A Look at George Carlin’s Book "3x Carlin – An Orgy of George"

This is the pinnacle of all that is George Carlin. You get three of his published works in one! Its a very easy read , great for when you have some down time to get a couple of chuckles in on a stressful day.This book is huge and has plenty of content that won’t take much of a time investment. like I have mentioned in my review , you can pull it out when you have a free minute and read a little here and there. My favorite thing to do with this book is to flip to a random page , so you don’t have to treat this as a “Book” in the traditional sense. Just a fun flip through to make your day.

I’m a huge George Carlin fan and I wanted to get some of his written work to enjoy, especially since he is no longer with us. I have seen all of his HBO specials and all of them made me think and laugh. The same rule applies with this book , I always pulled this book out when I had a free minute between classes in college or a ride home on the train. I highly recommend this to anyone that likes to ask the big questions like…”When your rub your eyes real hard do you see that checkerboard pattern? What is that?” (Hyperion. “Naplam & Silly Putty”)

One of the greatest comedians of all time managed to get all of his ideas down on paper. George Carlin known most notably for his live performances, also has a ton of material that wasn’t used live. From short one liners to pages of scrutiny about airport security. There’s no better way to get inside George Carlin’s head than his written work and audio books. One the reasons I like Carlin so much is that he was so aware of the language we use everyday. He was able to pick it apart and show us how silly we really are.

The Gothic Imagery of Batman

The Goth-Father of Comics.

The character of Batman is a dark and brooding presence. He does not wear the cheery attire of Superman and lacks the light-hearted sarcasm of Spiderman. He is a far more complex character.

Out of all of the original superheroes of yesteryear only Batman has all of the right imagery, atmosphere, characters and settings to be deemed as true Goth. There were a few elements attached to some of the other crime fighters that had a Gothic slant; ‘Ghost Rider’, ‘The Phantom’ and even Will Eisner’s ‘The Spirit’ had certain attributes but Batman is the closest to being truly ‘Gothic’.

Where There Are Bats There is Goth.

In July 1982, Soho, London the first Gothic nightclub opened its doors to a darkly attired and Patchouli anointed youth. Regular visitors to the club included such people as Siouxsie Sioux, Steve Severin, Robert Smith and Nick Cave. The club was called ‘The Batcave’.

Okay, so it wasn’t just Batman who helped to influence all of this. Think Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, Vampira and even Yvonne de Carlo from ‘The Munsters’. But isn’t it a bit of a coincidence that the nightclub was named after Batman’s actual hang-out? (So to speak…)

A Dark and Mysterious Wonderland.

Then there is the city that is such an integral backdrop of most of the Batman stories; – ‘Gotham’.

As the name suggests, it is a dark place that is full of shadowy alleyways and sinister, maniacal foes.

A place where the manholes steam and the ‘Dark Knight’ patrols silently, hesitating only amongst the shadows and fog.

Batman’s costume is pure Goth. It has subtly changed over the years to become even more so. The bat-like cape and the mask with pointed ears could quite easily have been adopted by the frontman of a Gothic band without any problem from fans. Even the Bat-symbol can quite often be seen emblazoned on black t-shirts worn by even the most die-hard Goths.

Batman a-La Goth Hits the Mainstream.

In 1989 Tim Burton (a director with blatant Gothic influences previously visible in such films as ‘Beetlejuice’) released his movie version of ‘Batman’. This was the darkest addition to the Batman franchise to date and it went down a storm. In 1992 he released ‘Batman Returns’ which took the Gothic feel several steps further. The main score to the movie was even performed by Gothic legends ‘Siouxsie and the Banshees’. Between the two Batman films he also created the masterpiece ‘Edward Scissorhands’ with a very Gothic Johnny Depp as the protagonist.

Since then the Batman industry has continued to wallow in its darkness with several other Gothic-styled additions to the string of movies. The latest release, ‘The Dark Knight’, caused quite a stir with its dark and brooding atmosphere. ‘Is this movie for kids or for adults?’ asked the media.

So, long before Neil Gaiman’s ‘Death’ there was already a Gothic hero. And before ‘Donnie Darko’ and the like the world of film had already worn the t-shirt… and on it was a symbol.

Naruto 528 Spoilers and Predictions

I really dug this week’s chapter, although not as much as the last few. It was exciting, but I felt the ending was a bit rushed. The art quality was mostly good, but that last panel looked off. And though I came around on Kinkaku and Ginkaku with subsequent readings of the chapter, I was underwhelmed by their abilities and the cliffhanger in my initial reading. And the ability to draw forth and seal souls seems a little on the nose. It’s almost inevitable that the Allied Shinobi Forces will use those weapons to combat Edo Tensei.

Yet, I like quite a lot of this chapter. I like the minor amount of plot progression. I like that we got a taste of Storm Element. I like that we got a glimpse at Hidden Cloud and Hidden Leaf history. I mentioned a couple of chapters ago how mysterious the Nidaime Hokage was and we now know (maybe?) how and why he died. I liked the glimpse we got at the Nidaime Raikage. I thought the myth surrounding how Kinkaku and Ginkaku got their abilities was interesting. I like the ultimate ninja treasures and how they tied into the Sage of Six Paths. I liked the interaction between Tsunade and Ei. I liked that the Allied Shinobi Forces have more casualties and that one of the casualties is a side character whom we’d been familiar with. And I like how economically Kin-Gin used their abilities. So while I was disappointed that we didn’t check an on any of the other conflicts going on, I also think it’s good we had a more focused chapter this week that significantly pushed forward one conflict.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Predictions

Let’s examine how my predictions last week turned out. Coming off my fairly accurate first prediction, my sophomore effort was less successful. This week, we did not see Black Zetsu, nor did we see the revived jinchuriki. Although, Kin-Gin did possess some bijuu chakra. But I was correct about Darui using his storm element techniques and the chapter did focus on some of the notable ninja sent against First Division.

Next week, I think we’ll continue Darui’s fight against Kinkaku and Ginkaku because it’s just too much of a cliffhanger to pass up. I certainly don’t expect Darui to win yet, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the story shifted to either Kakashi’s division so we can see how that battle is progressing. I also think we’re just as likely to see Black Zetsu, Hanzo, Chiyo, Kimimaro, the revived Kage, or the revived Bijuu. I’m personally rooting for Black Zetsu, Hanzo, or the revived jinchuriki making an appearance.

*Correction: I stated in the review that Darui inherited his storm element techniques from the Sandaime Raikage, but he only inherited lightning techniques. Kpvincesanity and Naruto-4-hokage pointed out that the storm element techniques are most likely a kekkai genkai. Additionally, Naruto-4-hokage points out that others (he mentions Takl who has a Naruto fan site) translated the techniques Kin-Gin used as affecting the “spirit of words” instead of the “soul”. The former makes more sense in relation to the technique.