The general picture that emerges in 2007 is the same as the previous year's:
The subjects that got you commenting: America, Hitler.
The subjects that left you mute: Art and design.
Comment levels on the big hitters were higher than the year before, partly because of an invasion by a bunch of teenagers. The year's lowest comments came when I threw Click Opera into Retro Necro mode in order to concentrate on writing my novel instead. Full service blogging returned pretty quickly: I just couldn't stay away. Dialogue does indeed trump monologue.
Down with jeans!
A world in which 80% of people are wearing the same basic design of trouser cannot be a healthy one!
Misa opens her own gallery
Misako Rosen has chosen Minami-Otsuka -- an area famous for mosques, porn and Pakistani curry stalls -- as the district for her new art gallery.
Tell me a joke!
I'm very interested in the subject of jokes right now. I want to write a "Book of Jokes". So tell me your favourite joke.
Transmediale 07: post-bit milk
Berlin's seemingly constant flux of festivals has brought us, this week, to the part of the calendar reserved for the Transmediale, an annual event lasting a week, and marking the place where art and digital culture meet.
Is there a link between owning a house and conservatism? Intuitively I'd say yes, there is, and that conversely there's a link between renting and radicalism.
The ten-year-long March
A little formatted content guide stretching back ten years of the Momus website and blog. It seemed like an interesting idea at the time.
The problem lays a floral wreath at the grave of the problem
More than ever -- the week of the Virginia Tech shootings -- America feels like an Other. Why don't the guns die as readily as the people they kill?
Magazines as time capsules
In which we discuss design veteran Steven Heller discussing 60s youth culture, psychedelia, underground publications, and his early art direction.
iMomus Wired column, May 22nd 2007
Since Wired News won't print my latest column about the hidden link between Apple's GetaMac campaign and Norman Mailer's "White Negro", I print it myself. A few days later, Wired fires me.
Bright Life Mascot Cleaning's Kuri-Chan says: "Stay sustainable!"
12 on-the-fly observations from the streets of Tokyo.
In which I call Pan's Labyrinth "a terrible film, deeply impoverished both in imagination and in its moral vision, stale to the core, and brutal to boot".
Retro Click: The music's all that matters. The art about the music's all that matters.
The year's comment nadir comes when I've thrown Click Opera into Retro Necro recycling mode in order to concentrate on writing my novel. You all concentrate on yours too.
Is Jonathan Meese a fascist?
Let's face it, everybody still loves to talk about Hitler. In fact, by getting people to talk about Hitler you can even trick them into talking about art. All you need to find is an artist who sieg heils.
Alin and Chie dress up as Nick and Hisae. Nobody cares.
Tutti frutti requires fruit, but "folk soul" doesn't require Hitler
Licensed to kill? No problem, mate. But licensed to talk about "the rejuvenating power of the German folk soul"? No way!
Berlin music stuff
I knew I should have framed this as "the rejuvenating power of German folk soul music -- live tonite"!
I become a sex object. And it's wonderful.
Me and the LOLZGIRLZ are in our honeymood period. Later in the year we'll have some tiffs about something or other.
With Time: a Leo Ferre video installation
No slash fiction about Leo Ferre = no comment credibility, apparently. But actually these video installations were one of the year's most interesting innovations on Click Opera.
Recordings received whilst world-wandering
In which I review a bunch of CDs people have given me.
This entry was written on an iPod Touch
I'm excited by my new toy -- and the new New Museum on the Bowery. You aren't.
Sebastian Horsley's comments prove provocative.
High on horse
Report on the Gothenburg Biennial, dubbed "Rethinking Dissent" by the curators. Dissent goes un-re-thought by you lot. (Or is your silence "dissent" against curators? Aha, subverting subversion!)
I will see you in far off places
No, we don't have Hitler this month, but we have the next-best thing: Morrissey. He doesn't like immigrants -- even though he is one!
Akio Suzuki and the joys or orientalism
Sorry, Akio, you may be a terribly nice old man making terribly nice old music, but if you don't say the odd controversial thing nobody's going to give a fig!
There it is, then. A picture not radically different from 2006. Why bother? Because "cultural capital acts as a social relation within a system of exchange that includes the accumulated cultural knowledge that confers power and status", no doubt. Happy Christmas, clickers!