Dune Love…

goodnight_dune_julia_yuI ran across two excellent Dune-related items in the last fews weeks, and since it is the 50th Anniversary of Frank Herbert’s book “Dune”, I thought I’d share them with you.

The first is on the really excellent website called Pornokitsch, which I’m delighted to introduce you to if you’ve not encountered it before. (Don’t worry about the name – they chose it ironically.) Bookmark it and repeatedly return for more. This piece on Dune was about the David Lynch film, really (and not too much about the book), which is always great to discuss with people since it inspires intense love and hate in people… sometimes both in the same person. I find it a decidedly flawed film with so many delightful charming oddities that I can’t help but enjoy it. A number of regulars weigh in with their thoughts on the film after a re-watching, as part of the “Films of High Adventure” series. The piece is here. (This is a really great regular feature on Pornokitsch, so dig around the site for more examples.)

The second I encountered the day after I saw the first thing and I was amused by the synchronicity (er… my word choice there is a partly accidental callback to item number one). The timing was extra perfect since I’d just finished the nightly read of the 1947 classic “Goodnight Moon” (by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd) to my young son, during which, as usual, I probably noticed a new interesting (and often odd) thing about the book. So a version of the book done as a tribute to Dune is an awesome thing to find!!! Go look at “Goodnight Dune” by Julia Yu now! (Extracted image above – familiar especially if you know Goodnight Moon from your own bedtime rituals – is purely for the purpose of getting you to read it …)

-cvj

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12 Responses to Dune Love…

  1. Jennifer says:

    Clifford, I loved the books and was totally amused and entertained by the film – a friend of mine suggested I watch Jodorowsky’s Dune (2014), a documentary about the making of it – have you seen this thing? I LOVE it. Please don’t put your son through that though. But it is equal in my mind to the documentary of Terry Gilliam’s “Don Quixote,” which I also love. Madmen, absolute madmen, and where would this world be without them. Ever grateful.

  2. Clifford says:

    No I’ve not seen Jodorowsky’s Dune. Will put it on my list of things to see… thanks!

    Mad/quirky filmmakers… indeed, thanks goodness for them!

    -cvj

  3. Mark Peifer says:

    Not Dune related, but another great book for kids is “One Horse Farm”

    http://www.amazon.com/One-Horse-Farm-Dahlov-Ipcar/dp/1934031399