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I posted this to tumblr last night but I want it here so I can find it again if I ever want to.

I recently had this conversation with [ profile] devildoll and I have to get it off my chest, so here is my personal sorting of the Batfamily and I will fight you:

Bruce: the apotheosis of Slytherin

Alfred: Hufflepuff. I mean, he’s badass enough to be whatever he wants but he dedicates his life to service and his loyalty to Bruce and his mission, so, Hufflepuff.

Dick: Gryffindor. I mean, you could argue big brother Dick is Hufflepuff, but this is also a guy who started fighting crime in scaly panties and pixie boots at the age of 10, and before that was a renowned trapeze artist. Come on.

Babs: Ravenclaw. Duh.

Jason: pre-death: Gryffindor, post-death: Slytherin

Tim: Ravenclaw. I would entertain arguments for Slytherin, if I had a sense of what Tim’s true ambition was, except to not be Batman and yet turn into him anyway.

Steph: Gryffindor

Cass: Hufflepuff

Damian: Slytherin. Again, I could entertain arguments for Hufflepuff if you bring up his rapidly accumulating menagerie of Bat pets, but this is a kid obsessed with legacy and being better than everyone who came before him

Kate: Gryffindor.


In other news, how is this story 8000 words long and still requiring four more scenes? How did that even happen?


monday list

Oct. 24th, 2016 12:55
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  • I'm tapering off my SSRI and
  • I thought I was dizzy before
  • but I am Extra Dizzy Now
  • so much so that all I want to do
  • is read graphic novels
  • (fewer words)
  • and watch Netflix
  • Dear Netflix:
  • You really need to get more seasons of GBBO
  • I can only watch this one season so many times
  • Love, Punk
  • so I watched a documentary on algorithms
  • and one on dogs
  • and I watched Zootopia again
  • and about twenty minutes of Jaws 2
  • but it was so fucking awful I had to stop
  • and I'm not talking about the shark,
  • I'm talking about the sexist misogynistic bullshit
  • that was more pervasive than that cello riff
  • which was also overused
  • fuck you, Jaws 2
  • meanwhile, Tumblr says I should watch
  • the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror
  • because it's wlw with a happy ending
  • I'm there for that

Day One

Oct. 24th, 2016 18:17
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The weather was slightly overcast, all the shipyard, where I had bought the boat, catered for, was to put the boat into the water. „And here are the keys, good luck, if you have any problems, call the former owner" that was it. Alright, the ship is 5 years younger than myself, its engines have more then 1000 working hours on the clock… now it was sitting for many years on land, exposed to the weather. Some work was waiting…

Das Wetter war etwas bewölkt. Die Werft in der ich das Boot kaufte, hatte das Boot zu Wasser gelassen, das war aber auch schon alles. „Hier sind die Schlüssel, wenn es Probleme gibt rufen Sie den Vorbesitzer an“ das wars. OK, das Boot ist 5 Jahre jünger als ich, seine Motoren haben mehr als 1000 Betriebsstunden auf der Uhr, für viele Jahre war es jetzt auf Land gelegen, dem Wetter ausgesetzt, also an die Arbeit…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale October 25th, 2016 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.

Wenn Sie dieses Tagesbild erwerben möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihr Gebot per email . Mindestpreis 150 Euro. Ende des Verkaufs gegen Höchstgebot am 25. Oktober 2016 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.

Elementary 5.03

Oct. 24th, 2016 16:43
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In which Sherlock's affection for Gregson is given a heartwarming outing, he turns out to share Norma Bates' way of thinking on at least one issue, and we get continuity on Joan's Mafia geekness, but the true question of the hour is: did Joan just hint she'd be okay with a Sherlock/Marcus/Joan threesome?

Read more... )

Mønsted Up Close

Oct. 24th, 2016 09:31
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Posted by James Gurney

Christie's in New York City is currently showing an auction preview of 19th century European painting. 

Peder Mørk Mønsted (Danish, 1859-1941)
A View of Hornbæk, 1916, oil on canvas, 18 ¾ x 34 in. (47.6 x 86.4 cm.)

It includes this painting by Mønsted, which looks tight and photographic from a distance. But up close, it's a different story.

It's not fussily rendered at all. It's a good example of loose and rapid handling, rather than painstaking definition. 

The grass textures are suggested by dragging the brush lightly over the canvas, first with the brush thinly loaded with paint, and later with thick, generous impastos. 

For these tree saplings and thick grasses, he laid down that soft base layer of blended strokes and added thin light and dark strokes on top, with a few white sparkle dots on top. 

The dark strokes seem to be painted over dry paint, so if he painted this on location, I would guess it was a three or four day painting.

For the figures and the fenceposts, his treatment is rather soft and understated. The combined effect of this variety of handling adds to an overall impression of naturalism.

The close-up details here are rather large image files hosted by Google Photo. Please let me know if the page loads OK for you and if you like the files this large.
Christie's 19th Century European Art preview will go on through October 25th. The auction will take place on October 26 in New York at Rockefeller Plaza.
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Frankfurt Book Fair II

Oct. 24th, 2016 09:03
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The Frankfurt Book Fair always ends with the Peace Award of the German Book Trade, which is handed over in the Paulskirche, St. Paul's, a secularized church which is one of the few places reliably prone to make me go sentimental in a way related to my country of origin. It's our big might have been: the place where the first German freely elected parliament took place in 1848, working on a constitution that never was, because the 1848/49 revolution was aborted and instead we got the Empire and lots of Untertanengeist (subject mentality).

Anyway, the other reason why I'm prone to feel sentimental about the Paulskirche is that listening to the winners of this award usually is thoughtprovoking and moving. This year was no exception. It went to Carolin Emcke, who as opposed to some earlier winners (Susan Sontag, David Grossman, Svetlana Alexejivich two years before she got the Nobel, etc.) probably isn't known outside of Germany, but deserves to be, because she's fabulous. Journalist (first war correspondant, then columnist for several of our major media outlets), writer, activist; at least one of her books is also published in English (Echoes of Violence. Letters from a War Reporter. Princeton University Press, Princeton / Oxford 200), so you can check it out. She's also openly gay, and while she's not the first Peace award winner to be so, she's the first who made this a part of her acceptence speech; more about this in a moment.

One main reason why she got the award is that in this time of the public discourse going down the drains and hate speech becoming more and more acceptable for main stream politicians to use, she keeps writing on against this without letting herself be goaded into bashing rethoric as well. An early example of this was the first thing I've read from her, a meditation on the RAF and how to approach terrorists, by which if you're German you don't mean the Royal Air Force but the Rote Armee Fraktion, or the Baader Mainhof Group in English; this to MS. Emcke was no abstract subject, because her godfather, Alfred Herrhausen, was killed by them, and her description of the day it happened and the day after in the essay capture the numbness of shock, the devastation, so incredibly well that you feel it all over again.

Heinrich Riethmüller, the President of the German Book Seller's Association, who'd given such a moving openining speech on Tuesday evening, quoted both the poet Rose Ausländer and the philosopher Hannah Arendt in his concluding speech, both of whom of course in their time refugees and intimately familiar of what hate and nationalism can do. (I was briefly taken out of the mood by him referring to Odysseus as "literature's first refugee" whom we wouldn't know about if Homer hadn't written , though, because it makes my inner myth lover protest. Odysseus doesn't really fit the bill, Mr. Riethmüller, because his ten years gallivanting around the Mediterranean post war in Troy happened with the knowledge that he's got a kingdom awaiting, and they mostly were due to having pissed off one of the gods, Poseidon. If you really want to make a refugee comparison to survivors of the Trojan war, I'd go for the Trojans. Yes, I like the Odyseee better than than Aenead, too, but Aeneas and his followers to fit the bill: survivors of a city destroyed by war which they can't return to, seeking a new home.) The central idea of Riehtmüller's speech, which the laudator of the event, Seyla Benhabib, then evolved was how language - and the context between violence and language, violence and lack of language, which Carolin Emcke has written about - is instrumental to any hope we might have for change.

Seyla Benhabib - who as opposed to Ms. Emcke has an English language wiki entry I can link you to - took as her opening image Paul Klee's Angelus Novus and Walter Benjamin's famous interpretation of same, and related this directly to Carolin Emcke's writing in what was to me one of the most memorable descriptions of the day: "Even if, as Benjamin says, you can't put together again what was destroyed, you can redeem/release/deliver" - she used the word "erlösen", which means all of these in German - "it by telling its story. Carolin Emcke has the gift of naming issues and narrating them in such a way that the silence in which violence, cruelty and torture cloak themselves is broken apart."

Then it was Carolin Emcke's turn. And she started with a joke which at the end of her speech she returned into, turning it into a great reallying call in anything but a joking manner: "Wow," she said, "so this is what it looks like from up here, from this perspective", going on to mention how she used to watch the ceremony in the Paulskirche and the speeches each year from childhood onwards, first from the tv and then from the audience. Then she got serious, talking about the various way identity is constructed - religious, national, even musical - at which point you could feel the audience be just a little complacent and nodding along, when the first zinger happened; the referred to an (in)famous occasion in the 1990s when Martin Walser was the award's recipient (you can read about the controversy here) and, quoth Carolin Emcke, the Jewish members of the audience like Ignaz Bubis had to sit there and listen to a speech "in which the terrible suffering of their own family was reduced from a crime against humanity to a 'moral club'". Talk about defining identity.

Next, she spoke about being queer, and this was when you felt a part of the audience sit up and another, who'd been ready to nod along to the general "nationalism and hate speech evil" message, be uneasily reminded of their own prejudices. Because yes, we've had a vice chancellor who was openly gay, but good lord, we're far from being no discrimination paradise. Carolin Emcke talked about how she was quickly disabused of the notion that falling in love with another woman was in society regarded as a private matter that only concerned her and her partner: "It is a truly weird experience that something so deeply personal should be so important to others that they claim for themselves the privilege of entering our lives and take rights and dignity from us. As if the way we love matters more to others than too ourselves, as if our love and our bodies don't belong to us but to those who oppose to pathologize them. There's a an inherent irony here: it's as if our sexuality serves less to define ourselves but them. Sometimes the obsession Islamophobes have with the headscarf appears quite similar to me. It's as if the headscarf means more to them, who never wear it, than to those who chose to."

Her detailing how sexual identity is treated culminated in this passionate appeal: "So we're allowed to write books which are taught in schools, but the way we love is supposed to described in school books according to the wishes of some parents only as something 'to be tolerated' and most certainly not as something to be respected? We're arrowed to speak in the Paulskirche, but not to marry or adopt children? Sometimes I wonder whose dignity is damaged here: ours, as we're declared to not quite belong, or the dignity of those who want to reduce our rights? Human rights aren't a zero sum game. Nobody loses theirs if they're given to everyone."

(Go figure: our right-oriented meda like the FAZ predictably reacted to this in their commentary with 'we're with you about how hate speech is bad, but did you have to mention all this queer stuff?' Reminded me of the conservative reviews of The State versus Fritz Bauer last year , which: Bauer noble, Nazis boo, but why did the movie have to keep mentioning that Bauer was gay? Which is exactly why Ms. Emcke has such a point. See, that's why I read the left wing SZ instead.)

The last third of her speech was devoted to a dissection of "the climate of fanaticism and violence currenctly pervading Europe", the revived dogma of "the 'homogenous' people, the 'true' religion, the 'original' tradition, a 'natural' family, and an 'authentic' nation: "No, they probably don't stand in the streets themselves and spread terror, these populists and purity fantastics, they don't throw fire bombs into refugee shelters with their own hands, don't strip Muslim women of the hijab or Jewish men of the kippa, they don't hunt Polish or Romanian Europeans, they don't attack black Germans themselves - they don't hate and hurt on their own. Sie lassen hassen. (Hard to translate exactly, because "They let hate" doesn't mean the same thing, nor does "they make hate happen".) They deliver patterns made of resentments and prejudice to the public discourse, they manufacture racist product placements, all these little vicious phrases and imagery used to stigmatize and to take away dignity, used to humiliate and attack people.

"They manufacture racist product placements" sums it up exactly. If you've noticed the repeated mention of the word "dignity", btw, this is not least because the preamble to our constitution, written with the Nazi experience directly behind us, starts with "Die Würde des Menschen ist uinantastbar" - "human dignity shall be inviolable". Against a patriotism that excludes and defines itself by being against others, Carolin Emcke suggested "Verfassungspatriotismus", patriotism defining itself by love of the contitution. I thought that was a marvellous idea, and evidently so did our head of state, President Johannes Gauck, who was in the audience and who later at the post award lunch said in a short speech of his own that he was sick of all the hate speech in the name of patriotism (no wonder, given that he and Chancellor Merkel were shouted at as "traitors" in Dresden at this year's national holiday): "Ich bin ein Verfassungspatriot." ("I am a patriot of the constitution.")

The question of what to do in these times: "Keep starting again", said Carolin Emcke. "We can always start again, both as individuals and as a society. (...) Nobody can do this alone. It needs all in a civilian population. Democratic history is created by everyone. A democratic story -" the German word for story and for history is the same, "Geschichte" - "is stold by everyone. Not solely the professional narrators. (...) Freedom isn't something you own, it's something you do. Secularization isn't something finished, it's an eternally unfinished project. Democracy is no static certainty, but a dynamic exercise of how to deal with uncertainties and cricitism. Being a free, secular, democratic society is something we need to learn. Again and again. By listening to each other. By thinking about each other. By mutual respect for the diversity and individual uniqueness. And not least by allowing each other flaws and offering forgiveness. Is this hard? Oh yes. Will there be conflict between various practices and convictions? Absolutely. Will it be difficult at times to balance different religious practices and the secular order? Definitely. But why should it be easy?
We can always start again.
What do we need for this? Not much. A bit of Haltung" -
that's another hard to translate word, as it can mean morale, poise, bearing, conduct - "a bit of laughing courage, and not least the readiness to change the direction of your gaze now and then, so that it happenes more often we all can say: 'Wow. So this is what it looks like from this perspective.'"

And with that elegant return to the beginning of her speech, Carolin Emcke ended it to everyone jumping up and applauding her for eons.

Wrong, by Reginald Shepherd

Oct. 23rd, 2016 17:47
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Wrong, Reginald Shepherd: More accessible than his first volume of poetry, but still pretty oblique. Still lots of allusions to Greek mythology. He experiments with rhyme in part three, and things get really gay in part four, but overall this isn't my kind of poetry. Too abstract.

I did find some I liked, though: Geology of Water, Surface Effects in Summer Wind, Narcissus Poetica, Another Moveable Feast, Motive, Also Love You, Nights and Days of Nineteen-Something.


Oct. 23rd, 2016 15:49
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I have an off-site project meeting all next week, and then a conference the week after that, and I have to give a presentation and a poster, and my stupid code isn’t working right, ugh. Which is to say, I spent this weekend alternating between working and stress-baking. The work results are meh, but the baking came out pretty awesome if I say so myself, so I figured I’d share.

Behold, my poached-pear pie with rosemary shortbread crust. )

The poached pears are so good, you guys! I could've skipped the rest of the pie and just had the pears with a scoop of ice cream, and it would've made a great dessert all by itself. The crust was worth the effort, though. I might try using that recipe by itself sometime, to make rosemary shortbread cookies.

And now, back to the work portion of this weekend...
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Back when I was living in Germany, Halloween was always a hard sell to me.

First, it's not a native holiday; instead it was a commercial import from the English-speaking world, whose companies wanted to sell stuff: candy, costumes, cluttery decorations. Second, there was zero need for that type of holiday. My region in Germany, and most regions with Catholics all over Europe, already has a fall holiday where children go from house to house to ask for candy that I wrote about earlier in this journal -- St. Martin's Day. St. Martin's Day is light on the spookiness, though; the church transformed the it into a feast of altruism. The feeling of doom and gloom is mostly created by the weather, the rainy nights, by the children's lanterns flickering hopefully in the dark. Costuming is not a big part of it either, because again, Catholic regions all over Europe already have what Germans call their Karneval season in spring: parades through the cities with huge floats, parties, alcohol flowing freely in the streets, and of course everybody running around as a pirate, ninja, cowboy, princess.

But here in the United States, most strongly influenced by the British Isles and Ireland, there is no other holiday designated for costumes or children knocking on doors around the neighborhood. And while in California it's still far from dark and rainy most of the time, the nights are getting longer, and the weather has turned a little crisp, especially at night. We've even had the first solid rainfall here in the Bay Area.

So clearly it's time for for my second-largest fandom: the paranormal. [profile] vervealemania and I spent hours and hours in our childhood pouring over books of unexplained phenomena; for two scientist parents they really indulged their impressionable kids. We read books by Erich von Däniken. We held our breath when we went over pages and pages of huge, glossy tomes of strangeness in our world. Some are pretty well-known, from the Bermuda or Devil's Triangle over Bigfoot to UFOs; others, less so. Can you acronymize Spontaneous Human Combustion? I can! Do you know about coffins moving about wildly in sealed family tombs? Read many an account of that. I don't believe any of it is true; I'm as ever with Dana Scully: Nothing happens in contradiction to nature, only in contradiction to what we know of it.

But how I love the little shudders running down my neck...

So of course when The X-Files (and later Fringe) came along, my sister and I were completely hooked; to this day I re-watch old episodes and smile...and I never re-watch television or movies in general; it's too boring and repetitive for me. That said, because my nerves can only take so much traditionally, I'm not a huge fan of outright horror like American Horror Story or any tale particularly gory. But now, now we have spooky television of the right calibre for me again, like Stranger Things and, to some degree, Channel Zero.

Channel Zero: Candle Cove on Syfy )

That said, I'm mostly intrigued by the origin of CZ:CC -- it's a remix of a creepypasta of the same name, Candle Cove. I'm sure most of you in the meta-fandom that's paranormal mystery are familiar with creepypasta: an internet retelling of horror stories...often copy/pasted from other places, thus the mangled moniker. I don't often find the "pure" stories impressive, because it's hard for me to deal with bad grammar and spelling. But some of these are meta-narratives, and some are well-written; a lot play very skillfully on ancient fears.

I've read a few these last darkening days, so without further ado...

Creepypasta recommendations )

Let me know your own recommendations, and of course feel free to discuss horror and mystery with me!

This week in writing, 10/23

Oct. 23rd, 2016 16:39
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How is October almost over already?? I was supposed to have my shit fully together by the end of October. But… still chugging along at a respectable pace, at least!

WIPs currently active: 7. Because I finished “Then the Letting Go” ( and managed to NOT START ANYTHING NEW. YET.

Words written this week: 8,940, which is not as good as last week but still pretty hard to complain about! :D

WIPs that got no words this week: 0 again, thanks to embracing my brain’s “random shuffle” function as a way to get work done.

WIPs that did get words this week:

Then the Letting Go: 1,466, and finished, and posted! :D

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 579, bring the total up to a new exciting round number milestone: 160,027!

Born in the Blood: 992, and Chapter 10 is humming along (sorry everyone who thought Chapter 9 ended on a cliffhanger?!)

Slavefic #4 (the one about Steve): 1,295, bringing the total to 37,524, and I finished a chapter!! Only like… three more to go? Ish?

Post-CACW woobie!Sam/Steve: 1,382, current total 11,152, and getting into “wait, where exactly was I going to end this??” territory. (I mean, I totally have a plan, I swear. It’s just… a bit vague in spots.)

How the Winter Soldier Met the Hulk: 1,091

Ace!Domme!Nat/Steve PWP: 985, and also suuuuper close to actually finishing! :D 

Saddest Steve/Bucky I Could Think Of: 1,150, plus an evening of interrogating @dancinbutterfly on how to write Jewish Bucky since I am a liiiittle out of my religious/cultural wheelhouse there. :D

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6.10 Two of Hearts
Original air date: February 2, 1998
Director: Richard Martin
Writer: James Thorpe


Synopsis: Immortal Katherine's village was decimated 700 years ago at the orders of another Immortal. Now she and her mortal lover are finally in a position to take revenge.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.

Grand Central Terminal

Oct. 23rd, 2016 10:18
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Posted by James Gurney

It's raining in New York City. My train won't leave Grand Central Terminal for another 45 minutes. 

There are no benches in the main area. I sit on the terrazzo floor at the edge of one of the hallways. The window of a tourist booth glows in the semi-darkness.

The man inside the booth leans through the ornate grillwork to arrange his brochures. Tourists pause to take photos on selfie sticks or to point their cameras up toward the ceiling.

This video takes you there. I squeeze various gouache tube colors onto the mixing surface of the watercolor set: perylene maroon, viridian, cad yellow, cad red, raw sienna, and burnt umber, plus white.

On the train ride home I add some finishing touches, such as white gouache dots for the white light coming from the window.

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Firefly is on Netflix now, so I was watching it, since I haven't in a few years, and aside from the known issues with cultural appropriation and lack of Chinese people in the main ensemble, it mostly holds up. Jayne is pretty repugnant so I don't have a real problem watching Adam Baldwin in the role, if that makes sense. Mal's treatment of Inara is still the worst, though, and that is why I can never get behind that as a functional ship. I feel like I say this about a lot of media, but ladies, a piece of advice: if a man calls you a whore, you should walk away. (I mean, even if you are actually a sex worker, there's still no reason to put up with that.)

Then [ profile] angelgazing texted me to ask what it means if someone says the Rangers are Rangering, and I was like, "oh dear, it doesn't mean anything good." So I put the game on and they were losing, but about fifteen seconds later, they scored, and then they won, so clearly my watching was the deciding factor.

So when that was over, I put on the NLCS, and wow, the Cubs! Truly these are the end times! Though I can't really take credit for that, since they were winning 4-0 at the time I turned the game on. Though perhaps I kept a historic collapse from happening. *hands* I'll be rooting for them in the Series, though either team winning would be hilariously apt for this weird, weird year.

I also watched Star Wars Rebels: The Last Battle. spoilers )

I also did some writing yesterday, but why is it so easy when I'm lying in bed thinking about what should happen next, and so hard when I'm sitting with my laptop trying to write? Bah. I do not approve.

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Fandom: American Horror Story, American Horror Story-Asylm
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Sister Mary Eunice
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA
Why this piece is awesome: I love the inkwork here -- it manages to feel both loose and sketcy and completely finished at the same time, and I really like the way the artist integrates the toned paper into the lettering. It's a nice touch combining the bleeding/white nun of the ads with this character.
Link: AHS-Asylum

Song of Gondor by Norloth (SFW)

Oct. 22nd, 2016 20:07
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Fandom: Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: montage illustrating Aragorn's song to Gondor
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] norloth / Norloth Art

Why this piece is awesome: The poetry is such an integral part of the book I'm a little suprised there seem to be so little fanart inspired by it. I love the way this particular work combines the text of the poem with the illustration of it. It reminds me a little of mediaeval illuminated manuscripts but also of leaded glass windows. Such lovely lines and colours.

Link: Song of Gondor

Frankfurt Book Fair I

Oct. 22nd, 2016 17:08
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This year's Frankfurt Book Fair changed several things in the layout, and in the security measures. Where in the past, only Hall 8, where the English-speaking publishers plus the Israelis used to be, had handbag-searching at their entrance, this year all bags get searched at the general entrance. Also the English speaking publishers plus the Israelis switched to Hall 6, which is much closer to the rest of the action, but meant that the Latin-origin languages moved to Hall 5. Which was when the Italians, who were supposed to get their stand in 5.0, protested that there was no way they were going to be placed BELOW the French who are in 5.01. I don't know whether these are long term Napoleonic scars, or what, but I have it from a publisher who was told by the President of the Frankfurt Book Fair. In the end, ruffled feathers were calmed, and the Italians were content with 5.0.

These territorial squabbings notwithstanding, the opening speeches at the opening ceremony started with strong appeals to European unity and fighting against the evils of nationalism in all our countries. Then they got self critical. The second speaker was Heinrich Riethmüller, President of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, and he offered a mighty "J'Accuse" in direction of not solely Turkey but also our own government (and the rest of the Europeans) for not doing anything due to Erdogan's refugee leverage. He quoted a letter the imprisoned writer Azli Erdogan (no relation) has written, representative of over 120 currently imprisoned writers and journalists in Turkey, which was a heartwrenching appeal, and lamented "the silence of politics". The next speaker was Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, who departed from his prepared speech by immediately addressing what Riethmüller has said. "'Politics' may be silent, but I won't be. I agree with you, Herr Riethmüller. The voice of Frau Erdogan says all about Herr Erdogan. Someone who seeks to silence his opponents by persecuting them and locking them up can no longer be a democrat. I join you in calling for their immediate release." Since he said this on a public occasion to an audience of hundreds and in the presence of two heads of state - the Kings of Belgium and Holland respectively, because this year's guest(s) of honor were Flanders and the Netherlands - it was hopefully a gesture not unnoticed. The rest of his speech was pretty good, too. He linked Trump, Le Pen and our homegrown evils, the AFD, and called for "an uprising of the decent", to speak against hate speech, because this is our test, the one we didn't think would come for our generation, where we truly find out whether we've learned better than our grandparents. He also used his bookseller background to connect reading to empathy, which I'm less sure about, given that there are plenty of books around which incite hate, but anyway. There is currently some talk about whether or not Schulz will replace Gabriel as the SPD's candidate for chancellor in the next elections, but so far it's not likely he'll give up being President of the European Parliament for such a candidacy.

As mentioned, the guest of honor isn't one country this time, but two, or rather, one and the linguistically related region of another. Two of their authors, Charlotte von den Broeck for Flanders and Arnon Grünberg for the Netherlands, gave us a new format for the traditional last speech, always by a writer from the guest of honor country. Instead of a speech about their country, they gave us a poetic dialogue about shame, writing, empathy, distance. By far the most "literary" conclusion the opening evening has had for a while.

There has been no shortage of famous writers, German and international alike, at the Book Fair this year, but by far the most famous author came from another industry. No, Bob Dylan didn't make it to Frankfurt. (Though every publisher who had Dylan lyrics or biographies about him in their backlist included those at their stand.). But Bruce Springsteen did. Alas for most of us, he didn't do so in public or announced. Instead, he presented his memoirs to a select audience of ca. 60 journalists, and the rest of us only learned about it the next morning. However, it WAS a traditional reading/presentation - just two minutes for photographs, then he read an excerpt from his autobiography and answered questions. The invited journalists loved it (and were v.v.v smug the next day, let me assure you; one said that "Bruce looks more Irish the older he gets", while I tried very hard to pretend I was only jealous on [personal profile] likeadeuce's behalf.

Some famous authors I did meet and listen to: Donna Leon, whom I'd met earlier this year in February, and who, as an American living in Europe, was inevitably asked the T question, which led to this bit of dialogue:

DL: You know, I think the rest of the world should get a say in US elections as well, seeing how our decisions affect all of you. But unfortunately, nobody listens to me.
Moderator: Will you vote?
DL: I've voted already.
Moderator: We all agree that Trump is unspeakable, but is Hillary Clinton really a better choice? I've got a Republican cousin in New York who says she's just as bad, and...
DL (interrupting him, first with mock horror, then with real verve): Argh - Republican relations! No, she's not "just as bad". And by the way, I didn't vote for her because she's a woman, either. I voted for her because she's incredibly smart, she's disciplined, and she gets things done.

That told him. Then there was Ian Kershaw, of British historian fame, presenting his book about what he called "the 30 years war of the 20th century", i.e. The time between 1914 and 1949. The original English title is "To hell and back", I hear, but the German one is simply "Höllensturz" (no "back" optimism), and of course Kershaw's moderator gloomily asked whether we're falling into hell again right now. Kershaw didn't want to commit to this exactly, pointing out that in the 30s, two thirds of Europe was ruled by various dictators, whereas now, most countries have had decades of experience of democracy behind him, imperfect as they are/were, but he wasn't exactly vibrating with optimism about the future, either. Interestingly, he thinks the European project peaked in the late 70s, not the 80s or early 90s, which would have been my choice, but didn't elaborate, as most of the conversation was obviously about the decades his book covers, in which "everyone always made the worst of all possible choices". When the moderator congratulated Kershaw for his fluent writing style, Kershaw said: "Well, I've always had a very low boredom threshhold as a reader, and so as a writer I try not to challenge my readers to feel they need to explore theirs."

Turkey didn't stop being an urgent subject, never more than when Can Dündar, the editor of the now defunct Cumhürryet, spoke; he urged us all not to treat Erdogan as the sole voice of Turkey, to remember and support all the other voices Erdogan is trying to erase. He also pointed out the not-newness of Erdogan's behavior, quoting something Erdogan had said when Mayor of Istanbul in the 1990s - "Democracy is the train which will carry us to our destination; then we won't need it anymore". Deniz Hüzel, a correspondant who'd actually been in Istanbul during the night of the attempted coup, described his experience and chilling it was, too.

In terms of "books I'm putting on the 'to check out later, they sound intriguing' list": German translation of the correspondance between Paul Cezanne and Emile Zola, published apropos the movie "Cezanne et moi" (which I've watched and found frustrating because to me it was as if it kept being on the verge of something better, more interesting, and then didn't manage), German translation of Mary Beard's "SPQR", and a new biography covering the young Erich Honecker. Which I hadn't thought would interest me, but I caught the presentation of the book almost by accident, and Martin Sabrow, who wrote it, made "Erich Honecker. Das Leben davor." (The Life Before) sound fascinating. He talked about how it had been his goal neither to redeem or deconstruct Honecker, but to look at his youth not least because it had been rewritten quite differently once Honecker rose to the top, but also in terms of how it relates to the era; Sabrow was a good out loud narrator (which not all authors are) as he wryly told his anecdotes about young Erich Honecker, undercover Communist resistance member, managing to escape the Gestapo in an action movie worthy chase only to be arrested the very next day because he'd forgotten he had given the driver of the taxi he'd jumped out of when noticing the cops were on his trail his intended destination, which was near where he was hiding. He also drew a connection between Honecker's stubborn refusal to face realities in the late 1980s and that arrest in 1935 followed by ten years of prison (in Nazi Germany): "A deep distrust towards one's own people. Remember, he starts out wanting to free them, but then he's arrested and does he get applauded? No, of course not. He's reviled and spat at while everyone he sees cheers the Nazis. And that's when you start the mental division between "the true people", who need to be led by the (Communist) party, and the unreliable mob."

This resonated not least because of current day events, and the painful awareness that "deep distrust" isn't just something crusty old ideologues who have their people fenced in by walls and shooting orders feel. I've felt it myself.

Now for some visual impressions from the fair:

Below the cut )

Tomorrow the book fair ends with the presentation of the Peace Award of the German Book Trade. Stay tuned.


Oct. 22nd, 2016 10:40
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1. The #HamildocPBS last night, and getting to watch it while also watching Lin Manuel Miranda livetweet it. ♥

2. Coffee with milk and splenda. Particularly lovely in a warm mug on a cold damp day. I've had this mug since college -- it's a giant mug with an illustration of itself surrounded by coffee beans -- and I love the way it fits in my hand.

3. I went to the CSA this morning and am now cooking up a great big bag of swiss chard with lemon and garlic and sea salt and fresh pepper, which will keep me in greens for a few days.

4. Clean sheets on my bed, and laundry folded and put away.

5. I bought a pair of Not Your Daughters' Jeans on sale at 6pm, and they fit like a glove. Cut for body stuff )

How are y'all?

Spectrum Now Accepting Entries

Oct. 22nd, 2016 09:24
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Posted by James Gurney

Spectrum 24 Call for Entries Poster (detail) by Justin Gerard
The 24th annual competition of Spectrum Contemporary Fantastic Art is now accepting entries. For more than two decades, Spectrum has been the pre-eminent showcase of imaginative realism, which includes science fiction, fantasy, concept art, paleoart, comics, and imaginative sculpture. 

The jury this year includes Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio, all leaders in the field.

It's a collection that art buyers notice. The organizers kept the entry fees low. If you get a piece selected, they send you a complimentary copy of the big book anywhere in the world.

Also, the latest annual, Spectrum 23: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is back from the printers and now available. 

Spectrum 24 entry info

Painting From Life Recap

Oct. 22nd, 2016 06:00
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Posted by Muddy Colors

Thank you to all of our Patreon Supporters for making another Monthly Live Event possible!

Howard Lyon did a phenomenal job during his demo. He took us through the entire process of painting a portrait from life, all while fielding questions and explaining his thought process and materials. Howard graciously decided to do an additional hour for our viewers, allowing him time to really show some of the finer aspects of the painting.

For those who were unable to watch the event live, a downloadable version will soon be available to our Patreon Subscribers.  For everyone else, please enjoy a few snapshots from the event.

If you like what you see, and you'd like to learn more, consider signing up for Howard Lyon's upcoming workshop. Along with fellow illustrator and Muddy Colors contributor, Dan dos Santos, Howard is hosting a 5-Day workshop on the art of the 'Illustrative Portrait'.

As of the writing of this post, there are only 2 seats left for this workshop. More info can be found here:

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