Saturday, September 30, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
here and here) I've shared my thoughts about the first two plays in the trilogy known as The Oresteia, surrounding the orgy of family-murder surrounding Agamemnon's return from the Trojan Wars. The final play is The Eumenides, and it wraps everything up neatly if not nicely. Orestes has murdered his mother, Clytemnestra, in revenge for her murder of his father Agamemnon with the help of her lover, who has seized the throne. Now, Orestes is pursued and hounded by a trio of vengeance-goddesses called The Furies. With the help of Apollo and Hermes, who have been in Orestes' corner all along, he escapes long enough to get to Athens where he stands trial under the authority of Athena. The goddess organizes the trial, said to be the first in Athenian history. The Furies and Apollo act as prosecutors and defense, and in the end the jury brings in a tie vote. Athena breaks the tie in Orestes' favor. She re-names The Furies "the kindly ones" (that is, The Eumenides), and convinces them to refocus their energies as spirits of vigilance and guard for Athens. The goddess then decrees that henceforth, trials are to take the place of blood vendettas. Frankly after the action of the first two installments in the trilogy, I felt like this one was a little boring - it just recounts and defends the various actions already taken, and smacks of civic pride and propaganda. That being said, it does wrap everything up in a nice little bow, and I'm glad I read the plays of Aeschylus.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
I wrote a collection of mystery stories set in the world our gaming group uses. I don't think the mysteries are all that unsolvable, honestly (I'd be a terrible criminal) but I think I did a good job with the setting and characters. It was a lot of fun.
The Fat Lady Screams & Other Mysteries
The Fat Lady Screams & Other Mysteries
Monday, September 25, 2017
Here's the first full-length record from 6 Demon Bag, which is Scott Chaffin and I. There are actually about seven thousand bands on bandcamp with the same name, proving once again how pervasive Big Trouble in Little China has been in my generation. This is not a rock record. It's an ambient/instrumental record. Enjoy.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
"This is the first song on our new album." - Robin Zander. Enjoy the debut single of my new super-band, Johnny Pharaoh Group. It's the extension of my old Electrophonic Foundation "character" into his solo career and Vegas years. Hope you like it.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
this article in the Space Opera group on FB today. Of all the science fiction magazines from the "old days" I think I like Planet Stories best. Obviously I wasn't around when it was being published, but stories from that publication have appeared in countless collections (especially those sort of low-quality "50 Sci-Fi Classics!" e-book collections of public domain stories). I've read a few at Comic Books Plus and thoroughly enjoyed the stories and artwork. A lot of greats cut their teeth in Planet Stories. It seems like it was about the best option for the sword-and-planet genre. My favorite writer of that genre, Leigh Brackett, earned most of her bread and butter here (that's one of her stories in the illustration). Of course, Planet Stories was mostly known for its "good girl" cover art, which was sort of a PG13 forerunner of the Barbarella look. Great compositions, bright colors, strong lines. They may not be politically correct, but they make great magazine covers, posters, calendars, etc. - these are in the public domain now, so you see 'em everywhere. A while back I printed a bunch of these and turned them into wall art for my hobby room. Note the triangles and zig-zags in these compositions, as well as what might seem like a preoccupation with light bondage - very common in the magazine covers of the day. Enjoy.