July 30th, 2007


On Tolkien and Lewis

From Clive James:

I still haven't forgiven CS Lewis for going on all those long walks with JRR Tolkien and failing to strangle him, thus to save us from hundreds of pages dripping with the wizardly wisdom of Gandalf and from the kind of movie in which Orlando Bloom defiantly flexes his delicate jaw at thousands of computer-generated orcs.

In fact it would have been even better if CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien could have strangled each other, so that we could also have been saved from the Chronicles of Narnia.


The article itself is about JK Rowling and, well, her money, and it's mainly James being witty, and is a bit light on actual content, but who can argue with that line? Me, I like some fantasy, and I've nothing against elves and whimsy, but I could have gone with the murder/suicide pact there.
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When Down and Out Artists Watch Movies

On Saturday night I watched Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. L had scored a burnt copy out of her father in that way that Asian-Parents-Organise-Stolen-Films-For-Their-Children-Fashion. This meant that since the two of us didn't pay cash, our critical capacity was on full, and our insights of the film fully worth recording here on the blog that is known for it's uncompromising dedication to art:

"Why does she have that hair?" I said, early on.

"Jessica Alba?"


"It's pretty ugly," L agreed. "They should have gone for a honey blonde."

"Don't they hire people to stop that kind of hair?"

Earlier, I got to see the fashion brochure that L had shot, recently, and it was quite stylish and I thought it actually quite neat. Anyhow, I mention this because, while I didn't think that honey blonde hair would have worked, I don't pretend to be an expert, and one of us in the room is connected to the fashion industry, and one of us tries to keep out of that sort of stuff. Me, I reckon Jessica Alba should just have dark hair, since it suits her skin, but then I guess that wouldn't be authentic to the comic. You know, like how an actor walking round in a rubber suit that's meant to look like rock is.
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I did an interview with Vera Nazarian (norilana) about Black Sheep on her blog:

Bright, intellectual, and outspoken, Ben Peek is a Sydney-based author with an attitude. His knife's-edge provocative fiction has appeared in the Leviathan, Agog, and Polyphony anthology series, as well as the Year's Best Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy. He is the author of the award winning Twenty-Six Lies/One Truth which was published by Wheatland Press. Ben says "The cover won the award." :-)

One thing's sure -- Ben's got a helluva distinctive voice. Be sure to check out his stylish and opinionated blog and his MySpace page.

Sweet introduction, huh?

It's all downhill after that, because I begin talking, but still, be sure to check it out. I talk about this book, the new book, what actors I think should be in the film...

Also, if you've got a blog or website out there, and you want to do an interview thing with me for the book, email me. If you want a review copy, you'll have to hassle the publisher for it, but by all means do so. Make him feel your love.

You can by the book here, at Amazon, or here at Galaxy Bookshop. Buying the book is showing me love. You want to show me love because you all love me.

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