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I forget how much I dislike reading historical!KingArthur scholarship until I try it out again, ugh. It's all that thing in "The Monsters and the Critics" - the questions that are being pursued in the research are overwhelmingly documentarian-historicist when what i want is mythopoetics and sacred/social anthropology, I don't care if Arthur was real or not I just want to talk about who was telling what stories when and with what meanings -

I was trying to find out about Arthur, land-magic, and British-Isles colonialism. I want to know if I can legitimately make the land of the Thames valley react to Bran Davies as the rightful king come again, being that he's not English but Welsh. I would be confident having the Welsh mountains react that way to Bran, and the Thames valley would absolutely react to say T.H. White's Arthur, who isn't Welsh at all - but I'm not entirely clear on how it works, having a Welsh king function as a unification figure for Britain, when Wales has had a subordinated position in the British Empire since basically forever.

T.H. White's is the version of the canon that I know the best, and it doesn't deal with that aspect, being pretty post-Tennysonian in its characterization of Arthur and the meaning of his reign; and I mean I've also got a bunch of MZB bouncing around in the back of my head, but that's not likely to help me much in terms of either clear politics or good history. I turned up a book by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, whose work I've liked before, on the postcolonial Arthur that I mean to read, and I've had J.D. Graham's book on sacral Britain on loan from my dad for about forever; but unless I turn up something explicit to prohibit it, I do think that Susan Cooper gives me enough in-text justification to cross British regional folklore traditions, if not to completely intermingle them. I feel like DiR very much lets particular traditions wash over each of the books in the series, leaving behind a series of overlapping residua. There's the never-explained Bran/Herne connection, for one thing, to justify the linkage; Herne is very solidly Thames-region-specific, and Bran Davies has his eyes.

Killjoys renewed!

Sep. 1st, 2015 01:17 pm
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They're getting a second season!!

getting out of the house a bit!

Aug. 31st, 2015 04:37 pm
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very exciting. I had that poetry reading, then went out again yesterday afternoon to a thing happening in the street (well, in a "parklet") with people alternately ranting, event announcing, and poeting. by the time we were there and I got up to read, I was very tired. Saturday evening I went with the kids to a jazz age murder mystery game. Everyone's outfits were amazing!

I went out to lunch today by myself. Ramen place, looked unpromising from the outside but then it was extremely good.

It is good to be out of the house reliably!

Work OK. I feel more mentally "on" than in the past few weeks. My vision still gets bad by the end of the day. I get disheartened with exhaustion too, but mornings are good again.

Cat still slowly dying of kidney failure and not eating. we are hydrating her twice a day now. I am glad to cuddle her a bit more but it is stressful to deal with her peeing everywhere. Though, I can also do the laundry now more or less.

That's new and I dont' want to mess it up! It's been months since I have dared waste my ankles and knees on laundry doing!

Sink still leaking so I have a choice of doing the dishes with the leak or leaving the sink full of smelly dishes for another day. I think it will be towels and bowls under the sink and more laundry. Plumber may or may not come at 8am tomorrow. They are a bit unreliable. (both ones that I called.)

I am going to Paris in early November for work. Looking at maps, feeling excited. It will be an adventure in inaccessibility. But at least, only 5 co-workers, small team meeting, I hope low key. The office is in the 9th arrondissement on a broad street with curb cut sidewalks. Kind of between the opera houses and a lot of fancy department stores. It is very close to a covered passageway or two, sort of an early mall (Jouffrey and Panorama).

Paris is laid out in a clockwise spiral from the center with numbered districts and I read that they are often written in roman numbers on signs. IXeme! As I study the maps I am zooming in to see street level views. I have found some sort of feministy queer space with a zine library.

I got a nice extra bonus at work. I like this place. Bonus!!!!

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Aug. 31st, 2015 01:01 am
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Suzette Haden Elgin Papers

Aug. 28th, 2015 08:56 am
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Robin Wayne Bailey is making an appeal on Facebook to save a vast archive of material that belonged to the late Suzette Haden Elgin.

From his post:

An antique dealer in Arkansas who purchases abandoned storage lockers for his business recently acquired one that contained all the papers, books and original artwork of Suzette Haden Elgin.

Suzette was much loved throughout Midwest and southern fandom and seen at many conventions during the eighties and nineties. A linguist, she retired from the University of San Diego and resettled in the Ozarks. She founded the Science Fiction Poetry Society and the Ozarks Center for Science Fiction. For a list of her many books, check Wikipedia (I’m writing this on an iPhone). The antique dealer contacted LOCUS, who then contacted me. I verified with Suzette’s husband that he had no room for what reportedly are “hundreds” of boxes. If any fan group is interested in rescuing any of this material, I’ll pass along the antique dealer’s contact info. I hope someone can save it. Please share this across all fannish channels.

You can reach Bailey with a Facebook message.

I'm notifying all the archivists I know who work with sff collections, both on Facebook and private email, but I wanted to post here, and encourage people to circulate as widely as possible.

If you're not on Facebook, you can see the information at File 770
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Mungo sent me some pictures from the hiking trip he and Neal did in Gros Morne National Park. photos )

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Aug. 27th, 2015 11:58 am
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 to [personal profile] fledgist !  Have a really marvelous day!

In Memoriam

Aug. 26th, 2015 08:16 pm
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title: “perles de pluie”
vidder: mswyrr
song: Nina Simone - “Ne Me Quitte Pas”
fandom: MMFR
summary: i will offer you / pearls made of rain / come from lands / where it never rains
vidder’s notes: Huge thanks to vesperregina and evayna for taking the time to beta this vid. I was stuck before their excellent feedback showed me how to get moving again! <3

streaming )

vimeo | youtube | lyrics | sendspace |

here comes the mansplain again

Aug. 23rd, 2015 05:26 pm
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From http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/016318.html, on the Hugo award ceremony

#67 ::: Sumana Harihareswara ::: (view all by) ::: August 23, 2015, 11:45 AM:

I am grateful for the livestream, and for our community.

I am Hindu and I felt like the mocking repetition of a Hare Krishna chant was a slap in the face to me.

#68 ::: Bruce Adelsohn ::: (view all by) ::: August 23, 2015, 11:52 AM:

Sumana Harihareswara @67: It didn't seem mocking to me. Rather, it was aimed at bringing peace to a number of souls who needed it. YMMV, of course, but that's how I saw it on the stream.

henna day post / Hugos

Aug. 23rd, 2015 02:06 pm
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It is Henna Day, and I am bracing for the heat wave we're supposed to have this week. I am heartily tired of heat waves, and if I could make autumn happen in LA before late October, I would.

I'm relieved that the Puppies were shut out of the Hugo Awards, but frustrated that so many good authors were shut out as a result of their shenanigans (especially the authors in their second year of Campbell eligibility). I was pleased to see a novel in translation winning for Best Novel.

I really hope the Puppy shenanigans don't happen again next year.

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Aug. 22nd, 2015 08:54 pm
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Sister left us her dog for the week while she's on holiday with her family. So now there's two dogs in the house.

I don't know how Will Graham copes with his pack.

There's a Ray Bradbury Story...

Aug. 22nd, 2015 12:56 pm
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 Chauncey DeVega on the "forgiveness ritual."

Because I'm just pulling out all the stops today.

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Aug. 22nd, 2015 12:46 pm
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 to [personal profile] elisem !  Lioness!  Mighty jeweler!  Lance of justice!  May your day be beautiful, made of joy, and remunerative.  (And may the air around you be breathable.  I hear you're in Spokane.)

Killjoys

Aug. 21st, 2015 10:58 pm
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Season 1 of Killsjoys just ended, and I really liked it. It's a low-budget Canadian TV series by the creator of Lost Girl, Michelle Lovretta. The show is about three bounty hunters, aka Killjoys, in a far-future setting kind of like Firefly's, ie a colonised extrasolar planetary system, but with more background cast diversity and better-developped politics.

The central character is Dutch, a trained assassin who is running from that past, and flanking her are her best friend and bounty-hunting partner Johnny, and Johnny's estranged ex-soldier brother D'Avin, whom they rescue in the first episode from a kill-order warrant and who ends up joining them.

The supporting characters are all similar to well-worn SF types, but are mostly handled in a low-key and very human way. There's the supportive bartender, the disgraced doctor, the scheming aristocrat, the rival bounty hunters, the quirky spaceship AI, etc. Dutch's mysterious and skeevy old tutor isn't so humanised, but he's not meant to be warm and fuzzy. And the monk from a self-mutilating religious order feels pretty different.

I really feel the low-budget angle in the obviously-filmed-in-Canada location settings (enhanced by CGI spacescapes), but this series IMO handles its scope better than Lost Girl, which always felt really cheap whenever it tried to sell its world-threatening showdowns in empty warehouses with a handful extras brawling in poorly-choreographed fight scenes. It's also a little bit hard to buy Dutch's amazing murder training at times, because the narrative does keep putting her in jeopardy, but I feel her inner conflicts are a step up from Bo's perpetual state of impertinent frustration with Fae politics and prophecies in Lost Girl. Dutch likes and is good at her job, and the friendship she has with Johnny is one of mutual respect that feels earned (Bo's friendship with Kenzi was one of Lost Girl's strength, too) and while she's situated as trying to be apolitical, like Bo, the political dynamics around her are more complex (and human, no pun intended) than with the Fae: greedy corporations, colonial oppression, indentured workers, drug addiction, and so forth.

I don't know if I'm damning with faint praise, but I really did like this series, and I hope it's renewed for a second season.

***

Killjoys has been airing on Space on Fridays just before Dark Matter. There are some good things about Dark Matter (Zoie Palmer from Lost Girl!), but it feels very stilted and try-hard by comparison. Like tonight's ep, which has its male characters trapped in a room talking about how they're totally getting out and rescuing the female characters, while the female characters are outside dealing with the cartoonishly evil bad guys, and the showrunner seem to be going "see? see? we can totally do Strong Female Characters!" and a high proportion of those female characters happen to literally be artificial constructs... And for a show premised on a being a bunch of amnesiacs trying to rebuild new identities rather than limiting themselves to who they were supposed to have been before, it's really heavy on the stereotypes. (The series' setting also reads entirely as "Generic Space Opera".)

***

There's only one new episode of Hannibal left to air in Canada. *sad fannibal noises*

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Aug. 20th, 2015 01:49 pm
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 Yvonne Craig, actress and dancer (Batgirl).

And two reminiscences from Mark Evanier.
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