Delighted to watch this: good embodiment of the two figures now gone — is your hell my heaven or vice versa, do those ontologies even matter and can one continue cultural critique from beyond the veil…?
A New Face in Hell
BY Emily Allan & Leah Hennessy
- Welcome to hell. The late cultural theorist Mark Fisher, known to some as k-punk from his early blogging days, is giving a lecture on the “gentrification of contrapasso,” the Dantean term for a punishment resembling the sin itself. What could this flashy phrase possibly mean? Fisher is interested in those doomed to repetition until they realize their wrongdoing. See: Groundhog Day, Russian Doll. He hasn’t watched that show, but he doesn’t like what it’s doing to hell on Earth. What he does like is punk band The Fall, particularly their inimitably antisocial frontman Mark E. Smith. He drones on and on about Smith’s antiborgeious, radical inscrutability. Then, a certain kind of heaven. Smith appears before him. He got to heaven and he hated it. Soon he’ll learn to regret his reactionary choice, doomed to spend his afterlife as part of Fisher’s repeating his self-deluded sin.
Repetition, repetition, repetition…
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BY EMILY ALLAN & LEAH HENNESSEY
Traditional “slash fiction” tells alternative realities. Living online, these fanfics traditionally imagine the lives of users’ favorite characters from film, TV, literature, and even history, as very, very gay. Ron and Harry might share a bed at Hogwarts, Paul McCartney falls into the arms of John Lennon, and figures from different realities could collide too: Sherlock Holmes “collaborates” with Dr. Who. Slash by Emily Allan and Leah Hennessy takes the generous logic of the pop-culture-altering form to restage real literary and academic feuds, forcing rivals to confront each other face-to-face. Loading bookish icons with all the drama of the best written fanfiction, Slash presents intellectual history as a high-stakes spectacle.
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