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"a glorious dance of communion"

Some amazing people were born on this day! 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! Happy birthday as well to the incomparable heidi8. View her creative journal at pear_vodka. May you have a terrific birthday and a marvelous year to come!


* I must admit that I was so struck yesterday by the death of a personal hero, Patrick McGoohan, that I failed to post about the loss of a remarkable talent, inspirational activist, and true gentleman, Ricardo Montalbán. This is very sad news indeed, and my heart goes out to all of those who were touched by his life and work.


* On a happier note, here are some links about the upcoming year in genre film:

-- "Total Sci Fi's 2009 Movie Preview"

-- "io9's 30 Fantastic Movies to Watch (Or Avoid) This Year"

-- "IconoCritic's Top 9 Unknown Sci-Fi Movies to Look Out For in 2009"


"Look! Here I am, caught up in this fragment of chronology, in this bit of bone and flesh and water which makes up my mortal body, and yet I am also part of that which is not imprisoned in time or mortality. Partaker simultaneously of the finite and the infinite, I do not find the infinite by repudiating my finiteness, but by being fully in it, in this me who is more than I know. This me, like all of creation, lives in a glorious dance of communion with all the universe."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Stone for a Pillow: Journeys with Jacob

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lin4gondor
Jan. 15th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Indeed, I didn't know about Patrick McGoohan until I went looking for Ricardo Montalban's obituary. I had the great pleasure of seeing Ricardo Montalban perform in person -- he was definitely a true gentleman!

That's a lovely quote from Madeleine L'Engle -- I'm not familiar with that work, I'll have to look it up and read it!
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 19th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, I bet it was amazing to see Ricardo Montalban perform in person!
sittingduck1313
Jan. 15th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!

But the title of Lesbian Vampire Killers doesn't make clear whether the protagonists are lesbians who kill vampires or killers of lesbian vampires or just lesbian vampires who kill people.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 19th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed! Revenge is a dish best served cold, and it is very cold in space.

But isn't that the genius? You're drawn in, knowing only that, somehow, vampirism, lesbianism, and killing are involved. You must know more. ;)
primroseburrows
Jan. 15th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, the deaths of two amazing people in such a short time (I admit not knowing much about Mr. McGoohan, although I have seen some episodes of The Prisoner and liked them).

The good thing is that both men had such long, productive lives filled with doing what they loved.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 19th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
The good thing is that both men had such long, productive lives filled with doing what they loved.

Well said indeed.
primroseburrows
Jan. 15th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, the deaths of two amazing people in such a short time (I admit not knowing much about Mr. McGoohan, although I have seen some episodes of The Prisoner and liked them).

The good thing is that both men had such long, productive lives filled with doing what they loved.

ETA: Yay for HDM fanfiction! I keep telling myself I'm going to read these books again. I must DO EET.
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 19th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Yay for HDM fanfiction! I keep telling myself I'm going to read these books again. I must DO EET.

Yay! Happy reading. :)
thrihyrne
Jan. 16th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
Many, many thanks for the birthday wishes, your sweet and thoughtful card, and for the shout-out to my website! Woo hoo!!! :D :D I hope that this year, this liminal year to 40, will be one in which I learn much, write much, and am not overly bruised by the world or poor choices. :P I think that this may be the year in which I really begin to more continually Do Things Well. It's my hope and aspiration, anyway.

Thank you for being a dear and supportive friend. ♥
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 19th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you for being a dear and supportive friend.

*huge hugs* Right back at you!
heidi8
Jan. 27th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the good wishes! Sorry I'm so belated in reading them...
eldritchhobbit
Jan. 28th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! *hugs*
(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
What an amazing quote by L'Engle. Thank you for sharing that. It resonates with me hugely. (BTW, I'm just getting around to catching up on the blogs I follow, was in Paris for a week and since then, very busy!)
ext_138728
Jan. 29th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
Ugh. That's from me up above! Love your icon for today (the medieval reading woman), BTW.
eldritchhobbit
Feb. 2nd, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I too found this quote by L'Engle to be very powerful.

Welcome back from your trip, by the way!
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