Monday, July 18, 2011

New and Noteworthy (Michael Bay and the Sublime, Game of Thrones, Gary Shteyngart and Default, Alan Moore)

In today's edition:

* Jonathan McCalmont's review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which considers the cinema of Michael Bay as an example of the sublime. (No, I'm not kidding.)

* Gina Bellafante's review of HBO's Game of Thrones, which I missed when it first came out, and which is nothing short of astonishing; it seems almost deliberately written to provoke fantasy fans, and says a lot about the contemptuous way in which a good many "mundanes" still view speculative fiction.

* Amid the talk of the U.S. government possibly defaulting on its debt, Joe Satran of the Huffington Post talks to Super Sad True Love Story author Gary Shteyngart (whose novel, reviewed here, depicted something like this scenario).

* And finally, Scott Thill of Wired talks to comics legend Alan Moore about League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 1969, which is due out next month. Their conversation covers a number of other issues as well, among them the meaning of the superhero, the troubles of the comics industry, and a surprising number of television shows.

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