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I have made my first ever comment underneath a Guardian article.

No, it's not about politics or economics.  It's a refutation of an absolutely monstrous misinterpretation of William Morris's News from Nowhere.  It's a pity no one will ever see it.

Current Location:
Edinburgh
Current Mood:
pissed off pissed off
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God has finally requited me for the last two years of suffering, and has granted me an absolutely stellar set of fantasy students.  The classes are a dream, and I'm positively looking forward to the marking!
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Edinburgh
Current Mood:
hyper hyper
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They've revived hop-picking!!  Or rather, there's some artificial gimmicky attempt to summon the ghost of a practice long dead.  When I saw the headline, I knew they couldn't do without mentioning Orwell, but why the dismissive snarkiness?  It's not like there's any other twentieth-century writer who does it more justice, is there?

And what looks like the catalogue of paintings exhibited at the Paris World's Fair of 1889.  Makes quite an impression seen all together like that.

I also wonder why among my circle of acquaintance, most of the Yes supporters just happen to be single unattached invidividuals with no families to support and with no exposure to the private employment sector.  (Or, I am tempted to add, any understanding of political and economic reality :)
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Edinburgh
Current Mood:
sleepy sleepy
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According to The Bookseller, 'HarperCollins has signed world rights for the literary work of Eric Rücker Eddison' and will be bringing pretty much all of his books back into print this year.   I suspect this is because Eddison (who died in 1945) comes out of copyright next year.

Question: does this mean that the copyright will now be extended and anyone wishing to quote from Eddison's works will have to pay millions to HarperCollins as is now the case with Tolkien?  This is seriously worrying and if anyone knows anyone who could answer this, please tell me!

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Denver
Current Mood:
alarmed
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The current issue of The Journal of Inklings Studies features an article by Eric Stanley: 'C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien As I Knew Them (Never Well)'.  The abstract looks very interesting, but I don't have access to the full content.
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Denver
Current Mood:
blah blah
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Holy Moley, here is Robert E. Howard - that's right, creator of Conan the Barbarian and all sorts of other pulp to boot - on his favourite writers:

'I have carefully gone over, in my mind, the most powerful men—that is, in my opinion—in all of the world's literature and here is my list: Jack London, Leonid Andreyev, Omar Khayyam, Eugene O'Neill, William Shakespeare.'

Leonid Andreyev?!?!  Such are the devious paths by which literary influence runs.

Current Location:
Denver
Current Mood:
awake awake
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A petition is finally up to prevent the closure of the Institute of English Studies.
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Some colour photographs of a honeymoon roadtrip from 1939. Water pumps! Where are you now?  If you're on the road today and want a drink you stop at a service station and buy some bottled water from half way across the world, you don't pump a handle and drink what's right underneath your feet.

Also, the obligatory weather moan: we haven't had as horrible a May as in some previous years, but there's only been one day so far - one day! - when it's been both properly warm and sunny (i.e. nice enough for a whole day to go out in a t-shirt* and get some vitamin D).  I miss England at this time of year more than at any other.

*This does not apply to native Scots, who've been out in t-shirts for the last three months ;)
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Edinburgh
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sleepy sleepy
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Mind-boggling vintage adverts.  (And read the small print!)
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Edinburgh
Current Mood:
amused amused
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