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--Kevin, Johanna, Dave and Sam all had something to say about my piece on vampires. All the rebuttals make good points, but y'know, I still don't like vampires and find the symbolism as used in contemporary horror films and novels kind of creepy and bothersome.
--Friday Physique is still a going concern with me, I had to skip last week due to bandwidth issues. It's got full-frontal nudity today, though, so those of you browsing at work may want to consider that before clicking over.
--I did read last week's comics, I just haven't had the wherewithal to sit down and attempt to review them. And I haven't even attempted to dip into this week's books yet. This will probably lead to a huge review post sometime next week that will make me wonder why I even bother writing up reviews.
--(And for some reason, I keep typing "last" when I mean to say "next" and vice-versa...)
--Spooky Stuff: Anyone at all interested in criticism of horror films, or like me actually reads thick academic books of textual analysis for fun (hey, I'm not in school anymore, I have to find out what all the cool kids are saying about the hot French philosophers somehow), might want to check out Men, Women and Chainsaws by Carol Clover, a feminist analysis of horror films, particularly slasher films. Her thesis is that horror films, rather than being violent misogynistic fantasies as most knee-jerk criticism suggests, actually have an underlying pro-woman message. I've often thought that a good number of the newest wave of horror film-makers must have read this book, because their plots so closely follow the trends she outlines. Also worth notice is Monsters in the Closet by Harry Benshoff, which looks at homoeroticism and homophobia in horror films, with a heavy emphasis on "classic" movie monsters and the B-Movies of the fifties and sixties. If you're interested in gay themes in movies at all, this book should be on your shelf right next to The Celluloid Closet.