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]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome
on Aug 19, 2014 -
The Trouble with "Carrie": Strong Female Characters and Onscreen Violence.
Whether she's volunteering to take her sister's place in the arena or grooming her son to lead the resistance; gunning down the gangsters who sell drugs to the kids in her neighborhood or swinging swords to avenge her daughter, the "strong female character" is often stirred by a maternal concern, a quintessential desire to preserve her community, to protect the weak and vulnerable. Her bad-assery must be in the service of a greater good. Even when she's more ethically complex (like the Bride, who begrudgingly admits that all the people she killed to get to her daughter, "felt good"), she never takes a place at the table of Walter White's grand epiphany: "I did it for me."
posted by Lexica
on Oct 30, 2013 -
Carrie does what Beatrix Kiddo and Ellen Ripley and Katniss Everdeen don't: She does it for herself. Her vengeance, her violence, is in service to no one, no noble good. She doesn't kill because her family and friends have been threatened. There are no friends, no fellow outcasts, to protect from the bullies. No little sister to shield from Mama's wrath. Only her. And she is enough. Carrie kills because she was wronged.
is a series on The Atlantic's website
where writers speak about their favorite passages, each illustrated by Doug McLean. Here are a few of the entries so far: Stephen King on two opening lines
, Hanan Al-Shaykh on One Thousand and One Nights
, Susan Choi on The Great Gatsby
, Jessica Francis Kane on Marcus Aurelius
, Fay Weldon on The Myth of Sisyphus
, Adam Mansbach on Montaigne
, Ayana Mathis on Osip Mandelstam
, Anthony Marra on Jesus' Son
, and Mohsin Hamid on Haruki Murakami
posted by Kattullus
on Jul 29, 2013 -
It has been 30 years since it was first recorded, and almost that long since it was released as a single
and a extra-long music video
(alt. link: YT
), but Thriller
has remained at the top of lists for best Halloween songs
) and best Halloween videos
). You know the dance
, and you've read Vanity Fair's extensive Thriller Diaries
), or at least Los Angeles Times' 25 Thriller facts
, but have you seen the almost hour long making of the video
? Have you heard the voice-over session with Michael and Vincent Price
, with the bonus unreleased "rap" vocals by Price? You remember that Vincent did Thriller just to make fun of himself
, like he did when he worked with Jack Benny
and Red Skelton
, right? Or maybe you're in the mood for more of the comedic horror that Michael liked, such as his collaboration with Stephen King
, Michale Jackson's Ghosts
(HD, with Japanese subtitles and intro). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Oct 30, 2012 -
A Stephen King interview: by Neil Gaiman
"I interviewed Stephen King for the UK Sunday Times Magazine. The interview appeared a few weeks ago. The Times keeps its site paywalled, so I thought I'd post the original version of the interview here. (This is the raw copy, and it's somewhat longer than the interview as published.) I don't do much journalism any more, and this was mostly an excuse to drive across Florida back in February and spend a day with some very nice people I do not get to see enough. I hope you enjoy it."
posted by Fizz
on Apr 28, 2012 -
Though the sets and music are pure golden-age horror, the villagers are coded as ’50s sitcom types, bland exemplars of suburban uptightitude. Their ranks include a young Mos Def, though he’s seldom called upon to do anything other than act scared of supernatural goings-on in a manner that would cause even Stepin Fetchit’s ghost to say “For God’s sake, man, show some dignity.”
Just in time for Halloween, the AV Club series My Year of Flops
unearths the Stephen King-written, Stan Winston-directed Michael Jackson's Ghosts
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Oct 27, 2010 -
Stephen King has described The Dark Tower as his "Jupiter."
The epic series, inspired in part by Robert Browning's poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"
, has spanned 22 years, 7 books and nearly 4000 pages. The first book in the series, The Gunslinger
, begins with a simple, memorable declaration, "The Man in Black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed." [more inside]
posted by kbanas
on Apr 18, 2008 -
OK, remakes. While channel surfing tonight I noticed that there is a new miniseries on the box called Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital
starting soon, on a channel near you. No doubt it will go the way of other King TV Greats, as the trailer suggests (Ed Begley Jr. in another hospital role). I am more interested in the way that it is being marketed - with the explicit "Stephen King" moniker. Similar to other less than stellar US remakes of European originals, (Point of No Return
, the weird case of Spoorloos
/ The Vanishing
(same director for both), I could go on). Given the explicit reference in the title to King, do you think that people will seek out the original? Can you think of instances where the remake outdoes the original?
posted by grimley
on Feb 25, 2004 -
Steven Lightfoot believes that author Stephen King murdered John Lennon, with the blessings of Ronald Reagan. Mark David Chapman was just an innocent pawn in their evil game. Witness the lengths Steven Lightfoot goes to to prove his theories. Here's the story
that the media doesn't want you to read.
posted by iconomy
on Jun 1, 2002 -
So, has Stephen King lost it?
This guy seems to think so. Some would say he never had it. I think that while this guy makes a few valid points, he goes overboard, and brings up many things that just seem petty and silly, like he's trying to over-prove his theory, and increase the word count of the article. What do you think? (Side note: I wouldn't be surprised if "Richard Blow" becomes the name of a victim in a future King novel...).
posted by sassone
on Feb 19, 2002 -
"That's it. I'm done. Done writing books."
After Stephen King publishes his next five new books, he's ending his career in publishing. Viewing his latest work as mere recycles of older novels that he has written, he's choosing to stop while he's at the top of his game rather than meet a grim end to his career. Are any fans of his work disappointed or do you feel satisfied with the body of work that he has created over his career?
posted by crog
on Jan 30, 2002 -
The Dead Zone all over again? Lucich said the boy approached his teacher on the afternoon of Sept. 10 and casually told her: "Tomorrow, World War III will begin. It will begin in the United States, and the United States will lose."
eerie little story about a 5th grader in Dallas
posted by LeLiLo
on Sep 20, 2001 -
Dark Tower V Prologue available
at Stephen King's official website. Apparently, King is "hoping to press on to the very end and publish the remaining volumes all at the same time. That probably means three books, one of them fairly short and one of the other two quite long." If he continues the increase in quality that he established with Wizard and Glass, we'll be in for quite a treat.
posted by tallman
on Aug 27, 2001 -
Waiting with bated breath for the conclusion of Stephen King's online serial? Touck luck.
Even though I don't care that much for King, I'm disappointed that this experiment failed.
posted by harmful
on Nov 28, 2000 -
So how much money is Stephen King throwing away?
G. Beato's take on the world's most famous e-publishing experiment makes a great point: King has the clout to drive traffic, and that can worth a hell of a lot more than what he's getting directly from his readers. King's got brand identity and endless content -- why is he bothering with a subscription fee?
posted by gknauss
on Oct 2, 2000 -
Dave Barry does a bang-up job tying together the recent threads about Harry Potter and Stephen King.
posted by baylink
on Aug 11, 2000 -
RIDING THE BULLET by Stephen King
E-books are here to stay or lastest of the internet crazes?
Stephen King is letting his lastest book all 1600 word or 66 pages of it out for a small $2.50 from Simonsay.com
Paperless world, mmm...
How without a laptop or you going to be able to read this in the bath tub or "reading room"?
Try also the Stephenking.com
For more information on the great writer's life and future.
posted by Max's Daddy
on Mar 13, 2000 -