This month’s piece is a simple high score game. There are 10 targets; score points by stopping as close to their centre as possible.
I really just wanted to make something that would let you draw a mix of satisfying looping curves, and right-angle curves. There’s not much to it beyond that to be honest.
Controls: escape: quit; space: start game/move/stop moving; a/d: smooth turns; cursor keys: right-angle turns; F2: take a screenshot
I know the internet in general has strong feelings about spoilers, but personally I think spoilers are often a good thing, and valuable. Particularly when the person ‘spoiling’ the film/book/tv show/etc. has interesting and insightful things to say about the thing they are spoiling. I often find I enjoy things more when I come to them having read an article or watched a video that makes interesting, unexpected connections with the piece.
I was thinking about this, because I read this piece on season 2 of Russian Doll by Isaac Fellman, after I’d watched the show. And I wished I’d done that in the opposite order. Watching the show I found it slippery; I had a hard time grasping what was happening, what Natasha Lyonne was trying to say. Fellman’s piece though provides the context that I was missing. This is what I want from criticism and writing about media; I want writing that transforms its subject, that both places it in, and even creates, a context for it.
Also this is a neat line from the piece:
“Art doesn’t bear loads; art dynamites walls and lets in air.”
Mhairi Black stating the obvious yet somehow largely unspoken truth.
I watched Station Eleven this month, and I think I preferred it to the book. Maybe based on the strength of the performances? Mackenzie Davis is great in it. In general I’m a sucker for anything that is simultaneously hard and honest and somehow still hopeful.
Plus, I love that Lori Petty’s presence in it makes it feel like an alternate universe sequel to Tank Girl.
A good manifesto by isyourguy.
Okay, I’m going to leave you there for this month. Hope you’re doing okay; I’ll be back cluttering up your inbox next month.