Thursday, April 17, 2014

Theme: Pop Culture

  • There is a picture in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, where I live, called The Annunciation. I keep a postcard of it in my writing room, and visit the actual painting from time to time. A winged and haloed angel Gabriel, holding white lilies and pointing up to the heavens, kneels before the Virgin Mary, also haloed, her arms crossed on her breast, her head slightly bent to receive his earth-shattering message.Read more
  • There was, of course, a lot to love about pop in the late 90s: I was entranced by the weird, warped sound of anything Timbaland had a hand in, from Missy Elliott's "The Rain" to Aaliyah's singles-- even then, there didn't seem to be a far leap between that stuff and Adore-era Smashing Pumpkins (for better or worse).Read more
  • AKB48 is an all-girl idol group from Japan that has, with no lack of controversy, impacted the entertainment scene ever since its inception in 2005. To date, the group has more than a hundred members divided into four main teams, with regular shows at its main theatre in Akihabara, an area in Tokyo popularly known for its 'geek' or otaku subculture.Read more
  • This book seems to tap into the trend that vampires are pervading contemporary popular culture: Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in, Tomas Alfredson, 2008), the Twilight franchise (Catherine Hardwicke, 2008 - ) and the HBO series True Blood (Alan Ball, 2008 - ). The cover shows a sexy androgynous vampire with a trickle of blood coming out of its mouth mirroring the cover for the Series 1 DVD Box set of True Blood. Read more
  • From the moment Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin become the first human being to enter outer space, on April 12, 1961, he became a living legend and the toast of the international elite.Read more
  • Flanders’s book is more than a catalogue of crimes and their subsequent incarnations in popular culture. Over 500 pages it builds into an alternative history of the Victorian ageRead more
  • More than any other of Burroughs’ many creations, Tarzan has become a staple of popular culture, a process which began almost immediately: 1918 marked the first version of the novel in the relatively new forum of popular cinema, a film that would be one of the first to gross over one million dollars.Read more
  • When Lady Gaga hit the pop culture-scape with “Just Dance” in 2008, her performance was accompanied by the slogan “Pop Music Will Never Be Low Brow.” Read more
  • It was in 1923 that the original sign, HOLLYWOODLAND, a gimmick and a brazen caption, was put up near the top of that hill, in letters fifty feet high and thirty feet wide. Read more
  • It hurt because I wasn’t expecting it — a sensation like toilet plungers placed at my ears, toggled furiously. The meat spilled from my kebab, splatting like horror movie gore onto my sneakers. Kids rushed the stage, hands raised, mouths open. Read more
  • When talking about Sri Sri,a great Telugu poet , his comentator says the words linger in your ears, humming rrrrrrrrr… I guess onomatopoeia is something every Indian language has. I have seen it otherwise only in comics… phatchaak… No comments about any other translation attempts. Read more
  • Goethe, for all the wealth and fame and success that Werther brought him, began to distance himself from the work. He wrote letters to friends and relatives about his embarrassment with the work, often mocking the fans who didn’t appreciate his newer poems and plays. He even made fun of Werther himself. He wrote a comical play called The Triumph of Sensibility which is so desperately trying to prove that he is in on the joke that he tried to cast Mel Gibson as a tattoo artist. Not one of his better plays –- meaning not Faust — the kindest way to describe it is a sort of Airplane! version of emotional literature. Read more
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