Things That Don't Suck
, Some Notes on The Stand
I recently reread The Stand for no particular reason other than I felt like it. I'm honestly not sure how many time[s] I've read it at this point, more than three, less than a half dozen (though I can clearly remember my first visit to that horrifyingly stripped bare world as I can remember the first reading of all the truly great King stories). It's not my favorite of King's work, but it is arguably his most richly and completely imagined. It truly is the American Lord of The Rings, with the concerns of England (Pastorialism vs. Industrialism, Germany's tendency to try and blow it up every thirty years or so) replaced by those of America (Religion, the omnipresent struggle between our liberal and libertarian ideals, our fear of and dependence on the military, racial and gender tension) and given harrowing size.
I'm happy to say that The Stand holds up well past the bounds of nostalgia and revisiting the world and these characters was as pleasurable as ever. But you can't step in the same river twice, even when you're revisiting a favorite book. Even if the river hasn't changed you have. This isn't meant as any kind of comprehensive essay on The Stand. Just a couple of things I noticed upon dipping my toes in the river this time.
[Spoiler alert: assume everything, from the link above to those below, contains SPOILERS.] [more inside]
As the WGA strike enters its second week, the writers
have begun to flood the internet with brief videos explaining
(and even making light of
) their situation. A small collection after the jump. [more inside]
As the Writer's Guild of America strike wears on into its second week,
it seems appropriate to remember why they're striking in the first place. If you ask me, the terms seem almost too reasonable.
But in the defense of the studios, I'm sure the businessmen involved
have gotten used to spending those millions of dollars, and wouldn't want to see them go. Now that Broadway has shut down
in allegiance to their Hollywood compatriots, things are looking grim for anything to be resolved without more financial bloodshed.
Every wonder why most Hollywood movies completely stink?
It's 'cuz all the decent writers get put through the wringer like this guy, and give up. He hasn't given up yet, and does seem to at least be getting a lot of free Evian
at the production companies pitches at.