August 20th, 2009

don draper

Mad Men

I wanna see the new season of Mad Men dammit.

Meanwhile here's a spoiler clip from the season premiere. The bellboy helps Salvatore with his unpacking: 'bout time.

I hope you are admiring my use of colonial idiom here. I even pronounced 'premiere' as prem-yeer in my head while I was typing it.
breaking bad

Ern Malley: my Anopheles

Someone who shall remain nameless on my f-list compared me to Ern Malley, in the nicest possible way and I am happy with the comparison. Ern Malley was a fake modernist poet made up in the 1940s by two Australian poets, with the aim of exposing the avant-garde to ridicule.

It's a bit like the Sokal hoax, except I think Sokal really did prove that postmodernism can be a bit wanky (IMHO). Well, of course to be honest poetry magazines can be a bit wanky too.

However, I think it's interesting that poetic hoaxes often inadvertently produce bits of good poetry. People who are trying their hardest to write plausible garbage, sometimes end up writing something pretty good. Or perhaps, as with the Elephant Catalogue, we retain those random daubs which just happen to accidentally make sense. This is my favourite one (an anopheles is a mosquito) ...
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