Putu the Cat

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Friday, July 30, 2004

Super Eagles

Interesting article, link via Kitabkhana, on Nigerian literature. Wonder if its a model that will follow the Indian one. I suspect its going to be that way, but the markets changed entirely, so itll be interesting to watch. Also read this feature in the Guardian on great unfinished films which made me wish i knew more...and a nice article from the BBC on Tolkien's reviews 50 years ago. Which just goes to show that none of the Moorcock-esque critiques of Tolkiens work are particularly new. Its just the racism thing which isnt discussed at all - but then again the reviewers there, like the ones here, were all circuit/circle/club types anyway. Multipolycultureliterariomniopinionatism has a lot to answer for.
The trailers for the new Batman are out. Apparently this is all dark and scary and everything. Good. Lots of follow up links on the page too. Christian Bale should be all intense and muscular, and the advantage of wearing a mask is that no one will have to see that the top half of his face doesnt move much either. Rest of the cast sounds super...Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Ken Watanabe, Morgan Freeman, Rutger Hauer...good lord.
Hmm. saw the trailer, which says nothing. presumably the dark and mysterious and sinister grey/brown/black/blue theme is supposed to be impressive. Will wait for it.
More interesting stuff: On the Hill website, an article about how Putu's main man Ali G did in another hapless politician.
But what is a definite mustread is this page about ninjas

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Curled up in a corner

of the office, Putu casts a supercilious eye about and settles down for a morning read.
What delights me is the spirit, if not the letter of this book that's come out in France that encourages people to do as little work as possible. Yet another book Putu would have written if Putu could have taken time off from being absolutely fabulous.
The BBC's entertainment page has a story about complaints to the BBC that sounds a lot like the Monty Python skit of the same name

(Flying circus season 2...from montypython.net)

Dr Cream I would like to take this opportunity of complaining about the way in which these shows are continually portraying psychiatrists who make pat diagnoses of patients' problems without first obtaining their full medical history.
Cut back to milkman with doctor.
Milkman (handing over yogurt) Mind you, that's just a pat diagnosis made without first obtaining your full medical history.
Cut to man at desk.
Man I feel the time has come to complain about people who make rash complaints without first making sure that those complaints are justified.
Cut to Dr Cream.
Dr Cream Are you referring to me?
Cut back to man.
Man Not necessarily, however, I would like to point out that the BALPA spokesman was wearing the British Psychiatric Association Dinner Dance Club cuff-links.
Cut to Dr Cream.
Dr Cream Oh yes, I noticed that too.
Cut to BALPA man.
BALPA Man These are not British Psychiatric Association Dinner Dance Club cuff-links.
Cut to man.
Man Sorry.
Cut to BALPA man.
BALPA Man They are in fact British Sugar Corporation Gilbert-and-Sullivan Society cuff-links. It is in fact a sort of in-joke with us lads here at BALPA. I think the last speaker should have checked his facts before making his own rash complaint.
Cut to Dr Cream.
Dr Cream Yes, that'll teach him.
Cut to BALPA man.
BALPA Man However, I would just like to add a complaint about shows that have too many complaints in them as they get very tedious for the average viewer.
Cut to another man.
Another Man I'd like to complain about people who hold things up by complaining about people complaining. It's about time something was done about it.
(the sixteen-ton weight falls on him) 

Anyway, there's also a nice profile of Spike Lee on NYTimes. And one in the Independent on Daniel Pennac. The Independent also carries an interesting story on the super-sales of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Hey, nice books page on the Independent. Will add to template.
The Not-so-secret diary of Putu the Cat is now on Blogshares. Invest, invest!

Tuesday, July 27, 2004


Putu is thrilled to read this very positive review of Catwoman in the Guardian; Putu saw the trailer during a trip to see spidey 2 (yes, again) and was most enchanted by Ms Berry's cat.
Another movie that Putu recommends highly, though it has nothing to do with cats and is a thoroughly bad movie, is Barbarella, Queen of the Galaxy, starring Jane Fonda and a host of other bad actors.

The classic climax sequence where the villain tries to kill Barbarella by playing a piano that has sex with its victims till they die (Ms. Fonda takes it all and wants more and the piano explodes in flames) is truly one of the best sequences of 20th century

So, you escaped the birds!Just as well. It is my turn for some amusement.Come with me.This way, please!-
What is this thing? -
You will soon see, my dear.
It's... sort of nice, isn't it?
Yes. It is nice... In the beginning.Wait until the tune changes. It may change your tune as well.
Goodness, what do you mean?
When we reach the crescendo, you will die... of pleasure.Your end will be swift, but sweet... very sweet.What is this? I don't believe it.It couldn't be!Wretched girl... What have you done to my excessive machine?You've undone it. You've undone me. Look, look!Energy cables are shrinking. You've turned them into faggots.You've burned out the excessive machine. You've blown all its fuses.My goodness!You've exhausted its power. It couldn't keep up with you.Incredible! What kind of girl are you? Have you no shame?Shame! Shame on you! You'll pay for this.I've got something for you. You'll wish you had died of pleasure.Now you shall learn the wisdom of the lash.Haven't you done enough to me?I'll do things to you that are beyond all known philosophies.Wait until I get my devices.

The movie is based, of course, on the comic strip

In other news, R2D2 has been voted the worlds favourite droid. And even the New York Times has discovered, suddenly, that a lot of movies are being made from comics and graphic novels. Interesting slideshow on their site chronicling lowbrow stoner comedies
On second thoughts, its quite bad, but hey, Putus put up the link anyway.


Granta Online

At an unearthly noctural hour Putu discovered the online edition of Granta and spent the next few hours devouring the extracts that are available online. Putu in particular would like to recommend, Granta 77: What we Think of America, which has a series of marvellous essays, including two by Amit Chaudhuri and Ramachandra Guha. It ought to be read in conjuction with Granta 84: How America Sees the World. Unfortunately to read most of the articles you need to subscribe, i.e. pay, which Putu will certainly not do. But if that's depressed you, you can always turn to the features section to cheer you up and look at what Granta was reading in 2003.