Monthly Archives: February 2011

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From the Red China archives:

“Humbert Humbert’s Daydream” from RC Issue #1 in honor of our ol’ friend and longtime collaborator, Mike Force, who recently moved back to Seattle to make babies. Sure, we can still email, or Skype, or string some cans together, but it’s just not the same.

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Plagiarism in Cartoons and Fine Art

[I edited this for content.]

I visited Brian Bolland ‘s website a bit ago, and found this open letter to the French collage artist Erro. Here’s a quote:

What this is is a kind of colonialism. You, Erró, have found a place for yourself in the land of the Fine Art Elite, in “Gallery-land”, and you have gone out and discovered a dark continent inhabited by pygmies – barely more than savages really – people with a colourful but primitive culture. Like the Victorian explorers you find what they do ghastly but somehow alluring so you steal from them, give them nothing in return and dismiss them. You display bits of their infantile and garish nonsense in what you call a “synthesis” on a gallery wall in the civilised world, something which has nothing whatsoever to do with giving a full and accurate “report” on the stuff you steal or the people you steal it from. It’s more to do with the titillation of your peers. You’d like them to be shocked by the vulgarity of the artefacts you’re bringing back from whatever nasty place you’ve been to but appreciate them (and you, of course) in that post-modern kind of way. One reviewer of your work said “I don’t know where Erró finds all that stuff”. Luckily for you she and other inhabitants of the galleries don’t know the names of the people you steal from and you’re not in a hurry to list them. You’re exploiting people like me, not because you’re a “witness to our time” but because you want to turn the base metal of comics into art gold – and you’d like to have a lucrative career in Gallery-land.


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Christopher Hitchens named 2010 LA Times Book Prize finalist

among other notables: Ron Chernow, Jonathan Franzen, Laura Hillenbrand, Sebastian Junger, Edmund Morris, and Patti Smith. LAT.

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Speaking of the LA Times:

Jonathan Lethem’s new book They Live, forthcoming from Soft Skull, and about the cult classic John Carpenter film of the same name, is excerpted @ the WSJ.

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Amy Lawless has a poem up at Leveler

coupled with a smart little essay.

SPOILER ALERT: Manipulation by others can lead to personal life failures. Personal life failures can lead to coke or divorce. Coke or divorce can lead to more coke.

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We’re probably the last to post this,

but it should be up here. Behold: the 8-bit Great Gatsby game for NES.

Play it yourself, here.

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