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Fantasy dinner party

I ♥ Charlie Brooker.

He gives me hope, makes me laugh hysterically, and tells me about Richard Dawkins's new two-part series for Channel 4, Enemies of Reason, which is on at 8pm this Monday and the following Monday. Yay!

Next weekend is a Stephen Fry Weekend (well, Saturday and Sunday) on BBC Four, to celebrate his 50th birthday. Thing he's been in (A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder, Wilde); things he likes (Wodehouse adaptation, Pete & Dud); a new documentary and a new "Mark Lawson interviews...". Yay!

I think all three of those people might be guests at my fantasy dinner party.

Just noticed last night that Maureen in Rent (the film) was played by Idina Menzel, who of course I've seen and heard playing Elphaba in Wicked. I've mostly seen her on blurry YouTube vids, which is why I didn't recognise her. But she's great.


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Aug. 12th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I know - I am really looking forward to the Fry weekend! Especially the Wodehouse adaptation, actually, as I've never seen any other screen Wodehouse besides Fry & Laurie's Jeeves & Wooster. Which, obviously, is ACE, but it will be nice to see what other people have done with it.
Aug. 12th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
I must try and remember to watch the Dawkins thing. Cheers for the pointer.
Aug. 13th, 2007 06:15 am (UTC)
Perhaps, because I haven't read Charlie Brooker's columns regularly enough, I'm not quite getting the point of what he's saying. Why, precisely, is someone who reads horoscopes, or believes that the Tuatha de Danaan exist, worthy of mockery for that reason alone? People believe in some personal concept or other that provides them with what could be called a comfortable illusion for their existence and I'd be surprised if pointing out that everyone else thinks it's bollocks will make the slightest difference.

I guess I find the tone of it a surprise, some of it could easily be transposed to the Sun or the Daily Mail without needing re-editing. I don't know the planning history of the Homeopathic Hospital but I expect that was a decision that was made without reference to the population's beliefs or needs, much like other crucial decisions on the NHS.

As to imagination, well, Ancient Greek civilisation seemed to manage with all kinds of gods, oracles and superstition and provided thinkers, writers, playwrights and the foundations of scientific thinking.
Aug. 13th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
The distinction I make (and that I think Brooker is making) is mocking the beliefs versus mocking the person. I wouldn't mock someone cruelly for believing in horoscopes, but if I was asked about my opinion of horoscopes (or even if I just felt like giving it) then I'd mock the pseudo-science and the generalisations and so on.

Brooker's tone's always like that - he goes for ranting. I like it, though I wouldn't tend to do it myself because I'm too worried about pissing people off!
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