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  1. What Are We Currently Reading?

    Just started Controversial Bodies: Thoughts on the Public Display of Plastinated Corpses, edited by John Lantos, MD. It's a collection of essays examining the "Body Worlds" exhibitions from various angles ethical, legal, cultural, religious, educational, and aesthetic. I saw it at a Half Price Books and it looks interesting.
  2. What Are We Currently Reading?

    I'm a geek for critical analyses of pop culture and this is the one I'm reading now:
  3. No Sleep Tonight, Then: Horror Movies

    Once I was doing some personal research on a former mortuary and I got to spend quality time looking at the original building plans via microfiche. It did feel like being in a movie and I look forward to coming up with another reason to dig into old media. Maybe I need to make a scrapbook filled with copies of morbid news clippings...
  4. Versailles: All Episodes Talk

    I've been watching it via BBC iPlayer.
  5. Versailles: All Episodes Talk

    I'm enjoying season 3 so far.
  6. TDS 3.0: Season Three Talk

    I think it was this interview between William F. Buckley and Mark Lane on Buckley's show "The Firing Line".
  7. All Episodes Talk: Babbbling About Babylon

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Kübler We can argue that she wasn't necessarily a willing collaborator, but she did opt to become a "catcher" so that she and her parents could avoid deportation. There's a book about her by Peter Wyden called Stella: One Woman's True Tale of Evil, Betrayal, and Survival in Hitler's Germany. The link goes to a detailed book review.
  8. Podcasts: True Crime For Your Ears

    I tried to listen to that one, too, but then just gave up and watched the movie (Wonderland, not Boogie Nights). I think it's that I don't like the acting. I didn't mind it as much with the Black Dahlia episodes because it felt like a really messed-up old-timey radio show, but for Wonderland it just didn't work for me.
  9. Historical Fiction Thread

    The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley is set against the real Affair of the Poisons in the court of Louis XIV. A witty and clever young woman in late 1600s France becomes apprentice to a 'sorceress' and learns the literal tricks of their trade: aphrodisiacs (useless), midwifery (and abortion), inheritance powders (poison), and divination (gossip). Because courtly society at Versailles was such a hot-bed of intrigue and social manipulation, several noble woman (including the king's official mistress) turned to the sorcerers' guild to preserve or advance their positions, and that's when things got dangerous. The more fraught the situation, the more desperate the measures.
  10. Fave Characters?

    That's a hard question, because I liked so many of them for different reasons. Sister Peter Marie, Father Mukada, and Said for the examinations of their faith. Keller and O'Reily because they were so horrible and yet still a bit charming. Augustus for being so... normal. Rebadow and Busmalis made a great couple. And then there's poor Alvarez...
  11. S06.E09: Jennings, Elizabeth

    Alan Sepinwall does reviews / analysis at Uproxx and has written several really good books about television.
  12. Hap and Leonard in the Media

    At least we still have a lot of stories remaining; we'll just envision James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams when we read them.
  13. Marrying Sonia meant nothing with regards to his feelings on Jews; he outright told her that she no longer belonged to 'these mongrels' because she was assimilated and with him. "You are now Mrs H. P. Lovecraft of 598 Angell St., Providence, Rhode Island!" She recounted that "whenever he would meet crowds of people—in the subway, or at the noon hours, at the sidewalks of Broadway or crowds, whoever he happened to find them, and these were usually the workers of the minority races—he would become livid with anger and rage. He seemed almost to lose his mind." Sometimes, he would insist that they walk down the center of a street so that he wouldn't have to share a sidewalk with "mongerels." That's not merely racist, that's pathological. "The organic things—Italo-Semitico-Mongoloid—inhabiting that awful cesspool could not by any stretch of the imagination be call’d human. They were monstrous and nebulous adumbrations of the pithecanthropoid and amoebal; vaguely moulded from some stinking viscous slime of earth’s corruption, and slithering and oozing in and on the filthy streets or in and out of doorways in a fashion suggestive of nothing but infesting worms or deep-sea unnamabilities." That's not about his monsters, that's about people living in the Lower East Side of New York. Other white people called him out on this at the time and he just dug down further. "[Hitler’s] vision . . . is romantic and immature," he stated after Hitler became chancellor of Germany. "I know he’s a clown but god I like the boy!" And of course, there's his poem "On the Creation of Ni**ers". That one's easy to find online. If he was driven to froth this much, virulent is a perfectly fine word to describe him. None of which means that we shouldn't read, analyze, critique, and—in some cases—enjoy his work.
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  15. Lovecraft Country is the name for the trope of a New England horror setting in which "evil and corruption is mostly supernatural (and racial) in origin". There's also a good article about how it figures into this book specifically at Boing Boing.