Wednesday, 4 July 2018

A Fourth Criticism Of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Blomkvist has discovered that Anita was involved in Harriet's disappearance but Henrik asks how he, Blomkvist, knew that Anita had not murdered Harriet. Blomkvist replies that, if Anita had murdered Harriet, then the body would have been found.

No. If Anita smuggled Harriet's living body off the island, then she could have smuggled a dead body, then disposed of it at sea as Martin Vanger did with his victims. However, Blomkvist was independently finding reasons to suspect Martin.

The novel needs a rewrite to give a better explanation of why the photo showing Anita at Harriet's window remained undiscovered for so long.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Three Criticisms of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

(i) Harriet Vangar is photographed at the parade in the town, then goes to the island, where she disappears. There is a thorough search and police investigation. The Inspector and Harriet's uncle continue their private investigation for decades. Eventually Blomkvist, hired by the uncle, notices that, in that photograph, Harriet is not watching the parade and smiling but looking to one side and frowning. In order to find out what she was seeing, he requests access not only to the published photographs taken on that day but also to all the unpublished photographs of the day in the local newspaper archive.

But a thorough police investigation should already have covered all the unpublished photographs. Even if the police had missed the point noticed by Blomkvist, they would have found the face in the window which is also significant.

(ii) Harriet kept a list of names and what looked like local telephone numbers but, as phone numbers, they had no significance. Blomkvist learns entirely by accident that the apparent phone numbers are really Biblical references, then finds that Harriet has underlined these same verses in her Bible. The police should have considered the possibility that the apparent phone numbers were really something else, like numbers standing for letters - or Biblical references. They would then have found the connection with Harriet's Bible. Blomkvist checked the references in Harriet's Bible because it was the only Bible to hand and thus found that they were underlined. But a thorough police investigation would surely have included looking in Harriet's Bible and thus making the same discovery.

(iii) Blomkvist knows that Salander is a hacker because she quotes a draft press release that had existed only in his computer but surely her knowledge, e.g., of his financial information already shows that she is a hacker?

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Literary References To Popular Fiction

See Batman.

Jerusalem also refers to Daleks, which are as much a part of the British landscape as the supermarkets that Alan Moore names, and, again, Moore has contributed to that fictional universe. The Daleks are enemies of the Time Lord known as the Doctor and Moore wrote back-up stories about other Time Lords in Doctor Who Magazine.

The BBC's the Doctor and the Daleks are successors of HG Wells' the Time Traveller and the Morlocks. Wells incorporated an ironic reference to Morlock's in one of his mainstream novels:

"There's an incurable misunderstanding between the modern employer and the modern employed," the chief labour spokesman said, speaking in a broad accent that completely hid from him and the bishop and every one the fact that he was by far the best-read man of the party. "Disraeli called them the Two Nations, but that was long ago. Now it's a case of two species. Machinery has made them into different species. The employer lives away from his work-people, marries a wife foreign, out of a county family or suchlike, trains his children from their very birth in a different manner. Why, the growth curve is different for the two species. They haven't even a common speech between them. One looks east and the other looks west. How can you expect them to agree? Of course they won't agree. We've got to fight it out. They say we're their slaves for ever. Have you ever read Lady Bell's 'At the Works'? A well-intentioned woman, but she gives the whole thing away. We say, No! It's our sort and not your sort. We'll do without you. We'll get a little more education and then we'll do without you. We're pressing for all we can get, and when we've got that we'll take breath and press for more. We're the Morlocks. Coming up. It isn't our fault that we've differentiated."
-copied from here.

Thursday, 28 December 2017


(Hyde Park, London, like Central Park, New York. See:

Gods And Central Park
In Central Park
Times And Places.)

A recent post and links have taken us from the center of Northampton to the center of Lancaster, then of Preston. These are three of our Great Cities, which can be contemporary, historical or fictional. Other contemporary British cities on this list are:


More will be added if and when there is anything to post about them.

See also Cities In Anderson And Gaiman.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Walking Through Northampton

Both Alan Moore in his Voice Of The Fire and Alma Warren in the same author's Jerusalem:

walk through the center of Northampton;
pass the statue of Charles Bradlaugh (for the statue, see here);
reflect on what they see;
impart information about the history of the city, its buildings and people.

See Streets And Cities II.

Lancaster has a statue of Queen Victoria in a square in front of the Town Hall. See Today In Lancaster. However, I cannot write either as entertainingly or as informatively about a walk through Lancaster. See The Spider And I Are One.

Fiction is easier to appreciate than to emulate.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

The Blogverse III

At this time of year, I usually take a break from my main, Poul Anderson Appreciation, blog and try to promote the blogverse, i.e., several cross-referring blogs, thus:

The Blogverse
The Blogverse II
Blog Crossovers
Posts About Alan Moore's Jerusalem
Posts On Christmas Day In Previous Years On Different Blogs

Posts about Alan Moore's multi-faceted works sprawl across several blogs.

Another feature of this time of year is books received as presents. In Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind (London, 2014), Yuval Noah Harari argues that Homo Sapiens conquered the world because a Cognitive Revolution enabled our ancestors to create unifying myths and legal fictions facilitating cooperation between strangers across continents. This fits with recent discussions on Poul Anderson Appreciation and with Alan Moore's description of
religions as "higher fictions."

Lion-Headed Time has been discussed on PAA here. Harari discusses the Lion-Man.

See also:

 El Jabato;
The Haertel Scholium Connections;
Year 2018!


Line of thought continued from here.

In Platonic-Cartesian mind-body dualism, a mind or soul not only interacts with a human body at each moment of that body's existence but also directs that body to speak and act as it does in that moment whereas, according to the world-view summarized by three authors here, a mind/soul/mental existence/consciousness/awareness merely observes what the body is doing at each moment and furthermore the mind etc makes these observations successively. Thus, there is some sense in which it is true to say that, when the mind etc is in one moment of the body's existence, all of that body's other moments simultaneously exist without the mind etc being present in them. Thus, the latter view removes consciousness even further from its active role in the life of an organism than Platonism does.

There are many facets to Alan Moore's novel, Jerusalem. I have focused on this facet because I am a Philosophy graduate. I will continue to read about Alma Warren's experiences.