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"The English-speaking world is divided"

Happy birthday to two great gentlemen, arymetore and caster121. May you have a wonderful day and many more! Happy birthday also to a great lady, syrcleoftrees, with best wishes for today and always!

Happy birthday also to the wonderful agentxpndble, a super lady and the mistress of two great websites:

May you have a fantastic day and year to come, my friend!

In other news...

* Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest has become an online publication: check out the new issues of Apex Digest Online here.

* The hosts of the KGB Fantastic Fiction reading series in New York City are holding a raffle of donated prizes from well-known authors, editors, artists, and agents to help support the series. All proceeds from the raffle will go to support the reading series, which has been a bright star in the speculative fiction scene for more than a decade. Raffle tickets will cost one dollar US ($1) and can be purchased at the KGB website. You may purchase as many tickets as you want. Tickets will be available from July 14th, 2008 through July 28th, 2008. At midnight on July 28th, raffle winners will be selected randomly for each item and announced online.

* A not-so-new but nonetheless interesting article recently came to my attention: "What Did Poe Know About Cosmology?" by Emily Eakin.

* There's a new and interesting post here about Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Sartre.

* Kristin Thompson's 2007 book The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood is now available in paperback. Her blog is available at frodo_franchise. I was gratified to see that Thompson cited some of my scholarly pieces in her book and called me "perhaps the most prominent historian of slash fiction focusing on the Rings novel and film." Thanks, Dr. Thompson!

"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and those who are going to read it."
- The London Times in its original review of the Rings novels


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Jul. 24th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
I love that quote.
Jul. 26th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks - I do, too. :)
Jul. 24th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
:::HUGS::: Thank you so much (for everything.)
Jul. 26th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
:::HUGS back atcha::: My pleasure, my friend. You're all that and a bag of Iantos. ;)
Jul. 24th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
OK, so why do I love Whedon so much? Am I secretly darker and less hopeful about the future than I tell myself I am? *has existential crisis* ;) heh
Jul. 26th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
LOL! Sorry - I didn't mean to send you down a "Sartre spiral" there.

But hey, the status is NOT quo. *wink*

I adore your icon.

Jul. 26th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
PS. I'm so glad you told me (ages ago!) that I'd never posted pictures of Virginia in her Gryffindor scarf. *headdesk* I've finally made amends! :)
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Jul. 26th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! Ooooh, we'll have to talk... ;)

I'm wishing you well with all you're doing, BTW, as always!
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