Links for the New Year

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

>MythPunk:

…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.