Tales From the Bitface (Posts about racism)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:11 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssLovecraft Country by Matt Ruff (Books 2018, 8)https://devilgate.org/blog/2018/04/12/lovecraft-country-by-matt-ruff-books-2018-8/Martin McCallion<div><p>I read <a href=”https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/mar/14/lovecraft-country-by-matt-ruff-review”>this reviewed in <cite>The Guardian</cite></a>, and immediately bought the Kindle book. Sometimes a review is like that.</p> <p>And it lived up to the praise. But here’s the thing: the horror, the weirdness in it: they’re not really what we’d think of as <em>Lovecraftian</em>.</p> <p>There’s nothing wrong with that, and part of the reason for the title is that a couple of the main characters are fans of Lovecraft’s work, and they refer to parts of New England as “Lovecraft country.” But as the review makes clear, the real horror here is much more down to Earth: the racism of 50s America.</p> <p>My Kindle edition was slightly oddly titled: <cite>Lovecraft Country: TV Tie-In</cite>. You expect that on a physical book to some degree. But putting it right in the title is new to me. <a href=”http://www.bymattruff.com/2017/05/17/lovecraft-country-will-be-a-series-on-hbo/”>A page on the author’s site</a> confirms that it is going to be made as a series by HBO (which is annoying, because that means it’ll be on Sky Atlantic over here). JJ Abrams<sup id=”fnref:abramd”><a class=”footnote-ref” href=”https://devilgate.org/blog/2018/04/12/lovecraft-country-by-matt-ruff-books-2018-8/#fn:abramd”>1</a></sup> and Jordan Peele are both involved.</p> <p>I’m slightly surprised to see that Ruff is not black. I wonder how long before he’ll be accused of “cultural appropriation” for writing from the viewpoint of African-Americans.</p> <div class=”footnote”> <hr> <ol> <li id=”fn:abramd”> <p>I mean, obviously: he’s involved in <em>everything</em>, right? <a class=”footnote-backref” href=”https://devilgate.org/blog/2018/04/12/lovecraft-country-by-matt-ruff-books-2018-8/#fnref:abramd” title=”Jump back to footnote 1 in the text”>↩</a></p> </li> </ol> </div></div>americaBooksbooks 2018HBOLovecraftracismSkyhttps://devilgate.org/blog/2018/04/12/lovecraft-country-by-matt-ruff-books-2018-8/Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:41:49 GMT