January 18, 2005

Ghost Council [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at January 18, 2005 11:56 AM

I'm late with the open thread, but hey, it was a three-day weekend.

Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Volume 1: This of course is Cartoon Network's hilarious talk show, hosted by 60's Hanna Barbera superhero Space Ghost. A typical episode involves Space Ghost conducting absurdist interviews with celebrity guests who appear to be under the influence of controlled substances, while various cartoon mayhem rages around them. The best episode so far is "Girlie Show", in which Space Ghost decides to give a tribute to women, and so invites Fran Drescher, Carol Channing, and "rock and roll riot grrl Alice Cooper".

Iron Council: (Follow-up) Although I didn't enjoy this as much as Perdido Street Station or The Scar, it was still a good read. It did pick up toward the end, moving toward a climactic boss battle (to use video game terminology) that was the high point—but there were about a hundred pages left after that, so the pacing was a bit weird. Still, the ending was satisfying. There were lots of sly references to Station throughout the book, which was fun, but I would have liked to see some follow-up on Scar as well—perhaps a sighting of my favorite Miéville character, Bellis Coldwine.

Funeral: This album got a lot of buzz in indie-rock circles last year, so I finally just picked it up. And hey, it's pretty good! Intense and passionate, and multilayered; "Crown of Love" sounded like a standard (if well-done) love anthem until I read the lyrics closely and realized that some of the lines I couldn't make out put it in a rather different light. My favorite song is probably "Rebellion (Lies)" . (Apparently their live show is pretty good as well.)

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I don't know what an open thread is but some of your side bar links are looking a little dated, especially under "connections."

Posted by: Dad | January 19, 2005 3:55 PM

An open thread is a comment thread in which open discussion is encouraged (as opposed to discussion of the original blog post).

As for those particular sidebar links, I forgot they were there. I guess with the inauguration tomorrow it's about time to take them down.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | January 19, 2005 4:02 PM
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