Links for the New Year

More fun stuff, from the Internet to my brain, shared for your general edification.


…refers to “a subgenre of mythic fiction” in which classical folklore and faerie tales get hyperpoetic postmodern makeovers. Coined by author Catherynne M. Valente, the term describes a brand of speculative fiction which starts in folklore and myth and adds elements of postmodern fantastic techniques: urban fantasy, confessional poetry, non-linear storytelling, linguistic calisthenics, worldbuilding, and academic fantasy.Characterized by baroque multicultural fashion, alternative/ queer sexuality, bizarre retellings of familiar faerie tales, pervasive anxiety, fear of inevitable change, elaborate symbolism and radical reinterpretation, mythpunk is a cross-media movement. Although largely defined through literary works like Andrea Jones’s Hook & Jill, Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat series and Catherynne Valente’s The Orphans Tales, the mythpunk aesthetic occasionally manifests in music (The Decemberists), film (Pan’s Labyrinth), jewelry and other media forms.

> You may not have heard the term globster before, but you definitely have heard about them. They’re those weird, unidentifiable dead creatures that occasionally¬† wash ashore. Like the Montauk Monster or Ogopogo. If Ogopogo were a zombie plesiosaur.

> Rudy Rucker spent the holidays over at Charlie Stross’ blog blowing everybody’s mind.

>And I think i want one of these for the morning commute.