The dolls have taken the wise advice of William S. Burroughs and smashed their machines. Out with poetry they are in with videos. Shabby Doll House has been big into the whole written word scene for too long. Eventually they were going to need to do something completely different. Fortunately they have received divine inspiration from none other than that amazing performer Beyoncé. Readers of the Shabby Doll House work ought to be pleased with the amount of time and effort that went into the seventh addition to the wonderful Shabby Doll House collection.
John Mortara begins with an airport, home of the airplanes. His heart has been doing more traveling than his body. This is worrisome. A body needs a heart in order to properly function. Currently only a select few individuals have been recorded as lacking a heart. Most of those are fictional characters. Poems are ways to try and create new hearts using the power of words. Songs in the head can be shared. Individuals in relationships enjoy having ‘their songs’ to share with each other as a wink in the form of melody and rhythm. Oddly John Mortara remembers being a teenager. Life as a teenager is tough indeed via lack of money, increase in hormones and general apathy. Fortunately there is someone looking after John Mortara telling him the water would be ready when they would need it. Apparently John Mortara is bad at cooking. Remembering happens with remarkable speed when the memory is important.
Meggie Green knows the art of losing isn’t hard to master. Taking a page from Vampire Weekend’s music video where they set a SAAB aflame, she opts for a large paper placard instead. Writing is a harder game than indie rock. People lose all the time in writing, usually themselves. Going farther into their minds is an easy trip that requires little in the way of gas. Besides losing faster Meggie Green loses cities, rivers, continents, even letters that spell out the words of things she’s lost are lost. Her balloons state what she misses. The balloons fly away like good balloons happy to join their maker in the Heavens.
Bob Schofield talks about his hoodie. Young people enjoy wearing hoodies because they aren’t ready to wear jackets again. Puffy jackets are for children. With age comes vanity and people need to look their best. However as Bob Schofield explains that does not always mean smelling the best, via the lack of washing attention his hoodie has been shown. The camera looks deep into Bob Schofield’s eyes. He explains his lonely life, trying to justify being lonely. Artists live lonely lives because it is hard to explain art and what purpose it serves. Sometimes the best art is the kind of stuff that makes the artist feel.
Natalie Chin exposes the secret life of the Alt Lit jet set. The film takes place in Europe. Infrastructure gives it away. Unlike in the United States where infrastructure is allowed to collapse Europe tends to take pretty good care of itself. Various up and coming Alt Lit writers are featured quite prominently. Crispin Best is there eating something looking very Crispin Best like. Obviously Natalie Chin makes an appearance as it is her video. Lucy K Shaw is there in a shocking appearance as is New Zealand’s greatest export Stacey Teague.
Adam J Kurtz rules. Perhaps one of the best representations of the writing lifestyle he surrounds himself with glowing screens. They glow around him in his dark isolated environment. Minimalism means Apple products apparently.
Michael Inscoe advertises for OK Cupid. From here things get busy. Images upon images are thrown on top of each other. The playfulness extends to the death of a vase. A mean guitar weaves its way through all of the images a string of thought holding everything together. Water planes people swimming pools dogs the video has it all.
Lucy K Shaw and Sarah Jean Alexander finish in the London tube. People stand clear of the closing doors. People are smart. Sarah Jean Alexander talks about staring at spaces. Good fun, staring at spaces, everybody does it. Computer screens help teach individuals important staring skills. Lucy K Shaw has her section about being in the fine old US of A. Hopefully Lucy K Shaw has forgiven America for its act of rebellion against the crown. Honestly the UK and the USA are pretty tight now, they chill hard together. A list comes together. A list ends before number ten.
Yes Shabby Doll House has taken things to the next level, away from writing into the Hipster Version of YouTube, Vimeo. People need to take a page from the book of Shabby Doll House so long as it isn’t a page essential to the plot. For the Shabby Doll House story is still being written.