What is it?
BIG OTHER is an online forum of iconoclasts and upstarts focusing its lens on books, music, comics, film, video and animation, paintings, sculpture, performance art, and miscellaneous nodes and sonic booms. We will explore how we are made and unmade by images, language, and sound; examine computer-mediated worlds; and dance along with various tumults, genre- and other border-crossings, trespassings, transgressions, and whatever, nevermind.
I asked John Madera, “Is this kinda like HTML Giant?”
In some ways yes, in many ways no. I guess the description above makes that clear. My main thought is, “Oh hell, every time I read HTML I go buy another book. It is expensive to read that site! So I guess I’ll have to add to my book budget now.”
Anyway, check out BIG OTHER.
I’ll be posting there, along with Others…
Dive on in…
Disclaimer: I’m not a big movie fan in general, and I believe the following film is enjoyed by most reviewers. So.
I went to this one for Little Man, and because I have seen other Jonze’s films and they blew me away. I mean who didn’t fall in love with Malkovich or Adaptation? Also I knew all about the Light Boxes connection, so that piqued my interest.
[I still feel very optimistic about LB, don’t read me wrong. Jonze can make the hell out of a film, and I don’t even think he’s directing, right? Anyway, LB is much better source material than 300 something words and a few illustrations, a la the Wild Things book.]
I took Little Man to see Where the Wild Things Are and was wildly underwhelmed. To put it plainly: I didn’t get it. Maybe others got it? Smarter people get a lot of stuff I don’t get.
The following will be several questions, so as to represent my movie experience.
Kid who feels misunderstood starts snowball fights, destroys sister’s room and mom’s date night, screams running out the door? Why? Because dad is gone, I guess? Um, OK.
War on imagination? I dig that, but kid doesn’t seem that imaginative, no matter how he is framed. He builds forts and wears costumes. I built forts and wore costumes. Who didn’t?
Island of profoundly depressed monsters is stand-in for kid’s imagination? [Monsters actually done well–very strong monsters]
Owls getting knocked out of sky as best part?
Kids gets the monsters to involve themselves in activities. All of these activities are basically assaulting each other in various ways? Or assaulting the earth?
Kid leave island and the monsters have changed from profoundly depressed to profoundly, profoundly depressed? [I kept waiting for jet to fly over and carpet bomb these miserable fuckers with Zoloft.]
Kid returns home, unchanged, from tantrum and is rewarded with chocolate cake? Kid smiles. The end? Um, OK.
I asked my 6 year old (maybe the target audience?) if he liked the movie. He said yes. I asked him what was the best part. He waited a while. We kept on driving past corn and some corn. Then he said, “The time they threw the rocks at the monster’s head.”
Makes sense to me.
But not much else, And I kept getting some kind of creepy talk-show therapy ADD feel, some message that never really made it for me from this film. Maybe my experience as a psychiatric RN in an actual children’s mental health center (actually several) just shades my opinion of these types of efforts. There was something off in the tone of this subject. I don’t know.
I did like the cinematography. Very cool desert. And, again, the monsters rocked. The budget was 80 million, and I assume they spent it making those monsters, then getting the actors to speak for them.
The owl scene was almost weird enough to be awesome. So let me throw in that I appreciated the owl scene.
As I said, I don’t really like movies so much (see maybe two a year in theaters), so I’m not the best to say, but if you want a frame movie narrative, a misunderstood narrator who is whipped off to a magical land, a story where the land is changed by the narrator’s visit, and the narrator is changed (from running away to realization that home can be OK, or even better), a film that I enjoyed as a six year old and also enjoyed last Christmas as I watched it with my mom, my suggestion would be THE WIZARD OF OZ.
How would you like your beautiful words to be beautiful? They make an awesome book, folks. They care.
From Rose Metal:
Fourth Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest submission period begins October 15 and ends December 1, 2009. 2009 judge will be Dinty W. Moore. During the submission period, please email your 25–40 page double-spaced manuscript of short short stories under 1,000 words each to us at firstname.lastname@example.org either as a Word doc or rtf file. Individual stories may have appeared in journals or anthologies, but we ask that collections as a whole be previously unpublished. Please accompany your entry with the $10 reading fee, either via the payment button on our website or by check. We prefer the former, but the latter can be sent to us at PO Box 1956, Brookline, MA 02446. Please also feel free to include a brief author bio and a list of acknowledgements, but all submissions will be judged anonymously.
Writers of both fiction and nonfiction are encouraged to enter, and we are open to short shorts on all subjects and in all styles. We hope you’ll check out the books of our previous contest winners, including The Sky Is a Well and Other Shorts by Claudia Smith (winner of the first contest, judged by Ron Carlson, available now only as part of A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness), In the Land of the Free by Geoffrey Forsyth (winner of the second contest, judged by Robert Shapard), and How Some People Like Their Eggs by Sean Lovelace (winner of the third contest, judged by Sherrie Flick), as well as A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness by Amy L. Clark, Elizabeth Ellen, Kathy Fish, and Claudia Smith, which features the chapbooks by four of the finalists from the first contest.
Thank you as always for your continued support, and we look forward to reading your work!
Abby & Kathleen