I wrote a thing about the Wellington Mayoral race for the Spinoff. You can read it here.
We finished watching Stranger Things recently. I saw a couple of astute comments about it on the internet, but cannot remember where:
- The online response to Stranger Things is proof that the internet can’t just like things, it has to love them.
- It’s a show that is not anxious about revealing its influences. (The show is a convergence of 1980s pop culture masterpieces. ET, Poltergeist, Alien, Stephen King’s Firestarter)
I liked it, but it felt to me like a show designed by an algorithm to make me like it.
I just finished reading Michael Faber’s Book of New Strange Things. The only other book I’ve read of his is The Crimson Petal and the White, which I didn’t think much of. I don’t think I’ve ever read two such dissimilar novels by the same author. I liked BONST, but don’t think I understood it at all. It reminded me a bit of the Priest’s Tale in Dan Simmon’s Hyperion. If anyone wants to explain it to me in the comments, feel free.