Archive | August 21, 2019

Middelboe Chronicles, Part 42: Crossing the Snow

Another tale of talking animals: Crossing the Snow (“Animated Tales of the World,” 2004), from Japan. This story is interesting in the way it sets up our expectations for one kind of story and then ends up giving us a very different kind. I can sympathise both with those who find the twist a welcome message of trust and tolerance, and those who find it frustrating and insipid. What produces a better ethical and political message is not always the same thing as what produces a better aesthetic frisson.

SciFi SongFest, Songs 109-112

Four songs about longing to be abducted by aliens:

109. The Byrds, “Mr. Spaceman” (1966):

110. Styx, “Come Sail Away” (1977):

111. Radiohead, “Subterranean Homesick Alien” (1997):

112. Katy Perry & Kanye West, “E.T.” (2010):

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