Sunday, 17 May 2009

Buy it, use it, break it, fix it, trash it, change it, mail, upgrade it

The story above - sorry if anyone outside the UK can't see it - is about a "manga-style" Bible being developed for students. As a teaching aid, I like it. Comics are a great way to communicate complex information in an engaging way; Scott McCloud's nonfiction works, Understanding Comics and Reinventing Comics, are probably the best-known examples. But what really draws me to this is my love of reinvention, reimagining, rethinking. I'm reading Borges' collected fictions at the moment, and he's very fond of retelling stories from new perspectives - he imagines the point of view of the Minotaur, or the Ring of the Nibelung told from Fafnir's side. Film adaptations of books are obviously a matter of course. Musically, DJ bc's brilliant Wu Orleans album mashed up the Wu-Tang Clan's vocals with Dixieland jazz to create something completely new.

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