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The main problem with Alice is the darkness. It’s not as if this were a recently concocted and Freudianised 20th century difficulty. A key contemporary of Carroll unhesitatingly treated his ‘Wonderland’ text as if it were a tissue of whimsy concealing a substantial and threatening shadowland. Less than two years after Carroll’s ‘golden afternoon’ spent […]

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Dash: Gore

Further to the material on the releasing of liquids in the previous post I am appending here a short technical monograph. Blood in the performing arts is always the wrong colour. It’s never dark enough. The benchmark for film blood used to be a concoction known as Kensington Gore. (This is a pun: Kensington Gore […]

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This is the final post in a series that begins below with ‘Stage & Screen 1’ In ‘The Truman Show’ (1998) Truman Burbank is the unwitting star of a hugely successful documentary TV show based on his life. The show runs continuously, following Truman from the moment of his birth into adulthood. Truman is completely […]

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This YouTube film, foregrounded courtesy of Things Magazine, features a slightly overlong tour of the World’s Largest Driving Simulator, built by Toyota. Like the little sweet cake that precipitated seven volumes of Proustian reminiscence, this promotional item provokes memories of the early days of cyberspace when, post-Neuromancer, the technophilic glossy magazine Mondo 2000 slid perfect-bound […]

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I like to read, me. If I don’t do it daily I get a rash and if I don’t go to a bookshop (usually a charity shop) every 48 hours I feel unsettled. I have a lot of books on my shelves and I hope I will be able to read them all. I have […]

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The Resemblance

On Channel 4 News, an interview with Philip Rosedale, founder and CEO of vast virtual metaverse ‘Second Life’. He appears to have fair to greyish hair with a spikey fringe. The camera angle was quite low and the lighting was such that Rosedale bore an uncanny resemblance to a well-modelled figure in a computer game. […]

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