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mehmet ramadan gave a shot "key" for BOOK: Son of Man
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BOOK: Son of Man > Brainstorm: What does this look like? > key
This symbol crops up over and over in the book. The main character is nearly obsessed with it, and keeps drawing it in papers, painting it as graffiti and so on. But he can't remember what it is. The book is going to have lots of scenes, where other people make (wrong) guesses about the nature of the symbol. To me it looks like it could be a cup of some sort, or possibly a very badly broken harp. What do you think? Just write in anything that comes to mind!
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It looks like a special key openning the doors to the underworld

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BOOK: Son of Man > The future of books > E-Waltari
by: Jani Salomaa

How about an electronic book in which the text is the only thing that is fixed. Fans could add their notes, images, audio, video, and even messageboards and websites, to the parts of the book they want to. Kinda like Google Earth, but in a book format. It could ultimately become "a internet hub of a book". Think, for example, about an e-version of Mika Waltari's Sinuhe the Egyptian, in which fans have attached to the pages their travel photos of the book's locations, or translation of the text in hieroglyphs. Or it would allow a class to read the book and put in their assigments, links and pictures in real time. Why not?
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I think this is a very good idea as people tend to write notes in books anyway. I love to buy books in second-hand shops where the previous owner has added their own thoughts in the margins, and with an electronic connected book it would be possible for ALL readers to do so worldwide.
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(null) gave a shot "Don't ever say what it is" for BOOK: Son of Man
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BOOK: Son of Man > Brainstorm: What does this look like? > Don't ever say what it is
This symbol crops up over and over in the book. The main character is nearly obsessed with it, and keeps drawing it in papers, painting it as graffiti and so on. But he can't remember what it is. The book is going to have lots of scenes, where other people make (wrong) guesses about the nature of the symbol. To me it looks like it could be a cup of some sort, or possibly a very badly broken harp. What do you think? Just write in anything that comes to mind!
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You might be best off not saying what the symbol is.

All that really matters is the character's obsession with it, the reader or viewer simply has to see this obsession, they don't need to know what drives it.

Kubrick, Hitchcock and others deliberately avoided explanations because they were trying to stir people's emotions rather than serve up facts.

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(null) gave a shot "The Wire is an excellent series about corruption" for BOOK: Son of Man
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BOOK: Son of Man > Recommend films/books on corruption > The Wire is an excellent series about corruption
One of the big themes in the book is corruption, especially on a local level. I'm having a hard time writing about in an engaging, human level. The corruption is buried under so many levels of boredom that it's difficult to make interesting. Can you recommend books or films or tv series or comic books or anything that deal with this in some way? It seems to me politicians on tv are either completely pure and incorruptible (like in West Wing), or completely evil and ruthless (like Lex Luthor). Sopranos has one of the few realistic depictions of corruption that I can think of -- where the godfather has a good time with the politicians and then they both help each other out a bit: the other one gets money, the other some illegal contract. But what else is there? It doesn't have to be petty local stuff! Corrupt presidents are okay, too! (Come to think of it, there's one in Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning.)
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I think the "The Wire" ("Langalla" in Finland) is probably the best recent programme about corruption. One of the actors from it actually described the series as being about how institutions fail. It sounds very suitable source material for your project as it's about corruption on a human scale, involving individuals and families instead of faceless groups.

It's excellent at examining how corruption is born at all different levels of society, from the poor right up to the very rich, and how it distorts everyone's sense of duty to other humans. No one is good or bad, they're all just responding to what life throws at them in different ways. Sometimes you see a drug dealer, sometimes you see a politician running for mayor, and they're both products of the system they exist in.

The Wire's series each concentrate on different parts of society (one is set in the harbour, one is set in the local school etc), but they're all very good at pinpointing how people end up doing things that are bad.

For example when several police forces find a dozen dead bodies in a shipping container, none of the forces want to investigate because it would mean spoiling their crime statistics, which would harm their chances of getting funding from the tax payer. In other words, over-reliance on crime figures is corrupting the police, something that very few people talk about. Politicians and pressure groups use crime figures all the time, but how many people realise how corrupting this can be?

The series set in a school is also fascinating, it takes a look at how badly-funded schools try to cope with stupid education laws and unruly pupils. Some of the pupils too are gradually becoming corrupt as they end up becoming part of local gangs (there's a very disturbing scene where some young children learn how to use handguns as if they were toys).

Try renting a "The Wire" boxed set and watching several episodes back to back, hopefully you'll see what I mean.

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Yakup Albekoglu gave a shot "various utilities" for BOOK: Son of Man
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BOOK: Son of Man > Brainstorm: What does this look like? > various utilities
This symbol crops up over and over in the book. The main character is nearly obsessed with it, and keeps drawing it in papers, painting it as graffiti and so on. But he can't remember what it is. The book is going to have lots of scenes, where other people make (wrong) guesses about the nature of the symbol. To me it looks like it could be a cup of some sort, or possibly a very badly broken harp. What do you think? Just write in anything that comes to mind!
2014 days ago | 0 Comments | 0 Thumb-ups 

-a guitar hook attached to the wall from the lower part
-a utility for old people for opening cans or screw-bottles
-a wireframe for holding up a collectible doll(from directly above)
-munniharppu (a musical instrument played with the mouth )

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Matti Koivisto gave a shot "A couple of songs" for BOOK: Son of Man
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BOOK: Son of Man > Recommend songs > A couple of songs
EDIT: New themes include apocalypse and utopias I like to listen to thematically relevant songs whenever I'm writing something. Sometimes I refer to them in the writing itself, and I will have a Playlist at the end of the book. The songs can be in any language, although I only understand Finnish, Swedish, English and German. Feel free to also recommend films, books etc. These are the major themes and styles of Son of Man. I'm looking for recommendations on songs that could be relevant. (In brackets I have some examples, of what I've already got.) growing up in the 80s (Manowar: Wheels of Fire, Kim Wilde: Kids in America) living in the 2000s identity/roleplaying/changing (Pet Shop Boys: It's a Sin) gothic/emo/guys with make-up (Cure: Tainted Love, Joy Division: Dead Souls) graffiti Jesus/religion (Genesis: Jesus He Knows Me, Depeche Mode: Personal Jesus) playboy/pick-up artist corrupt local politics (Leonard Cohen: First We Take Manhattan, Ennio Morricone: The Ballad of Sacco & Vanzetti) apocalypse/end of the world/millennium utopias/dystopias Any suggestions are welcome! If you can nail several themes with the same song, all the better!
2042 days ago | 0 Comments | 0 Thumb-ups 

Growing up in the 80's

-All the cheesy italo disco tunes. Artist like My Mine, Kano, Danuta, Savage...even Boys Boys Boys by Sabrina

Identity/Graffiti

-I grew up listening to rap music. One of my favourite albums was then (and still is) the indie-rap classic "Funcrusherplus" by Company Flow. It's kind of dark and chaotic rap music with lo-fi production and the lyrics have many references to graffiti. They even have song called "Lune Tns" which only about dropping names of graffiti artists. In "8 Steps to perfection" the rappers brag about organized graffiti, that society can't controll. Other works of El-P, the mastermind behind Company flow are interesting as well.

-One of the favourite rap groups of my teenage days was also Swedish underground/indie group called LoopTroop. Many of their songs are about graffiti. Just to mention "Ambush In the Night" and "Spraycan Stories", which as much about stealing spraycans as painting graffiti. To an adult their lyrics sound naive, but case of a 16-year-old boy was completely different.

Both Compaly Flow and LoopTroop had the "fuck the society"-attitude and anarchistic political message.

Corrupt local politics/Identity

There is a ton of rap songs about corrupted/racistic/violent police departments. Maybe the "Fuck the Police" by N.W.A is official anti-police anthem. Yeah, I took a lot of influences from that song as well, when I was searching my identity.

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BOOK: Son of Man > Recommend songs > Dubstep
by: Matti Koivisto

I first posted this one to wrong place. I'm sorry for that. Feel free to delete my first post. Anyway... When it comes to living in the 2000's, dubstep is probably the most significant new music genre. The sound of dubstep is hard to describe, but in a nutshell it's deep, dark and often very bass-heavy electronic music originating from London. The genre is not album-oriented and the easiest way to get stuff is just to google "dubstep mix mp3" and get a mix to download. Mixes differ from each other - just like the whole thing. There is danceable (but still deep, dark and gloomy) "party" music and there is non dance-oriented music. The dubstep album, that I would recommend is "Untrue" by Burial, that someone has described being "the soundtrack of rainy and empty city of London at night". The album contains only very few vocals (all sampled) and it's more about electronic sound walls about feeling of being desperate and alone in urban environment and looking for love and friendship.
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Nice idea, I think... I've never really listened to any dubstep, but will begin with Untrue!
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Dino Muhic gave a shot "Some titles" for BOOK: Son of Man
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BOOK: Son of Man > Recommend films/books on corruption > Some titles
One of the big themes in the book is corruption, especially on a local level. I'm having a hard time writing about in an engaging, human level. The corruption is buried under so many levels of boredom that it's difficult to make interesting. Can you recommend books or films or tv series or comic books or anything that deal with this in some way? It seems to me politicians on tv are either completely pure and incorruptible (like in West Wing), or completely evil and ruthless (like Lex Luthor). Sopranos has one of the few realistic depictions of corruption that I can think of -- where the godfather has a good time with the politicians and then they both help each other out a bit: the other one gets money, the other some illegal contract. But what else is there? It doesn't have to be petty local stuff! Corrupt presidents are okay, too! (Come to think of it, there's one in Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning.)
2045 days ago | 0 Comments | 0 Thumb-ups 

Well, I would recommened you "Copland". Typical Cop-Corruption with great actors (Harvey Keitel and so on).
"Dark Blue" is great, too.

Some other movies (mostly police and political corruption):
"Training Day"
"American Gangster"
"Traffic"
"16 Blocks"
"L.A. Confidental"
"China Moon"
"City of God"
"Ransom"

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Matti Koivisto gave a shot "The Private War We Fight" for BOOK: Son of Man
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BOOK: Son of Man > Recommend films/books on corruption > The Private War We Fight
One of the big themes in the book is corruption, especially on a local level. I'm having a hard time writing about in an engaging, human level. The corruption is buried under so many levels of boredom that it's difficult to make interesting. Can you recommend books or films or tv series or comic books or anything that deal with this in some way? It seems to me politicians on tv are either completely pure and incorruptible (like in West Wing), or completely evil and ruthless (like Lex Luthor). Sopranos has one of the few realistic depictions of corruption that I can think of -- where the godfather has a good time with the politicians and then they both help each other out a bit: the other one gets money, the other some illegal contract. But what else is there? It doesn't have to be petty local stuff! Corrupt presidents are okay, too! (Come to think of it, there's one in Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning.)
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If you somehow can get the Brazilian documentary called "The Private War We Fight", I really recommend it. I have as bonus material on my City of God dvd. The documentary analyzes the crime of Brazilian favelas.

Another good documentary, which refers to corruption is one called "Cocaine Cowboys". The documentary is (surprisingly) about cocaine trafficing in Miamin during the 80's. It also shows how the city's economic development is strongly linked to drug money.

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Matti Koivisto gave a shot "Dubstep" for BOOK: Son of Man
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BOOK: Son of Man > Recommend songs > Dubstep
EDIT: New themes include apocalypse and utopias I like to listen to thematically relevant songs whenever I'm writing something. Sometimes I refer to them in the writing itself, and I will have a Playlist at the end of the book. The songs can be in any language, although I only understand Finnish, Swedish, English and German. Feel free to also recommend films, books etc. These are the major themes and styles of Son of Man. I'm looking for recommendations on songs that could be relevant. (In brackets I have some examples, of what I've already got.) growing up in the 80s (Manowar: Wheels of Fire, Kim Wilde: Kids in America) living in the 2000s identity/roleplaying/changing (Pet Shop Boys: It's a Sin) gothic/emo/guys with make-up (Cure: Tainted Love, Joy Division: Dead Souls) graffiti Jesus/religion (Genesis: Jesus He Knows Me, Depeche Mode: Personal Jesus) playboy/pick-up artist corrupt local politics (Leonard Cohen: First We Take Manhattan, Ennio Morricone: The Ballad of Sacco & Vanzetti) apocalypse/end of the world/millennium utopias/dystopias Any suggestions are welcome! If you can nail several themes with the same song, all the better!
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I first posted this one to wrong place. I'm sorry for that. Feel free to delete my first post.

Anyway...

When it comes to living in the 2000's, dubstep is probably the most significant new music genre. The sound of dubstep is hard to describe, but in a nutshell it's deep, dark and often very bass-heavy electronic music originating from London.

The genre is not album-oriented and the easiest way to get stuff is just to google "dubstep mix mp3" and get a mix to download. Mixes differ from each other - just like the whole thing. There is danceable (but still deep, dark and gloomy) "party" music and there is non dance-oriented music.

The dubstep album, that I would recommend is "Untrue" by Burial, that someone has described being "the soundtrack of rainy and empty city of London at night". The album contains only very few vocals (all sampled) and it's more about electronic sound walls about feeling of being desperate and alone in urban environment and looking for love and friendship.