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I have for you some links. * Help Kickstart the Scheherazade's… 
22nd-Mar-2012 09:22 am
I have for you some links.

* Help Kickstart the Scheherazade's Facade anthology! Check out thunderpigeon's journal for reasons why. Those of you who were at our reading at Arisia in '11 - that's where his story about the drag queen in hell is getting published. You want this.

* A friend of mine has created these awesome shirts. "Want to take away women's rights? COME AND GET THEM."

* Trigger warning because Project Unbreakable is all images about rape: Project Unbreakable is doing a Boston photo day. Not sure if I'm going, because I am busy that afternoon, but I've been pondering it.

* Interesting things about the 500 "new" fairytales that were just discovered: Schönwerth’s Cinderella is a woodcutter’s daughter who uses golden slippers to recover her beloved from beyond the moon and the sun. His miller’s daughter wields an ax and uses it to disenchant a prince by chopping off the tail of a gigantic black cat. Even better, that linked article suggests the collection might go farther than just focussing on princesses: Just as girls became domestic drudges and suffered under the curse of evil mothers and stepmothers, boys, too, served out terms as gardeners and servants, sometimes banished into the woods by hostile fathers. Like Snow White, they had to plead with a hunter for their lives. And they are as good as they are beautiful – Schönwerth uses the German term “schön,” or beautiful, for both male and female protagonists.

* Neil is so right here.

In non-link news, I reviewed the awful racist manuscript and read the next one - yes, I read a book or more per day, and I'm prioritizing blasting through these so I can get back to my writing! Manuscript #2 was just meh, which is a vast improvement. I'm rating it middle-of-the-road and giving it notes.

I get my new lenses today (keeping my frames), which will be very good - I've been feeling the extra effort it takes to focus. Some deterioration in my left eye, but no notable decline eventual-glaucoma-wise. My eye doc is test-driving a new superfancy machine in a few months and will call me in to be a test case, to get the most accurate picture of what's going on there.

Today I review manuscript #2, read as much of manuscript #3 as I can, get the lenses, and maybe do some shopping on the way home.

Oh hey. Tomorrow we're going to The Tempest at MIT. If you enjoy inexpensive Shakespeare, you should totally join us. Also you should join us for The Hunger Games Saturday early afternoon.

Breakfast! I should eat some!
22nd-Mar-2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
Oh oh, awesome! That is such exciting news about the fairy tales rediscovered. I've subscribed so I can tell when they're translated. Very cool news; thanks muchly for the link.
22nd-Mar-2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'm excited about them, too, although I think they are overhyping how "new" these are.
22nd-Mar-2012 03:35 pm (UTC)
Well, 'rediscovered' would probably be a better word.

Much like the 'new' Elgar manuscript that was just found. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/classicalmusic/9082352/Lost-Edward-Elgar-manuscript-found-in-council-building.html

Not new at all but oh-boy, exciting to rediscover!
22nd-Mar-2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Well, from what I can tell, it isn't as if these are completely unseen versions. Just particular 1800-era riffs that didn't make it into major collections.

Maybe its just because I've read a lot about fairy tales that most of what I've heard of these versions doesn't sound new.

(Like, for instance, I've always been fond of telling the Frog Prince version that involves the princess beating up the frog to turn him back into a prince, rather than kissing him.)
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22nd-Mar-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's thunderpigeon's! I'm sure he'd be delighted to, though. :)
24th-Mar-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
I have a problem with those T-shirts. Specifically, with the instructions for chosing the right size:

Measure around your waist where your pants usually fall.

If your pants usually fall, wouldn't that indicate a problem?
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