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17 April 2019 @ 07:38 pm
Reading, Listening, Watching  
Reading: The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse. I genuinely have no idea why this is on my to read pile. Someone must have recommended it but I'm struggling think in relation to what. Its kind of interesting but doesn't seem like the sort of thing I would particularly seek out - and it very much feels like an SF-reaction to Germany in 1943 (though weirdly by way of blaming the Romantic movement for everything - though, I suppose, Wagner). I don't particularly dislike it, but I'm not sure I particularly see the point it is trying to make, and it is obviously trying to make a point.

Listening: I got name-checked in the Verity Podcast (by way of making a suggestion on Twitter). It was very exciting.

Watching: A random Netflix trawl netted us R.I.P.D last night. We read the description (Undead Cops police the Undead) were, as a result, surprisingly impressed by the cast list: Kevin Bacon, Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and concluded that it might be a bit like Tremors on the strength of which supposition we agreed to give it 10 minutes. It opened with a distinctly dodgy CGI special effect and proceeded to be considerably more serious than Tremors for the next 10 minutes and we were starting to debate whether to stick with it but then Jeff Bridges turned up, the whole thing planted its tongue firmly in its cheek and off it went. I guess its sort of Tremors meets Ghostbusters and you need to be in the mood for that kind of thing, but if you are then it does more or less what it says on the tin.

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daniel_saundersdaniel_saunders on April 17th, 2019 07:27 pm (UTC)
I think Romantic influences on the Third Reich go further than just Wagner.
louisedennis: General:Bookslouisedennis on April 18th, 2019 02:48 pm (UTC)
Maybe that is what its driving at, I'm not sure. It seems to be a society in which development in the humanities is focused primarily on music and only music written before 1800, and where there is no study of the physical sciences - which you can sort of see as a response to the forces seen to be shaping the world and particularly Germany in 1943. On the other hand our viewpoint is explicitly limited to one particular academic order in one province in Germany so its a little vague what is happening in the rest of Europe (though we get some glimpses of Italy), let alone the rest of the world. The only religious options appear to be Catholicism or Atheism.

As I say, I feel there is a a thesis that is being put forward - or at least an idea that is being explored, but I find it hard to put my finger on what it is.