Warren Ellis Interview in Mindjack

There’s a brief and interesting interview with Warren Ellis in this week’s Mindjack. He says about utopia and dystopia:

I think — I hope — that both concepts are dismissed as adolescent thinking. There are moments of pure, heart stopping beauty in the most tragic and broken environments. And the loveliest community on earth will not be able to eliminate the dog turd. I have attempted to reflect this in TRANSMET: the understanding that the world can be neither perfect nor doomed. But that it can be better. And the people who get to decide if it’s going to be better or not are the people who show up and raise their voices.

Mindjack: An Interview with Warren Ellis

Alan Moore's Lost Works

Warren Ellis laments two of Alan Moore’s lost works.

Alan Moore, one of the most significant and successful writers in the medium, has a bunch of awful holes in his available backlist. Pretty much all of his short-story comics are gone, never collected. Stories of alien VD, cartoon characters allowing themselves to be mutilated for money, the subjective time-travel of a man standing on the edge of a bridge… mostly uncollected, the few collections that did exist now out of print.

Artbomb: Mists of Time
See also: Warren Ellis on some of Moore’s work that you might have overlooked

Practical Paganism: Allister Crowley, Jorges Borges & Umberto Eco As Metaphysicians

A short introduction to Aleister Crowley, Jorges Borges and Umberto Eco:

Recently a friend of mine admonished me with a quote from Allister Crowley (“release yourself from the passion of results”) because of my impatience during a disscussion about a creative project we are working on together. It seemed rather odd to me to hear Crowley quoted in such context. As the infamous magus, scholar, and otherwise, his philosophies were some of the pretexts for movements impatiant with cumbersome morals and social dictates of that era, such as the ‘revival’ of hedonism in the 1890’s and the Neitschesque creed of action ver thought. The friend’s simple sentence has been running in my mind over and over the last few weeks, not so much as a reminder to stay calm but to remind me of how the struggle of the sentient mind over the confines of the reality around him has been going on for quite a long time.

ELF: Practical Paganism: Allister Crowley, Jorges Borges & Umberto Eco As Metaphysicians

The Last Days of Philip K. Dick

Sci-fi author Ray Nelson recounts the last time he saw Philip K. Dick.

“You know when we were kids at Hillside School in Berkeley, I believed without question that Walt Disney personally drew all those talking ducks and mice”.
“Well, so did I. I took it for granted. Of course we both know now that he didn’t even draw his signature. He probably didn’t himself actually invent Mickey Mouse. He fooled everyone.”
“Not everyone Ray. Can you imagine Larry Niven being taken in?”
“I guess not.”
“No Ray, Larry would have laughed at us. I can just imagine his scornful, hurtful laughter if he had found us out.”
“But that was a long time ago Phil. We’ve changed.”
“Oh? Larry hasn’t changed. He still has no room in his universe for talking mice. Today, if anything, he’d be more scornful, more sarcastic than he must have been as a child.”
“Get to the point Phil.”
Again He glanced around. He paused, gathered his courage.
“I still believe” Phil whispered.
I burst out laughing.
“You too, Ray? Yes, you and Larry have changed all right. Only I have remained faithful.”
“So that’s it? The big secret?”
“That’s it.”
“I have to say, I don’t believe you. You had me going there for a second, but I don’t believe you really still believe in Disney.”
He looked hurt.

Ray Nelson: The Last Days of Philip K. Dick.