If we were having coffee, I’d likely be humming a Bob Marley song to myself, or possibly Pon de Replay, which, okay, I recognize that Rihanna isn’t Jamaican but I can’t help what my brain does. I just finished– as in literally ten minutes ago– Man Booker Prize winner A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James, a 700-page book containing far more than seven killings.
Probably 2/3 of the book is in Jamaican patois, which means that if I get through the entire conversation without the word bumbacloth or, God forbid, pussyhole falling out of my mouth, you should consider yourself lucky. I’ve read more Jamaican profanity in the last four or five days than I will encounter in the entire rest of my life, and it’s sorta infected my brain.
Feel free to ask me if I liked it; I’ll trail off after a few seconds and change the subject. I understand why it won the Booker Prize, but I don’t think I liked reading it at all. So… three stars? Four? Fuckit, I dunno.
But, yeah, let’s talk about movies and TV and stuff. I still haven’t seen Force Awakens a second time yet, and I want to, and the trailer for Suicide Squad that just came out made me all sorts of excited about that, which surprises me. Deadpool is going to be awesome. And then there’s that maybe-sequel to Cloverfield, a movie I unapologetically love the hell out of, so I’m all excited about seeing that too.
TV? You should be watching The Expanse, although if you’re like me you’re watching it with the closed captions on because half the time people are talking through masks, half the time they have thick accents, and oh, speaking of patois, half the time they’re not speaking English. Yes, I know that’s three halves; I’ll sketch the Venn diagram out for you on a napkin if you don’t get it. Point is, the sound mixing could be a lot better. We watched the first episode of The Shannara Chronicles last night and I only got through it by mocking the hell out of everything I saw; the show appears to be unredeemably terrible unless making fun of it proves to have more legs than I thought. Flash and Supergirl both remain better than they have any right to be. One of these days I’ll get into Arrow.
What good comic books are you reading? You should be reading Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and I enjoyed the Captain Marvel relaunch that just started. I’m working through the Jessica Jones trades. And Clean Room is insane and depraved and you should check that out too. Unfollow looks like it might have potential.
But for right now, I need to read something that’s going to drive all this r’asscloth patois out of my brain; I just don’t know what that is. You, for your part, should go read Searching for Malumba, because it’s free today and tomorrow.
Man, I need a nap.