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Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth, by Ian Lendler and Zack Giallongo [Jul. 12th, 2014|04:57 pm]
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Review copy provided by First Second.


Best Macbeth Evar.


Okay, so. This is a comic–a graphic novel, but I think a one-off, just long enough to be its own volume. And the conceit is that the animals at the Stratford Zoo are putting on Macbeth after hours. Macbeth is a lion who eats everybody else. It is hilarious. The shorthanding of the play, the audience reactions, the casting, the whole nine yards. You will probably spot Macduff’s punchline coming, but it’s still funny. The panel with Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and the rubber ducky is my favorite. It’s just. It’s very, very silly. If you take a very, very serious view of Macbeth and will not be able to bear jokes and zoo animals applied to it, this is so not for you.


Some of the jokes will be entirely at the level that I expect my godchildren to get. This is a fabulous way to get them all the very basic cultural references to Macbeth they will need to navigate as tiny cultured individuals, and I intend to use it that way. There are several other jokes that will go over their heads, and that’s fine too, because it’s not a book that will shut them out when they don’t get one joke.


I did not expect to particularly like this book, honestly. When it arrived in today’s mail, I was coming home from a used bookstore accident with several things I am incredibly excited about, and I thought, eh, well, we’ll give it a shot, how long can it take? And I was so very pleasantly surprised. Definitely keeping it, definitely sharing with the godkids, who love comics and silliness.




Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux

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Well, this is a first. [Jan. 19th, 2014|11:14 am]
Marissa Lingen
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I saw “Mind Control” advertised on a website this morning. It seemed to be offering that you could learn to control your own mind, however, as opposed to the far more popular other people’s.


Controlling your own mind is work.


Maybe next ad.




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One for sorrow, two for…holy crud, that’s a lot of crows. [Oct. 15th, 2013|04:19 pm]
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I know at least two rhymes for counting crows, off the top of my head (“One for sorrow, two for joy,” they both start out), but I just looked out in my backyard, and there were dozens of crows. Scores of crows. There were not more crows than I could shake a stick at, because I would just stand at the back door and shake it broadly. But I don’t really want to go shake a stick at the crows, because it has a sort of Hitchcockian vibe at the moment. Say what you will in favor of Lovecraft, pulsing horrors mostly don’t show up in my backyard without notice. And giant flocks of birds…apparently do.


So what I want to know is: where does the crow counting rhyme go after seven or, in some extreme cases, ten? It’s really looking to me like the fortune-telling aspect will start to wear thin with a flock like this. “Forty-seven for a hangnail…forty-eight for your library books came in…forty-nine for, uh, a sale on the kind of cheese you don’t want to buy….”




Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux

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I didn't previously realize that Aud Torvingen is a Green Lantern. Like Pamela, but different! [Feb. 14th, 2013|11:46 am]
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Dear friends, can you please be careful with your similes? Those things'll leave a mark.

Case in point: yesterday I was reading an internet argument I decided not to participate in. And I had mostly decided by the time I got to this line. But then somebody said something like, "It'd be like if DC hired Nicola Griffith, and--" And I don't even know what the rest of their argument was or if it was right or wrong. Because my brain had completely shut down and was busy going ooh shiny Nicola Griffith superhero comics send at least three copies to my house soonest. And my brain has been pondering what those would be like ever since.

Similes. They're dangerous. Use responsibly.
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Personal to pameladean but comprehensible elsewhere [Oct. 23rd, 2012|05:42 pm]
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The fridge poetry magnets now have a clump that read "speak friend & what have you."
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This icon has more referents than usual. [Jun. 15th, 2012|02:52 pm]
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Me: I was telling a story and mentioned her friend Harold and then turned to my mom and said, "Not actually a giraffe," and she broke up laughing. Grandma sort of patiently sat there and waited for us to start making sense again.
timprov: I hope someone's bringing her food.
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Meme Sheep Returns to Say Bahhh and also: I have no icon for this book [Jun. 7th, 2012|06:05 pm]
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A meme via stillsostrange!

1. Go to page 77 (or 7th) of your current ms
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written. No cheating.

If only I were on page 77 by now. Alas, 7 will have to suffice. (See! The people she got it from were on page 77. I am not on page 77 either. But I am closer than I thought! So now I am a) hanging out with Amanda and b) happier than I expected to be.)

"I don't care if it's not protocol," said Wally, for once not keeping her mouth shut. "I want to find Dad. I'm going to put him into my Girl Scout compass."
"Wally, you're not supposed to take stuff like that to Girl Scouts," I said automatically.
Mom pressed her lips together. She had already chewed all her lipstick off, probably hours ago. "Go get it," she said.

(Wally is the heroine's little sister Walpurgis, Q to her Bond. Her Girl Scout troop made their own compasses. Wally's doesn't find north. It finds...whatever Wally wants it to find. Except it doesn't find their dad....)
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Therianthropes away! [Jun. 5th, 2012|10:20 am]
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alecaustin and I have our first published collaboration for public reading today! Brief Interviews With Therianthropes is live at Daily SF. It is not perhaps the most serious thing either of us has done together or separately. We had fun with it, and we hope you will too.
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Ah, the joys of co-writing. [May. 17th, 2012|01:24 pm]
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Nature abhors a (power) vacuum...

...but alecaustin doesn't.
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Alas for the tyops that raise one's hopes [Apr. 14th, 2012|07:18 pm]
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What I am wearing to the symphony: a violet silk dress.

What I am not wearing to the symphony: a violent silk dress.

We apologize for any disappointment this may have caused.
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