February 25th, 2005

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Before I launch into a couple of not-so-breaking news items, I must brag for a moment on my university and say that the drama students and faculty outdid themselves with a very fine production of The Lion in Winter. And I am not saying that just because I have Prince Geoffrey in class. In fact, you may remember it is both my favorite play and film, so I am a tough audience. My husband and I saw it last weekend, and followed it up with a lovely Italian dinner and then a home viewing of the BBC performance of Shakespeare's The Life and Death of King John (an underappreciated play, in my humble opinion), which picked up the story of the Plantagenets years later and also provided me with my necessary dose of John Castle (who portrayed the Earl of Salisbury and managed to turn on a dime from sword-wielding intimidation to wet-eyed regret with typical brilliance). Seeing the two plays and their very different portrayals of the times and characters was quite a lot of fun -- and food for thought during this week's flu-induced stupor.

Now, on to a couple of fannish news items.

* The longstanding fan club Several Unlimited is gearing up for its annual Internet Zine Sale in April, and has already begun its Early Bird Sale. I've bought and sold gently used fanzines through Several Unlimited's Internet Sale for a good many years. The people are a pleasure to deal with, and I've found some great zines in a number of different universes/categories through them. I highly recommend checking out or participating in their sales.

* I suspect everyone knows about this already, but just in case, I wanted to mention The Directorium, which is a new structured, searchable and easily updatable directory of fannish sites. Since it is a wiki site, it lets everyone edit all of the listings, eliminating the problem of dead links that seems to plague every directory site. This site is growing buy leaps and bounds, and it promises to be a terrific resource.


And now, a quote for the day:

When you find the hidden catch
in the secret drawer
behind the false panel
inside the concealed compartment
in the desk in the attic
of the house in the dark forest,
and press the spring firmly,
a door flies open to reveal
a bundle of old letters,
and in one of them
is a map
of the forest
that you drew yourself
before you ever went there.


From "The Writer On, And At, Her Work" by Ursula K. Le Guin
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