Why you should care
It’s fun to poke fun, and in this week’s stories a couple of punk icons become a comics couple and the silliest of horror film clichés get upended. Plus, we learn about the very serious business of making war less brutal.
Each Saturday OZY co-founder Carlos Watson takes to the radio waves with Arun Rath on NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered. If you’d like to know more about our favorite stories of the new and the next from the past week, read on, friend:
Take a couple of punk/metal icons known for their larger-than-life machismo, mash them up with the stylings of gay sketch porn, add a dash of retro comic panel drawing, and you have the cult hit Henry & Glenn Forever. The irreverent comic by artist Tom Neely imagines Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig in happy cohabitation, and after selling 70,000 copies of the debut issue and spawning an animated Christmas special, more episodes are on their way this fall. They are not to be missed.
Anyone who’s a fan of horror movies knows that even though they can be extremely predictable, they still manage to make you jump out of your seat. Director Joe Nicolosi rounds up all those predictable horror scenes — you know like when you’re screaming at the screen “No! Don’t go into the basement! Don’t split up so the killer can pick you off one by one!” — and wrings some real laughs out of turning them into opportunities for characters to use logic and make good decisions. Hilarious. And just in time for Halloween. The video is already a huge viral hit, with more than 4 million views in just 3 days.
Is it possible to make war more humane? Sarah Holewinski is trying. The 36-year-old head of the Center for Civilians in Conflict wants to change the way modern war is waged by reducing civilian casualties. Unlike many humanitarian organizations, which explicitly oppose war, the Center is staunchly pragmatic. “We’re not out there saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to war — but instead, that once you engage in war, you have to be clear about civilian harm and responsibilities to civilians,” says Holewinski. This is why the Center has the ear of the US military, NATO and African Union troops, but also why it has attacted critics. Read on for more about this crafty, complex character.