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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In Culture News: The Obamacare Comic, Cormac McCarthy for Kids, and Shteyngart's Next Book

Posted by on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Mr. Lasky Buys Insurance: David Lasky is a beloved local cartoonist. (Here's an example of his work.) Like many other cartoonists, Lasky works on a freelance basis. So he was nervous about signing up for Obamacare, especially since, like many other freelancers, he was behind on paying his taxes. Today, Comics 4 Health Coverage published Lasky's autobiographical comic about the Obamacare experience on Facebook. Read it below, or click through to read it at full size:

Notable Quotables: Last night at the APRIL Festival kickoff party at Chop Suey, Maged Zaher noted that "the body is a product of disasters" and lamented the fact that he was "turning slowly into a nature poet." Ed Skoog read poetry about how "when a woman takes off her shirt, the English language goes crazy." (He also read poems about KISS and the Grateful Dead.) And new APRIL writer-in-residence Jac Jemc read two short stories—one in which a narrator hurt and killed a series of men ("I punched him hard in his calm heart...I took his simple feelings and shoved them down his throat...I turned his tomorrows into yesterdays.") and another about a taxidermist stripping and stuffing a rattlesnake. There are plenty more APRIL events happening around town this week; read about them right here.

After That, Maybe He'll Do a Cookbook? Gary Shteyngart's next novel is going to be an "international thriller."

Literature Is Kid Stuff: This great blog imagines serious grown-up fiction as books for children. I love the cover for Blood Meridian.

2001 Director Can't Envision 2001: Turns out, Stanley Kubrick would've made a terrible prophet.


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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1

For a couple of months I was enthralled with the Kubrick, Apollo 11 Moon conspiracy hoax. My conclusion was that it was pure nonsense. Most of all because on rewatching 2001 I note that the much praised special effects -- are complete garbage! The animated shots of the orbiting Pan Am shuttle docking with the rotating space station? That looked like something from a science fair museum that you could see all throughout the 1960s. There was nothing advanced at all about it. It was the same fixed image being moved around on a background they had been using for sci-movies since the 1930s! The scene of the shuttle coming round the Earth is so horribly bogus it's painful to watch. In no way does the craft appear to be anything but a 2-D drawing. No rotation, no change in perspective as it gets clear. It would have been impossible for him to fake anything at all!

Speaking of culture, I spent the last two days enjoying a trip to Yaletown, a true urban neighborhood in Vancouver BC.

One look and you'll soon realize that what it offers is the real City. There is nothing like it in Seattle, and there never will be.

For example, here's what a bike lane should be:…

And here's how a promenade should look:……

This will make Mudede drool.

A couple of 360 pans around a true urban street.…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on March 25, 2014 at 6:07 PM · Report this
treacle 2
Well, Kubrick did get the drugs part right.
Posted by treacle on March 25, 2014 at 7:37 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 3
This post broke my slog. Everything's tiny, and there's an ad in the middle of the comic. Fix it, won't you?
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on March 25, 2014 at 7:38 PM · Report this
yelahneb 4
@3 weird stuff happening here as well. Every time I load the page, the comic slowly embiggens itself until it's illegible.
Posted by yelahneb on March 25, 2014 at 7:56 PM · Report this
theophrastus 5
@3, @4 and me too, that included comic is set for a fixed width somehow. so rendering it smashes down all the text to the left, leaving mostly whitespace.
Posted by theophrastus on March 25, 2014 at 9:06 PM · Report this
Goldy's article on having to sign up for Obamacare after losing his health insurance was pretty interesting and not so difficult.
Posted by Stumphaven on March 26, 2014 at 7:08 AM · Report this

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