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CiNECiTY – NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

This Wednesday at 3:20pm CiNCiTY will screen this groundbreaking zombie original….

Director: George A. Romeronightofthelivingdead

Cast: Duane Jones

Judith O’Dea

Karl Hardman

Marilyn Eastman

Written By: George A. Romero

John A. Russo

Genre: Horror

Duration: 96 min

Colour: Black and White

Released: 1968

Country/Language: USA / English

BACKGROUND NOTES:

  • Before NOTLD  “zombie” films were centered around “voodoo zombies”. This involved living victims being transformed into slaves by mystical forces. White Zombie (1932) and I Walked With A Zombie (1946) are two examples. NOTLD transformed the “zombie” into a resurrected corpse with cannibalistic intent and initiated many of the tropes of the genre we’re familiar with today – the rest is history.
  • In the USA in 1968 the copyright symbol had to be present on the actual print of a film (e.g. in the credits or title) in order to be covered by copyright law. NOTLD was originally called Night of the Flesh Eaters and this title appeared on the early prints of the film along with the copyright stamp. It was later changed by the distribution company because an earlier film had a similar name, but the copyright information was not put back onto the theatrical release prints leaving the film uncopyrighted and in the public domain. Though unfortunate for the filmmakers this has possibly contributed to the proliferation of the “zombie” genre and allowed others to freely use and build upon the original ideas from the film. Do you think copyright helps or hinders creativity?

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:

  • Why do you think this film was such a success in the horror genre? Was it because a premise this frightful had never been brought to the screen before or was it skillful filmmaking?
  • The filmmakers insist that they were just trying to make a scary movie. Do you believe (like some critics) that the movie is actually trying to make a point about society? Think about when and where the film was made… consider events like the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement.

THE BOAT – Interactive Graphic Novel

The Boat by Nam Le is a critically acclaimed book of short stories which won many awards including the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2009. The last story in the collection is about a girl who’s parents send her to Australia by boat after the fall of Saigon in 1975 at the end of the Vietnam War.

SBS has commissioned an interactive graphic novel adaptation of the book by artist Matt Huynh who talks about the process of creating the artwork in the video below.

HERO ABSORBS MAJOR DAMAGE

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One of my favourite authors, Charles Yu, has a book of short stories called Sorry Please Thank You. In it is a story called Hero Absorbs Major Damage which follows a computer game hero and his band of warriors on their quest through 256 levels of battling orcs, eating chicken and negotiating love triangles. This was already an awesome and funny story, but it has been given +3 Awesome Points with a new re-telling on Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading site (they publish one short story a week online) where one of the characters (an elf named Fjoork) has annotated the text and given his perspective on the events once only narrated by the Hero. You need to click on the highlighted yellow text to get Fjoork’s sardonic commentary. This is a new form of digital storytelling with exciting possibilities. Check out the story with its annotations here. And don’t forget to read the editor’s note for a bit of info about the story and its use of the annotation software.

Yu’s first novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is also available to borrow from our library and I highly recommend it. I wish I could go back in time and read it for the first time again!

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Soundbrenner Pulse: Wearable Device For Musicians

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Having played various musical instruments from an early age I was fascinated to learn about this wearable metronome that syncs with your phone.  It’s designed for use with any instrument by musicians of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals.  The device can be worn around your arm or leg, depending on your instrument.  To find out more, here is a link to their crowd funding campaign with indiegogo.  I hope they reach their target, as feeling a metronome pulse rather than seeing or hearing it makes so much sense to me.  On another musical note (geddit?) ASAP Science have put together some audio illusions “Can you trust you ears?”  This video explains auditory illusions and phenomena such as the ‘Shepard Tone Illusion’.

WORLD POETRY DAY

In 1999 in Paris UNESCO declared March the 21st as WORLD POETRY DAY. To celebrate I thought I’d share some websites that showcase local poets and some places you could submit your own poetry.

VOICEWORKS is a print and digital quarterly magazine which is published by Express MediaIt features writing and artwork by Australians under the age of twenty five so it’s a great place to start if you want to get your work published. Though it’s not exclusively for poetry, they do have this great page of tips for writing poetry.

MELBOURNE SPOKEN WORD is a site dedicated to… you guessed it – the spoken word scene in Melbourne! This means it’s full of actual videos of poets performing their work – and believe me some of them are great! For example:

CORDITE POETRY REVIEW  is an online journal dedicated to showing off new and established Australian poets to the world. They promote “irreverent and experimental poetics.” This is a bit more of an ‘adult’ site than Voiceworks or but you can still submit to them here.

 

 

HAPPY PI DAY!

If you use the American format, today’s date is 3/14/15. This also happens to be the first few numbers in pi (π) , the mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, ie 3.1415. Folks are using this date to celebrate Pi Day.

People use pi to figure out all sorts of stuff in maths and geometry such as the area of a circle:

A = πr2

Here ‘r’ equals the radius or the distance from the center to the edge of the circle. If you sqare the radius and multiply by pi you get the area of your circle.220px-Circle_Area.svg (1)

 

Also, the formula to find the volume of a cylinder is  V = πr2h where you calculate the area of the base (the area of the circle as shown above), then multiply that by the height (h) of the cylinder.

Find out more about pi on this Wikipedia page.

 

Who writes like… Tolkien?

Have you read everything by your favourite author and you’re looking for suggestions?  This is a useful site for reading recommendations.

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…and here’s an interesting article in which Tolkien snubs a German publisher asking for proof of his Aryan descent (1938).

Issuu

Check out this amazing digital publishing platform: http://issuu.com/
“With over 21 million publications, Issuu is the fastest growing digital publishing platform in the world. Millions of avid readers come here every day to read the free publications created by enthusiastic publishers from all over the globe with topics in fashion, lifestyle, art, sports and global affairs to mention a few. And that’s not all. We’ve also got a prominent range of independent publishers utilizing the Issuu network to reach new fans every day.
Created by a bunch of geeks with an undying love for the publishing industry, Issuu has grown to become one of the biggest publishing networks in the industry. It’s an archive, library and newsstand all gathered in one reading experience.”

New Arrivals

As you know we are always getting new books into our library. Here are a few to check out:

A SMALL MADNESS by Dianne Touchell

LISTEN TO AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR DIANNE TOUCHELL ON RADIO NATIONALA Small Madness | FRONT COVER (10 September 2014)

Rose didn’t tell anyone about it. She wondered if it showed. She looked at herself in the mirror and turned this way and then that way. She stood as close to the mirror as she could, leaning over the bathroom basin, looking into her own eyes until they disappeared behind the fog of her breath. Looking for something. Some evidence that she was different now. Something had shifted inside her, a gear being ratcheted over a clunky cog, gaining torque, starting her up. But it didn’t show. How could all of these feelings not show? She was a woman now but it didn’t show and she couldn’t tell anyone.

A devastating, compelling novel that will get everyone talking, from the author of Creepy and Maud.

STORM by Tim Minchin

22997383A storm is brewing at a London Dinner party. When Tim meets the mysterious fifth guest at the table, small talk descends into a battle between science and belief.

Audiences around the world have been wowed by the lyrical wonders of Storm in its viral smash-hit animation form. Now fully reimagined with original artwork, this sparkling ode to scepticism by multi-award-winning comedian and musician Tim Minchin is brought to life for the first time in a book. Includes a foreword by Neil Gaiman.

INFOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO MUSIC by Graham Betts

Discover what’s on ZZ Top’s mind, the degrees of separation between Indiana Jones20706944 and Rihanna, the most popular songs chosen for funerals and more!! Infographic Guide to Music presents unique, witty and surprising facts about every music genre, from pop, rock, indie, house, dance, electronic, rap, country and classical. Mixing musical stats with facts on all your favourite leading legends, it features infamous and often ludicrous tales of the music business. More than just a book of words, with graphs, Venn diagrams and charts, this book provides a unique overview of the music world, boasting over 100 original artworks and illustrations and at-a-glance facts to amaze and astound readers.

FOR THE FOREST OF A BIRD by Sue Saliba

24709229A novel about love and the things you can and can’t change, from the winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction, Sue Saliba.
‘I want to tell you that he’s coming home. . . and it’s going to be like it was before he went away, before everything broke apart.’
Nella waits for the swallows by the creek each spring. It’s a secret vigil she’s followed ever since her father left.
This year she’s going to take him with her . . . but can we ever return to the way things were?
A novel about love and the things you can and can’t change, from the winner of the Victorian’s Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction.

REALITY BOY by A.S. King20454066

In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child television ‘star’ struggling to break free of the oppressive anger he’s felt since he was five years old. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth – which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle – and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts; everyone is just waiting for him to snap. And he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that – until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.

What is Literature for?

Here’s a neat little video from The School of Life about why we need literature in our lives… enjoy! :)