Friday, 18 June 2010

TX10/12: Running Backwards, Pointing at the Sky and Screaming

Admit it: no one was really surprised that I ended up talking about Godzilla in an episode of Hollingsville dedicated to monsters – except perhaps for Martin McCarrick of the McCarricks who was assured by me that I absolutely wouldn’t. Even so, their wonderful musical interludes caught the spirit of the show perfectly. But what else can I say? Nietzsche and Godzilla have left both their names, crossed over each other at the ‘z’, indelibly imprinted upon my mind. Fortunately I had the incredible Laurie Lipton in the studio to talk about her early childhood spent in the family basement drawing deaths and beheadings for her family to look at and admire. Her book The Extraordinary Drawings of Laurie Lipton, published by beinArt, is available from Last Gasp. ‘At long last a comprehensive book on Lipton's work has been published,’ runs the online catalogue entry. ‘The subjects of her art -- fear, politics, sexuality, murder, mayhem, greed, indifference -- are timelessly classic yet relentlessly up to date. This publication is not only for art lovers, but for anyone who has ever seen the mask slip off "reality." The Extraordinary Drawings of Laurie Lipton is a 96 page, hard cover art book (21 x 29.7 cm) with over 70 drawings spanning 3 decades. Almost all of Laurie's works are black and white, but the book is printed in full color.’

I was also very favoured to have Strange Attractor’s Mark Pilkington in the studio as well to talk about his new book Mirage Men: An Adventure into Disinformation, Paranoia and UFOs – due out from Constable Robinson next month – and to share with us some interesting new mythological readings from the ground of the UAV drones filling the skies over Pakistan. Mark has also set up a Mirage Men blog related to the themes explored in his book, which you can find by clicking here. He already has some amazing stuff uploaded - the new flying saucer pilgrimage starts now.

‘Monsters: Fair Warning’ will be repeated at 11.00 pm this coming Tuesday June 22 on Resonance 104.4; and the podcast should be available from the Resonance website from noon on Wednesday June 23.

See also:
Hollingsville Posts

Pictured from top to bottom: Laurie Lipton recalling her childhood basement; Mark Pilkington preparing to worship the predator

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