Puppy Love

The most consistently readable, if also frustrating, new writer at the Comics Journal the last couple of years, Noah Berlatsky, has just put his first and best piece for the magazine, on the reception of Peanuts by today’s alt-cartoonists, online at the blog he contributes to. I often find myself disagreeing with Berlatsky, as will…

CelebriDays

By Emma Firestone Samuel Beckett’s austere existential vision of the loneliness of the individual facing the inevitable—death—has become familiar. Not cosy, exactly, but familiar. For revivals of the best-known plays (Endgame, Happy Days, Krapp’s Last Tape ), I reckon, the consequences of this familiarity have mostly been positive: conceived for an audience not just prepared…

Ungdomshuset 1982-2007

Yesterday, the police vacated one of Copenhagen’s most significant bastions of alternative culture of the last two decades, Ungdomshuset (the “Youth House”) in the borough of Nørrebro. While the community of Ungdomshuset has not always behaved in ways that helped their cause, or just plain made any social sense, this is nevertheless emblematic of certain…

STRIP! ZZZZZzzzzzz pt. 2 (of 2)

På et netbaseret dansk tegneseriefanzine er min gennemgang af det seneste Strip! blevet diskuteret. Reaktionerne var bekræftende forudsigelige: de to tegneserietegnere Frank Madsen og Henrik Rehr reagerede med institutionel harme og hovedrysten (begge har jo aktier i at danske tegneseriekultur forbliver kedelig og uengageret), hvorimod de øvrige debattører (med en enkelt hardcore-buff som undtagelse) lå…