Research Blog Antarctica #29 – 30

Documentary film: Davis Guggenheim: An Inconvenient Truth (U.S.A. 2006) A documentary about Al Gore’s slideshow about global warming, this is a good propaganda movie hammering its points in very well. given the subject, its not surprising that Gore talks a bit about Antarctica and the melting of the icecap, and Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #28

Documentary film: Werner Herzog: The Wild Blue Yonder (U.K. U.S.A. France, Germany, 2005) Herzog’s semi-documentary science fiction fable contains a lot of footage shot underwater beneath the Antarctic ice. It’s really quite interesting, especially in terms of the colors.

Research Blog Antarctica #27

Non-fiction: Peter Matthiessen: End of the Earth (National Geographic Society, 2003) This is the worst Antarctica book I’ve read so far. Its crimes include pointlessness and a lack of content, but far worse is its surprising ability to resist reading. Whether I’m tired or feeling sharp, after reading half a Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #26

Non-fiction: Roland Huntford: Shackleton (Abacus 1996, orig. 1985) One of Roland Huntford’s three massive biographies of the explorers of the Heroic Age, I left this for the last because Shackleton is so fashionable these days, I’ve gone through his story three times so far already, once in Shackleton’s own account, Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #25

Non-fiction: Christer Boucht: Lähdin Etelämantereelle (Kirjayhtymä, 1993) This is the first Antarctica book I read in Finnish. Although the author is a Finn, it’s originally been published in Swedish. It’s about a 78-year old guy who goes on one of the Adventure Network trips to Antarctica in the late Eighties. Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #23 – 24

Non-fiction: Charles Swithinbank: Vodka on Ice (Book Guild, 2002) I’ve come across surprisingly few accounts of life in Antarctica written by scientists working there, especially since its supposed to be “the continent of science”. This is only the second one, the first being John C. Behrendt’s classic and undeservedly little Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #17 – 22

Fiction film: John Carpenter: the Thing (U.S.A. 1982) This is perhaps the single most classic Antarctica movie, so it was a high time I saw it also. Antarctic literature has often mentioned it as a special favorite at U.S. stations on the seventh continent, and it certainly deserves its reputation. Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #16

Non-fiction: Gretchen Legler: On the Ice (Milkweed, 2005) Does it say something about the point I’ve reached with this Antarctica stuff that I’m now reading lesbian Antarctic literature? I had some negative preconceptions about this book, but actually it’s quite good. It’s another of those books generated by the American Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #15

Fiction film: Charles Sturridge: Shackleton (U.K. 2002) A fictional dramatization of the same Shackleton story featured in the documentary of the previous entry. It’s a story that became very fashionable especially in Britain during the turn-of-the-millennium craze for Antarctica. Scott had been discredited, so the British needed a new Antarctic Continue Reading

Research Blog Antarctica #11 – 14

Things’ve been piling up, and this time we’re further away from Antarctica than ever. First there’s an Antarctica movie, though: Documentary film: George Butler: the Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (Sweden, U.K., Germany, U.S.A., 2000) I was very happy to see the movie because it features a large amount of Continue Reading