On White Male Toxicity and Academic Complicity: A Run In With The David Foster Wallace Society

RND/ To consider a brief run-in with the 'International' David Foster Wallace Society - a summary of rhetorical internet micro-aggressions. In which your initial message to the DFWS was in part prompted after receiving seven literary submission rejections in a row (it's not that you don't really care about the suffering of others at the … Continue reading On White Male Toxicity and Academic Complicity: A Run In With The David Foster Wallace Society

Slavoj Žižek’s “Sex And The Failed Absolute” as Absolute Unsexy (Academic) Failure

RND// To consider Slavoj Žižek's Sex And The Failed Absolute (Bloomsbury Academic 2020) near the top of anyone's shortlist for the biggest stinking load of old academic charlatan obscurantist bollocks ever pinched off by a major publisher. While not entirely without merit - there are at least a couple of easily understandable, well thought out … Continue reading Slavoj Žižek’s “Sex And The Failed Absolute” as Absolute Unsexy (Academic) Failure

A Clean, White Tomorrowland: Towards A Critique of Syd Mead

RND/ To consider the recent death of 'visual futurist' Syd Mead and the telling lack of critical analysis of his glossy art and style. In which its sinister underlying political ideology appears to mirror that of Disney's hyper-corporate Tomorrowland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLCHg9mUBag In my premise [..] there were these enormous structures going up 2000, 3000 feet, and … Continue reading A Clean, White Tomorrowland: Towards A Critique of Syd Mead

Manifold Garden: Game Critique and 4K PC Screenshot Photography

RND/ To consider William Chyr's architectural puzzle game Manifold Garden: a general critique. 0. Manifold Garden works best as an ambient mood generator. At no point in the 'mood trailer' are Puzzles even mentioned. This is telling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LImoaXjKrkw Some 4K screenshots (PC version): Some notes arising: 1. Aesthetically, M.G is pleasing - plain, straightforward and … Continue reading Manifold Garden: Game Critique and 4K PC Screenshot Photography

The Inapplicable Ballardianism Of Simon Sellars

RND/ To consider a poetic critique / remix of sections from obsolete, eye-rollingly turgid auto-fictive pseudo-biography "Applied Ballardianism: Memoir from a Parallel Universe" by Simon Sellars. 2949 x 3840 .jpg The characters are finding.. that the so-called Real World isn't convincing anymore. - J.G Ballard interview, BBC Profile 2003 --- // entertaining and informative only … Continue reading The Inapplicable Ballardianism Of Simon Sellars

An Existential Spotlight: Theorizing Super Bunnyhop

RND/ In which this very very morning you consider and analyse yourself - whatever it is you imagine your doing artistically, via the Youtube lens of George Weidman aka 'Super Bunnyhop': First, a Venn diagram that tries to capture the unique, slightly oddball appeal of George's 'content'. By fun, perhaps you mean "Existentially speaking, is … Continue reading An Existential Spotlight: Theorizing Super Bunnyhop

Fascinating, Rambling, Deranged: Reddit Review of Robert What

RND/ in which you wildly imagine your first (/rave?) review from the mighty Reddit, which kinda brings to mind one classic response to J.G. Ballard's 1973 novel Crash: "This author is beyond psychiatric help." 1846 x 3057 .jpg, edited screenshot of r/starcitizen - In which what you admire about such threads seems the abhorrence of … Continue reading Fascinating, Rambling, Deranged: Reddit Review of Robert What