The German Election Results...

Sep. 24th, 2017 07:12 pm
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...are predictably depressing.

Please send love and virtual hugs. Also, punch a nazi for me, or ten.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 10:30 pm
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Cartomancy: DEAR POWERS THAT BE, WHEN I ASKED FOR LESS OBFUSCATION AFTER THE VAGUE TAROT CARD, I DID NOT MEAN SARCASM.



Halloween Tarot: Page of Ghosts (Page of Cups)



Vintage Wisdom Oracle: Healing
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Dear Carolyn: In my childhood, criticism from my parents was the constant theme. My grades were never good enough, my room was never clean enough, whatever. As a result, I feel little to no affection for my parents now that I’m an adult, and I don’t spend much time with them or talk to them much. I just don’t like them very much.

However, some people who know this say I’m going to regret distancing myself from them when they’re gone. Do you think that’s true? Should I make more of an effort to spend more time with them now so I don’t regret it later?

— Criticized


Criticized: Your friends would regret distancing themselves, if they were in your position. That doesn’t mean you will.

So, no, I don’t think that is universally true that distance equals regrets.

However, I do believe that seeing parents as people, instead of just as parents, is a more useful way to determine how to adapt your relationship with them over time.

What you describe of your parents is a child’s view of people who, apparently, thought that being a parent meant being strict and teachy all the time. I agree with you that it’s a cold way to go, and tough to forgive, but there are other aspects of parenthood that could provide a fuller and fairer picture. Were their parents that way with them? Was the culture around them one of “seen and not heard” and “spare the rod” orthodoxy? Did they tend not to question things about life in general, their parenting views among them? Was one of them softer but not strong enough to counteract the other?

And: What did they become after their active child-rearing years were over? Did they remain locked in a cold orthodoxy, or did they bloom a little when the weight of responsibility was removed? Are they trying to get to know you now, or are you still 12 to them?

Do you know them all that well as people, or did you distance yourself effectively enough that your last real impression of them was formed as you fled their home after high school?

I ask these questions entirely without judgment. People have their natural, even reflexive ways of looking out for their own health, and kids of unhappy childhoods can even have this need as their central motivation. It makes sense.

But when you get to the point where you’re asking whether this is the right way to go, my inclination is to suggest that you keep asking questions and see where your inquiry leads you. If you don’t feel up to digging all that out, that’s reasonable. Your prerogative. It might also make sense to spend a few sessions with a skilled therapist.

And it might be liberating just to try, once or twice, with no great expectations, to talk to your parents with a different image of them in mind as you do it.

They’re people. Possibly kind of stunted people who meant no harm but had no clue. People who might have interesting things to say if you asked them different questions, and/or with a different objective in mind. Not “I want them to say they’re sorry” or “I want just once for them to be warm and welcoming,” but maybe “I want to see them how their friends do,” or one of my favorite suggestions from a long-ago chatter, “I want to approach them as an anthropologist would and see what I find out.”

fiber monday

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:13 pm
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* A different kind of fiber: I've become a volunteer book-mender again. Reason's teacher says that she's never had one in nearly twenty years of teaching. Happy to serve (I offered it) as long as we keep a reasonable cadence....

(I've stitched a simple pamphlet-style binding with linen twine in place of one book's pair of staples, then put a layer of book-tape over it because first-graders aren't much better than preschoolers about picking at bits that stick out. Twine is fiber!)

* I've skated into that ridiculous chunk of pi shawls wherein every round is nearly 600 stitches and the chart segment accounts for half the stitch count of the whole damned shawl. At least I'm past several individually unpleasant rounds; the current patch has an easy-to-follow repeat. Though that makes it boring (a simple 26-st repeat completed 20 times per round, in a set of four rounds, itself repeated six times), at least I'm unlikely to mess it up. It'll change again.

* My mother's cardigan won't be finished by my target date, largely because it has so much k,p,k,p as to create a field of somnolence around its making. I've informed Reason that I will show it to my mother unfinished on the target date, then complete it by winter solstice. Reason remains concerned that my mother won't want it and I'll undo it, but I'd just lengthen the sleeves and keep it in that case....
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Star Trek: Discovery 1.01 The Vulcan Hello )

Star Trek: Discovery 1.02 Battle at the Binary Stars )

I'm down for this show because of course I am, so I shall be watching. Anyone else?

Star Trek: Discovery: Episode 2

Sep. 25th, 2017 12:10 am
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AAAAAAAAA.

Spoilers )

I would have thought lawful

Sep. 24th, 2017 11:59 pm
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I Am A: Chaotic Good Human Paladin/Sorcerer (4th/3rd Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-13

Dexterity-8

Constitution-16

Intelligence-10

Wisdom-8

Charisma-7


Alignment:
Chaotic Good A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he's kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. However, chaotic good can be a dangerous alignment when it disrupts the order of society and punishes those who do well for themselves.


Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.


Primary Class:
Paladins take their adventures seriously, and even a mundane mission is, in the heart of the paladin, a personal test an opportunity to demonstrate bravery, to learn tactics, and to find ways to do good. Divine power protects these warriors of virtue, warding off harm, protecting from disease, healing, and guarding against fear. The paladin can also direct this power to help others, healing wounds or curing diseases, and also use it to destroy evil. Experienced paladins can smite evil foes and turn away undead. A paladin's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast. Many of the paladin's special abilities also benefit from a high Charisma score.


Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Just Breathe

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:49 pm
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The last few days we've had a record-setting heat wave, with temps in the high 80s and low 90s (right now it's 25 C/ 77 F AT NIGHT). My asthma is acting up and I have been feeling more sad than usual. I get this burning pain in my ribs and sternum and mouth. I've been napping during the day and staying up late, but I haven't been doing much with my time.

To get some good AC I went to the cheap seat movie theater tonight and saw "Step." This is a documentary about a Step dance team at a girls' high school in Baltimore. The film focuses entirely on black girls and women. Recommended.
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I've been doing less book bingeing and more reading of fic over the last month, which is probably, ultimately a happy balance for me.

Liberty and Other Stories (Prosperity, #2-4, 6) - Alexis Hall - ★ ★ ★ ★

A diverse series of stories expanding on the Prosperity universe, both before and after the events of Prosperity. read more )

The New Born Year - Kris Ripper ★ ★

I love this series, and I really liked getting to know Ally better, but I found this a difficult and unpleasant read. read more )

Full of Briars (October Daye, #9.3) - Seanan McGuire ★ ★ ★

I'm several books behind in this series, and figured this was a good way to dip back in. Because Quentin. Who is awesome. read more )

Gun To My Head - Dira Lewis ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reread. First read April 5, 2017. Second read April 6, 2017. Third read now, by which you might infer that I really fucking love this book. read more )

The Mystic Marriage (Alpennia, #2) - Heather Rose Jones ★ ★ ★ ★

I continue to adore this series. This second installment continues to follow Barbara and Margerit's lives, while expanding the focus to two characters who played a supporting role in the first book. read more )

The Element of Fire (Ile-Rien, #1) - Martha Wells ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reread. I think I first read this sometime in 2010.

This is a secondary-world fantasy set in the approximate equivalent of 17th Century France only with both sorcery and Fae creatures.read more )

Point of Dreams (Astreiant, #2) - Melissa Scott & Lisa A. Barnett ★ ★ ★ ★

In some ways the murders are the least interesting part of this book. They matter, and they drive the plot, but it's the thematic stuff going on around and in cause of the murders that I found most interesting.

This is a book about relationships, and the ways they are seen and controlled by society and societal pressures. read more )

Seven Summer Nights - Harper Fox ★ ★ ★ ★

This was not the book I expected it to be, but I quite enjoyed the book it turned out to be.

This is, as the cover copy stated, a just-post-WWII historical romance between an archaeologist and a vicar, both of whom came back from the war changed. It's about two men trying to fit back into roles and ways of life they no longer fit. read more )

Bound to Be a Groom (Regency Reimagined, #1) - Megan Mulry

DNF.

It's queer, kinky, poly, historical erotica. I'm pretty much THE target audience for this book. And I gave up at 13% read. read more )

Death by Silver (Julian Lynes and Ned Mathey, #1) - Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold ★ ★ ★ ★

This was a rougher read than I expected from the ad copy. Good, but at times decidedly difficult.

This is a queer, steampunk murder mystery, but that's not really what it's about.

What it actually is is a book about institutionally-sanctioned bullying and abuse and the different ways in which adult survivors of childhood trauma cope with their past. read more )

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Sep. 24th, 2017 11:09 pm
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so mexico city was hit by a massive earthquake last week and the pictures of ordinary folks helping rescue workers move debris and conduct search and rescue operations and generally helping out in every possible way are heartwarming and heartbreaking. also there are of course rescue dogs. meet frida. she works with the mexican navy, she was named after frida kahlo, and she's found fifty-two people in the course of her career. (only twelve of those people were still alive, but still.) i love that the rescue dogs wear booties and goggles. they need protection too! they're good dogs.

today was gorgeous and summer-like (ie, hot) and [livejournal.com profile] tamalinn and i went to the isabella stewart gardner museum for some culture. the museum is effectively a big house museum, with all the shit isabella collected in her life arranged in the building where she lived. she opened it to the public after it was built and held concerts and lectures and invited artists to come hang out. when she died, she left the house and all its contents to the city under the condition that nothing be moved, so it looks like it did when she was alive. she had the weirdest sense of interior design - there are decorative stone bits just slapped into the sides of the wall along the stairs, and mismatched wrought iron fencing (not fence-fencing, but like barrier-fencing to keep you out of, like, a private side chapel in an old church) in weird places, and nothing matches. the museum is however full of REALLY COOL SHIT - furniture and tapestries and art (SO MUCH ART) and knickknacks and old books and chandeliers and wall sconces and (mismatched, did i mention?) sets of china and marble busts and tiles and letters (there's one from john quincy adams and his handwriting is so neat and legible and cute) and sheet music and screens and pieces of medieval churches (SO MANY WOODEN SEATS FROM CHOIR STALLS, SO MUCH RANDOM WOOD) and seriously, i think the only thing that's missing is clothes. it's a little nuts but i have to say, i really admire isabella's nondiscriminatory attitude towards collecting.

also there's a room that has a lot of john singer sargent paintings, and i really like his work.

last night i went over to my sister's so we could watch the first kingsman movie (cute and fun and violent and weird) and eat leftovers. i brought a challah. it's an OMG challah. seriously, that's what it says on the bag. it doesn't have raisins (personally i prefer a raisin challah) but it's still delicious.

i didn't get any of my rbb choices, but i'm pretty sure at least one of the arts i wanted was claimed by someone whose fic i've enjoyed, and that's ok. i'm still bummed, tho. claims opened at 10 and it looked like everyone posted their choices at the exact same time. crazy! now i know how artists must feel when claims open for regular bangs.

two questions:

1 what do i do with four egg yolks? is that a custard? small custard, large custard?

2 what do clove cigarettes smell like? i'm guessing it's not like sticking your face in a jar of cloves, but is it?

Star Trek: Discovery

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:13 pm
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I have seen the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery! It was good! I would watch the rest!

Spoilers )

Now please let the rest of it not suck.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 10:00 pm
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Last couple of weeks have been crazy. One week had the best sex I've had in my life so far, followed by the guy involved saying the next day we weren't right for each other. The next had me spending most of it waiting to embark on the pair of long and stressful tasks I knew I'd be having to do, only for the materials of one and the instructions for the other to both land Thursday afternoon. Friday wasn't easy. Tomorrow will hopefully contain all of the worst of it. All the while the world goes more and more to hell, and who knows if we'll even be alive and have health care at the end of next week anyway.
Blogging takes up a lot of time too. I'll be doing it like crazy the next two nights, then Wednesday night I'm going to have to do another catch-up on the figure skating news; I'll have to deal with Joshua Farris being out, if nothing else. I finished the next part of "Habeas for Superheroes" this afternoon, but I don't know when I'm going to post it. Also I'm this close to finishing the next part of three more fics. Maybe it'll end up being a double fic post. Or more. And I've got a Fitzsimmons thing I may or may not finish, but if I do, I want to before I head off to the Jane Austen convention next week.
Did take the time out just now to watch Star Trek: Discovery. CBS are being total idiots relegating this to their streaming service. It's engaging enough to totally be watchable week to week on TV, but worth paying for a whole new streaming service? Not really. And even if it was, why on Earth are they relegating something so visually stunning to computer/tablet screens?
Seriously considering not watching Inhumans. I'm going to miss the second episode anyway. If they cancel and pretend it didn't happen, you don't really have to see it, do you?
Also drafted the body of an #ITPE letter. I know it's absolutely crazy of me to sign up for that, but I think I might just do so.
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http://zheng3.com/faire-play/
3D printable / printed armor to fit Barbie and Barbie-similar dolls. Available now!

I happen to love Barbie type dolls - the odder the better. I used to collect dolls like Dennis Rodman, 90210, M.C. Hammer, Xena, and other non-Mattel dolls. Of course they all swap clothes, since I don't usually bother to keep them in original boxes. Exceptions include Dennis Rodman, who has an extra head with peach fuzz in a different color (red or green) and the Scully and Mulder set (one of my few Mattel sets.)

I still have a few of document boxes full of dolls: one box full of unboxed dolls with miscellaneous clothing and accessories at the bottom and two boxes of unopened dolls. I guess I was thinking of selling some of the boxed dolls *someday*, but mostly I like to look at them. That's why I opened so many of my other dolls.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 09:09 pm
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I slept badly again last night. It was really hard to relax and fall asleep. If I lie on either side, my left elbow hurts enough to wake me. If I lie on my back, the strap for my c-PAP headgear slides upward until the nose piece is no longer actually over my nose which also wakes me. I got up when Scott went to bed, even though I was tired enough to need more sleep, because Cordelia was already up.

Things with Scott's work schedule are a bit up in the air. They source their raw materials in Texas and so have a supply bottleneck even though they're facing both their busiest time of year due to special orders for cider season and an unusually high demand for the things they make all year. This worries me that they'll only give Scott one day to transition back to day shift by making him work next Saturday night into Sunday morning and then expecting him to start back on first shift at 6:15 Monday morning. It all depends on whether or not the supplies come in and how much of a backlog of orders they have then.

We ended up going to Dairy Queen last night because Cordelia said she really wanted a hot fudge sundae. Seeing what she ended up with, I'd never have called it a 'hot fudge' sundae because the topping was very, very runny. She commented, after eating it, that she really should have thought about the fact that she's not currently all that into chocolate. Her other idea had been an expedition to Novi to the Cheesecake Factory there, but it was 8:00 by the time we were ready to go anywhere at all. Dairy Queen was cheaper and closer.

I'm still working on characters for my game at UCon. I'll be running it from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and I worry a little that a home rules game won't draw players in that time slot (I was worried about that in any time slot, quite frankly), but I suppose that people who like my games will still see that the game exists. I'm willing to run with just two people. Scott will be running something during that game slot, so I can't ask him to make up numbers.

I have notes, some sketchy and some not so much so, and names for seven characters. It's my intention to write them so that they can be played male, female, or anything else as the player prefers. I did that for my Amber game last UCon, and one of the players decided their character used they/them pronouns. I don't intend to make sex/gender integral to the plot in any way unless the player characters chase after it.

Looking at the online UCon game book section for RPGs is kind of fascinating. There's no character limit for the online listings, and some people post a wall of text while other people say little more there than what will fit in the printed version. It would be interesting to see which of these attract more players or if they simply attract different players. I haven't seen much yet that makes me want to play anything, but many games are better than their blurbs.

I'll be running Sentinels of the Multiverse on Friday morning, so all my GMing will be done by 1 p.m. on Saturday. Sentinels is much less work in the preparation stage. Mainly, I need to pick a villain and a setting and test the combination so that I know what bits of each are likely to kill the superheroes. I may, based on that, offer a limited selection of heroes rather than letting anyone choose any hero at all, but I also may not because that's more work. It's just that there are some heroes who can't function at all against certain villains.

#ITPE 2017

Sep. 24th, 2017 07:27 pm
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OMG, I can't believe it's ITPE time again. Anyway, hello lovely podficcer!

I'm listing a lot of fandoms this year bc I've been slowly breaking up with Marvel for, like, 2+ years now and haven't found a replacement fandom, I just keep trying all the fandoms to see if one will stick. Here's what I've been into lately, in no particular order.

X-Men (First Class movie 'verse): My main pairing is Charles/Erik, though X-Men Apocalypse made me yearn for Charles/Erik/Raven. I specified First Class, not because it has to be based off that single movie, but because I don't actually enjoy rivals pairings normally, so the early 2000s Charles/Erik is less interesting to me, than the closer relationship we've seen in First Class/Days of Future Past/Apocalypse. I'm not opposed to stories that are set in the earlier (later, in canon) movies, just it's a bit more hit or miss how their relationship is portrayed. My favourite tag in the fandom is Alternate Universe - Still Have Powers because I love stories that explore how the world would react to mutants and the powers that they have but the actual canon is so intense, goes to such an extreme. These AUs generally have more of a middle ground.

Marvel Netflix (without a focus on Frank or Danny): Daredevil is the netflix show I've been the most fannish about in the past. Ugh, my stupid avocados, and the awesome women! I'm not really a Frank Castle fan though and the only spark of interest I felt around him was his relationship to Karen.

Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are also awesome, though I haven't delved into those fandoms as deeply. Iron Fist... well, I mostly don't understand why they felt the need to make that show. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it like the others. I won't object if you do a Defenders podfic that has Danny present, but I'm not going to enjoy a Danny-centric story.

Marvel comics 616: I'm mostly interested in Steve/Tony centric stories from comics, though Jan is my fav Avenger, so anything with her in it is amazing! I also have some recs on AO3.

MCU: My main pairings from MCU are Steve/Tony, Clint/Coulson, Clint/Coulson/Natasha, occasionally Tony/Bucky or Steve/Tony/Buck that isn't centered on Steve.
For Steve/Tony, I prefer the stories that build off the comics canon for their relationship (because I admit they are not the strongest pairing within the movie canon). I cannot deal with Civil War stories (from the movie 'verse, 616 is a different matter). My Steve/Tony MCU recs (these are pretty sparse)

For Clint/Coulson and Clint/Coulson/Natasha it's all about the competency porn for me. I love Strike Team Delta, I love them watching out for each other, I love them supporting each other, and I love them kicking ass together. My Clint/Coulson recs

Iron Man: Armored Adventures and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
I've watched and love both of these cartoons, and would happily receive gifts from either of these shows. EMH has the same pairings as the rest of my Marvel preferences, but also includes Clint/Hulk. AA I ship basically Tony/Anyone. :P

Moving out of Marvel...
Sense8
My main pairing for this fandom is Kala/Wolfgang, though I love all the canon pairings (including Sun/Mun and Capheus/Zakia).

Beauty and the Beast (2017)
God I really wanted to throw myself into this fandom after I saw the movie, unfortunately the fandom is not that large. ;__; I ship Belle/Adam and have no interest in seeing Gaston redeemed, nor am I into Lefou pining after him (it's fine if it's present in the story like it was in canon, but I don't want Lefou pining to be the main point of the story)

Star Trek AOS
I blame [twitter.com profile] Rjcreighton for this one. I've pretty much just done Kirk/Spock in this fandom. I have a few recs on AO3 but they're mostly really long stories so probably not useful here.

Merlin
Merlin/Arthur is my main pairing, but I'm also 100% there for canon-era slice-of-life gen, or stories of how awesome a queen Gwen was, post-show. Canon-era stories tend to be my fav, however I'm fine with AUs that take place in a different time so long as there's still magic (there are non-magical AUs that I like, but they can be more hit and miss for me, if you find a modern day non-magic AU that seems to really align with the likes I have listed below though, go for it). I tended to enjoy the potential of season 1 more than the reality of the later seasons, I'm totally there for redeemable Morgana. I have a bunch of (old) recs on my pinboard.

The Martian
Oh Mark Watney you poor goober, look what Mars has done to you. I primarily read gen in this fandom and enjoy Mark trying to cope while everything goes wrong. I'm also ok in reading pairing fic in this fandom but don't have any particular ships, the fandom skews to Mark/Beck, which I'm fine with but don't feel any great love for either. If you go the way of shipping I'd probably prefer something where it's either background or actually puts some work into making me get behind the pairing.

Terminator
I fell in love with the franchise through Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and I adore Cameron. I also have a thing for people growing into heroes so love John Connor's characterization from SCC and T3. My ships are John/Cameron and John/Kate, though this fandom is the one I read the most gen in. I also adore crossovers with Terminator. If you can find good crossovers with this and any of the other fandoms I've listed, that would totally make my day. My Terminator recs are on my pinboard.


Things that I love (an incomplete list): Rule 63, identity porn, competence porn, trans characters, world exploration, found family, pretend dating (really, most harlequin-type storylines), angst, AUs, origin stories, power dynamics (including D/s and BDSM), emotional punches in the gut, and way more than I can think of at the moment.

I don't have many no go zones but cannibalism and killing people in a fetishized way are really hard stops for me. Related to the previous point, I mostly can't deal with zombies and am finding vampires harder to deal with too. Detailed gore on a large scale also makes me queasy and I'm not a fan of horror.

I don't enjoy stories whose plots are driven by homophobia.

As mentioned above, I'm mostly pretending that Captain America: Civil War never happened and tend to immediately back button out of anything that deals with it.


Note: Since these are things other people usually list as no gos, while I wouldn't necessarily say these as things I love, I don't mind unhappy endings and/or death fic. Related to my like of emotional punches in a gut, I like when a story can make me cry. I don't mind sad events or endings so long as the emotions ring true. So if you have a story that you think would work that has an unhappy ending or character death, go for it! I am well known as an angst muffin after all.

the common or garden anti-semite

Sep. 24th, 2017 06:37 pm
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I'm rereading Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers for the first time in maybe a year, since I just switched my Audible membership over to .ca instead of .com, and the Canadian website has the rights for the book when the American website has just been promising to have it for ages but never actually being able to sell it.

In that time I've read Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism, which very closely details the rise of anti-Semitism in Western Europe between the French Revolution and the Second World War. Sayers is an awkward novelist in that her writing in the 1920s and 30s is sparkling in many ways, but soured a few times a book by discordant notes whenever "those people" are mentioned--Sayers seems to think that she is being very liberal-minded by mentioning Jewish people at all, much less having her characters vaguely tolerate them and discuss how a Jew might be as moral as the next fellow. (She had an unhappy early affair with a Jewish writer that seems to have affected her strongly)

I can see no situation in which they might ever have met, but still, the whole thing solidifies mentally for me into a unified whole if I imagine them at some evening party full of urbane and witty literary people, drinking and smoking and sounding clever, where Sayers is holding forth and being pleased with herself and Hannah Arendt is smoking in silence and taking down extensive mental notes for an essay later. She smiles when Sayers passes her an ashtray, but she's already plotting her revenge.

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