Roz Kaveney (rozk) wrote,
Roz Kaveney

Unabashed self-promotion

Various people asked to see the Time Out review I mentioned last week - I've been sort of busy (Heathers chapter topped out at 15k)so belatedly here it is.

'Too often, writing about contemporary culture (especially popular culture) seems to buckle as if the language of analysis cannot take the strain. One reason for this is that much of it is the work of dilettantes who equate the deep knowledge essential to the task with a geekiness they believe is beneath them. Regular Time Out contributor Roz Kaveney's magnificent 'From Alien to the Matrix- Reading Science Fiction film' (IB Tauris £9.95 in pb) is much more than its title suggests. While it is excellent on SF films both serious ('Alien') and silly ('Starship Troopers', 'Galaxy Quest'), its actual subject is much broader. What Kaveney call 'the universalization of the geek aesthetic' a function, as she explains of the way viewing technologies like DVD facilitate an intimate knowledge of films that would have been unthinkable to previous generations. Bold, erudite and effortlessly perceptive, this isn't just for genre fans but anyone interested in art in an age where viewers also expect to be participants and even co-creators' (John O'Connell)
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