauses before your answers suggested that you were considering the worth of the question and whether it might be amusing simply to slay the human and be done with it, before deciding to grant him his life for another moment.
Nov. 21st, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
It was nice to see Neil use the Chesterton "dragons" quote on TV. I hope that expanded a few imaginations.
I particularly enjoyed the academic, who found the idea that Beowulf could be appropriated as a "national hero" horrible, and also not likely considering people are too stupid to understand the poem. That touched my lil monkey-hating heart.

It was very entertaining to see Prof. Nishi's laboratory, since I haven't ventured into Second Life. I'm particularly curious what British audiences would think in viewing the segment, what with the Tardis sound effects audible in the background.
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