Tuesday, October 26 2021

Quote of the Day

In a human sacrifice to deity there might be at least a mistaken and terrible beauty; in the rites of moneychangers, where greed, laziness, and envy were assumed to move all men’s acts, even the terrible became banal.

Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed

I saw Dune

The new one. I’ve seen many Dunes, and I’ve read the first book.

Well, I’ve tried to read the first book. Six times. I can never get past Paul and Jessica being dumped in the desert. It’s a long and boring time until something interesting happens after that. Assuming anything does, because I’ve never hung in long enough to find out.

Dune really isn’t my cup of tea. But space operas are, so I keep trying to give it another chance. No matter how boring Paul is, and how uninteresting the writing is, and how weird everything else is.

[Spoilers ahead]

Here’s the short version of what I thought of 2021’s Dune:

  • Oh wow, plz don’t just steal cultural touchstones from a culture that is currently alive and well. You can’t just do that.
  • I never worked out before that Dune was a white savior plot, but there it is, in all its grotesque glory.
  • Why do all the scenes where important plot development things happen go by SO FAST?? While the other scenes are so slow and meditative? I don’t mind slow pacing or fast pacing, but I did feel a bit like I was getting whiplash flipping between the two.
  • I mean, but it is super pretty tho
  • Every time Leto dies, I am sad that the rest of Dune has to solider on without him, because he’s the only person in the book with a personality.
  • 10,000+ years in the future, we are still in love with blowing shit up as epically as possible
  • They skipped over a LOT of concepts in book Dune, but I’m not sad about it
  • The lack of showing mental powers was an interesting choice for a visual medium that I can get behind
  • God Paul is the worst
  • Shit, no more Duncan, whom I didn’t remember having a personality in the book but Jason Momoa was fantastique
  • Can we maybe possibly move past this 6 people have power and money in the entire known universe and dictate everyone’s lives hegemonic bullshit paradigm? We’re living it now, we’ve been living it for a couple thousand years, please don’t lets enshrine it as what is still happening 12847240 years from now.

Also, read this post about Dune, it’s great: Maybe Dune, a Story about a White Superman Created by a Eugenics Program, is Not the Film We Need Right Now

Burning ftw

This is apropos of nothing for me right now, but I don’t want to lose it for future research: The fire we need: Can managed fire heal more than just the forests?