Well, for what it’s worth…
At least that’s what this web site thinks. According to the font of all wisdom that is Wikipedia, “Wallace's novels often combine various writing modes or voices, and incorporate jargon and vocabulary (sometimes invented) from a wide variety of fields. His writing featured self-generated abbreviations and acronyms, long multi-clause sentences, and a notable use of explanatory footnotes and endnotes—often nearly as expansive as the text proper.” Okay, so that sounds a little familiar. Unfortunately, I’ve never actually read any of Wallace’s works, although I do remember there being some hoopla when he committed suicide, so I guess I’ll have to pick one or two of his books up.
Speaking of books, The Happy Catholic has discovered John Steakly’s novel Vampire$, which all good B-movie fans will recognize as the source material for John Carpenter’s Vampires starring James Woods. She highly recommends the book “for those who like vampire tales, mercenaries with hearts of gold, Texas, and old-school use of the Catholic Church in fighting Evil.”
Alas, while the Church plays the hero in Steakly’s book, it doesn’t fare so well in Italian zombie films, at least not according to The Vault Of Horror, where B-Sol suggests that the genre is a purposeful subversion of all things Catholic.
With one for the Church and one against, we may as well throw one in the middle. Mark Stricherz over at True/Slant ponders the question as to whether or not Easy Rider was a Catholic film? His conclusion? Eh, maybe.
If you want something a bit more conclusive, be sure to check out the blog of philosophy professor Edward Feser where he mulls over The Metaphysics of The Fly. The good Prof gives his answers to the questions, was Brundle-fly still a person by the end of the movie, and if so, who would that person have been if he had successfully spliced himself together with Geena Davis’ character? Big questions for a movie in which the main character eats by vomiting on donuts.
After all that heavy philosophizing, you just might need a humorous respite. If so, then drop on by Creative Minority Report where Matt Archbold gives his brief take on Gilligan's Island and the 7 Deadly Sins. Hilariously, the tongue in cheek post managed to spark off a couple of days of debate in the combox. We've all become God's madmen.
And finally, even though it has nothing at all to do with religion or philosophy, there’s no way I was going to let this news pass without mentioning it. It’s been confirmed that 80s pop princesses Debbie Gibson and Tiffany are set to star in the Syfy Original Movie, Mega Python Vs Gatoroid. Only in my dreams have I imagined such a thing could become reality. There’s simply nothing to say after that.