Catching Up On ...

Farrah Fawcett-Majors: Bringing nipples to the mainstream for the first time.
The White Rabbit, by Sir John Tenniel, image manipulation by Geoffrey Dow.

As a pop-culture maven, I am and always was a pitiful failure. I never did know the names of the second-rank starlets — to date myself, while I knew full well who Farrah Fawcett-Majors was (as how could I not? See photo at left), I wasn't so clear on the distinction between the woman who played Ellie-May on that idiot show about the yokels who drove that car (ETA: The Dukes of Hazzard, and the woman's name was Daisy) and Fawcett-Majors' equally pneumatic co-stars on Charlie's Angels. Now, of course, I am hopelessly out of touch with the various flavours of the month (and of course, with the fracturing of pop culture, there are a great many more flavours to keep track of now than there were then).

All of which is to say, If you are, for some bizarre reason, coming here in the hopes of becoming all hip and funky through my good critical offices, well buddy, you're really in the wrong place.

Which isn't to say I don't sometimes pay attention to the cultural ephemera of the moment, but when I do it's as likely as not my reactions are going to come late. Though I hope to get more topical in some areas — with books and films and television programs of interest to me — there is simply too much work worthy of comment out there for anyone to reasonably hope to keep up to date with even a small fraction of it.

So, I'll embrace the inevitable and let Time help to winnow things down.

Besides, as anyone who's ever had the pleasure of discovering Pride and Prejudice knows very well, topicality has nothing to do with quality.

And so, Catching Up will serve as the place where I will at last talk about those works I've been meaning to get to for a while. (I think I will also inaugurate a "re-read" section in the near future, to give a special place to those things whose qualities draw me back (sometimes again and again. But that's for the future.)

And where better to start than one of the major comic cross-over hits of all time, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, an award-winning "graphic novel" I've been hearing great things about since before it won any prizes at all.

And in future? Look for Tenniel's Rabbit.

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