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Riffing off of this:

https://medium.com/fan-fare/the-wheel-of-time-still-has-a-long-long-way-to-go-for-tv-c652fe19a6a?postPublishedType=repub

I don't agree with most of this article, but this part stood out: "the Gandalf, Radagast and Saruman figures of the series are all genderflipped, Jordan used magic to put a skewed view on misandry and misogyny, and the series shows remarkable depth in historical and social parallels. There are layers of alien cultures, especially among the Aiel and Seanchan. The show needs to hit with that first, and that’ll be tough, given the story structure."

I think this is actually a huge modern dilema: using a regular trope-filled story to rope people into the trope-twisting surprise you have in store is a great way to open minds. But today people seem to be divided to the point where the more liberal readership can't abide a standard opening, and the more conservative readership won't abide the twist. There's no mind-opening, progression or intellectual growth to be had. I'm not sure what the solution is to engage today's readership with something they'll give time to develop instead of being able to judge in the first 15 seconds.

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the Spicy Journals of Dadly Barewood [NSFW].

I've been looking forward to this one since Dadly's Auto-Erotic Auto-Biography.

I just didn't realize he knew so much about cars!

This is hilarious.  I did write a love poem to my hand once....

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The Mists of Avalon is one that stuck out to me.

I was too young to really pick up on it when I read it but with retrospect, yeah, there's a very loud message here.
I was also quite young when I read it, and thinking back, I can't really tell what it's preaching... is it the christianity thing? But isn't that the basis of all arthurian legends?

Like you said in a previous post, I think it only bothers me if it's preaching something I don't agree with, which tends a bit towards hypocrisy, doesn't it?

For me, it's less the anti-Christianity (although that is present) and more the very heavy pro-feminism slant. At the time I was just "Oh hey, this book has a lot of female characters, ooh next page", but looking back, it is very  heavily pro-feminist. And hey, why not?

And on the anti-Christianity part - I think it's more anti-organised religion as Christianity has become, than anti-Christianity's message. Well, I definitely think that now that I've looked at the book's wiki page and seen this:

"About the time I began work on the Morgan le Fay story that later became Mists, a religious search of many years culminated in my accepting ordination in one of the Gnostic Catholic churches as a priest. Since the appearance of the novel, many women have consulted me about this, feeling that the awareness of the Goddess has expanded their own religious consciousness, and ask me if it can be reconciled with Christianity. I do feel very strongly, not only that it can, but that it must... So when women today insist on speaking of Goddess rather than God, they are simply rejecting the old man with the white beard, who commanded the Hebrews to commit genocide on the Philistines and required his worshippers daily to thank God that He had not made them women... And, I suppose, a little, the purpose of the book was to express my dismay at the way in which religion lets itself become the slave of politics and the state. (Malory's problem ... that God may not be on the side of the right, but that organized religion always professes itself to be on the side of the bigger guns.) ... I think the neo-pagan movement offers a very viable alternative for people, especially for women, who have been turned off by the abuses of Judeo-Christian organized religions."

I know preachiness is supposed to be a criticism but this is making me really want to read Mists...

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[JUN 2019] 2TTDFT / Re: [Jun 2019] - 2TTDFT - Discussion Thread
« on: June 23, 2019, 06:10:27 AM »
I don't have time to write this month, but if I were writing this month I'd suggest us collectively putting together lists of things that don't match in two columns


Iphone commercials ------- ferocious dragons
rom com -------------------- stoic mystical monks in a monastery
witch-trial torturers--------- noble-bright quixotic knights
feudal japan demon-realm-- tamagotchis-- neon Tokyo w/ girls selling sake in French maid costumes
Hero's Journey--------------- for a villain
space ships------------------- and fast food joints
slasher horror---------------- in Disney-esque fairyland England

Here's a 3-way:
aliens who made crop circles---set in the ancient Incan empire--with time-traveling Ninjas
 

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  :o :o
*what* is that??

Spoiler for Hiden:
Power struggles. Bitter rivalries. Jealousy. Betrayals. Star-crossed lovers. When you consider all these plot points, it's pretty surprising William Shakespeare didn't write Mean Girls. But now fans can treat themselves to the epic drama--and heroic hilarity--of the classic teen comedy rendered with the wit, flair, and iambic pentameter of the Bard. Our heroine Cady disguises herself to infiltrate the conniving Plastics, falls for off-limits Aaron, struggles with her allegiance to newfound friends Damian and Janis, and stirs up age-old vendettas among the factions of her high school. Best-selling author Ian Doescher brings his signature Shakespearean wordsmithing to this cult classic beloved by generations of teen girls and other fans. Now, on the 15th anniversary of its release, Mean Girls is a recognized cultural phenomenon, and it's more than ready for an Elizabethan makeover.

This was started as an entry for this month's writing contest, but since the author went a bit long he just turned it into a book instead.

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Hey guys, I'm still hoping to jump back on the forum, but not quite 100% yet.

I just saw off the students and it was wonderful!  They bought me liquor, duck taped a happy father's day sign with monkeys to it, and gave me the sweetest note on our farewell dinner.

I'm super exhausted but:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I've only got a few days before I really need to leave for Peru, and:
* the government has confiscated my USB-C adaptor to be assessed and charged a tax.  It was supposed to arrive in 10 days and I still don't have it 2 months later. I need to go to the post office and raise hell
* my friend who is in jail for murder but is actually a political prisoner is in a city 7 hours away.  His wife called me to tell me that he only gets visiting days randomly throughout the month and that I should leave at 3am to catch a bust to go to see him.
* if I do that, I won't have time to finish the Executive Director applications for 2 nonprofits that a friend of mine with ties to their board of directors suggested I apply for.  They are both amazing organizations, and it's a HUGE long shot, but I've been desperately trying to find time to get the applications out b/c it would be a dream come true.  One of the orgs is Cultural Survival which I love.
* Randomly chatting with a refugee from Venezuela today, talking about how the president, in an effort to hide the extent of the crisis, is blocking aid from coming in to people who are starving and dying from medical shortages, also blockaded the border to Colombia for fear of a US-motivated invasion.  Somehow I got these two videos dropped in my lap.  One is Venzuelan state petroleum tankers crossing a river yesterday, indicating that the government is secretly sending petroleum out of the country despite widespread gas shortages.   The other is the personal escort of the governor of the province getting his head sawed off while he's still alive by Colombian rebels.  Supposedly they sent him the head wiith a note including the addresses of his family living in Caracas, demanding that the border with Colombia be re-opened.  These videos need to be verified, they could totally be false, but doing that also takes time.  If they are in fact legit, HRW and Amnesty need to see them, and maybe I need to put something together for the press.  But again that will keep me from doing my job applications.  Grrrrrrrrrr


Anyway I hope to be on the forum again in full force but life keeps conspiring against me. Give me another month or two!

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 23, 2019, 04:24:49 AM »
@Henry Dale  !!!!

HAPPY BELATED!!!! Sorry I'm spread so thin one day a few months from now I'll find you a proper cake.

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: June 15, 2019, 07:14:07 AM »
Happy birthday @Elfy !!!  I got drink just for you!! Drunk.

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So how has everyone's day been?

The weather here has been wonderful, and so in the afternoon I bicycled to the nearby man-made forest for a stroll. At the back of it is a row of cliffs. I walked up on them for a view over the fjord, then opened my backpack and took out my Kindle and some refreshments I'd brought, including a soda I'd put in the freezer before setting off so it was still nice and cold.

It was a lovely way to start with a new book.

By comparison

Got back from a 8hr canoe trip to an indigenous village in the Amazon where I had to shoo out giant beetles and tarantulas from the student's rooms at night (I thought one was helping with a flash light but actually he was just filming me swat at a taranatula with his phone), and one of my students got chewed on by carnivirous fish living in the river where we needed to go to bathe (she got a way pretty fast with a series of bites, but appearantly if you're not fast enough the adults will clamp down on your leg and you have to crush their brains in order to get them to release their jaws). Another student was demonstrating how to set up a hammock ("Isn't that a bit high?" I asked. She jumped in it, it broke, and she slammed in to the wooden stool she was using to climb into it, breaking it to pieces). When I arrived back to the city from the Amazon, the WFP (world food program) emailed me saying they liked my video interview and that they want to conduct a phone language exam, but its at the same time that we'll be going to yet another community in the amazon (Waroni, notorious warriors that have been affected by oil activity) which is turning out to be logistially very difficult (never mind the complexities with working with a group of people who have only had contact for less than a generation and have the history of murdering people from competing tribes and stealing their babies to increase their population).

RN I'm stuffing my face with chicken so that I can review proofs of a book chapter about conservation in the context of civil war in Indonesia coming out in a publication very shortly.  I need to read the book I assigned to the students but it's going to be a frantic skim later tonight.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Who reads short stories?
« on: June 06, 2019, 02:25:14 PM »
I love short stories

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Met with Nemonte Ninquimo, a Waorani woman who led the charge to keep oil companies out of her community opening the door for legal cases all over the Amazon. There were 9 Waroni women present speaking to my students all but one of whom are also women. Her words were so powerful that while I was translating I could barely keep from crying (kinda funny as one of two guys in a room full of women)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/indigenous-waorani-win-landmark-legal-case-ecuador-gov-190426221504952.html

If you're interested in the petition, please circulate:

https://waoresist.amazonfrontlines.org/es/involucrate/

Oops heres the English version
https://waoresist.amazonfrontlines.org/action/

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Active members with novels
« on: June 06, 2019, 02:06:25 AM »
Brand J. Alexander wrote:
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Wish I was more active. The downside to being an introvert I guess. I'll get there. 150 posts. Should only take about 3 or 4 yrs. Hah.
I was just thinking to myself that I should schedule my entry in this post to sometime about a century from now...

I've looked for a few posts to join in on. I've even begun writing a few. But have deleted more than I have clicked post.

Post we don't bite apart from when I turn into a werewolf.

This is what eclipse looks like after his transformation



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Writers' Corner / Re: Grammar Quesiton...
« on: June 05, 2019, 05:30:05 AM »
Jmack is far more wholesome than I am. Maybe it's just me...

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Writers' Corner / Re: Grammar Quesiton...
« on: June 05, 2019, 01:22:26 AM »
Unrelated to grammar calling them "tops" makes me immediately think of gay sex. Capitalizing helps. A little. But yeah I still think of gay sex. Are the people who live in the other part of the city called "the bottoms" ?

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