She Who Must Be Obeyed

Unknown-1Shades of the Penge Bungalow Murders, Pomeroy’s Chateau Thames Embankment, and Rumple of the Old Bailey. But this She came much much earlier, 1887 to be exact. This She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed is the She of H. Rider Haggard’s adventure novel, She: A History of Adventure. Her name (She’s name?) is actually Ayesha (no, not Tyler).

Perhaps you remember Ursula Andress in the 1965 adaptation of She (Ursula Andress is hard to forget). As it seems to go in films, the Hammer adaptation was not the first filming of She but more like the seventh. Here are a few of the actresses who portrayed the immortal Ayesha:

  • Marguerite Snow
  • Valeska Suratt
  • Betty Blythe
  • Helen Gahagan
  • Ursula Andress
  • Ophélie Winter.

She was even adapted into a Rock Opera.

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Let’s Try the War Criminals

As a kid I learned that when your parents have you dead to rights … lie, lie, lie, and never stop lying. Now I was maybe eleven but there is a political party today that uses the same tactics.

SadamThe Republicans—especially those running for the nomination to be our next president—have been mumbling, stumbling, and bumbling in an effort to seem presidential and still support the party that brought us the death and destruction that was the Iraq War, the ruin of the American middle class, and what is possibly the biggest theft in our history in collusion with Wall Street and the banksters.

It is difficult to hear the blatant mendacity involved in the Republican revisions to the history of the Iraq war.

I contend that the only way to uncover the truth of this shameful episode in the history of this country is to charge the main instigators of the war—the people who supported the Bush Doctrine—and let the courts decide whether it was all just an embarrassing mistake based on faulty intelligence or whether in fact people such as Cheney, Bush, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Perle, Feith, and Krystal, are  war criminals (and war profiteers) that should be behind bars.

I’m musing that Jeb Bush might find it ironic to learn that his bumbling reopened the case and might put his brother into prison after all.

Guerrilla Fiction

Don't PanicTacked on to the end of Moxie Mezcal’s novel, Concrete Underground, is the Guerrilla Manifesto. This introduces us to the field of guerrilla fiction. I thought it would be interesting to consider the ideas behind guerrilla fiction and the experimental or transgressive fiction that is championed at XFX.

First, the introduction to the Experimental Fiction (XFX) section of ACOR:

This group started on Yahoo. It was designed to concentrate on the types of fiction that we do not normally find on the front rounder at the local big-box bookstore. We call it experimental fiction but it might be considered imaginative fiction, surfiction, and the many other designations that have been applied to fiction throughout the years whenever it doesn’t follow the rules of the mainstream.

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Conflict, Cruelty, and Suffering

ROBERTSONI have regularly included posts on this weblog which emphasized the downside to a belief in a mythological god and especially in the inherent evils of an organized church. I’lll admit that, although I was committed to the information, it often was presented in seemingly unrelated pieces, a little here and a little there. But today I ran across a post at Salon which codified 12 of the worst things that religion foisted on humanity. I’ll just itemize them here but everyone should go to Salon or Alternet and read the complete article (the 12 evils are much more developed and far more upsetting in the original article).

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