March 21st, 2006

breaking bad

Solve et Coagula

V for Vendetta was not bad at all. It wasn't in the same class as Brazil - which thrilled me to the core and you can't expect that too often in life - but compared to the usual comic book claptrap it was a decent job. The American idea of Britain wasn't too dumbo, for a change.

Good review by Nick Mamatas here. I can't improve on this comment.

V isn't really a man, the struggle in the film really isn't a political or economic struggle; it's an Idealistic one, and specifically a mystical one. Both Moore and the Wachowskis are interested primarily in the esoteric. V for Vendetta is actually a movie about initiation and manipulation of symbols to change consciousness and affect reality. You know, all the stuff you think of forty-five minutes after you bring home your first bong. But for all that, it's really a fun movie!

Blake's idealism is in there, and the ritual magic element. As Mamatas says 'Snakes eat their own tails yummy yum yum'. I am also happy to see the Benny Hill theme tune used for magical purposes :-)
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Speed read

Here is a test to find out How fast do you read?

I tried two samples: Willa Cather 'The Professor's House' I got 300-350 words per minute. That includes going back to re-read the first paragraph because it didn't really sink in the first time. JFK's inaugural address I read at 400 wpm, because it was easier to follow. I suppose it was designed to be understood by an audience who couldn't go back and check the paragraph.

I'm not a fast reader. I think on extended prose I'd be a lot slower than that.