An interesting assertion: The author of this post claims that Bolaño’s story “The Colonel’s Son” exactly follows the plot of Return of the Living Dead 3. To be fair, the story is about watching a movie on late night TV, and you can’t copyright fictional ideas, just the concrete way you express them. Although I (Jeremy) admit I haven’t seen the movie, I think that Bolaño’s retelling of the film through the eyes of his narrator differs enough from the presentation of the story as a motion picture to avoid any actual charges of plagiarism. Maybe the fact that the film is real rather than a product of Bolaño’s imagination makes this story less stellar, but it’s still a really interesting look into how one of the masters of South American literature approached something as quotidian as watching a zombie film.
“In the remainder of his life, however, Nietzsche seems to have caught an early dose of syphilis, very probably during his first-ever sexual encounter, which gave him crushing migraine headaches and attacks of blindness and metastasized into dementia and paralysis. This, while it did not kill him right away, certainly contributed to his death and cannot possibly, in the meanwhile, be said to have made him stronger. In the course of his mental decline, he became convinced that the most important possible cultural feat would be to prove that the plays of Shakespeare had been written by Bacon. This is an unfailing sign of advanced intellectual and mental prostration.”—Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011. RIP). “Trial of the Will.” Vanity Fair, January 2012.
Today’s musical interlude is a dope, dope cover of the song “O-o-h Child” originally performed by The Five Stairsteps and wonderfully redone by the incomparable Nina Simone. A classic redone by a classic. How can you go wrong?
If you like how this Midget Tree looks in the day, you’d really like how this Midget Tree looks at night. This Midget Tree is surrounded by SIX fancy ground lamps (two are obscured by the tree’s monstrosity) and it’s strangled by stands of red and green Christmas lights. At night, the Christmas lights flash! It’s certainly a supersnazzy, very special Midget Tree.
Monster the Giant Lighttastic Reindeer flew from the North Pole to the North End of the Mall, because he wanted to be part of the vibrant mall culture during the holiday season. I know how exciting malls can be at this time of year—for a few years, I was involved with some…