Saturday, September 23, 2006

Weekend Reading

More links in lieu of actual content...
  • J.G. Ballard on Kingdom Come: "I do tend to moralise. I regret it. It turns you into a kind of salesman. I'm selling this season's hot new line: Psychopathology!"
  • Only days after reading Nicholson Baker's Room Temperature I happened upon this excellent post which is particularly fine on Baker's prose style: "His prose is braided with digression, refusing not to honor a line of thought, unafraid of the flashy neologism or sending the reader straight to the dictionary."
  • I have started keeping an eye on Australian Idol just so I'll be able to enjoy PetStarr's round-ups.
  • Galaxy watches Jamie's Kitchen and Jericho, two of this week's big tv premieres. I was going to write something about these shows, Jericho in particular, but I'm yet to recover from my shock at learning that Skeet Ulrich is not only still alive, but gainfully employed.

7 comments:

TimT said...

That Independent article on Ballard is interesting, but disturbingly full of cliches: "He roars with laughter", "Ballard chuckles". And it also has one of the most perplexing sentences I have ever read:

"Consumerism is so weird. It's a sort of conspiracy we collude in," says Ballard, who doesn't do shopping himself.

How does he survive?

Neat links, though. How are you going with The Vivisector? I find myself driven by an overwhelming urge not to read it.

Lola said...

Re: Skeet Ulrich. How insensitive! If you're out of the loop, you should research what Skeet Ulrich he's been doing with his time. He's matured impressively.

Anonymous said...

I love Skeet Ulrich. So glad he is back on tv........they should bring back Miracles, the other show he was on, though I do love the new Jericho show. I think he was raising his kids on a farm in Virginia for a few years and deliberately stayed out of the spotlight. Saw him interviewed on Craig Ferguson and he seems like a humble down-to earth guy. Only really wanted to talk about his kids and them starting kindergarten. Did I mention how damn hot he looked. Holy crap. I think someone posted the interview on Youtube.com........

Tim said...

TT: I didn't even start reading The Vivesector. Too long and the story didn't sound particularly interesting. I like some of White's short stories and Riders in the Chariot was pretty good, but I'm not really tempted to delve deeper.

Galaxy said...

Thanks for the link Tim. Curious to know though, what you did think of Jericho?

Tim said...

I may post about Jericho if I have time, but broadly I agree with your assessment: an amalgam of Cold War and post9/11 paranoia. It's interesting the way they're combining the action-suspense of 24 and Lost with the time-honoured conventions of small-town soap. Picket Fences with nuclear weapons, if you will. Not a great show, but maybe not-great enough to be worth watching again.

Galaxy said...

"Picket Fences with nuclear weapons..."

I like it, (the quote); reckon that was the pitch? I'm going to give it a bit of a chance to work itself out, too.