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(no subject) [Dec. 10th, 2008|03:11 pm]
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theodora
Notice of intention to revive this community in some form.
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(no subject) [Jul. 1st, 2005|11:19 pm]
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riddley_walker
http://www.theiff.org/
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skeletal structure of cartoon characters [Dec. 8th, 2004|12:56 am]
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riddley_walker
[mood |sickgiving up the ghost]
[music |little axe/outsider]

http://michaelpaulus.com/gallery/character-Skeletons

x-posted from hur to eternity
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(no subject) [Jul. 27th, 2004|12:48 pm]
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agrippa
Making a note. The faces of Valentino's children on the pages of Vanity Fair. How I've been lulled to believe I can know them, know something about them, share some commonality, by looking into their eyes.

More and more lately, I look at people, at the ways they interact, at the ways they arrange themselves, and I think, ah, mammals.

Looking at that bank of suited men behind the podium last night, that telecast of the 1960 Democratic National Convention, and I think...they could be monkeys, or prairie dogs. Just another grouping of social animals.

Which merely means that I've placed the observation of people under a different rubric, equally false. Or, at least, equally lacking in essential "truth."
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cracking it [Jul. 27th, 2004|12:30 pm]
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theodora
Which is a familiar tv/hollywood phrase for solving something. You're at an impasse with a character point or a plot problem and it feels opaque to you, oppositional, you want to "crack" it.

I notice the violence of many of these metaphors. And the othering of them - "it" gets cracked. And I will crack it.

When in fact, the situation is rather more Matrix-y, rather more spoon, rather more like safe-cracking. You change, in the right way, in relation to the story, and it suddenly shifts. It "cracks" in the sense that it seems to spontaneously re-align. One could even go so far as to say that it's like bomb-defusing, because the "cracking" in question means a cessation of ambient pressure. It was a problem, it was a problem, and then...it's not. But mainly what happens is you shift perspective. This thing you conceive of as being oppositional is a thing you're creating; all that happens, all that can happen, is what you experience. You crack. Or, you and it crack together, because you're already the same.

There are a lot of narratives where "it" gets cracked. Where the problem is forcibly solved. Consider The Italian Job (which uses a safecracker, even! or fails to use her; brings her in and then fucks it up), for example. All those paint-by-numbers pictures where I can hear in my head the writers' defenses. They're just doing what you do. Employing the elements one employs. And it's like, yeah, but, employing them, at a careful distance. The thing that gets cracked safely quarantined on the far side of the verb.
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(no subject) [Jul. 14th, 2004|07:09 pm]
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riddley_walker
hi, i'm new.
very exited to see a group with these intrests. are yalls backgrounds mostly literary?
i'm coming out of a fine arts (sculpture, painting) background, myself......but also a deep interst in folklore and custom, mythology ect.
so yeah, hello.
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(no subject) [Jun. 29th, 2004|03:44 pm]
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theodora
A script. In the dialog, one guy says to another: "You back on the market?" He means romantically, in terms of dating. The objection is made - "that sounds too wholesome or too gay."

It's concluded that "You back in the game?" is the fix.

Because...oh, it's obvious, it's obvious, and it's still got the sticky sheen of emotion all over it, but - because: it's fine for women to portray relationships as shopping, with them as the product. But for a man, a relationship has to be a game. Likely zero-sum.

I think of "Swingers," where the move the guy makes is from being nice (in the back of that trailer, being consoled by that Vegas cocktail waitress, among her stuffed animals, being cuddled like a stuffed animal), to being a predator. That's what his friend says to talk him up - you're a huge bear with claws and fangs and she's just a helpless little bunny.

And what? You're going to kill her?

Why must the girl be figured as helpless, as vulnerable, as land krill?

Rabbits. We try to use them to denote harmlessness. But in zones of such ambient terror that the bloodthirsty killer rabbit (Monty Python and the Holy Grail) becomes a trope in its own right.
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(no subject) [Jun. 25th, 2004|01:32 pm]
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agrippa
The figuration of the "giving" of "oneself."

http://www.livejournal.com/community/lexicoglyphics/618.html?view=1898#t1898
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(no subject) [Jun. 24th, 2004|10:27 am]
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theodora
http://www.livejournal.com/community/feminist/1125671.html?nc=7
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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2004|08:36 am]
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theodora
"Nothing is true and everything is permitted."

There's a place to begin with where this seems amusing. "How odd that other people have used this sentiment." Then it seems radical, then it seems dangerous - because you can only imagine it being utilized to say things you've heard as truths are untrue, only being used to do things that are unlawful. Then eventually, after another while, it gets ghostly. It's not even like you drove through tha fence and are falling. It's like you're in space. And that phrase is the only thing that remains to signal that there once was territory.
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