Monthly Archives: July 2013

Who says opera is dead?

There’s a SCOTUS themed opera in the works: [Derrick] Wang is composing an opera entitled Scalia/Ginsburg, based on the justices’ own words and using musical themes and styles of other composers from Verdi to Puccini and Bizet. The University of … Continue reading

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Absolutely disagreeable

Broken Whole: These days, department events and grad student cook-outs are an extended exercise in “I’m okay, you’re okay” collegiality in which our differences remain as muted as possible. At a recent one, one student—after complaining that many contemporary poems … Continue reading

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“All you children who love stories, gather around!”

So we’ve got a duck who can transform into a ballet dancer who can transform into a Magical Girl. And she’s trying to piece together the pieces of this guy’s heart which were scattered when he defeated some evil Raven. … Continue reading

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Soldier of the Mist

I’ve finally gotten around to Gene Wolfe’s Latro novels, being in the middle of the first one, Soldier of the Mist. For those who don’t know, the novel is set in Greece, 479 B.C. The narration is actually the journal … Continue reading

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Far out, man

Not a day goes by, it seems, without someone accusing the Catholic Church of the sin of not being the Episcopalian Church. In this instance, (former?) Father Bert Telen, (formerly S.J.): “In plainer words, we need to end the world … Continue reading

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Favourite first sentences

This is the second lame Favourites post I’ve done for this blog. But favourite first sentences of novels/short stories is a slightly more interesting subject for a favourites list than, say, favourite novels, no? No one who had ever seen … Continue reading

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Late-Night Dodecaphony

I’ve been up since 5 in the morning, and I’m perhaps a little too sleepy to be blogging, but no matter; this made my evening. If you’ve ever tried to make sense of twelve-tone music, or have ever perhaps accidentally … Continue reading

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QotD: No modern fairy tales?

Erik Christian Haugaard: [Hans Christian] Andersen was the last great teller of fairy tales. We may create tales of imagination and fantasy, but they are not fairy tales. The fairy tale and the folk tale take place in the real … Continue reading

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Man killed by toxic fumes emanating from My Little Pony toy. More at 11

I recently bought this vinyl figure put out by Funko. While Amazon reviews warned me of a chemical odor that lingered on in the figures of this line, I still wasn’t prepared for the dizzying wave that flooded my room … Continue reading

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Trigun: Thoughts

– The SF Western trappings invite comparisons with Cowboy Bebop, but they’re really quite different. Bebop is a pomo mashup/homage of American pop culture, while Trigun is pretty much a straightforward western, albeit with some rather comic book-y elements. This … Continue reading

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