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Thursday 27 May 2010

If you write shit, it is shit, and people like shit

Hello Gentle Reader

Recently on the television (i was watching crude humor of South Park) and i saw the new trailer of the next "Twilight," movie comming out. I found myself almost busting a gut.

However i started to think about this. think very carefulyl about this indeed. because i started to note, that these "twilight," movies are comming out like a mormon pops out babies. They come out one after another after another after another after another. i find it hillarous. Because with "Harry Potter", and "The Lord of the Rings," and even C.S. Lewis's: "The Chronicles of Narnia," each movie took its individual time. Each came out a few years after the predecessor. Each one was amazing in its own individual way (well to a degree, i still find "The Lord of the Rings," long and boring.). But i notice with this "Twilight," phemenonm, is that they are pushing the movies out as fast as they can. I come to wonder, whats the hurry?

Does each movie need to be popped out of the oven, placed on the counter, and decorated horribly then sent to theaters with a bunch of over blown media hype? I find myself laughing. Stupidity seems to be a virus, that seems to spread amongst people faster then the common cold, or the flu. But i cannot expect to much from people who read such trash, let alone watch it.

Perhaps Martin Amis (in his interivew "No More Illusions: An Interview With Martin Amis) said it best:

"Also Gwyn stands for the culture: if Gwyn writes shit, and if the world likes shit, then the world is shit."

Ta-Da From the words of Martin Amis himself (though i doubt any younger ignorant and self-absorbed and borderline narssastic children of today would recongize that name) If people like shit (Twilight) then there you have it -- the world is shit -- personally, i find that a rather disturbing thought. However, i also find this playfully amusing as well.

Because it is both true, and real. People are animals. animals often gather in packs. What happens in packs? Mob/Pack mentallity and from there, you have a bunch of people who cannot think for themselves because they are to stupid or to ignorant to do so.

The wrold is full of a few types of things. Two of which are Shepards and Sheep. You are either a Shepard who dispese the shit for the Sheep to eat, or you are a Sheep, who eats the shit that is spread for you to eat. Surely something to think about, though i doubt that'll happen.

"Too much thought is bad for the soul, for art, and for crime. It is also a sign of middle age."
— Patrick Hamilton

And if i may add -- to much lack of thinking is bad for the mind, because you end up enjoying mind numbing bull shit, of what everyone else enjoys -- Which is Shit!

Thank-you for reading Gentle Reader
Take Care


(link to the Martin Amis Interview below):

Thursday 13 May 2010

Chuck Palahniuk: Tell-All Book Tour

Hello Gentle Reader

May 12 2010

Chuck Palahniuk comes to Calgary aka Cow Town.

An exciting experinece that i was given the oppurtunity to share with others. I now have a signed copy of Chuck Palahniuks new book "Tell-All." Which he personalized. How kind of him to do. He only did that for a hundred people. The first hundred in line. i was number 69 and i was able to be given the oppurtunity to have it done, and so i did.

When i first was lined up waiting for the tiem to come, i found myself listening to the conversations of others. some were about meaningless things that i had no interst in. others were from hardcore fans. at one point i thought i was at some Star Treck convention at times at how they spoke so highly of him. They spoke of his infamous story called "Guts," as well as his novels such as "Fight Club," (no suprise there) among others.

Upon entering and waiting, i found myself bored somewhat. the first 50 of the first 100 would get their books personalized. 51 to 100 would get there's personalized after the show. whatever right? so i waited, and read some of "Tell-All," though the place was rather loud and i found my ears were trailing off to hear conversations rathern then my eyes focusing on the words in front of me.

So Mr. Palahniuk came in, from the entrance in which we all came in from before. what a shcok really. i thought he would come in through the back or through the curtains of the stage and whatever else. however he didn't. a sign of common modesty? or a sigh of symbolic equality? perhaps. I am not sure. Nor do i care. speculating is easy because you will most likely know the real answer or reason.

I was suprised (to a degree) how well he dressed. so simple and professional. i knew he dressed like a normal person. with dress pants shoes et cetera. Quite a far cry from the way some of his fans and readers had dressed. He had normal dark brown hair. he wore black dress pants (or where they navy blue?) wore black socks, black shoes, and a white undershirt or a wife beater (who knows) and a pale blue dress shirt tucked into his pants.

Quite a far cry indeed. Well some fans were covered in tattoo's, and had pink hair, and dressed outlandishly he was dressed like some normal person of society. someone who could easily walk out on the street's and barely get a second look. how intersting that his image and his novels differ so much. But i suppose that you should never judge a book by its cover.

A great tour in all. I found it fun and enjoyable. i greatly am happy that Chuck Palahniuk came to Calgary to do that. his only Canadian stop for this tour. i am very happy that i was able to go. Well worth the thirty three dollars (had better be!) and it was. i was impressed, and sure enough i will have memories of the event.

What i do admire is Chuck Palahniuks involvement in with the crowd. throwing blow up turkies, blow up hearts, and blow up oscar trophies.

He read a unpublished short story (though the rights were bought by play-boy who will surely publish the story in an issue.) which one? i do not know. i am sure you can find out if you search on the internet.

In all this was a thoroughly beatuiful exerperience. i was unsure of what to expect. but i was not suprised to see it lively full of rather dark/macabre humor. lets just say Chuck Palahniuk knows how to use paradox's rather well shall we?

Any one who would ever want a memorable experience i would suggest they go see Chuck Palahniuk. he is lively and fun, as well as a very polite person.

thank-you Gentle Reader for reading.
Thank-you Chuck Palahniuk for comming to Calgary.
Thank-you to word fest for hosting the event and oragnizing it
Thank-you To the Calgary Public Libary for allowing the space to be used.

Stay Well read my dear Gentle Reader

Take Care


Thursday 6 May 2010

Is peace possible? (a short message about Mr. Palahniuk)

Hello Gentle Reader

May 12th (6 days from today) Chuck Palahniuk comes to town to promote his new book "Tell All." I have tickets to go see him, and i am very pleased to be able to see this literary figure. Mind you he is not Margaret Atwood, or won a Nobel Prize for Literature, but what he makes up from not being that, he makes up for being a rock star like writer. While having fun, and being as much an entertainer and a writer he also posses a lot intelligence, and that i know from the interviews i have read. I must admit that i have not read any of Mr. Palahniuks books, but i have known about him for a while, but its now that i will finally see him, and read one of his books, and be sure to pleased and entertained. This will be the first time i go to see a author on a book tour. I am sure i will be pleasantly pleased, and i know i will enjoy this very much.

Thank-you For Reading Gentle Reader
Take Care
And As Always
Stay Well Read
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M. Mary