Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A man of newts and taste

It being Wednesday, A Binge at Brinkley Episode 3: Sympathy for the Devil is now live at Webtoons. I like to think that Arkhaven is getting the hang of this new medium. And thanks to all the new subscribers, as we're already about one-third of the way towards being able to fully support an entirely new monthly series.

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Blogger SammyBoy April 22, 2020 7:34 AM  

Possible mistake in the panel in which Fink-Nottle describes his night -- "I's forgotten my latch key" [rather then "I'd forgotten..."].

Blogger Silly but True April 22, 2020 1:16 PM  

I’m hooked.

I’m also curious as to know from anyone who knows about his life whether Wodehouse managed to survive his stints in Hollywood in the 30’s with his soul intact? With careers coinciding with Chaplin and both originally being Englishmen, what was Wodehouse’s political persuasions? Budding communist at dawn of Second Red Scare who helped Hollywood jump over the ledge? Or just some guy who hit it big when periodicals became the hit media?

Blogger Taqiyyotomist April 22, 2020 5:12 PM  

Vox, I finally got into AToB, and it's the best fantasy I've read in decades. I'm at about 60%, and it keeps getting better. I tried a few times before, but until this week, I couldn't get over the hump at the beginning with all the Latin names, but I have and I'm really glad I did.

One request: is there any way you could find time to update the orientation of the map by 90 degrees? I have to turn my head sideways to read it, and when I turn the kindle sideways, it turns the map sideways again.

Regardless, I'm excited to finish it and get the next volume. They were right, it's a masterpiece.

Blogger Gregory the Tall April 23, 2020 4:20 AM  

This was the funniest episode so far. Great!

Blogger VD April 23, 2020 5:36 AM  

I’m also curious as to know from anyone who knows about his life whether Wodehouse managed to survive his stints in Hollywood in the 30’s with his soul intact?

He did. As with F. Scott Fitzgerald, they hired him on the basis of his massive success and then proceeded to completely ignore him. He has a number of short stories that address this.

Blogger VD April 23, 2020 5:40 AM  

'It was an era when only a man of exceptional ability and determination could keep from getting signed up by a studio in some capacity or other. I happened to be engaged as a writer.... They set me to work on a story called Rosalie. No, it wasn't my story. But it was a pleasant light little thing, and no one wanted me to hurry. When it was finished they thanked me politely and remarked that as musicals didn't seem to be going so well, they guessed they would not use it. That about sums up what I was called upon to do for my $104,000. Isn't it amazing? If it is only names they want, it seems such an expensive way to get them, doesn't it?'

Blogger VD April 23, 2020 5:46 AM  

From Infogalactic: "In a 2005 study of Wodehouse in Hollywood, Brian Taves writes that Those Three French Girls (1930) was "as close to a success as Wodehouse was to have at MGM. His only other credits were minimal, and the other projects he worked on were not produced."

The actual work is negligible. ... So far, I have had eight collaborators. The system is that A. gets the original idea, B. comes in to work with him on it, C. makes a scenario, D. does preliminary dialogue, and then they send for me to insert Class and what-not. Then E. and F., scenario writers, alter the plot and off we go again.
- Wodehouse on working in Hollywood

Blogger Silly but True April 24, 2020 11:37 AM  

Thanks Vox!

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