My Inner Kim

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2014 by K. W. Jeter

From my recent interview in Locus magazine:

“Even though Kim is Korean-American, she grows up as an orphan, so she has no connection to that culture. She’s like all other Americans now — she refers to herself as a feral American. She’s had to do everything herself and educate herself. People are constantly asking her things about Asian culture and she says, ‘How the hell should I know? I grew up in Poughkeepsie.’ To a large part, she represents my own interior life…

“I usually do a lot of note taking and fiddling around, concerning my characters. Kim was unusual in that she walked into my head the way she was. I thought maybe I should change her and make her different, to avoid all the issues that come with writing outside your personal background. Okay, she’s no longer Korean-American. Nope, she came right back in that way. Or maybe I should change this or that about her. Everything would revert right back to the way she wanted to be. I think that’s because she’s really me, sort of an auto-psychological self-portrait. Not because of the details of who she is, but because of what she’s had to do, that whole feral thing, trying to figure out the world on her own…”

Available now, KIM OH 5: REAL DANGEROUS FUN

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Kim Oh 5: Real Dangerous Fun — Available Now!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2014 by K. W. Jeter

Took a while, but here she is at last –

KIM OH 5: REAL DANGEROUS FUN

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And yes, KIM OH 6 is in the works…

Coming Soon…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2014 by K. W. Jeter

I mean really soon — like a few days:

Real Dangerous Fun

Sorry, Pirates — Your Business Model Has Been “Disrupted”

Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2014 by K. W. Jeter

This video is about a half-hour long, but it’s worth watching all the way through, as there’s a lot of interesting stuff in it. Marc Geiger is the head of the music division of the huge William Morris agency, and he’s obviously a smart guy — but he only has to turn out to have been half-right about the predictions he’s making now, and the consequences will be enormous. One of those consequences is that the business model of on-line piracy is broken (and yes, it is a business; its advocates, enablers and proprietors like to pretend that they’re all ideologically driven, on a now old-fashioned “information wants to be free” basis, but really it’s all about advertising revenue). The pirates are about to sink beneath the waves of the changes that are coming.

Okay, here’s my partial takeaway from Geiger’s speech. He’s predicting a massive revenue surge for the music content industry, based on the streaming business model replacing the file download model, which has already pretty much kicked the ass of the old physical media model such as CDs, DVDs, etc. He’s certainly right about that much, and he’s probably right that this revenue surge will go through the big players, the Apples and Googles and Amazons, dominating the field; outfits such as Pandora and Spotify, etc., will be absorbed or wiped out.

Why is this the death knell for the pirates? Because the pirates’ business model, what made their operations attractive to the consumer of recorded media — music, movies, etc. — was the enormous cost savings to that consumer. Get in bed with the pirates and you had access, through a not very attractive user experience, to thousands and perhaps even millions of music recordings and movies that you would otherwise have had to spend thousands of dollars (tens of thousands of dollars for the real enthusiast) for your selection out of that pile. Whatever was wrong with the piracy experience was offset by the enormous amount of money you saved, to get what you wanted from them. That all changes when the streaming model finally takes over. Get in bed with the pirates then, and what do you save? Ten, fifteen bucks a month? Sure, some people will make that choice, but the vast majority of consumers won’t. Which of course hammers the pirates’ revenue stream — what companies will choose to spend their advertising dollars with pirate outfits, when they only get a minuscule fraction of the audience that the streamers get? That swamp in which the pirates sail is already drying up; they’re not able to charge for ad spots on their websites what they were able to even just a couple of years ago. Eventually their already thin profit margin will fall below zero, and then they’re out of business.

There are a lot of things I don’t like about the future on-line landscape that Geiger predicts, and I’ll probably do another post about that. And of course, nobody has a perfectly clear crystal ball, including him. But whatever the exact nature of that future, one thing is pretty certain — Piracy is so 2008. It’s done. We just have to wait for the wreckage to wash ashore.

Kawaii & the Darkness

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23, 2014 by K. W. Jeter

Cecile Tiger Again, a new to me Japanese primitivist-pop girl group; can’t get this damn song out of my head:

I’ve never been quite sure why the US never developed a similar kawaii popular-music element (though strictly speaking, these Cecile Tiger Again girls are more kawaii-influenced than true kawaii), given the ongoing sexualization-masked-as-innocence tendency in American culture. (My significant other watches what she calls her “favorite train wreck” television show, something called DANCE MOMS, which makes my skin crawl with its perfect sleaziness. Surely it’s the preferred mainstream TV programming for paedophiles all over the world.) Then again, there’s a certain sly, subversive element to some kawaii, with a lot of the girls being their own autonomous agents more than any number of sullen, snarling “riot grrls” ever were.

My latest theory, which I’m still mulling, is that kawaii (at least as a musical performing style) came to exist there rather than here because of the relative unimportance (or perhaps even absence) in post-World War II Asian pop of the dark Celtic strain that still informs so much of American pop music. The sunniness in American music is always just a brief interval before the murderous clouds roll in again, whereas these Cecile Tiger Again girls and their sisters inhabit — or at least have the ability to pretend that they do — some sort of timeless pubertal paradise. This seems to be the case especially when you start talking about the primitivist mode. Musically, the Handsome Family (currently out of Texas, though originally from Chicago, I believe) aren’t any more sophisticated than Cecile Tiger Again, but lyrically everything ends up badly in Handsome Family songs, or starts out that way and you get some redemptive light with the final chord, whereas kawaii girls don’t have that problem; they’re just happy, without the gloomy Celtic super-ego dampening their spirits. More power to them, I say.

Here’s another, live version of the same song. Are the girls actually playing their instrumental parts on their phones? Finally!

My Infamous First Novel DR. ADDER — Available Again

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2014 by K. W. Jeter

I’ve been wanting to get this up as a Kindle e-book for a long time, and finally here it is: DR. ADDER

DR. ADDER for Kindle

From the description on Amazon.com:

Just another urban folktale of sordid bloodlust…

The one that started it all — K. W. Jeter’s first novel, that took him twelve years to get published, despite every science fiction editor in America telling him it was a great book, exactly what they should be publishing, but were too afraid to pull the trigger on. The book about which Philip K. Dick said, “… will change your notions of what’s possible in science fiction forever.”

Overly graphic violence, repulsive sexual practices, scathing social commentary, and a cast of thoroughly unlikable characters — it’s nearly impossible to describe. But a lot of people get killed in it, and a lot of things get blown up, a lot of which you might agree should get blown up. So it might be exactly what you’re looking for, you sick bastards.

So check it out here.

Stay Tuned…

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2014 by K. W. Jeter

It’s coming…

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