- The Washington Times - Friday, April 16, 2010

Writing righties

“Well, pretty much all comic-book people, like all Hollywood people, for the most part, are pretty liberal. I think especially UK writers. Alan Moore is probably the most radical guy youll ever meet. I grew up loving those guys, so my heroes, as a kid, were radical cartoonists, essentially. I couldn”t help but - I grew up in a left-wing household. My dad was a trade-union guy and so on.

“But I do think it’s fun, writing right-wing characters. I’ve found it interesting, just as a writer, to get inside their heads and make them likeable. Like the Captain America in The Ultimates at Marvel, I had great fun writing him, even though technically it isn’t what I believe in. But I quite like some things, as long as I don’t meet them in real life, I suppose. Those kinds of guys, those John Wayne, everything’s-black-and-white kind of guys. Even the conscious liberal, like me, on some level kind of gets off on that, you know? Like Charlton Heston and Planet Of The Apes and so on, these all-American heroes.

- “Kick-Ass” director Mark Millar, in AV Club interview by Keith Phipps, on April 15

British cuisine

“Here, then, is proof that English bloodymindedness endures. Never mind anti-obesity campaigns, free fruit or the knowledge that the big plate of fatty crap is killing us, some people will just pile on more.

“We’re addicted to salt and still eating for the hearty, manual labour of old, when most of our work now involves sitting down, says the social anthropologist Kaori O’Connor. The Full English was born at a time during the Victorian era when new forms of energy allowed us to move from two meals a day - mid-morning, and just before the sun went down - to beginning with an early cooked feast. This then became a symbolic meal.

” ‘The full breakfast is the secular sacrament of Englishness,’ says Dr. O’Connor, author of ‘The English Breakfast.’ ‘In the devout early Victorian period, the day would begin with morning prayers before breakfast, which was a civilised meal for a civilised country. In time, the prayers dropped away and breakfast became a sacrament. You ate it as an article of faith.’ “

- Cole Moreton, writing on “How the English breakfast has changed with Britain” on April 11 at the Sunday Times

Not-sacred music

” ‘The Book of Mormon’ is going to Broadway - but not the way you think. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of TV’s scathingly irreverent cartoon ‘South Park,’ have teamed with ‘Avenue Q’ co-creator Robert Lopez for a Broadway-bound musical called ‘The Book of Mormon.’ According to The New York Times, the musical follows two LDS missionaries - and juxtaposes their travels with the story of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith.

“Fans of ‘South Park’ will recall a 2003 episode that told the Joseph Smith story in musical form, with a chorus of ‘dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb’ to deride what Parker and Stone consider the less plausible aspects of the LDS Church’s beginnings (like Smith … looking into a hat to translate The Book of Mormon). ‘South Park’ fans also know that when it comes to religion, Parker and Stone are equal-opportunity skeptics. The show has famously trashed Catholicism, Scientology and atheism, just to name a few -isms.

“Look for ‘The Book of Mormon’ (possibly under a different title, if the LDS Church’s lawyers have anything to say about it) on Broadway in March 2011.”

- Sean Means, writing on ” ‘Mormon’ on Broadway,” on April 15 at his Salt Lake Tribune blog Culture Vulture

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