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Okay, this is friking brilliant.

Originally posted by nihilistic_kid at BBC's Horrible Histories
Hmm, think someone at the United Kingdom's state-run media is a fan of The Smiths? Check out this song by, uh, Charles Dickens:

Oh yes!

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Jun. 13th, 2012

LJ is still spammy, and I'm still at @crackpothall.

And sometimes at Flora's Fury on Facebook.

And occasionally at The Califa Police Gazette!

Nov. 28th, 2011

Alas, there is just too much spam coming through LJ these days. Check me out at facebook or on twitter @crackpothall.

Cheerio!

Oct. 23rd, 2010

Is the October full moon the Harvest Moon or the Hunter's Moon?

I can't remember.

Either way, the moon is full and big. It drifts over the desert like an albino pumpkin. That image sounds cooler in my mind than it does on paper. Screen. Whatever.

Yr. obt. svt.,

Y.S. Wilce

Dec. 2nd, 2009

"People often ask great storytellers, "Where do you get your ideas?" but the real question is "How do you make sense of your ideas?" Delany believed that good writers read so much that they "internalize" certain "literary models" and thereby acquire an instinctual feel for a story's proper shape. As they build on that evocative first image or scene, while they are still venturing further out into the unknown, an unconscious part of their creative intelligence is figuring out how to knit it all back together again. Writers who never develop that instinct tend to keep dragging new gunmen into the room until the story stalls out, which is why a decent ending is so much harder to write than an enticing beginning. The ability to pull it off is one thing that separates the Neil Gaimans of this world from the rest of us saps."

From Cloudsourcing Coraline by Laura Miller, published on SALON.

Yr. obt. svt.,

Y.S. Wilce

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Nunquam Credere Piscum

As we all know, the motto of Florian Abenfarax, Warlord of Califa, is "Never Trust a Fish." (His Latin is a bit rusty.)

The Jollyship the Whizbang completely agrees:






Yr. obt. svt.,

Y.S. Wilce

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Yes, what she said, exactly

Also from this week's NY Times book review section:

"To the Editor:

Thank you for not comparing any children’s fantasy novel in the children’s books issue (Nov. 8) to the Harry Potter series. More than three-quarters of the paperbacks I own have quotes on the back cover from The Times or some other respected literary source comparing the book to Harry Potter. None of these books have anything to do with Harry Potter. It seems that the only fantasy novel critics have read is Harry Potter and that they assume that all fantasy will be like Harry Potter. Children’s fantasy should be reviewed by children or adults who actually read fantasy.

REBECCA LANDAU
Berkeley, Calif.
The writer is 13 years old and a student at Martin Luther King Middle School."

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Y.S. Wilce

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King on Editors

"...a good editor should improve the writer's work by doing a number of useful things: posing questions the writer should have answered and didn't, suggesting places where thematic concerns can be reinforced to make a more pleasing whole and pointing out (gently) infelicities of language. What an editor should never do is superimpose his or her own beliefs about style and story upon the author's work. An editor should be an expert midwife, not a surrogate parent."

--Stephen King, latest New York Times book section.

One could argue that this also describes a good critique-er, as well.

Yr. obt. svt.,

Y.S. Wilce

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When the Saints Go Marching In...

Went to see The Boondock Saints 2: Electric Saint-a-loo yesterday. Ayah, so probably this is one of the stupidest movies ever, but I enjoyed it a lot. I got no Irish in me (as far as I know) but the MacManus brothers are pretty lovable psychopaths. Of course the movie wasn't as good as the first one (no Willem Dafoe) but it was still pretty darn good in a stupid campy way.

One of the amusing aspects of the series is that the movies are so campy, and yet I can't figure out if the director knows he's being campy or just thinks he's being awesome. Of course Ed Wood didn't think he was being campy, either, and yet...so clearly self-knowledge is not required to produce camp--in fact, it may well be that obliviousness is the key.

Anyway, as far as crazy wild operatic mish-mashy totally implausible gratuitous shoot-em-ups go, I'd give The Boondock Saints 2: Boondockier a solid eight and a half. A la Joe Bob Briggs: salami-fu; Christian Louboutin fu; panic room fu; swearing fu (the most awesome swearing fu ever!); tattoo fu; and of course, hot Irish twins fu.

Yr. obt. svt.,

Y.S. Wilce

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