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"the nostalgia of things unknown"

Happy birthday to the wonderful thrihyrne, without whom I never would have come to LiveJoural. Visit her website, Thevina's Mountainous Fanfiction Archive, here. I am sending best wishes to you for the most fabulous birthday - and best year - ever!

Happy birthday also to the fantastic seemag. Visit her website, Unbound, here. Best wishes and many, many happy returns of the day!


In other news, I have been going through the iTunes U offerings in the iTunes Store, and I found a number of free lectures that might be of interest:

iTunes U on iTunes

from Arizona State University:
Nano-Ethics Through the Writing of Science Fiction by Rosalyn Berne

from MIT:
The Craft of Science Fiction by Joe Haldeman

from Seattle Pacific University:
The Lord of the Rings as a Defense of Western Civilization by John G. West
Literary Background of The Lord of the Rings by Janet Blumberg
Tolkien, Man and Myth by Joseph Pearce
Wartime Wisdom: Ten Uncommon Insights from The Lord of the Rings About Evil by Peter Kreeft
Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and the British Literary Tradition by Janet Knedlik
C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien: Scholars and Friends by Christopher Mitchell
Lewis, Tolkien, and Chesterton on Myth by Richard Purtill
"We Gotta Get Outta Here" - How Tolkien, Lewis, and L'Engle Help Us Hope by Jeff Overstreet

from SUNY Cortland:
Reflections on H.P. Lovecraft by S.T. Joshi


Additionally, there is a "Science Fiction and Politics Class" by Professor Courtney Brown of Emory University (a total of 33 lectures) available on iTunes as a podcast (search "Courtney Brown" in iTunes). It is also available here.


January 13 was the birthday of H.P. Lovecraft's friend and fellow fantasist Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961), so I will use one of my favorite passages by him (which I've posted before, but I never mind repeating) for the quote of the day:

"The nostalgia of things unknown, of lands forgotten or unfound, is upon me at times. Often I long for the gleam of yellow suns upon terraces of translucent azure marble, mocking the windless waters of lakes unfathomably calm; for lost, legendary palaces of serpentine, silver and ebony, whose columns are green stalactites; for the pillars of fallen temples, standing in the vast purpureal sunset of a land of lost and marvellous romance. I sigh for the dark-green depths of cedar forests, through whose fantastically woven boughs, one sees at intervals an unknown tropic ocean, like gleams of blue diamond; for isles of palm and coral, that fret an amber morning, somewhere beyond Cathay or Taprobane; for the strange and hidden cities of the desert, with burning brazen domes and slender pinnacles of gold and copper, that pierce a heaven of heated lazuli."

- from Clark Ashton Smith, "Nostalgia of the Unknown"

Comments

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estellye
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Wow! Those are some really interesting offerings. I didn't know so many things like this were available for free! Thanks so much, EH! *hugs!*
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I'm so glad these are of interest to you. I went through iTunes U near the end of last year, and a lot of these are new. It's really exciting! *hugs*
thrihyrne
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your very thoughtful birthday wishes!! I'm glad still to be here around on this 'ol terrestrial ball, and to be a friend to you, and ever so grateful for the forces which brought and have kept us together. (((hugs)))

The free lectures look great, too! I may download a couple as further inspiration to get me out and walking around these lovely environs I have.

Many thanks, again. And that quote? Beyond gorgeous.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
I'm glad still to be here around on this 'ol terrestrial ball, and to be a friend to you, and ever so grateful for the forces which brought and have kept us together.

I am so grateful for the very same things, my friend! *huge hugs* I hope you had a most fantastic birthday.

In that quote, "for the pillars of fallen temples, standing in the vast purpureal sunset of a land of lost and marvellous romance" made me think of that beautiful picture you took and framed for me, with the standing stones. :)
vaklam
Jan. 15th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Wow! That is an awesome list of lectures. Thanks for sharing. Good timing, too. I've been looking for something new to listen to.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! I'm glad they're of interest to you, too. There are also four fascinating lectures on Lovecraft here, FYI. I'm in the middle of listening to those now.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 15th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Sweet. Those lectures look great. Thanks for the pointer!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome!
loligo
Jan. 15th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
That really is an awesome quote.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it, too. Isn't it amazing?
thepirateship
Jan. 15th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
The Jeffery Overstreet and the Joseph Pearce talks are excellent. (I've been reading Jeffery's book, Auralia's Colors, this week too.)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'm very much looking forward to listening to them! I've read some of Pearce's work, which I really enjoyed.
seemag
Jan. 16th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a terrific day! :)
dracschick
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC)
that sounds like a cool class. Thanks for sharing:)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! :)
re_animating
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC)
"Science Fiction and Politics" definitely stands out as intriguing. Time allowing, I may have to give that a go. :)
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 16th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to listening to those, too.
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