In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve gone kind of quiet on Overthinking It this week. We’re taking a summer break—a week off of our regular daily publishing to relax, recharge, and re-[TK].
See? I can’t even finish a sentence. It’s the heat and the gorgeous weather here at the edge of America. (Click through to Satellite View. You’ll probably see me.)
Don’t worry—we’re using the time wisely. Belinkie is planning a birthday party for a family member. Lee is working on a charity single for Fenzel-Aid 2010. Perich is busting myths. I’m contemplating my return to regular writing on the site. Fenzel is 30,000 words into his post comparing Teletubbies to certain aspects of Marxian theory.
We would never do something so cynical as to Google “summer” or dust off our posts on summer movies to assemble a clip show for the week. Belinkie’s epic Summer Movie Mashups from 2007 and 2008 are fantastic, to be sure, but merely linking to them would be, to quote the man himself, just lazy writing. (Not to mention it would look desperate for pageviews.)
No. I’m sure an audience as brilliant, good-looking, and immune to pandering as ours can find ways to amuse themselves. Consider this a summer open thread: What are you doing on your summer vacation?
See you on Monday.
Photo: Horia Varlan
Just because we are immune to pandering does not mean you shouldn’t do it anyway.
Haha, my summer vacation is being spent at work I’m afraid, and also wondering what to read during lunch break if not OTI. I’m currently reading “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” by Suzanna Clarke and enjoying it immensely.
Unfortunatly my summer has been eaten up with summer school, work and jury duty (coming up next week).
But I have been able to get a lot of reading done, managed to get 95% of the way through ‘Little Women’ and love the book; Jo is my favorite character and after I finish it plan to read the sequel (Jo’s Boys).
Other than that it’s been a slow summer for me.
As well as two weeks in Kent that I’ve just gotten back from, and a concomitant internet exile, I’ve been excited about the release of the issue of a comic book that I wrote: http://particlefiction.posterous.com/particle-fiction-5-the-complex-with-guest-wri
But this is no mere shameless plugging, this is the opportunity for some overthinking. The fantastic David Wynne, artist, did not just consider this him doing the art, but him ‘adapting’ or ‘re-imagining’ or even ‘remixing’ it, saying:
‘I should probably clarify that the story you see here is a long way removed from Tim’s initial script, which is why the credit describes it as an adaptation. I’ve taken things out, moved things around, and deviated in some ways pretty hugely from the original prose piece, if not quite so much from the script Tim wrote. I’ve been a bit of a bad collaborator, and probably owe Tim an apology for doing a lot of this without consulting him; I hope he doesn’t mind, and that he enjoys what I’ve done to his baby. think of it as a remix, or a cover version, or whatever. A “re-imagining” if you really hate the english language that much.’
Now, I’ve posted the chapters it’s adapted from online here
If you’re interested in the adaptation of prose to comic, or just in the OTI community creativity, of which I bet there are dozens of other examples to come out of the woodwork during the summer break, do have a look!