Time’s Arrow to the Cryptozoic!

Here is some evidence from a reputable website that, as suggested in Brian Aldiss’ An Age (published as Cryptozoic! in the US), and much later (or earlier), Martin Amis’ Time’s Arrow, time does flow backwards and we are perceiving the wrong way around. Either that or every piece of writing, from book to webpage, needs an editorial once-over.

Click on the image to see full size and read the ‘newer edition’ text at the bottom. ‘See a problem with this suggestion?’




The Rage of Frank Miller

This blog isn’t a place where I want to comment on politics. I only bring this up as an  example of how easy it is for a writer, facilitated by the internet, to quite possibly say too much for their own good. Frank Miller, graphic novelist and screenwriter – The Dark Knight Returns, 300 – recently posted a vitriolic piece about the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Frank Miller's 300

Here is a flavour of Miller’s post:

The “Occupy” movement, whether displaying itself on Wall Street or in the streets of Oakland (which has, with unspeakable cowardice, embraced it) is anything but an exercise of our blessed First Amendment. “Occupy” is nothing but a pack of louts, thieves, and rapists, an unruly mob, fed by Woodstock-era nostalgia and putrid false righteousness. These clowns can do nothing but harm America.

This has led to some interesting reactions, not least almost 10,000 comments on Miller’s own blog. So one might argue no publicity is bad publicity. Unless it turns your readers against you, destroying your reputation and future book and movie ticket sales in the process.

There have also been interesting responses such as Rick Moody’s piece for The GuardianFrank Miller and the rise of cryptofascist Hollywood and by novelist David Brin (best known for the Kevin Costner version of his book The Postman), who dissects the historical distortions in Miller’s 300 arguing that they make both graphic novel and film works of ‘blatant, outright-evil lying propaganda’.

The Postman

Which raises the question, what is the moral responsibility of the writer? Is Miller’s work really akin to ‘the propaganda machine of 1930s Germany’, or is the argument all over the moment someone evokes the Nazis?

something for the weekend

Editorial vigilance has taken the weekend off at my local paper – The Bournemouth Daily Echo. Page five has an advert for this book:
The Third Testicle cover

The same page has a small feature, as it were, headed Ball held to raise funds. Of course it might be down to a sub-editor with a sense of humour, but it certainly raised a smile.

Here is a promotional image for the same title. Doctor Who fans and haters alike may be particularly amused.

The Third Testicle promo