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I just opened the jewel case that should contain my copy of Nirvana's In Utero, only to discover that it's empty. I don't think I've listened to the album since I left Athens in 1997, so I'm guessing some wasted douchebag stole it at some party or another. That used to happen a lot. Wasted douchebags in your house stealing your shit. So, I'm listening to Nevermind, instead. But I want to be listening to In Utero. So, fuck you, long-ago thief of my Nirvana CD.

I've received my initial (though not final) schedule for Readercon 23, and it looks pretty good. I don't yet have the readings, autograph session, or solo presentation. I'm going to wait until I have the full schedule to post anything. But, suffice to say, it appears as if I won't be sleeping Saturday night, if only because I have a ten o'clock panel Sunday morning, and then the Shirley Jackson awards to co-host. I'd rather be exhausted and hungover than oversleep and miss everything. There are a lot of people coming I haven't seen in ages, and I imagine wonderful nights of conversation! It might help with the weirdness of sharing the Guest of Honour slot with Peter.

Spooky's out, downtown picking up my new glasses.*

Warmer today, and sunny. Presently, it's 72˚F. We are promised genuine summer temperatures next week, which means I begin my ocean swimming for the season. I'd hoped to be in better shape before then, but I wasn't permitted to stop writing long enough this past winter and cold spring to get a gymn membership.

Yesterday, I made a MOUNTAIN of corrections to "A Mountain Walked." It's actually a very cool story, but I wrote it with a disregard to Arthur Lakes' writing style (British spellings, ß for "ss," etc.). The composition was quicker that way. Only, the retrofitting required so much time I ought to have simply done it the correct way to start with. At least I got the man's voice right the first time around. Then, yesterday, I proofed the last two penciled pages of Alabaster: Wolves #5, and then all the coloured pages for #4. By the way, don't forget that #3 will be out on the 20th. Here's a great review of the issue from Kabooooom.com (review written by Forrest Helvie). No, I do not know why they used so many o's

Today, I predict, will be a total loss. The odds of this prediction proving correct I estimate at 85%. Don't ask.

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I want to write so much more about Prometheus, but presently have so little time (and I think the stuff cavalorn is writing is so good I'm a little intimidated). I do think that it's becoming obvious that this is the sort of SF film that will leave people talking for a long, long time, like, say, Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and Scott's Blade Runner. Yes, it is truly that good, that smart, and that important. It's been a while since we had so significant an SF film. We've had near misses recently: Cameron's Avatar and Christopher Nolan's Inception came close. Maybe Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain. Alex Proyas' Dark City. (Oh, those three sentences will be pissing people off for days, I imagine. For a host of reasons.) By necessity, SF films this brilliant are devisive and polarizing. We get that "I love it/I loathed it" reaction, and this spawns the analyses.

For now, I just say, please see it. You don't have to adore it, or even think it's a work of genius – as do I, obviously – I only ask you go in with an open mind, that you pay close fucking attention to every line of dialogue and every frame of film, and that you think hard about what you've seen.

Eye Wide Open,
Aunt Beast

* The new prescription turns out to be disastrously wrong. More lost time, tomorrow.

Comments

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Marisa Sandlin
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
Apologies if someone re: your Prometheus posts has already mentioned it, but I really liked what the AV Club reviewer said, "one of the story’s central ideas is that it’s unwise for mere humans to seek out gods, because they might be unimaginable or incomprehensible." I thought to myself, "That's about right." I am guessing that one of the biggest complaints out there is that the movie doesn't make sense or doesn't resolve anything properly, but I think that's one of the things that makes it work. Much like what happens to Weyland, Shaw, and wossface, what makes you think you deserve answers from the gods? Because you ask? Because you need to know? Hey, great, but they don't owe you anything. They created you, forgot about you, and somewhere along the line, decided to erase you. Why is irrelevant. Gods do what they want because they can and any attempt for us to feel as though we are owed explanations to our existence is problematic at best.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)

"one of the story’s central ideas is that it’s unwise for mere humans to seek out gods, because they might be unimaginable or incomprehensible."

Which is, of course the reference of the title: The fall of the titan Prometheus. You should read the other blogger, mentioned above for detailed elaboration.

I am guessing that one of the biggest complaints out there is that the movie doesn't make sense or doesn't resolve anything properly, but I think that's one of the things that makes it work.

Yes, and it is open ended, though...an attentive person will see many answers.

what makes you think you deserve answers from the gods? Because you ask? Because you need to know?

The arrogance of Prometheus. And of mankind. But...also why think the gods are gods?
vulpine137
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
I'm going to see it tonight, I've tried so very hard to avoid all posts and spoilers and opinions, so I can see what I think. We'll see how it goes.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)

I do hope you enjoy it.
vulpine137
Jun. 16th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
I did, a lot. There were nits to pick, but nothing to jolt me out of enjoying the story. Well besides trying to do the math as to how distant the ship had gone...that lost me for a little while, then I just gave up and went "It's gone a long way..." and rejoined the lovely cinematography. I'm glad I avoided reading reviews and spoilers, my only wish is I hadn't repeatedly seen links to 'At the Mountains of Madness', as I wondered if I'd have made the link myself. So far, I think it's the best movie I've seen this year...and I'm probably going to see it again to see what I missed. Also, I just read your posts on the movie and enjoyed them. Tomorrow I get to introduce a friend to the original 'Alien'. It's going to be a good weekend.
corucia
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
No, I do not know why they used so many o's

I guess kaboom.com, kabooom.com and kaboooom.com were already taken... it's so hard to find good domain names these days. (Hmm, I wonder if that's still available? Excuse me while I quickly check... It is! Itssohardtofindgooddomainnamesthesedays.com will be MINE! HeHeHe)
greygirlbeast
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)

I guess kaboom.com, kabooom.com and kaboooom.com were already taken...

That was my guess.
corucia
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)

On a more relevant note, I also am hoping to make it to a showing of Prometheus this weekend. I look forward to reading your reviews, and the ones to which you linked.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 15th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)

Excellent.
whiskeychick
Jun. 15th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
Prometheus you brain worm, you.
You intimidated by cavalorn? Wow. What a compliment to him. Although, I'm loving what he's writing about it, too. I must, must see it again this weekend, so I can finish my response to the film.

Bottom line? The film got people talking and thinking. That's what it's all about.
cavalorn
Jun. 16th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Re: Prometheus you brain worm, you.
... I'm speechless. Only yesterday - and my wife can verify this - I was raving around the house yelling 'CAITLIN R KIERNAN LIKES IT! CAITLIN EFFING KIERNAN! OHMIGOD!'
greygirlbeast
Jun. 16th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Prometheus you brain worm, you.

'CAITLIN R KIERNAN LIKES IT! CAITLIN EFFING KIERNAN! OHMIGOD!'

On the one hand, you flatter me, but, dude, c'mon.

In college, when I was obsessed with Frzaer, I might could have written what you're writing. But not now.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 16th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Prometheus you brain worm, you.

Bottom line? The film got people talking and thinking. That's what it's all about.

So say we all.
oldfossil59
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
Nirvana's In Utero CD
One's on it's way to you. Thanks for The Prometheus discussions, they've been most excellent.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 16th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Nirvana's In Utero CD

Thank you!!!!!!
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