I wish more book fandoms were like the Lovecraft fandom
The widespread acceptance that the author was an awful human being, even for his day, who held loathsome views and should not be venerated whatsoever, is astounding. Especially compared to other book fandoms which treat their authors as saints no matter what they’ve said/done.
The sheer glee that modern fans take in taking Lovecraft’s original concepts and modernizing them, criticizing the bits that are awful, and generally licking our palms and slapping his material, is delightful to me.
Everything I see that is essentially people saying “I’m rubbing my queer hands all over this, does this make you uncomfortable Howie?” fills me with joy.
A dedicated longrunning podcast about his works, one of the most recommended for Lovecraft fans new and old, frequently and openly discusses Lovecraft’s racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, xenophobia, etc. Not a niche podcast, THE starter podcast as far as the fandom is concerned.
Why aren’t more book fandoms like this.
I don’t just mean to this extreme, of course. Most famous book fandoms don’t have authors as godawful as Lovecraft. But book fandoms stagnate fast without open discussion and *gasp* even some criticism of certain things. I’ve seen it happen over and over again and it’s really sad. Fandoms live or die by their active communities. Stifling discussion and criticism makes them die much faster.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)
“Carceri Plate VII – The Drawbridge”
Located in the Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden, Germany
This etching is part of Piranesi’s “Carceri d'invenzione” or “Imaginary Prisons.” It was a series of prints that show enormous subterranean vaults with stairs and mighty machines. These images influenced Romanticism and Surrealism.
Panzer V “Panther” Ausf.G of Fallschirm-Panzer-Division 1. “Hermann Göring” accompanied by elements of Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Division 2 “Hermann Göring” are going through a forest near Kodersdorf (Görlitz) to get to their operational area to eve of the battle of Bautzen (battle of Budziszyn).
Saxony, Germany, 20 April 1945.
We all know about Gustav Klimt’s famous The Kiss painting. Let us then take a look at some of his other captivating works. Klimt (1862-1918) was the painter of landscapes, architectural studies and (of course) the female body. His public works were always pushing the envelope between tasteful eroticism and pornography. He was influenced by Japanese art and was a leader of the
Vienna Secession. He is as colorful a character as his works themselves. Lets start with his piece Beech Grove I (ca. 1901-1902).