December 5, 2007
The Sterile Perfection of Legoland
Not to profile myself or anything, but I am loving Lev Grossman’s nerd-culture blog at TIME.com. Case in point: His short post on the pleasing purity of Legoland. Love this bit:
Ultimately, the world of Lego is a world of total order. No, not a world. Worlds are messy and unpredictable. A SYSTEM. A system so organized, so well-thought out, so simple-yet-ingenious, so meticulous, so well-made, that, by comparison, real life is a lumbering, smelly Brobdingnagian doofus. Finally, a totalitarian society that works! The acrylonitrile butadiene styrene Lego elements (Master Builders call Lego pieces “elements”) last forever. Pieces, I mean, elements made in 1963 still connect with those made today.
Also — mini-spoiler-alert, maybe? — he has a report on the first six minutes of The Dark Knight Returns.