TagWalt Disney

Extensive Grant Morrison Interview

Barbelith is running a frickin’ huge interview with Grant Morrison. I haven’t had time to read much of it yet, but it sounds pretty interesting.

Suddenly I thought, ‘What the Hell is Disney?’ Walt Disney’s dead now but Disney persists as a concept and people who were born after the death of Walt Disney grow up and assume positions within Disney. What are they assuming positions within? It’s in this really devotional way too. What makes you grow up to wear a Mickey Mouse head and go round scaring children? Or ‘I’m going to end up on the Board of Directors of Disney?’ Why, why do these things occur? So I was just seeing them as in the way the Demons in the old Grimoires were seen which was kinda aggregates of power to which people could adhere themselves to or join in cultish fashion so I began to think I could talk to them like that and use ceremonial magic methods to talk to corporations and found there were ways of doing it – that’s why I’m wearing a suit – this is my magical garb for this working. That_s why we evoked gmWORD Ltd. They’re very powerful, ravenous weird things -corporations, strange to deal with.

Barbelith: Interview with an Umpire

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.

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