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Feb. 14th, 2016 03:36 am
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer 13 Hour Marathon

Buffy The Vampire Slayer, series premiered on the 10th of March 1997. It would run for seven seasons thereafter. To many the “Buffy” series and its spin-offs both in print and television series garnered a huge fan base. Looking to revisit “Buffy’s” many adventures? You can beginning Valentine’s Day at 9:00 am EST. Participant Media’s television network, Pivot will feature a “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” marathon.

The marathon, titled “I Heart Buffy” will feature a thirteen hour airing of “Buffy”. Featured in the line up is the protagonist’s complicated love story. Episodes will center on one of pop culture’s most beloved couples. From Buffy and Spike’s first meeting to planning their big day, this marathon features episodes about their love story.

The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” marathon starts Valentine’s Day Sunday the 14th of February at 9:00 EST. On American digital cable and satellite television network, Pivot. Check you local cable or satellite provider for channel listing. Below is a listing of the episodes set to air during the “I Heart Buffy” marathon.

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The Hateful Eight (Film Review)

Feb. 14th, 2016 08:24 am
selenak: (Omar by Monanotlisa)
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I'm trying to find the right word here - probably the most nihilistic thing Tarantino has ever done? Or maybe that should be "bleakest"? (But "bleak" to me associates not the violent revelry in death this becomes.) Anyway, he's not kidding with the title. Every single character not appearing solely in a flashback, including Samuel Jackson's, is vile. (Actually, hold that thought: O.B. the coachman never does anything hateful on screen, and several of the other characters are impressed by his decency, but then, spoilery information )).

As to one of the issue I've most seen debated: whether or not the treatment of the sole main female character, Daisy (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh), is misogynistic: I'm torn. On the one hand, Daisy is never sexualized. The actress is wearing exactly the same kind of bulky frontier winter gear the male characters do, her figure is never showcased, and at no point does any of the male characters either verbally or physically threaten, let alone execute, sexual violence on her. Nothing happens to her that would not happen if she were a male character. (If she were, you wouldn't get the early scene where one character asks another whether the idea of hanging a woman doesn't bother him, but otherwise, the story would remain the same.) On the other hand: A few remarks on the non-sexual violence Daisy is subjected to versus the one she deals out, and the implication of this for me. )

Another observation: travelling the next for reviews, I've seen several mentioning laughing and cheering at two of the standout sequences, the one immediately preceding the interlude (this is a movie with a break in between), and during the final showdown near the end. Nothing like this happened in the cinema I was in. The audience just sat there in stunned silence in both cases. I'm wondering how much or little depends on cultural context here. Spoilers for the sequence preceding the interlude, one of Tarantino's standout monologues written for Samuel Jackson. ) Both Jackson and Dern (who remains silent throughout and just conveys his reaction with his face and especially his eyes, which Tarantino shows in ever more detailed close up) are outstanding in it. I don't think I'll ever be able to watch it again; same goes for the entire film.

As it turns out, I still have a few squicks or limits left in my capacity for watching fictional violence (both physical and emotional).
oursin: Painting of Clio Muse of History by Artemisia Gentileschi (Clio)
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I daresay my dr rdrs are already apprised of the slight furore about women historians that's been muttering on of late:
‘Big books by blokes about battles’: Why is history still written mainly by men?
The media is also to blame for a narrow, elitist view of what constitutes history.

Which is as it were visually summarised in this Tom Gauld cartoon in today's Guardian Saturday Review -

- but, I can't find online the letter in the print version that suggests is it audiences or is it publishers gatekeeping about what they think the public wants and how to categorise and market books (a discussion one has already observed in various other fields including YA publishing and Hollywood blockbusters).

I do think that there is a bit of a thing going on here about History Books for the General Public like what you might find in a decent bookstore (if not WH Smith unless that has massively upped its game since last I ventured into one), where maybe this is an issue.

Me personally myself I have published with one or two firms that are sort of borderline academic/trade but have never really written something that was likely to be a breakout bestseller on the tables near the front of Waterstones.

On another paw, I have written a history textbook, which probably gets my big thinks on the subject out to several generations of students, also, books I published 20+ years ago are still continuing to sell.

On the prehensile tail, I will concede that as my first name tends to be read as androgynous, who knows how questions of gender play into the matter.

Although I do work in what is probably considered one of the soft squishy areas of history.

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Feb. 13th, 2016 11:17 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] avanti_90, [personal profile] franzeska, [personal profile] samskeyti, and [personal profile] ursula!

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Feb. 13th, 2016 03:36 am
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Moonlight and Magic , Spike/Willow by [profile] xspike4evax.

Rain Check , Spike/Willow by [personal profile] punch_kicker15.

Chapter Four of Babysitting Duties by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Buffyverse portraits by [personal profile] chasingdemons.

The AV Club talks about who do you ship - and their Erik Adams replies "Among those couplings, the one that really sinks its stake into my heart is the one between Buffy Summers and Spike. And not just because Buffy’s other undead soulmate, Angel, is such a boring sod before he gets his own show—it’s more about the Hepburn-Tracy spark between Sarah Michelle Gellar and James Marsters, the uneasy alliance between the slayer of the vampires and the slayer of slayers". And their LaToya Ferguson replies "it’s Angel’s Angel and Cordelia. Yes, the couple is a will they/won’t they that doesn’t quite “will,” but it’s also a pairing that is almost impossible not to discuss when talking about the character growth of both Angel and Cordelia, as their friendship and feelings for each other throughout the series had a lot to do with said growth. As epic as Angel and Buffy’s love was for a time, theirs was never a mature relationship, and each crossover where the two interacted (and ones where they wouldn’t, like “The Girl In Question”) only highlighted that more and more, having them devolve as characters".

Elementary 4.12.

Feb. 13th, 2016 07:47 am
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Spoilers are a bit distracted by what could have been )

Friday one two many

Feb. 12th, 2016 07:29 pm
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The conference in Montreal in early June to which I submitted a paper proposal has accepted it!!! (now I have to write the damn thing.)

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The ongoing weirdness of Amazon recommendations. I marked Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage Volume 1 as 'owned' and have had a plethora of weird things come up on the list because I own it: none of them are subsequent volumes of Pilgrimage WTF.

Some very odd juxtapositions of because you own x I am inclined to put down to student course reading lists.

(Okay, there are probably some very weird recs that come up for other people due to my eclectic reading tastes.)

(Not that I actually buy much via Amazon any more, but every so often the Recommended List draws my attention to something in which I am interested. I then go look for it elsewhere.)

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Talking of plethora, there seem to be a number of petitions making the rounds re J Hunt vs the NHS, which suggests that several people immediately went to the petitions to the government website on hearing that he was imposing the new contract, and did not check to see if anyone else was doing anything similar - or else they were all happening entirely simultaneously.

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Feb. 12th, 2016 09:38 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] lenores_raven and [personal profile] lindra!

Sid sez, B Mi Valentine!*

Feb. 11th, 2016 06:29 pm
oursin: Sid the syphilis spirochaete from Giant Microbes (Sid the fluffy pox)
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I wonder if everybody who has this notion thinks it is a groovy new never-before thing, a really fresh idea?

Some years since, I gave a talk on the history of the loathsome diseases caused by IMMORALITEE as part of a series at a certain institution, scheduled round about the V-Day.

The NOTCHES History of Sexuality blog has chosen to inaugurate its new series of STD-themed posts on this week.

I had referred to me an enquiry from a meedja person who was putting together a V-Day piece on the infectious ailments of LUHRV.

Yr hedjog is inclined to wonder whether they consider that this is quite amazingly original. We also wonder whether it is really entirely appropriate to a day which tends to be to an almost nauseating extent about Ye Monogamy.

*Sid wonders whether pretty spiral spirochaetes are going to replace hearts as the universal motif.

In other, is this really a good Valentine's Day idea, news: the gym I go to is doing a V-Day promotion for people to give their significant other a fortnight's free sampler of the gym. This strikes me as almost as ill-omened as the suggestion that you should give your inamorato/a Hot Sex: How to Do It.

Suffragette (Film Review)

Feb. 11th, 2016 11:07 am
selenak: (Rocking the vote by Noodlebidsnest)
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I've seen a review of this movie titled "Putting the 'suffer' back in 'suffrage', and there's truth in this, though I wouldn't necessarily see this as a negative, not least because what visual depictions of the fight for the female right to vote I've seen tended to consist of the occasional upper class suffragette in someone else's family narrative, and both scriptwriter Abi Morgan's focus on working class women and just how badly their situation was feels fresh and very welcome. Otoh I do have some criticism of my own, but it's about other issues.

Spoilers hadn't realised before the British were way behind in getting the vote for all women )

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Feb. 11th, 2016 03:03 am
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Chapter Forty One of Broken Arrow by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Buffyverse icons by [personal profile] red_satin_doll.

[personal profile] red_satin_doll talks to Steven Morris about his cover for Season Ten, Issue No. Twenty Four .

ComicBookResources previews Angel & Faith, Issue No. Twenty Four .

Feedback Fest has just kicked off at the Archive of Our Own. It's part of the International Fanworks Day celebrations planned. Thanks to [personal profile] yourlibrarian for the link.

Good news to share

Feb. 10th, 2016 05:54 pm
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1) I got all misty reading this post about a mother teaching her son an important lesson, and not coincidentally showing him one of the deepest values of fanworks -- which is that we are stronger having more stories, not fewer.

2) Speaking of the importance of fanworks -- Feedback Fest has just kicked off at the Archive of Our Own. It's part of the International Fanworks Day celebrations planned.

I managed to come up with another drabble for this year's short fanworks challenge and because I'm going to be rather busy this weekend I figured I'd post it early. I'm not sure it'll make much sense to anyone who's not a fan of John Oliver and Stephen Colbert but hope you enjoy it if you are!

3) Samantha Bee knocked her first episode so far out of the park that it will take a whole pack of late night hosts to find it. I was glad for her that she was getting her own show, but now I'm also glad for me. Read more... )

4) X-Files: I'm finding myself as bored now as I was then when watching the show, and even if FOX continues the series I won't be watching after these six episodes end. But there is one plus to its return. Read more... )

5) They're right, this IS good news. Given what has been done with the movies I had no enthusiasm for the news that a new Star Trek series was being planned. But now? Yes, I will be checking this out.
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What I read

Kathleen Jowitt, Speak Its Name (2016) about university, religion, and sexual identity, and very good indeed.

Diane Duane, Games Wizards Play (2016) - for a change they're not saving the world or the entire universe, but after a slow start, the narrative tension builds.

On the go

Laurell K Hamilton, Dead Ice (2015), which is fairly predictable in some ways and in others you just never know what's going to turn up.

John Stewart's book on the history of child guidance in the UK, which is not actually painful to read, although I'm not sure for my purposes that I need all this stuff about professionalisation of various occupations in the field. But also useful stuff, research-wise.

I would probably have read some more of the Barbauld biography if someone didn't keep tidying it away.

Also A Book For Review, which is somewhat less daunting than the intro led me to fear, but I am really going 'Huge Bloody Missing Thing' at it, even though am also finding good stuff.

Up next

There are various things on the tbr pile: will see how the mood takes me.

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Feb. 10th, 2016 09:12 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] mal1!

Agent Carter 2.05

Feb. 10th, 2016 09:01 am
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Minus one sequence, loved this one.

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