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Zevonian, or not

Some Ballardian imagery, by way of BoingBoing.

Ballardian, like Borgesian, and Wellsian, ought to mean (as these photos demonstrate), as I understand the term: ‘to evoke the spirit of’. The photography above is reminiscent of a Ballard landscape writ large, hence the term.

Although via Mark Kermode (with reference to the ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ remake), we now also have Vernian. A member of a secret society (which is not so secret now) that believe Jules Verne wrote Science Fact, not Science Fiction. I wonder if Verneians have conventions. Or secret meetings. Which aren’t so secret, of course, but as they’d take place on balloons to the moon, or in the centre of the earth, they’d still be pretty exclusive.

Hollywood, eh?

Elsewhere, Kid Rock has been sentenced to 80 hours community service and 6 hours of anger management counselling, Now, you’re probably wondering why I’m remotely interested in Kid Rock. And normally, you’d be right to wonder that. However, the BBC generously gives you part of the answer:

He is currently number three in the UK singles chart with the Lynyrd Skynyrd-sampling All Summer Long.

Yes. Lynyrd Skynyrd. An obvious sample in the middle of the track, to be sure. But how about the following amendment to the report:

He deserves everything he gets for blatantly ripping off Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London during the entire length of the song. Except for the bit where he samples a Lynyrd Skynyrd track.

In other news, I am considering watching The Wire during my summer break. All of it.


One comment for “Zevonian, or not”

  1. The Wire eh? A mere three and a half years after I practically enthused my head clean off about how mind-bendingly awesome it was!

    I’m glad Brooker brought it to the masses (a mere two years after I started watching it, tsk tsk) but I hate the way the Grauniad runs on average two stories a week about how great it is. We get it. I have in fact known for a good many years at this point. Now it just looks like they’re trying to score cool points waaaay after it stopped being even vaguely “underground” in this country to know about The Wire.

    Still, their music section is run by painfully try-hard, lisping, wet ex-media student failed musos who can’t pronounce the letter “r”, so perhaps that slightly soggy mentality pervades other sections too.

    Having said all that nonsense, you should watch it. It’s AMAZING.

    Posted by mongo | July 23, 2008, 8:54 pm

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