This Morning On Whitechapel

April 27th, 2009 | brainjuice

Remember Warren’s Rule: if I’ve been awake less than two hours, it is Morning, no matter what the clock says.

I haven’t done the Monday cleanout of my internet compound yet, so let’s see what’s there right now:

* Ian Talty – obit thread for a Whitechapel member who died yesterday during an urban-exploration outing.


* Warren Ellis At London MCM Comics Expo

* Grim Meathook Future – has turned into a discussion about The Coughing Pig Death

* What are the strongest and/or the most surprising albums of the early third of ’09?

* The IGNITION CITY #2 Talk Thread

* The FREAKANGELS Vol 2 Reader’s Thread – Anyone discovering Vol 2 for the first time?

Funniest, Most Disturbing GI JOE: RESOLUTE Review I’ve Seen

April 27th, 2009 | brainjuice

From Topless Robot:

You know how we all complain that so-and-so raped our childhoods? Well, this is the exact opposite. I used this line in my Twitter, but I stand by it — G.I. Joe: Resolute is like Warren Ellis made tender, passionate love to our childhoods, and he had an enormous dick.

Rrrrreally not sure how to feel about that one.

Links for 2009-04-26

April 27th, 2009 | brainjuice

My Magazine Subscriptions 2009

April 27th, 2009 | brainjuice

I’m not the only one left who subscribes to print magazines, right? I just renewed a bunch of subscriptions over the last month, so, in some ways, this is me making notes to myself.

The Wire. Weird thing. Their website was misbehaving, so I phoned them to renew my sub. And the woman taking my details paused and said: "Warren Ellis…the comics writer?" At which I kind of coughed. And she said, "Oh, it’s so nice to know you’re a reader." Weird.

Songlines. (Somehow I didn’t notice my subscription had lapsed, which is worrying and possibly indicative. I may have been lulled into a coma by coverage of Rodrigo y Gabriela.)

The Believer. Not sure if it’ll survive another subscription cycle, to be honest.

Fortean Times. Not what it was, but reliably entertaining. I’ve been reading FT since back when it was in 6.5×4.5-inch format, and will probably never shake the habit. Gets passed around a lot.

McSweeney’s counts as a magazine, doesn’t it? Well, it does now.

Arkitip. This is a new subscription – I closed a deal for a film treatment and treated myself.

I should re-up with The Economist, which I let slip a few years ago.

Coilhouse. I make the girls send me free copies because I’m a bastard.

I also get free copies of SFX because I write a column in it. I write a column for WIRED UK but apparently don’t get free copies of that. We live in times of austerity.

I let all my subscriptions to the sf magazines lapse. I don’t think I even opened the last copy of ASIMOV’S I received. I see from the website that INTERZONE has picked up, at least visually, and their rhetoric is setting the bar high for themselves. From the current issue’s editorial, at what appears to be a temporary link that won’t survive the month:

…the cultural landscape has never looked shallower or more derivative. But if, as Jung asserted, the psyche creates reality every day, the genuinely resonant and original stories we receive at Interzone constitute a shield against this barrage of mass media crap. Independent publishing must survive the current crisis: any hope our culture can escape its corrupting obsessions with money and celebrity lies in writers like ours, and readers like ours.

I seem to remember noting the other day that MagCloud now ships to the UK. Anyway, its shipping costs are very nice, better than Lulu’s in fact, and they take credit cards as well as PayPal. So I just ordered an issue of something pretty much at random, to see how these POD-magazines look…

So… seriously. I’m not the last print-magazine subscriber standing, am I?

Correction In Re: “JG Ballard’s Last Short Story”

April 26th, 2009 | photography

Addendum to this post: I’ve just been forwarded, via the good offices of Paul Di Filippo, a listserv post from sf magazine INTERZONE’s cofounder David Pringle:

"Don’t think it has been mentioned (?) on list, but ’the last (Ballard) short story’, The Dying Fall, was published in today’s [25 April 2009] ’Review’ [separate section] of the Guardian. 1.5 (newspaper) pages long, and illustrated with a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa…"

First published in _Interzone_, April 1996!

Does _The Guardian_ tell its readers that? No. They’re trying to pass off the story as a new-found "last story." Thus are magazines in our field shabbily treated.

Technically, they’re correct that it was his "last short story," because Ballard wrote no more after that as far as I’m aware.

I’m pleased the paper has seen fit to reprint it from our pages after 13 years — but I wish they had been more honest in their presentation.