the slow century
Possibly apocryphal story about Clockwork Orange: Anthony Burgess intended to title the book Clockwork Orang, "orang" being the word for "man" in Malaysia, where Burgess was living at the time. At some point, an editor added the final "e": possibly the same man who insisted on cutting the twenty-first chapter.
Blood Sisters is a valiant project cataloguing women in hardcore, metal, grind, noise and similar heavy genres. I like the band name Romantic Gorilla (Japanese), as well as Lacuna Coil (Italian).
We saw Blow last night. The first hour was fun, since it mostly took place in that iconic late-60s California which never actually existed, so far as I can tell. It also had Franka Potente (Run Lola Run) in a blond wig. The second hour started to lose some steam, and the third hour just tried to yank at your heartstrings over and over, for as long as possible, like they were a fucking bellpull and Jeeves wasn't coming down the stairs. Okay, so the film wasn't actually three hours long, but it sure felt that way.
The Bush budget's out. "What opponents of this budget want to do is spend more government money," says White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. "It's the classic formula for how to build a big government."
Damn, everyone in the White House is articulate.