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NOT EVEN THROUGH THE FIRST EPISODE YET BUT I HAVE TO PAUSE A FEW SECONDS TO SAY TWO THINGS
[Spoiler (click to open)]1) MICHEL HAS A HUSBAND
2) ALEX KINGSTON
Every act of creation is a rebellion against the way things are.— David Duchovny (@davidduchovny) November 11, 2016
Don't give up.
We've been talking and talking over the last couple of days. At some points there's been crying alongside talking. Today someone said that some other colleges held two-minute silences for Leonard Cohen. Instead of silence, we decided to celebrate him by listening to his music in class. These are the four versions of 'Hallelujah' I watched with my class.
There was even some laughter when someone said that Jon Bon Jovi makes out with the mic. Yesterday, we talked about the carnivalesque, about how laughter is necessary. We need poetry, music, and art -- and yes, humour -- more than ever.
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today I learned that activism & taking care of each other must be an everyday thing, not just an election thing— Jay Duplass (@jayduplass) November 9, 2016
I promise to do better
How is this even happening. I just... don't even have words. We're all in shock. I'm so sorry, America.
I feel like I want to throw up or cry. But I don't think we should grieve. I think we should be angry that dangerous, bigoted assholes are in positions of power, and I think we should channel that anger into our efforts to make things better. I think we should be supportive of each other, no matter where in the world we are.
Just caught one of the cats peeing in the bathroom sink. Just when you think you've seen it all. He didn't stop when I walked in either. Just gave me a look that said 'you don't seriously expect me to quit mid-pee, do you?' and kept right at it.
Right, procrastinatory post over. *crawls back to funding application of doom*
Working on the syllabus for my fantasy course! I have some questions that I'm hoping my flist will be able to help with.
1. Suggestions for critical essays or articles. So far I have Tolkien's "On Fairy Stories", Ursula Le Guin's "The Critics, the Monsters, and the Fantasists", extracts from Rosemary Jackson's 'Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion', and an article on Harry Potter by Richard Bernstein.
2. Films to watch. So so many, so little time! I'm thinking Fellowship of the Ring, Prisoner of Azkaban, and The Neverending Story. Good/not good? Better options? Maybe The Hunger Games? PotC: Curse of the Black Pearl?
3. BOOKS. The Hobbit, Goblet of Fire (not sure about this one -- Philosopher's Stone may be better?), H G Wells' short story "The Inexperienced Ghost". Should I include Earthsea? Will 18-19 year olds be able to relate? Any suggestions for works/extracts from Gaiman? I want to include Philip Pullman, but His Dark Materials is too long to read/discuss as part of the course, and the film version of 'The Golden Compass' does very little justice to the book. Maybe just the first chapter of the book?
4. TV shows:
- I'm thinking maybe one episode each from Buffy and Merlin. Would the pilot episodes work? Or maybe there are better options among later episodes?
- Possibly SPN? Although all the good episodes I can think of need context to understand. "Roadkill" is a good one, right? Something people who don't know the show will still be able to appreciate (given the awesome twist at the end)? Possibly "Dead in the Water", since it's creepy and atmospheric enough for the genre, and has some wonderful characters as well as great writing? Any other suggestions?
- I know Doctor Who is sci-fi rather than fantasy, but I can think of a couple of episodes, such as 'Blink' and 'A Christmas Carol' (the flying fish are completely awesome!), that might be fitting? Good idea?
- Game of Thrones. Definitely unsuitable to screen on campus, but I'm thinking maybe I can focus on one character (possibly Daenerys and her dragons) and show some clips that could be discussed? I really want to include GoT somehow.