So do my in-laws! (I'm sure my dad would also appreciate it, but IDK if his car is wired for it.)
Not necessarily, bc if you can teach them to use a digital assistant (and I have), you can gift them a SiriusXM sub (as my spouse has done for his parents.)
Same; my kid was 3 as I jammed out to Nirvana in my car ... and both Alanis and Green Day have received the jukebox musical treatment on Broadway ...
You will pry Alanis's Jagged Little Pill from my cold, dead hands, sir ... while I make peace with the fact that Nirvana's Nevermind has been "Classic Rock" for the better part of a decade.
The Locked Tomb books are deliciously weird. Funny, in a morbid kinda way, and the in medias res worldbuilding is second to none.
Tamsyn Muir is a certified wizard.
Envious but also weirdly happy for you!
(The closest I ever got was seeing his quilt block from the quilting activity they did on an ep of Reading Rainbow at the WNET offices in NYC when I auditioned for the show when I was 8.)
If you don't mind romance, Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove series and Meghan Quinn's Vancouver Agitators series make me laugh 'til I wheeze (even if Pacey Lawes in the Agitators books is a *total* dick during the 3rd act breakup; he *does* grovel really well.)
Nothing against the poem, but I was an adult before I could get my hands on it so it's not as indelibly etched in memory as, say, "The Walrus and the Carpenter," "Father William," or (my father's favorite) "Jabberwocky."
I mean, dead is dead (especially a death that took place 160yrs ago), but knowing it was a bayonet makes it way uglier & more personal. (And, weirdly, more real - that scene in Glory is pure Hollywood drama.)
I mean, nobody'd expect a deep cut like "Annabel Lee" when most of us would lean towards "The Raven."
I've been patiently waiting for the day when she could appreciate the wordplay the Marx Bros worked in.
Contemplating introducing the newly-punny 13-yr-old to Marx Brothers movies and trying to decide between A Night at the Opera and Duck Soup is HARD.
(I also have to remember to look for Chaplain's Modern Times bc she saw a clip at MoMA over spring break & was fascinated.)
Which is also really cool. I think Zendaya is awesome.
I never understood the Anne Hathaway hate mob.
She *is* a theatre kid - her parents did community theater & she made her stage debut at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ ... I just ... 🤷🏼♀️
Claudia Kishi Fan Club forever.
I am aware - the first handful of graphic novel adaptations of the OG books were done by Raina Telgemeier, who my 13-year-old LOVED for about 15 minutes before getting into manga.
Mine's "Jabberwocky" (well, actually, it's most Lewis Carroll - except Hunting of the Snark) with a side of "How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear" and "In Flanders Fields"
Okay. What’s YOUR back-pocket poem? Like Nothings, I had one in the day that I don’t quite have now and hope to have again—mine is Casey at the Bat.
But in a pinch, I can now and forever haul out Seuss’ “Look what we found in the park in the dark.”
'Annabel Lee' is metal as fuck, but also? I read it in our 4th grade Literature anthology 30+ years ago and it continues to haunt me. (So does 'The Bells' ... )
This hit me in my Gen X feels, but, OMG the "Claudia and Mean Janine" episode had be BAWLING. (Claudia Kishi was my favorite BSC member in the books.)
My daughter adored the Arc of a Scythe & Renegades series!
The philosophical meditations that Scythe does in that YA space are amazeballs. Shusterman fan here for LIFE.
I read the posts about that "programming while lucid dreaming" and couldn't help but remember the time I discussed mathematical limits with the anaesthesiogist at my hand surgery in 2003. (I truly thought I'd finally wrapped my brain around them; nope, I was just getting high. 🙄)
Any list with both Ayn Rand and Robert Kiyosaki on it is immediately suspect. (I also question Dawkins, but I am not in the mood to deal with his acolytes; it is, after all, Saturday.)
This thread has kept me wheezing all evening:
I SEE A LITTLE SILHOUETTO OF A MAN
SCARAMOUCHE SCARAMOUCHE WILL YOU DO THE FANDANGO?
THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTNING, VERY VERY FRIGHTENING ME
I can see that; I didn't - had a 4th (then 5th) grader doing school-at-home in the dining room & the spouse teleworking on the 3rd floor in an open-plan layout so no TV was watched until everyone was done for the day. (I did, however, get into Romance novels.)
I can respect that; my 13-year-old and I think it's hilarious & she is now OBSESSED with Jacques Torres. (And the *idea* of baking, but not *actually* baking.)
My daughter saw her elementary school music teacher in the grocery store once and you'd have thought the woman was Tori Amos the way the kid reacted. (Not to say Mrs Behrens is not as cool/talented as Tori, but, to my then-6-year-old she 100% was!)
I can assure you this also happens at US primary and secondary schools (on a staggered schedule) as well and is cause for my daily fits of "why can't everyone else just follow the damn flow of traffic?" rage
The giggles I'm getting from your posts are gonna kill me.
That's really the best part of shopping at a comic shop versus a chain store - the levels of expertise & personalized recommendations. (I miss that part of frequenting comic shops as a teenager & 20-something.)
Oh, Philly, please never change: www.inquirer.com/columnists/q...
From standing in racks of clothes to watch an old-timey light show to listening to Birds sing Christmas carols, here's a look at some of the unusual ways we celebrate the holidays.
Yeah, about that:
"Hey! Hey! LBJ! How many kids have you killed today?"
See also the song "Initials" from HAIR: open.spotify.com/track/566TZV...
big news for all you Zoomers in your LBJ t-shirts!!
@maggiesox.bsky.social ... I am still laughing about the stark contrasts between the recent WH condolences for Tony Bennett, Jimmy Buffett, and Rosalynn Carter and that of HK ...
You *really* need to see the side-by-side comparison to fully appreciate the differences. Especially if you don't get why people are saying that the Kissinger statement is cold.
Ohmyfuckingword, I'm gonna laugh myself into an asthma attack:
You can be dang sure that the denizens of the chat boards were all "MEN DIDN'T HAVE BODIES LIKE THAT BACK THEN, IT'S SO ANACHRONISTIC."
I mean, for the love of God, Mary: Shut. Up.
Forget the self-deprecating lead-in:
Comics and, by extension, graphic novels, have their own linguistic and visual vocabulary.
Readers of the form learn these cues, beats, and visuals just as surely as filmmakers & writers learned from films and books.
excuse the shitty doodle but in comics space can be used to help punctuate stuff. like here's the same dialogue, but one each of these three versions, it's all read a little bit differently. the extra tail or the use of a connector gives it different delivery, a pause, strung together all different
Update 2: Now I'm in chapter 15 ... and I want a hard copy to annotate.
It's gift-giving season, folks. Give yourselves the gift of this book.
The way we race through Reconstruction (and its myriad failures & accelerated implosion) to the turn of the 20th century without an examination of the impacts of isolationism on the rise of the 2nd Klan ...
it is unfortunate that americans learn about jim crow as the product of prejudice and not as a nearly 75-year-long reversal of democratic fortune in which a very large number of americans lived under violent authoritarian rule
It's like we never paid attention or haven't learned a goddamned thing and we're still covering this like a baseball game or something.
THIS IS HOW IT FUCKING HAPPENS HERE. We shoehorn 15lbs of abnormal shit into a 5lb "normal coverage" bag & ignore the lumps.
Heh, I said almost exactly the same thing at a book talk last night.
American Exceptionalism has really blinded a lot of people to the very real possibility that it *will* happen here. Hell, it's already happening here.
Trying to explain "camp" even using Sontag as inspiration for the Costume Institute exhibit/Met Gala in 2019 was hard; this sounds like nobody listened.
Well, fuck, tell us how you really feel:
Everyone’s focusing on what a moral void Kissinger was and I’m afraid we’ll lose sight of what a mediocre, myopic mind he actually had as opposed to the brilliant mainframe of a brain we were assured he had.
And, apparently, the Lawyers Guns and Money blog has a great post, described by Jason Herbert (of Historians at the Movies) as "the only Kissinger obit you need to read" and, y'know, he has yet to steer me wrong on history stuff.
There's also an AMAZING obit headline in Rolling Stone:
Oh my god.
They collected the receipts.
@maggiesox.bsky.social - have you seen this yet? (Maybe wrap your hands first; there will be a need for punches thrown.)
Just noticed today in the acknows/credits that Walter thanked Chip & LRHS in "Ringwood" (actually it's in Wanaque) both for using the course materials & for his personal slides. Culture 2.0 was "Crosscurrents in the Arts" at LRHS.
Update: I've now finished through chapter 7 (~2h24m) and ... y'all NEED to read this book.