Larsson’s is a dark, nearly humorless world, where everyone works fervidly into the night and swills tons of coffee; hardly a page goes by without someone “switching on the coffee machine,” ordering “coffee and a sandwich” or responding affirmatively to the offer “Coffee?”
A web original series of short stories that is presented as episodes of a TV show. There is an FBI unit that investigates serial killers all over the US. And down the hall in a tiny conference is the unit that deals with the ones they can’t explain. This is the Shadow Unit. A team of experts in their respective fields joined together to track down and neutralise people who have become hosts for “the anomaly”. These people are called gammas. An unknown force takes the hosts deepest neurosis and forces them to act on it. In short, it turns them into psychopaths blocking of normal human feeling. But not only are the gammas run-of-the-mill crazy, the anomaly gives them a “manifestation”. This is an inhuman power that allows them to carry out their brutal murders. They range from being killed by the idea of a bullet to choking people on by forcing their own tongue down their throat to being utterly unnoticeable to the point of being invisible, leaving no footprints and unstainable by blood.
An added twist is that there exist individuals that have been touched by the anomaly. They retain control, but are given inhuman powers too. These are termed betas. Their powers are rarely as well defined or useful, appearing just off the bell-curve. It is implied that the enormous strain on betas’ brains as a result of this can be fatal and to survive they need to consume vast amounts of carbohydrate just to stay alive.
The goal of the Shadow Unit is first to prevent the harm done by gammas. Second: the capture one alive to understand the anomaly.
Most movies, most TV shows, most productions, are about The Moment. They’re about the death, the birth, the big game, the finish line, the culmination of a project, the first flight, the raising of the barn, the graduation, the triumph or tragedy that is the definition of an entire life. The music swells, the hero steps on stage, executes the perfect move, and we fade to black.
Treme, just like the Wire, just like that space show with the hot chick I like, just like most of the really good stuff I read, is about the day to day living. About not one moment but a hundred of them, crashing over you, a thousand tiny things: the contractor not showing up, the tools getting stolen, the paperwork lost, the hot water crapping out, playing in the airport, finding an old friend, the omelette getting burned.
It’s why this show snuck up on me, I think: it’s the sum total of what’s happening that makes up The Moment. And the sum total of someone’s character on the show isn’t how they act once, but how they act over and over and over again. It’s why Sonny sucks and LaDonna’s awesome: he keeps falling down and she keeps getting up. Not once, but a hundred times.
A lot of people are good at The Grand Gesture, in no small part because our entire pop culture is about that, about holding a boombox over your head in the early morning fog. They’re good at being the Hero. It’s being just the third guy from the left, in the day to day living, that will fuck them up every time.
Quoted in it’s entirety, because it’s correct.
[In England] The party that lost is working with the party that won. They’re not accusing them of being bolshevik zulus out to destroy Magna Carta. Because the English are grown-ups, including their conservatives, who enjoy a wonderful luxury conservatives on the side of the pond do not. They’re allowed to be sane. They don’t have to cater to creationists and anti-intellectuals. Only in this dumb country do liberals and conservatives argue over things like evolution and climate change and whether sick people should be left to die in the street.
Choo is already a major celebrity in South Korea, replacing Chan Ho Park as the most popular baseball star. Choo was 11 when Park reached the majors in 1994, and he said he wanted to follow Park’s example as a major league pitcher. Now, Park said, children have a new icon.
“Before, they could only look up to pitchers,” Park said. “Now, we have more players who want to be like Shin-Soo Choo.”
I saw Choo play during the World Baseball Classic. He’s the real deal.
I don’t know about you, but my eyes are already trained only to read the top half of a web page these days. Rather as a Victorian would not look below the waist, I do not let my eyes have even a second’s contact with the revolting Have Your Say or Comments section of a BBC site, a YouTube page or any blog or tech forum. The lower half of web pages is very like the lower half of the body — full of all kinds of noxious evil smelling poison. I suppose it has to be expelled somewhere, but you will forgive me for not wanting to be close by when it happens.
The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
I PUT THE “MAN” IN “MANCHILD”
GEORGE R.R. MARTIN BETTING POOL (Yellowstone erupts- 6:1, Heat Death of the Universe- 26:1, Dances With Dragons released- 98:1)
I WAS TIRED OF ANIMAL COLLECTIVE BEFORE BEING TIRED OF ANIMAL COLLECTIVE GOT ALL “POPULAR”
PULL MY FINGER (NO SERIOUSLY PLEASE PULL MY FINGER, IT IS DISLOCATED)
MY OTHER BODY IS A TANK-BRED GHOLA
THIS SHIRT KILLS AMERICAN APPAREL EMPLOYEES