I’m not British. I’m from Texas, actually. But I can barely stand it when it gets hot.
I must be secretly British! My parents adopted me when I was a baby because I’m really a wizard but I needed to be hidden from Lord Voldemort, but they forgot to send me to Hogwarts so I grew up in Texas instead!
One of my favorite bits from the Return of the King commentary
The really significant thing for me that makes me cry so much is that Frodo's leaving, which is sad, but hopefully the audience knows and we know that he's leaving forever. We're never, ever going to see him again. Because he's going to the Grey Havens. It's not like he's going to go to Utah.
I think...I think is this not the Grey Havens we're in?
Right. Well, he's on his way to...
Is it the Undying Lands?
Yeah! He's on his way to Valinor.
The Undying Lands.
You can't come back from Valinor.
There's no return ticket?
No. It's like Alcatraz. No coming back from Alcatraz.
You wanna add another candidate? It’s like the Republican primary is like a season of American Idol in reverse, where every week, you just add another idiot. …First you guys wanted (Michele) Bachmann, then (Rick) Perry — now (Chris) Christie? You know what, Republican base? Meet me at camera three!
(To camera three.) Have you ever considered the possibility that maybe your candidates aren’t the problem — maybe it’s you? You’re hard to please or figure out! You’re unrealistic! I mean, you’re pro-life, yet — (rolls tape of GOP members applauding Texas’s death penalty) — what was that? You’re afraid of ‘death panels,’ yet for uninsured coma patients — (rolls tape of GOP members shouting ‘YEAH!!!’ when Ron Paul was asked if a patient without health insurance should be allowed to die) — that’s the crowd: ‘YEAH!!!’ You guys ‘support the troops’ — well except for Captain Creatine over here (rolls tape of gay U.S. Army soldier who asked GOP candidates if they’d repeal DADT — and was booed by GOP debate crowd).
It’s like the Republican base is at war with its own talking points: ‘I want someone who’s gonna cut taxes — and balance the budget! Someone who’s a skilled orator — that doesn’t talk all fancy! The child of poor immigrants — who will build a fence to keep them out of this country! Someone who’s strong enough for a man — but Ph-balanced for a woman!
…It’s like your ideal candidate is a rare, super-heavy element that can only exist in a particular particle accelerator. And even then, only for a fraction of a second. Before you all remember how much you hate science.
You guys need to take a long, hard look in the mirror, and not come away thinking ‘Hey, there’s something wrong with this mirror.’
”—JON STEWART, on media-fed rumors that New Jersey governor Chris Christie may enter the GOP presidential race — as well as the hypocritical sentiments of the Republican party — on The Daily Show (via inothernews)
Australian fantasy author Sarah Douglass died today. She had been suffering for some time from ovarian cancer.
Though I didn’t like all of her books, many of them, in particular the Troy Game series, were completely eye-opening. They helped me to recognise things about myself that I wasn’t able to articulate or acknowledge, and for that I will be forever grateful.
Douglass wasn’t a welcoming or comfortable writer in any way, and although I didn’t know her personally (although I met her once at a signing and we talked for a bit), it seems this sort of guarded prickliness was present in other aspects of her life. Last year, she wrote powerfully about death and dying.
Today I’d like to take that conversation a little further, discuss modern discomfort with death, and discuss the silence that modern western society imposes on the dying. Recently I’ve had it hammered home on a couple of occasions how much the dying are supposed to keep silent, that ‘dying well’ in today’s society means keeping your mouth firmly closed and, preferably, behind closed doors.
Never shall a complaint pass your lips. How many times have we all heard that praise sung of the dying and recently departed, “They never complained”? […]
When it comes to death and dying, we impose a dreadful silence on the dying lest they discomfort the living too greatly.
The whole post is confronting, but well worth the read. When I say that Sara Douglass was a brave woman, it is not empty praise for meeting her death in a stoic and sweet-natured manner, but rather for her courage in acknowledging that death is ugly, frightening, painful and discomforting.
Her words of fiction were sometimes frightening, painful and discomforting too. Vale, Sara. You will be missed.
Sara’s Troy Game and The Crucible series are among my favorite books EVER. And I don’t have a lot of books that I say that about. But, the four books in the Troy Game series have had a pretty strong impact on me as a writer and as a lover of fantasy. They’re not for everyone, and I’m okay with that, because when they’re for you, they really connect. (And right now, I really want to read them again because that series is so AMAZINGLY epic.)
And The Crucible series? It might not feel as epic as the Troy Game, but dear Maker it hits so many things I like in one series. My religious kink, let me show you it. And it didn’t start with The Crucible series, but oh goodness, did that series help me find it.
If you like fantasy novels, or somewhat historically interesting (and at times accurate) novels, at least give her stuff a chance.
Sara, you will be missed.
Oh no, how sad. :( The only book I have ever thrown against a wall is Starman by Ms Douglass, and I actually mean that as a compliment. I was so completely engrossed in the book and the characters that when one character did something unspeakably awful to another (who happened to be my favorite), I was so angry that I literally threw the book. I was angry at how the book ended, but I’m still impressed that her writing sucked me in so effectively.
“That’s what you do with Depression, you mask the symptoms. The symptoms of Depression IS depression, it’s not a symptom of something else. It’s not like you go “oooh, I feel really sad” and then your arse falls off. The symptoms of Depression is depression. You take away the symptoms of Depression HALLOOOOO! you’re cured! But Tom [Cruise] was like “no, no, no Matt. Matt, these drugs Matt, these drugs they’re just a crutch, these drugs are just a crutch!” and I’m thinking “yes?”. THEY’RE A CRUTCH! You don’t walk up to a guy with one leg and say “hey pal, that crutch is just a crutch, THROW IT AWAY! Hop ya bastard! That crutch is masking the symptoms of your one leggedness”.”—
Craig Ferguson on Tom Cruise attacking Brooke Shields for using anti-depressants to fight Post-Partum Depression. (via themarriageofadeadblogsing)
always reblog. you just don’t walk away and get over Depression, Anxiety or any other mental health issue. It stays. For LIFE. The crutch is so you don’t fall on your face every time you try to do anything, and you learn to get better at living with it. Maybe sometimes you don’t need the crutch, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve “gotten better”. So fuck you Tom Cruise, and anyone else who doesn’t get this.