An irregular hodgepodge of links gathered together … Omnium Gatherum for January 28, 2019
- Hustle Witch by nihilocrat
“Witching doesn’t make money like it used to, so you’ve got a side-hustle delivering packages.”
- Tweet by nerd garbage pitches
OK, so picture if Jules Verne and Aleister Crowley did a Western mystery box subscription service.
— nerd garbage pitches (@NerdGarbageBot) January 27, 2019
- “Tiddle toddle! Moon and Me joins CBeebies Bedtime” — AK, BBC [HT Livia Filotico]
“Moon and Me is a classic series of gentle and emotive tales about a magical toy, Pepi Nana, who lives in a Toy House with a “family” of comical toy friends. Together they welcome a special visitor from the Moon, Moon Baby, who opens a magical way into Storyland, where they share the wonderful stories waiting for them.”
- Tweets about She-Ra and the Princesses of Power [also]
I only have two episodes of “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” left and I’m clinging onto them bc I don’t know what I’m going to DO when it’s over 😭 A funny, ridiculous, inclusive show feat. friendship, glitter, magic AND technology – it might be perfect?! ADVENTURE! pic.twitter.com/kJ7uglXbJT
— Michelle Nathan (@mimtown) January 19, 2019
In American news, adult men are complaining that She-Ra, a children’s cartoon woman with a flying horse and a magic sword, isn’t hot enough for them to jerk off to.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 16, 2018
When I was a little girl in the 80s my very religious mom wouldn't let me watch She-Ra because it contained magic. I have vivid memories of sitting in the backseat floorboard of the car (hi, 80s) and whispering under my breath "I am She-Ra, Princess of Power!"
— Amanda Deibert🏳️🌈 (@amandadeibert) July 16, 2018
I wasn't allowed to watch She-Ra because magic? And the devil? Something something weird evangelical church something.
— Martha Smith (@mostlymartha) May 18, 2018
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power on Netflix is truly wonderful. It's like 40% the original, 30% Airbender/Korra, 15% My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and 15% Steven Universe.
It's super empowering of women and of people who are different, and it's hella queer. Watch it.
— Taylor Jack Nelson (@tayjack86) November 25, 2018
- Horror and Hilarity: The Legacy of The Grand-Guignol with instructor Richard J. Hand, Thursday, 7 February 2019, 7pm—10pm, at Horse Hospital, London
“In this talk, the academic and theatre director Richard Hand will take you on an intimate journey into a night at the Grand-Guignol, recounting the shocking stories, vivid personalities and ingenious tricks of the original theatre before exploring the theatre’s profound legacy and abiding influence over subsequent horror culture.”
- “Edward Gorey, the Father of Children’s Goth. He was a writer-artist ahead of his time, but Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and American culture have finally caught up.” — James Parker, The Atlantic; about Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery
“Gorey ended his days in his house on Cape Cod, contented after his fashion—that is, gently and wittily moaning. He lived alone: silver-bearded, buried under cats, with his books in heaps and his mini-hoards—of tassels, rusty cheese graters, antique potato mashers—around him.”
- “How to Be Bad. What a collection of rape jokes tells us about offensive art in the age of outrage.” — Laura Miller, Slate; about You Had To Be There: Rape Jokes by Vanessa Place, afterword by Natasha Stagg, foreword by Dave Hickey.
“‘For many years, I have made it a practice never to explain or apologize for my art’
The belief that art ought to be transgressive, that one of its roles is to desacralize whatever the “average” person reveres, has much earlier roots than the 1990s, of course. ‘Épater la bourgeoisie’ was the motto of the French decadent poets more than a hundred years ago. Middle-class culture and society were so banal and repressive, the thinking went, that the only pathway to creative greatness and freedom lay in deliberately outraging them. This was an ethos carried forward by movements like Surrealism and Dada, which Place sometimes cites.
What is transgression if not the violation of ‘decency,’ the fearless unveiling and celebration of what is “patently offensive to the average person”—in other words, to the good ol’ bourgeoisie, who for generations could reliably be shocked by displays of sexuality, irreligion, and disobedient, messy womanhood? Sometimes the pleasure artists and their audiences take in transgressive works is sheer naughtiness, as the career of film director John Waters gleefully demonstrates. But more often than not, art that courts offense claims to be presenting a truth about human beings, their bodies, and the world that polite society prefers to deny. How urgently that truth needs to be told may vary with the historical moment, but the outsiders’ creed that art must speak the unspeakable truth runs deep in contemporary culture.
I didn’t, it’s true, find the jokes Place has collected upsetting, but I did find them depressing. That’s because most of them depend, for their effect, entirely on the belief that their subject matter is forbidden. That is, rather like Place’s work itself, they lean too hard on transgression in the absence of any other apparent skill or insight.”
- Tweet by Taylor Lorenz
Jesus literally faked his own death for more followers though, so… https://t.co/uAeZk2VSfY
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) January 27, 2019
- Thelema for the People by Dionysius Rogers; trailer for an upcoming book Thelema for the People: Exploring New Æon Gnosticism by Hermetic Library Fellow T Polyphilus, due in February
“Book trailer introducing Thelema for the People. The ambition of the book’s talks, papers, and prayers is to supply a hearty breakfast of Scientific Religion to those who have drunk and danced all night with Doubt, so that they may have the energy and endurance to do so again.”
- Pamela Colman Smith: Life and Work, Pratt Institute Libraries, Brooklyn Campus, January 31–April 4, 2019, open during Library hours; Opening reception and tarot reading on January 31, 5pm–8pm
“Pamela Colman Smith, renowned for illustrating the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, began her artistic career in 1893 as a student at the newly founded Pratt Institute. Her artistic output in her brief but successful career included paintings, illustrations, set and costume design for theater, a literary magazine, and books of folklore. Smith moved in bohemian circles both in New York and London, exhibiting at Alfred Stieglitz’s Gallery 291, the first non-photographer to do so, and collaborating with W.B. Yeats, Bram Stoker, and the celebrated actress Ellen Terry.
This exhibition presents an overview of Smith’s life and multi-faceted career, showing books, prints, reproductions of illustrations and paintings, and tarot decks, along with photographs of her illustrious family and friends. Telling her story and providing a context for her work, this exhibit shows how her style, archetypal subject matter, and interest in ancient spiritual traditions profoundly influenced her drawings for one of the most popular tarot decks in use, the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot.
Linking Smith’s time to now, Pratt alumni Emi Brady, David Palladini, Jen May and Phil Williamston, will have tarot decks on display to showcase contemporary variations on the traditional deck.
This exhibition is co-curated by Pratt alumni Colleen Lynch and Melissa Staiger.”