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"Staying Sane"

* I have accepted a kind invitation to contribute to the forthcoming 2006 Routledge volume The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. I've been excited about this project ever since I first heard it announced, and I'm very pleased I was given the chance to participate in it. At the moment it looks like I will be writing the entries on Renewal, the Shaping of Middle-Earth, and - get this - The Lord of The Rings. That's everything you need to know about LOTR in 4,000 words. Go ahead and laugh. When that word count actually sinks in, I'll be laughing, too - in a kind of manic, hysterical way.

* The saga of the new Man from U.N.C.L.E. film is getting ever more interesting (thanks in large part to the fans of the original series). You can see here the first Variety article and, after fan response, the second Variety article.

* I am gratified to see that Television Without Pity has added the new Battlestar Galactica series to its list of victims. The only thing better than SF snark is more SF snark.



And now, a quote for the day, from a book that just grows more relevant with age:

"He was a lonely ghost uttering a truth that nobody would ever hear. But so long as he uttered it, in some obscure way the continuity was not broken. It was not by making yourself heard but by staying sane that you carried on the human heritage."

- George Orwell, 1984

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eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC)
It does hit hard, you're right -- but I, too, grok it big-time. Thanks for the kind words. I don't know about the brains, though. I think I've sprung a leak somewhere, and I'm losing what few I had! ::wink::
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eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
Awww! I think Winnie the Pooh would prescribe some honey for us, don't you think? For a Bear of Very Little Brain, he was smart about some things! :::hugs back:::
sneezythesquid
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
Bear of very little brain is a great philospher, and my role model.

takes down his copy of The Tao of Pooh to read again

Of course, it gets interesting when you mix Taoism with Discordianism.
beledibabe
Jan. 25th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC)
Congrats, dear! I can't wait to read your entries. (But 4,000 words? Yikes!)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! (Great Frodo expression on your icon, by the way.) Yes, the summing-up 1,000 pages in 4,000 words thing is a bit overwhelming. Then again, they'll have specialist entries on every little thing, too, so I can't get carried away with the trees at the expense of the forest. I'll have to keep reminding myself of that! I appreciate the kind words - thanks again. :)
fungus_files
Jan. 25th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
thanks for the link to TV w/o Pity site and more snarky Battlestar goodness. had to stop reading it as haven't even seen the show and was enjoying it regardless (in fact, was thinking I don't even need to see the show cos I've read the snark...).

many congrats on the Tolkien encyclopedia gig. how very wow. Routledge, eh? you must be famous or sumthin'. ;) now, do you think they'll manage to do a good jacket cover for it? how could they not have an amazing cover for a Tolkien book?
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
Ha! Always happy to share the snark. I hate to keep sending spoilery hints your way, but let's just say I just say the first Richard Hatch guest appearance on the new BSG. ::happy smile::

And thanks for the kind words re: the encyclopedia entries. I'll be one of many contributors, but I can't help but be happy I was asked. They'll certainly have no excuse if they don't end up with a brilliant cover, that's for sure!
sneezythesquid
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
Hatch rocked the house in the latest episode. I look foward to seeing his character again.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
I second that!
st_crispins
Jan. 25th, 2005 03:40 am (UTC)
Hey ---are you going to the ICFA? If so, email me.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
Alas, I'll miss it - and you! :( Will email. Have a good time for me, okay?
greenhoodloxley
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)

Oh please, friend me! I really wanted to friend you too.:) Oh, and I just watched Robocop 3, which has John Castle in it! He makes an excellent villain.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
Hi there! ::waves happily:: Thanks so much for your reply! I'm so very glad we've "met"! So you recommend Robocop 3 then? Fine Castle moments are had, you say? (As if there's any other kind of Castle moment other than "fine"! Ha!) Now I'm going to have to go find this, you know!
greenhoodloxley
Jan. 25th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)

Hello:) I've glad we've 'met' too! The internet is very handy for this sort of thing, I probably would never have met another person who liked John Castle, and what a sad thought that is...
Oh yeh, I enjoyed Robocop 3, I admire villains who are clever. Of course, if I have a certain fondness for them...sometimes I want them to win.
Ah, fine Castle moments indeed. I really am going to have to get Lion In Winter again soon. It's been far too long.:)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, clever villains are good. Now I'm going to have to see this film. ::sigh:: You're a good influence on me! ;) I'll have to give you a yell once I've seen it so we can compare notes!!! Thanks so much for the recommendation.
raginglily
Jan. 25th, 2005 01:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats on "The J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment," invite, girly. Sounds awesome.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :) I'll be one of many contributors, but I'm still tickled I was asked. And daunting though it is, it's exciting to think about writing the big LOTR entry! Thanks again for your kind reply!
sneezythesquid
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
1) Congrats on being published again, on a subject you love! Good luck staying sane. ;)

2) Someone slap Vaughn around. I'm sick of these "The only thing we kept is the name" treatments of things I like.

3) I really like the new Galactica, tho I still dislike the new Starbuck. It's not that I think they shouldn't have changed him to a her, but that they hired a woman who a) can't act & b) can't carry off the role. The latest episode, when Apollo (II) stood up to Adama & the President ("and I don't owe either of you a damn thing") is what sealed the deal for me with this new version of the show.

4) There is no fourth item.

5) Very cool quote.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
1) Thank you so much! I appreciate it a great deal.

2) I couldn't agree more. If they want something totally new, why use the name at all? Go be original.

3) Starbuck is okay with me, but the new Apollo seems to suck the life out of every scene he's in. I'm really underwhelmed by him. I think the scene you describe would have been much more powerful if the line were delivered by someone who could act. (Adama and the President are both doing a terrific job, I think.) Still, I'm really fascinated by the direction they're taking the series. And the way they worked in Richard Hatch was fantastic.

4) Okay, I'll make up my own item, then. Were Gaius Baltar and Deep Space Nine's Dr. Bashir separated at birth, or what?

5) Thanks. :)
sneezythesquid
Jan. 25th, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC)
1) De nada.

2) This is Hollywood. Originality is in the same "no-no" box they also tend to keep "Plot" in. ;)

3) Richard Hatch rocks. I still wish we could have seen his version of the followup to Galactica. Still, at least he's involved now. I got to chat with him at Dragon*Con back in '03, and he's hell of a nice guy.

4) Both in looks, and in characterization. I'd play the "rip-off" card, but since the same guy was behind both shows...

I can't wait to find out if he's just crazy, or if the Cylons implanted something in him that's making him see Hot Cylon Babe. I'm also curious to see where they're going with the storyline of the guy stuck on Caprica with Boomer II.

5) See 1. ;)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 28th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
I can't wait to find out if he's just crazy, or if the Cylons implanted something in him that's making him see Hot Cylon Babe. I'm also curious to see where they're going with the storyline of the guy stuck on Caprica with Boomer II.

Yes indeed! I'm totally fascinated by the Baltar situation, and the Caprica subplot. I like the arc nature of the series, and the unanswered questions are definitely keeping me coming back for more!
sneezythesquid
Jan. 28th, 2005 02:55 am (UTC)
Indeed. I hope that the resolve some of it this season, and not go with a cliffhanger, just incase Sci-Fi does something stupid...like cancel the show. Just ask those Farscape fans.
childermass
Jan. 25th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
george orwell has some fantastic quotes! i think i'll nick that one. ;)

When that word count actually sinks in, I'll be laughing, too - in a kind of manic, hysterical way.

awww, you can do it, easy! ;) you're just awesome that way. congratulations!!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
george orwell has some fantastic quotes!

Doesn't he, though? And his insights always seem new somehow, fresh and timely. And thank you so much for your kind words! {{hugs)) You're so great! :)
randomalia
Jan. 25th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
4,000 words will certainly be an exercise in being succinct! I'm sure you'll do it beautifully, too. Just out of curiosity, how much would you say publications of this sort have increased after the movie release? There seems to be an awful lot of LOTR books about but I wonder how it has impacted on scholarly writings...

Anyway, best of luck with it!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words and good luck! :) Both are most appreciated. There have been a number of scholarly works published along with popular ones since the Jackson films. I think rising interest has fueled both. In some cases, these works would have been the natural next step in the scholarship anyway, but added attention has made them more lucrative and highly visible than they would have been otherwise. Folks who have been doing Tolkien studies for years might not be any more respected by their peers these days (ahhh, genre snobbery), but they're definitely more in the spotlight now.
alicambs
Jan. 25th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
Congrats on being invited to contribute to the project. But everything you need to know about LOTR in 4000 words... oh my, rather you than me. *g*
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
LOL! :) Thanks, I think... ::wink::
estellye
Jan. 25th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
Great news! I have absolute faith in you! They will be a well-packed 4,000 words and I look forward to reading them.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 25th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
{{{Estellye}}} You are so sweet! You know how to make a gal smile. Thank you.
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