"What separates Martin’s books from the pack is that his made-up world of Westeros feels more 'real' than other made-up worlds like Tolkien’s Middle Earth or Brooks’s Shannara. There’s very little magic in the series, and when something supernatural happens, everyone is freaked out and confused. The characters have sex (mostly sex that would be illegal today), get tortured, betray one another, and die incredibly easily and often for very little reason—just like real people involved in a medieval war would have. One of the first plot points is a child getting thrown off a ledge and crippled after he witnesses some nasty-ass incest; one major character gets killed on [...]
"Now comes plutocratisation: the middle classes and small companies are falling victim to class-cleansing. Global cities are becoming patrician ghettos. In 2009, says [Columbia University's Saskia] Sassen, the top 1 per cent of New York City’s earners got 44 per cent of the compensation paid to its workers. The 'super-prime housing market' keeps rising even when the national economy collapses. After Manhattan, New York’s upper-middle classes are being priced out of Brooklyn. Sassen diagnoses 'gradual destruction.' Global cities are turning into vast gated communities where the one per cent reproduces itself."
"Today, it was reported that HBO's 'Game of Thrones' will be promoted by a new mixtape called Catch the Throne. It includes a new track by Big Boi, above (via Nah Right), which opens with spoken samples from the show. Naturally, there's a lot of stuff about Khaleesi, then, amazingly, he goes, 'Fuck the Lannisters and everybody ride with 'em/ Jon Snow and the Night's Watch, finna slice some iron in 'em.'" —I definitely lost my "what it's going to be like in 2014" wager from ten years ago.
"I didn’t leave the house for almost five months. And then I got pneumonia. With my pneumonia and my mother’s death, I watched the entire first season of Game of Thrones. That certainly took my mind off everything…. I would love to write some music for the show. I’ve written a bunch of poetry about it — one for each of the characters." —After a certain point you need to stop fighting it and just admit that you are charmed by Stevie Nicks. [...]
I dig sports, so I was watching "Game of Thrones" on Home Box the other night and there was this part where a dude was being super-rude to a lady, but he was doing it in a Foreign Language from errbody else, so he thought he was slick. However, the person he was being rude to was the chick who has the fire-breathing dragons, and she came up hard, and she does not play. Spoiler alert. Aiieeee!
All the people on "Game of Thrones" pretty much speak the "Common Tongue" or whatever they call it on the show (if they call it anything) and nobody gets bent outta shape if [...]