Sunday, July 10, 2011

Episode 1021: Hitler's Rant Parodies Are Hilarious!

Am back from dinner at MeatWorks in ION with my cell after service, and now I've just finished reading Trilogy, a collection of three plays (Fundamentally Happy, Good People, and Gemuk Girls) by feted local playright Haresh Sharma, who is perhaps currently better known as the guy who composed the lyrics to the Fun Pack Song, Singapore's laughable attempt at modifying Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance'. (The obligatory parody using Hitler's rant from Downfall has emerged on YouTube here. Not quite as funny as the one about the Poetry Society controversy though, which you can find here.) Even though Lady Gaga herself has diplomatically said she likes it, anyone with half an ounce of sense can see that Sharma completely lost the plot with this one. It's a shame, as he's actually an interesting playwright. A bit didactic for my tastes in the way he addresses issues, although he's praised for precisely this deliberate engagement with thorny subjects like mental illness and paedophilia. Anyway, the issue of Bewildering Stories that has my story 'The Uninvited' in it went live a while ago, but I forgot to post the link up, so it's here. It's very different from my usual stuff, but that's because the story grew out of a writing exercise we did with the Swadesh list.

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