About to leave for Sydney. I judge this inflight magazine article a GOOD OMEN.

(I will be out and about on Sunday apparently but possibly other days too - leave me a message if yr in Sydney and want details!)

mccoydarling said: Please talk forever about Helen and ancient greek you are so enpoint


in the iliad helen speaks the last lament for hector. the only man in troy who showed her kindness is slain—and now, helen says, πάντες δέ με πεφρίκασιν, all men shudder at me. she doesn’t speak in the iliiad again.

homer isn’t cruel to helen; her story is cruel enough. in the conjectured era of the trojan war, women are mothers by twelve, grandmothers by twenty-four, and buried by thirty. the lineage of mycenaean families passes through daughters: royal women are kingmakers, and command a little power, but they are bartered like jewels (the iliad speaks again and again of helen and all her wealth). helen is the most beautiful woman in the world, golden with kharis, the seductive grace that arouses desire. she is coveted by men beyond all reason. after she is seized by paris and compelled by aphrodite to love him against her will—in other writings of the myth, she loves him freely—she is never out of danger.

the helen of the iliad is clever and powerful and capricious and kind and melancholy: full of fury toward paris and aphrodite, longing for sparta and its women, fear for her own life. she condemns herself before others can. in book vi, as war blazes and roars below them, helen tells hector, on us the gods have set an evil destiny: that we should be a singer’s theme for generations to come—as if she knows that, in the centuries after, men will rarely write of paris’ vanity and hubris and lust, his violation of the sacred guest-pact, his refusal to relent and avoid war with the achaeans. instead they’ll write and paint the beautiful, perfidious, ruinous woman whose hands are red with the blood of men, and call her not queen of sparta but helen of troy: a forced marriage to the city that desired and hated her. she is an eidolon made of want and rapture and dread and resentment.

homer doesn’t condemn helen—and in the odyssey she’s seen reconciled with menelaus. she’s worshipped in sparta as a symbol of sexual power for centuries, until the end of roman rule: pausanias writes that pilgrims come to see the remains of her birth-egg, hung from the roof of a temple in the spartan acropolis; spartan girls dance and sing songs praising one another’s beauty and strength as part of rites of passage, leading them from parthenos to nýmphē, virgin to bride. cults of helen appear across greece, italy, turkey—as far as palestine—celebrating her shining beauty; they sacrifice to her as if she were a goddess. much of this is quickly forgotten. 

every age finds new words to hate helen, but they are old ways of hating: deceiver and scandal and insatiate whore. she is euripides’ bitchwhore and hesiod’s kalon kakon (“beautiful evil”) and clement of alexandria’s adulterous beauty and whore and shakespeare’s strumpet and proctor’s trull and flurt of whoredom and schiller’s pricktease and levin’s adulterous witch. her lusts damned a golden world to die, they say. pandora’s box lies between a woman’s thighs. helen is a symbol of how men’s desire for women becomes the evidence by which women are condemned, abused, reviled.  

but no cage of words can hold her fast. she is elusive; she yields nothing. she has outlasted civilisations, and is beautiful still. before troy is ash and ruin she has already heard all the slander of the centuries; and at last she turns her face away—as if to say: i am not for you

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so i found the Incredible Hulk novelisation in poundland today.

this sounds like the opening of a very different film.

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Makes you proud to be British.

Pull List (update)

Comics I am in some sense* regularly buying. “Maybe” means I have a bunch of issues bought and unread and I’ll decide once I’ve read ‘em. “TW” is trade-waiting, I might revert to actual issues tho, I basically don’t like physical trades in most cases.

MARVEL: Loki: Agent Of Asgard, Mighty Avengers, Ms Marvel, She-Hulk (maybe).

IMAGE: Trees, The Wicked And The Divine, Sex, Sex Criminals, Supreme Blue Rose, Prophet (TW), Saga (TW), The Fuse, Satellite Sam, Pretty Deadly, Zero, Black Science, Manifest Destiny (maybe), Great Pacific (maybe) and another half-dozen or more #1s I haven’t read yet any of which might graduate to “maybe”.

DC: Multiversity. Well, in theory, I haven’t actually bought it yet.

OTHER: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor. Bandette (maybe). The Midas Flesh has finished now (alas). Might give Lumberjanes a second go to replace that. Gradually catching up on Attack On Titan.

*digitally on day of release, digitally via catch-up, or trade waiting.

I sort of feel the big gap here is in the “other” section. I have made the jump from occasional and masochistic Big Two follower to Image groupie, but obviously there’s a vast ocean of other independent comics I could be reading that don’t have the big fat “i” on them. I guess my taste is escapist adventure serials, as ever.

‘Don’t You Want Me (Force & Styles remix)’ by EruptionHappy hardcore, ‘97. Vocal line like an arrow of yearning.

‘Don’t You Want Me (Force & Styles remix)’ by Eruption
Happy hardcore, ‘97. Vocal line like an arrow of yearning.


#TBT: 1983

Magnificent Online Dad Face in this gif.


#TBT: 1983

Magnificent Online Dad Face in this gif.

(Reblogged from sexshooter)

Australia Update

In Sydney from the 28th August i.e. NEXT WEEK to the 2nd September, staying in Darling Harbour. In Melbourne from the 2nd September to the 6th, staying in wherever the AMSRS (am serious!) conference is (somewhere pretty central/business district-y though).

PLANS - SYDNEY: I’ll get confirmation on this pretty soon but it’s looking like I’ll be “at the pub” with at least one or two ILX/music internets people on Sunday 31st, a leisurely afternoon pint. Beyond that I am booked on the evening of the 28th (if I’m even alive) and lunchtime on the 29th. All other lunchtimes (30th & 1st) and evenings (29th, 30th, 1st) are free for food/beer/what have you.

PLANS - MELBOURNE: I am at a big conference on the 4th and 5th, and will be doing conference things on the evenings of the 3rd and 4th. So I’m free on the evenings of the 2nd and 5th and at lunch on the 3rd.

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