Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, I like to play around with alternative backstories for cultural artifacts. I also like to set up series of such backstories with rigorous (well, rigorous-ish… rigourish?) rules. I have, as yet, two series.
- Call the first one something like “Right-wing Talent Goes West.” Here I take various kinds of pop culture — movies and tv shows, mostly — and posit them as the products of major figures from amongst the reactionary literati of the late-ninteenth through mid-twentieth centuries. I also have a rule where I only do one per country. I figure I’ll stop at nine. Here are links to ones I have so far:
- Celine in the Sunshine State
- Waugh on the Boardwalk
- Junger on the Beach
- Evola in Fat City
- Lovecraft, Screenwriter
- Mishima Among the Cornfields
I anticipate perhaps three more. Nine is a good number.
- “Early Modern Webcomics.” Pretty straightforward: projecting webcomics into an early modern (1455-1789) context. Here are the ones I have so far: