MachineMachine /stream - tagged with the en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Why 'The Fly' Is Still a Body Horror Masterpiece]]>

The set-up for David Cronenberg's remake of The Fly is straightforward enough. The handsome, eccentric scientist Seth (Jeff Goldblum) is trying to perfect a teleportation device.

Sun, 01 Mar 2020 19:17:26 -0800
<![CDATA[Hong Kong winner of John W. Campbell sci-fi award stands by ‘fascist’ comments as new name for accolade is considered | South China Morning Post]]>

Hong Kong science fiction author Jeannette Ng became the city’s first to receive the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer last Sunday in Dublin, Ireland, but not without calling out the influential sci-fi writer whom the award is named after as a fascist. “John W.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 04:28:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Extinction Rebellion: Not the Struggle we Need, Pt. 1]]>

The first of a three-part critique of Extinction Rebellion, focussing on their attitudes towards the police, legal system and prison. Out of the Woods are utterly convinced of the need for action addressing ecological crisis by any means necessary. But not all means are necessary.

Sat, 20 Jul 2019 11:10:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Watch: Here Are All The Ways Your City Is Surveilling You - Motherboard]]>

If you live in a major metropolitan area, the odds are good you’re being watched and listened to at all times. And even if you don’t, that surveillance technology is still there—in stores, on cop cars, in schools and stop lights.

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:32:40 -0700
<![CDATA[John Carpenter’s THE THING is More Lovecraftian Than You Thought | Nerdist]]>

In the 35 years since John Carpenter‘s first big studio movie, 1982’s The Thing, which he made for Universal, was released, it’s metamorphosed from flop to underground classic in the horror genre.

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:32:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Practical Magic: Assimilating John Carpenter’s The Thing | VHS Revival]]>

In an era of countless reboots, we have come to regard the whole process as a cynical exercise whose primary goal is to slash expenditure, but that was not always the case. There was a time when remaking movies was about taking a classic conception and upgrading it to meet modern standards.

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:18:13 -0700
<![CDATA[The humanist left must challenge the rise of cyborg socialism]]>

Undiagnosed by the mainstream media and much of the academic community, a major intellectual renewal is underway across the left. It is energetic and tech-savvy, building platforms such as Novara Media.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:34:14 -0700
<![CDATA[The Google Arts & Culture App and the Rise of the “Coded Gaze”]]>

A few days ago, I came across an old post on the Web site Bored Panda called “10+ Times People Accidentally Found Their Doppelgängers in Museums and Couldn’t Believe Their Eyes.” The post consisted of around thirty photos of people posing with portraits whose subjects looked eerily like them.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:21 -0800
<![CDATA[Space and myth in a body horror - Mythogeography]]>

It might seem strange that a mythogeographer would be very interested in an action-horror movie from 1982, panned at the time of its release and largely ignored by audiences.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:50:43 -0700
<![CDATA[The Men Who Were ‘The Thing’ Look Back on a Modern Horror Classic | Village Voice]]>

The Thing died a noisy death when it debuted in 1982. In fact, this masterful paranoiac thriller about a vicious shape-shifting alien infiltrating a group of scientists stationed in Antarctica bombed so hard that director John Carpenter was fired from his follow-up gig working on Firestarter.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Against Nick Land and the Reactive Left — ANON - Frontpage - e-flux conversations]]>

The William Buckley debates was political discourse at its finest. Although watching Norman Mailer throwing shade at Gore Vidal is entertaining, James Baldwin taking Buckley to task holds a special place in our hearts.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:54:31 -0700
<![CDATA[The Future Of Body Horror: Can Our Art Keep Up With Our Suffering? - The]]>

You see, what we’re talkin’ about here is an organism that imitates other life-forms, and it imitates ‘em perfectly. –Dr. Blair, The Thing

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:21:16 -0800
<![CDATA[Writers of Color Continue to Wrestle With Lovecraft’s Racist Legacy | WIRED]]>

H.P. Lovecraft is universally acknowledged as one of the most important horror writers of the 20th century, and references to his Cthulhu Mythos abound in contemporary culture. But Lovecraft was also quite racist, a fact made clear in his voluminous correspondence.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:50:46 -0800
<![CDATA[The suspense is better than the horror in John Carpenter’s The Thing · Scenic Routes · The A.V. Club]]>

In Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo looks at key scenes, explaining how they work and what they mean. Every year around this time, I find myself pondering the thin line between horror and suspense.

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:07:10 -0700
<![CDATA[A new dating sim highlights the pickup artist's ugly game of seduction - Kill Screen]]>

The dating sim has been experiencing something of a reexamining of late, finding itself in the broader public eye as iterations upon its core tenants are warped, distorted, and pushed past their typical use cases.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:48:10 -0700

KEEP IT DIRTY, vol. a., “Filth” (2016) I am filthy [Je suis sale]—writes Lautréamont—I am riddled with lice. Hogs, when they look at me, vomit. My skin is encrusted with the scabs and scales of leprosy, and covered with yellowish pus.

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:28:37 -0700
<![CDATA[The Unnatural Kingdom]]>

IF you ever have the good fortune to see a Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, the experience might go like this: On a sunny morning in Yosemite National Park, you walk through alpine meadows and then up a ridge to the summit of Mount Gibbs at 12,764 feet above sea level.

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:04:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Closing the Loop – The New Inquiry]]>

“The black female’s body needs less to be rescued from the masculine “gaze” than to be sprung from a historic script surrounding her with signification while at the same time, and not paradoxically, it erases her completely.

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 04:07:28 -0800
<![CDATA[Why our imagination for alien life is so impoverishe...]]>

It astonishes me how much we seem to know about aliens. They build technology-driven civilisations and pilot spaceships across the galaxy. They create energy-harvesting structures around their stars. They beam interstellar greetings to us.

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 09:35:16 -0800
<![CDATA[The Block is the Successor to The Book: A Publishing Proposal]]>

In this text, we introduce Txtblock, a decentralized tool for publishing and distribution of digital text in a format called the block—a squarely defined, eternally immutable unit of information. The block is the successor of the book. Cryptographically bound, the block is given a name that is directly derived from its content. In this way it is made tamper-proof and resistant to censorship. We see this proposal as a small contribution to the internet renaissance.

Sat, 21 Nov 2015 08:45:41 -0800