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[Comments] (2) Things You've Probably Seen Already: 1. "Two Gentlemen of Lebowski" I think if Shakespeare had written The Big Lebowski he would have quoted his own plays a little less, but it's good stuff. And there's a New York performance in March!

Our ringer was a ringer for the same
In odious Lebowski's rotten game.

2. Art Clokey died on Friday. I've been a Gumby fan for ages--I'm pretty sure it's the first thing I ever saw on television[0]--but I didn't know much about Clokey until I watched the 2006 biopic "Gumby Dharma", which was really excellent and which I should have mentioned on my 2009 film list. It's got fourth-wall-smashing interviews with Gumby and Pokey themselves--I'm pretty sure Gumby claims that Pokey was prone to cocaine binges, or maybe vice versa. It's not on DVD but they used to play it on the Sundance Channel all the time, maybe they still do.

At this point in my life I'm becoming accustomed to the likelihood that any random old person has accumulated a whole lot of interesting life experiences, but even so, Art Clokey's experiences were a couple standard deviations further out than I was expecting.

[0] In kindergarten I'd walk with my friend Tony after school to his house and watch cartoons for a bit. There was Gumby, and, I believe, the Thundercats.


Posted by Riana at Mon Jan 11 2010 23:54

I realized today that 2GoL is what I wanted Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to be: a reworking of a source text that preserves key parts of the original while reworking the rest into the superimposed style -- but in what I think is a much better integrated fashion.

P&P&Z took the blunderbuss approach to reworking the source: the (second, still-living) author literally took a public domain copy, stuck in some zombie bits in red text amidst the original in black, then zoomed out and looked at it at like 50% of size, and added more red where there wasn't enough on the page. And it shows. And it got really annoying and I just wanted the zombie/shaolin crap out of the way so Elizabeth and Darcy would fall in love already.

2GoL sticks in nearly-verbatim Shakespeare quotes, keeps many cult phrases nearly intact, and deploys the nearly-original TBL phrases for maximum effect amidst the reworked Shakespearean parts. ("I be the walrus.") It was clearly an incredibly time-intensive effort, not just "adding more red."

Not to say that P&P&Z is *bad*, or that it was merely a couple hours' work, just that I was disappointed, and reading 2GoL, I finally have a concrete example of what I hoped P&P&Z would, y'know, achieve.

Posted by Nathaniel at Sun Jan 17 2010 00:24

The word I hear is that Mansfield Park & Mummies is the best of this current crop of take-offs and you might like it better: http://sartorias.livejournal.com/376398.html


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