The Shabogans are the invisible underclass on Gallifrey. The plebs. The nobodies. The skivvies.  They're not the posh drop-outs.  They're not the soup-making rustics.  They're the unseen guttersnipes trapped inside the Capitol. They always leave the room just before you enter it.  They're the vandals who shoot stasers at the Seal of Rassilon. And maybe, sometimes, they do more than that. Maybe they riot. Maybe they erect barricades. Maybe they throw stones. Maybe they daub things like "GALLIFREY WILL NEVER BE HAPPY UNTIL THE LAST CASTELLAN HAS BEEN HANGED WITH THE GUTS OF THE LAST CARDINAL" on the walls of the Time Toilets. Because if there is hope, it lies in the Shabogans.

I'm Jack Graham.  Gothic Marxist.  Advocate of the struggle in terms of the strange.  Shakespearean villain.  Doctor Who fan.  Less an organic intellectual than a one-man morbid symptom. 

And I did this:

 

Drunken Whocast 3

At long last, here is Drunken Whocast 3

Myself, Daniel, James, and Kit, gathered on Skype to discuss Series 3 while getting progressively sozzled.  This time we avoided getting drawn into speculations about the orgasms of prominent right-wingers, but still managed to fly off in all sorts of irrelevant and awful directions.  Many things were said, with all the authority of drunk white guys, that were very wrong - in both senses.  (The actual libels have been removed - even the true ones.)  Even so, there's a fair bit of good, solid Doctor Who talk here.  We all find Series 3 pretty interesting, it seems. 

Download here.

I must apologise for my posts being sporadic at the moment.  I'm desperately trying to finish off some other (non-postable) projects while coping with a real life that is increasing frantic on both a work and personal level.  I'm grateful to all of you for being patient - and especially to those Patreon sponsors of mine who are, at the moment, basically giving me money for nothing.  Bless you all.  If you want to give me money for nothing, go here.

Here ...

Wrong With Authority, Ep 5 - 'Mississippi Burning'

Wrong With Authority, the podcast where four white guys talk about movies based on real historical events, returns... and this time we're talking about Mississippi Burning (1988), a travesty of the story of three civil rights workers - Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman - who were murdered in Mississippi in 1964 by the Klan/cops/state government (all essentially the same thing at that point).

Download our episode >>HERE<<

Beware triggers.  We're talking about vicious racism, hate-motivated violence and murder.  At one point in the episode, one of us reads out part of a historical document which contains the n-word.  We believe the context justifies its inclusion, but please be aware that it's there.  Jack made the decision to not bleep it out, and takes responsibility.  Also, we mention rape a couple of times - because it was an integral part of both Jim Crow and slavery.

The film focuses not on the Civil Rights workers, or the struggle, or the African Americans oppressed by Jim Crow (American Apartheid), but rather on the subsequent FBI investigation.  It portrays the FBI as a heroic organisation bursting with concerned liberals, but also as solving the ...

This Post Has No Title

Someone - I think it was Nick Mamatas - recently made a sarcastic Facebook or Twitter post, expressing mock-surprise that a “multi-million dollar Hollywood movie isn’t the Communist Manifesto” (or words to that effect).  The thing being mocked there is the way in which it seems that some on the Left will criticise an expensive (and, the studios hope, profitable) product of the mass-market corporate capitalist culture industries for not being something it was obviously never going to be, and never could be. 

As it turned out - for a host of complex and contingent historical reasons - cinema and television became almost-overwhelmingly comforting and placating instantiations of the spectacle.  Every now and again a big movie will come along, like Mad Max Fury Road or (I’d argue) Prometheus, which contains aspects of radical critique within its aesthetic and/or thematics.  But firstly, this happens rarely, and only when a host of other factors constellate.  Based on the cited examples, I’d be tempted to suggest that franchises and auteurs have something to do with it, which is interesting, as is the way those two things are clearly related in the mentioned cases.  In any event, both films are akin to aberrations which can ...

Shabcast 35, Part 2 - More Chatting with Sam Keeper About Star Wars, Rogue One, etc

Hello everyone, here's Part 2 of my conversation with the excellent Sam Keeper.  Enjoy.

Also, here's a recent edition of Watching Robocop with Kit Power, in which I join Kit and Daniel to watch and talk about... um, Superman III.

 

Shabcast 35, Part 1 - Chatting Star Wars & Rogue One with Sam Keeper

At long last, here is Part 1 of an extra-special Shabcast, in which I am joined by the brilliant Sam Keeper, of Storming the Ivory Tower, to chat about Star Wars, with particular emphasis on Rogue One

Very pleased with this one.  There were some technical difficulties with it, but I've hammered it into eminently listenable shape.

Part 2 next week.

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Here are Sam's articles on Rogue One:

A Galaxy Very, Very Near: Are Time And Space in Rogue One Core to its Resistance Narrative?

Modern Myth-Busting: Are Rogue One's Characters Worthy Star Wars Heroes?

Film Theory Theory: MatPat's Star Wars Theories Are Nazi Garbage

and

Nerd-On-Nerd Violence: Why Is Geek Star Wars Crit So Lousy?

and here is her announcement of the upcoming (expanded and revised) collection of these essays (plus bonus content).

 

Less Than Zero

I've got nothing today.  I was trying to get something written about Wonder Woman but it's not ready yet, and may not be good (or tactful) enough to publish anyway.  Meanwhile, a podcast I'm editing is presenting big audio-quality problems.  So, yeah, coupled with other stuff going on IRL... I ran out of time.  Sorry everybody.

So instead, here is a little round-up of stuff I've been reading lately.

...

Here's Andrew Hickey saying important stuff about Autism and Empathy.

Josh was kind enough to send me this interesting article in the New Yorker about 'the occult roots of modernism'.  Essential for modernism geeks.

Cameron L. Fantastic wrote a review of Zero Books' much-anticipated Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle... and it's not pretty.  I have to say, my hopes weren't high because I think Nagle is overrated.  Her Jacobin articles have been okay(ish) but shot through with frankly bizarre problems.  I can't say Mr Fantastic (?) is right about Nagle's new book, because I haven't read it, but if half of what he says about it is true then it's a ...

Drunken Whocast 2

Yes, the Drunken Whocast returns.  It is now, undeniably, a regular thing.  Some guys - Jack, Kit, and Daniel this time - in varying and progressing stages of shitfacedness, talking far too much about Doctor Who

This time, your arseholed hosts talk Series 2 (2006).  And other things (this was recorded before the election). 

As before, you're getting this almost entirely unexpurgated.  We've removed only some dull pauses, some bathroom breaks, one or two jokes that were a tad too off-colour upon sobre reflection, and one instance of vicious slander.

Stick with it - I'm told hour 4 is the best. 

Download here.

As often happens, people who sponsor me on Patreon heard this ages ago.  (I don't thank my sponsors at the end of Drunken Whocasts as it seems wrong somehow, almost as if I were insulting them, but they all get namechecked at the end of regular shabcasts, as long as I have time to record that bit.)

Shabcast 34 - The Election, Corbyn, the Tories, the DUP, and Grenfell Tower

Shabcast 34 - download here.

The image across is by Steve Bell and was published in the Guardian.  I'll take it down if they ask.  But it seemed too brilliantly, horribly perfect to abjure.

This month I'm joined by Kit and James, to talk about the election we had last week (surprise surprise) in which Jeremy Corbyn defied his critics to resurrect the fortunes of Labour and pummel the Tories into a very uncomfortable corner.  We also talk about the horrific Grenfell Tower fire, just had just happened when we sat down to record.

Please share around, tell your friends, etc.  I think we're all proud of this one.

Credit where its due: this episode very much came about because Kit and James organised it, and James both edited the main body of the episode and supplied the wonderful title.  I'm not even in the episode for half an hour or so.

 

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