A quick run-through of some of the things I’ve been reading over the last week or two;
First off, I’ve been reading – in the offline world – the latest installment in Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentleman comic series; Century 1969 is a fascinating, intoxicating romp through beatnik fashion, free love, occult experimentalism and the criminal underworld of ‘Performance’-era London (if you’ve not seen that, seek it out). It strikes me as a nice, centuries-out counterbalance to Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee, which has the same preoccupation with sex and magick, and which was conceived, incidentally, with assistance from Alan Moore. So far I’m reading Century 1969 as slowly as possible, with the pleasure of knowing there are a bunch more books in this series which I’ve not yet read.
Elsewhere, staying with comics, this is worth a look, I think – “The creation of a polite word always signifies a major fucking.” – a fascinating comic recommendation from @peteashton, who is consistently reliable on this stuff. The book is Kyle Baker’s Why I Hate Saturn, and the post was inspired by his frustration with collective terms for groups of people.
And staying with Pete, he’s always worth reading on blogging and social media, and this post is very thought-provoking for those of us earnestly and fruitlessly carving our time between a multitude of social platforms (in my case, Twitter, obsessively, Google+, enthusiastically, WordPress, neglectfully, and Facebook, resentfully). He’s rightly wanting to seek control of all the various bits of content he’s slicing and dicing, and has started a new blog which will serve as the control centre for all his activity. The blog is called FYPA.net and started out as a reference to the fact that 95% – as any fool knows – of everything is shit. FYPA is a kind of bastardisation of FivePer, the 5% left which is worth reading. It also stands, of course, for Fuck Yeah Pete Ashton. Bookmark it and use often.