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Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, then, are the ultimate modern fictional characters: they are public domain; open-source; they can be recreated to suit the times or a particular aesthetic need. Basil Rathbone’s plummy, elegant Holmes was perfect for the the 1940s and ‘50s; Jeremy Brett’s neurotic, antic Holmes suited the ‘80s just fine. Now Ritchie, Downey and Law have created a Holmes-world for the new juiced-up, overblown, sort of silly ‘10s—not the perfect version, by any means, but a fun one, crafted with affection. If nothing else, their work will inform the inevitable next version of Sherlock Holmes, which should come along in about 2021.

Why ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Works (And Why Sherlock Holmes Always Will) – Zach Dundas – Renegade Sportsman – True/Slant

And this helps me figure out why I didn’t really like the film: I’m so sick of the “juiced-up, overblown, sort-of-silly” that passes for modern storytelling aesthetics.

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And then I felt sad because I realized that once people are broken in certain ways, they can’t ever be fixed, and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older as you see the people in your life break one by one. You wonder when your turn is going to be, or if it’s already happened.

Life After God, Douglas Coupland (via lyriquediscorde) (via northerndownpour) (via meganwest)

Yesterday’s tweets for today’s fishwrap:

09:56 @YuriLowenthal i dunno, does the novel by Sapphire take place in Neon Hong Kong and have Punky Brewster, er, Fanning? # 10:21 Support add a to your avatar now! – bit.ly/8OBp6y # 10:46 @Spytap these should help with that: www.quickstopentertainment.com/2009/12/25/holiday-havoc-the-venture-bros-2/ # 12:35 @deadlightsgirl if you missed this thing
I made, I think you’ll like it. bit.ly/6gQenf # 20:45 RT @barrymcw: RT @Patrick_McEvoy: Reason # 17 I’m not feeling like seeing Avatar: "Unobtainium". Really? (cont) tl.gd/1cvc4 # 21:41 OH: "Crime…boy, I don’t know." # 21:47 @bnacker I be takin’ fools down like they’re name is Shareef. # 21:48 @bnacker what with my grammar and shit. er, their name #
21:55 @meganwest i reserve the right to OH many different categories on utterance, some of which may have been scripted by A. Sorkin # 21:58 apparently, tomorrow Francesca will have a big update on what the Mets are up to. I’m hoping they’ve signed Cthulhu to play left field # 22:05 OH: "We don’t talk enough about the romance between Leo and Fitz" # 22:20 @meganwest jeez, you want me to do EVERYTHING? you want links, you gotta buy a Cartographers for Social Equality shirt bit.ly/6gQenf shipped by LoudTwitter

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There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence, and that is activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of this innate violence.

To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone and everything is to succumb to violence.

Thomas Merton
A Meaningful LIfe

Yesterday’s tweets for today’s fishwrap:

12:08 RT @Spytap: Pluto is still a fucking planet and brontosaurus are still fucking awesome – and I will duel anyone who says differently. # 19:57 @jamesrocchi and then there’s us, who cannot make it. but we’re looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday. # 20:34 @cecilseaskull wasn’t he the native american guy with the long glycerin tear in the environmental psa? # 21:39 @bnacker especially his spittle # 21:48 @jpdef isn’t that what the text-to-voice feature is for? # 21:58 you know you want a swanky shirt from the Cartographers for Social Equality, don’t you? bit.ly/6gQenf # 22:32 RT @paperlung: Convinced Strange Days’ problems are totally James Cameron’s fault & its actually a really inventively filmed film # 22:47 @Retrn2Labyrinth @paperlung I keep trying to find a club called The Retinal Fetish somewhere on La Cienaga. # 23:38 @BenPaddon short version: bit.ly/8nklVo # 00:13 @BeTheBoy Dignity. Always dignity. # 00:15 Dear the UK: one of you will put up a torrent of the Tennant/Stewart Hamlet by the time I get up tomorrow, right? Are we clear? # 00:16 @bnacker got ‘em. taking my time and relishing each lunatic episode. shipped by LoudTwitter