Mad linkage:

The important new dynamic in modern human communication.

The first image (fucking finally) from Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard’s Cabin In The Woods.

Are wide male faces a predictor for unethical behavior?

James Spader is joining The Office, but not as the boss, not for long.

Zadie Smith turning to speculative fiction and sci fi.

Infidelity might just keep us together.

Spike Lee to direct the American remake of Oldboy?

Above: Katie West summer print sale.

An oral history of Explosions In The Sky.

Antonia Fraser and Harold Pinter.

The paradox that was G. K. Chesteron.

Don’t let them cut off your balls, boys.

At least Glenn Beck is gone from the airwaves.

An oral history of Michael Fucking Bay.

9 steps to foolproof outdoor sex.

“In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant…. My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known—no wonder, then, that I return the love. ”

-Søren Kierkegaard

Harry Potter’s favorite magic potion is booze.

Speaking of which, some of your favorite fast food chains are now serving alcohol.

Also, the “experts” are now saying that some “light drinking” may be “safe” while you’re pregnant.

And: An oral history of the Harry Potter film series.

The evils of “like” culture.

“All I want is to have incredibly violent sex.”

from here.

Massive amounts of cheating discovered in Atlanta public schools.

Topless sunbathing in the bit city.

How Charlotte’s Web was conceived.

The perfect penis.

Alfred Hitchcock recalls working with Salvador Dali.

“You are a computer salesman – I am fucking JAMES BOND.”

Ours might not be a holographic universe after all 😦


The end of the story is unwritten.

Saw a quote from this old curmudgeon today and it put a nice little smile upon my face:

My wife has instructions that the instant I die, she has to burn all the unfinished stories. And there may be a hundred unfinished stories in this house, maybe more than that. There’s three quarters of a novel. No, these things are not to be finished by other writers, no matter how good they are. It could be Paul Di Filippo, who is just about the best writer in America, as far as I’m concerned. Or God forbid, James Patterson or Judith Krantz should get a hold of The Man Who Looked for Sweetness, which is sitting up on my desk, and try to finish it, anticipating what Ellison was thinking — no! Goddammit. If Fred Pohl wants to finish all of C.M. Kornbluth’s stories, that’s his business. If somebody wants to take the unfinished Edgar Allan Poe story, which has now gone into the public domain, and write an ending that is not as good as Poe would have written, let ’em do whatever they want! But not with my shit, Jack. When I’m gone, that’s it. What’s down on the paper, it says ‘The End,’ that’s it. ‘Cause right now I’m busy writing the end of the longest story I’ve ever written, which is me.

-Harlan Ellison, who’s of seriously ailing health, on what he would like to see happen to his unfinished works when he passes.

Before anything else, I’ll just say that you can find Ellison’s classic story “I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream” right here. Another of his classic stories, “Jeffy Is Five,” can be found here.

I haven’t always liked the things Ellison’s written or said, and the man has certainly said a lot over his many years, but I’ve always admired him. He’s tenacious and venomous and full of vitriol, a writer with sharp teeth and sharpened claws and an even sharper mind. He’s won many awards, has been ripped off (for example: The Terminator) and pissed off numerous times, and is incredibly litigious.You can’t help but credit his extreme passion for the beauty of storytelling even if he was a bastard more often than not. Sometimes I feel like the real goal of speculative and science fiction should be keeping monsters like him alive and kicking on this rock.

New Worlds.

Mad linkage:

Meatloaf googles himself.

The five most overused expressions on the internet.

Tropical storm Agatha opens up massive, horrifying sinkholes in Guatemala City.

Dads on vacation.

Are mobile phones responsible for the disappearance of honey bees?

The 50 sexiest women on Star Trek.

Michael Moorcock on J. G. Ballard.

Oil spill kills one of our favorite memes.

Bizarre sex exams.

Some of the greatest tourist-y things to do in NYC.

Ursula K. LeGuin and the world forest.

William Gibson’s favorite science fiction novels.

Australian aboriginal rock art may depict giant bird extinct for 40,000 years.

Close relationship to mom leads to better romance later.

The images in this post are obviously from the influential British science fiction pulp magazine, New Worlds, which expired in the late 90s. From here and here.

You can find an art challenge to (re)invent covers for New Worlds (it’s last issue was #222) at Warren Ellis’ Whitechapel message board.

The agitprop pop of M.I.A.

California as the world.

Borrowing architecture from the zone of alienation.

Gwyneth Paltrow was terrified of Mickey Rourke. So say we all.