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"for the sake of truth or liberty"

I have a few links to share with you today...

* Salon.com ran an interesting and critical response to the news about the new film version(s) of The Hobbit: "Guillermo del Toro to make "Hobbit" films: Bleah!"

* Guillermo del Toro responded to some (but not all) of the concerns noted in the Salon.com article via MTV.com: "Guillermo Del Toro Addresses 'Hobbit' Fans' Concerns, Talks Possible Casting."

* The Star Tribune posted a great new article on one of my favorite authors, Lois McMaster Bujold: "The Speculator."

* A sneak peak of Switchfoot's new song "This Is Home" from the forthcoming Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian soundtrack is now available here.

* I have updated my website.

* And last, here's a "feel good" YouTube recommendation (and it's barely a minute long). May it bring a smile and laugh to your day!
Watch this.

"A single word is more precious than human life if in uttering this word a man braves a tyrant for the sake of truth or liberty. If I think of the imperishable life of man, of that life which makes him a 'god by participation' and, beginning here below, will consist in seeing God face to face, nothing in the world is more precious than human life. And the more a man gives himself, the more he makes this life intense within him. Every self-sacrifice, every gift of oneself involves, be it in the smallest way, a dying for the one we love."
- Jacques Maritain


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Apr. 29th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the Hobbit links! I hadn't realized the second film was supposed to be a 'transitional' one till now. Hmmmm....
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! It will be interesting to see how it unfolds...
Apr. 29th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)

Thank you for the YouTube link - it certainly did bring a smile.
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
LOL! I'm so glad you liked it too. I thought it was clever until he hopped off the stool, and then I was laughing out loud.
Apr. 29th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the great links! Especially YouTube - lol!
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
LOL! You're most welcome! :)
Apr. 29th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the hobbit links!!! I'm so excited about both movies. If they do as good a job as the Lord of the Rings movie I'm totally going to be over the moon! I'm so excited about it.

**huge hugs for EH**
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! Did you see the YouTube link, speaking of hobbits? *huge hugs back*
Apr. 29th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Gods, that song is awesome...Can't wait to hear the whole thing...
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great?
Apr. 29th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
Lord of the Ringtones - I'm still snickering. Thanks so much for the awesome links :D
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! I still have to go back and fangirl your new icons (I bookmarked them) - so awesome!
Apr. 29th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
That commercial was hilarious...
Apr. 30th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it, too! I laughed out loud when he hopped off the stool.
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
From the Salon peice:
[i]I think del Toro's aesthetic is darker, more Gothic and more grotesque than the Tolkien-via-Jackson universe; it derives more from the medieval mire of middle-European fairy tale than from the high-toned, pre-modern northern European epics Tolkien was channeling.[/i]

I'm curious Amy, Have you ever read Maria Tatar's "Off with Their Heads: Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood"? I read it years ago (and Bettelheim's The Uses of Enchantment back when i took Dr. Flieger's class); I'm planning on buying it used one of these days and rereading it, maybe I'll get her "Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany" while I'm at it.

(The Lorre icon, just because...)
May. 1st, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, I have read Tatar's work: she came to Belmont to speak, as a matter of fact, two years ago, I think it was. Great stuff!!!

It's always a good time for your Lorre icon!
May. 5th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Cheers for the Hobbit links; this is going to be an interesting project. And heh, those Orange videos are always entertaining.
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