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"In a tumultuous privacy of storm"

Happy birthday to mayree, and best wishes for many happy returns of the day!

Personal News

* My latest podcast narration, an unabridged dramatic reading of Jeff Carlson's science fiction story "Long Eyes," is now available from StarShipSofa for streaming here, for downloading here, and under "StarShipSofa" at iTunes. To my great delight, author Jeff Carlson has blogged about my narration and recommends it! (Links to all of my podcast work are collected here.)

* We've just about settled on a title for the collection on fantasy and Native America that will be coming out this summer with Mythopoeic Press. (I'm co-editing the book and contributing a chapter.) At this point, it looks like it will be The Intersection of Fantasy and Native America: From H.P. Lovecraft to Leslie Marmon Silko. I'll be posting more about it as the publication date nears.

TV and Popular Culture Studies News

Attention Supernatural Fans! BenBella has a new title in its Smart Pop Series. I'm a fan of several of the Smart Pop Books (especially Star Wars on Trial and Mapping the World of Harry Potter), and I know this will be a terrific edition to the series - especially since the fantastic dodger_winslow is contributing a chapter! I long ago learned that whatever literary project she is involved with is well worth reading.


Read more about In The Hunt: Unauthorized Essays on Supernatural here.

Online Literary News

* The latest issue of Journey to the Sea, the online magazine of myth, is now available, and it includes some interesting articles such as "Batman: Dark Knight, Dark Myth" by Dave Jones and "Northern Mythological Traditions in The Weirdstone of Brisingamen" by Jason Fisher.

* Via Alan Lupack: The wonderful people at The Camelot Project have added some fascinating new texts to the archive, both medieval and modern. Of particular interest are two translations done in 1780 by Lewis Porney. One is of the French romance Claris and Laris, which may be the only English version that exists. Porney's translation is a product of its time, and he abridges considerably. Yet as a way of getting a sense of the romance for those who can not read the original and as an example of eighteenth-century medievalism, this text is worth reading. Porney also translated (and radically abridged) a version of the Prose Tristan, which is also now available on The Camelot Project. This is interesting because it contains sections of the romance not found in Renée Curtis's selections, which provide the only other translation into English of this important text. Porney's Claris and Laris can be found here and his Prose Tristan can be found here.

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the withered air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden's end.
The sled and traveler stopped, the courier's feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, and housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Feb. 6th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Beautiful imagery from Emerson, especially the last two lines.
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked it. I thought so, too.
Feb. 6th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
Hmmm, methinks I should probably find a copy of the Weirdstone to read again, as the first time I was too young to appreciate any of that. My chiefest memory is that when one of the characters died at the end I cried, which was the first time I had ever cried over a character in a book.

And then there is also the Hounds of the Morrigan, an nicely Celtic flavoured modern fairy tale. Might have to check that one out again too. Ah, so many books, so little time...
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Ah, so many books, so little time...

So true! So very true.
Feb. 7th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the birthday wishes! And you always post the most interesting things!
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! I hope you are still celebrating. :)
Feb. 13th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
And good grief! LJ just let me know that you sent me a cupcake! Thank you!!!!
Feb. 7th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
I really look forward to hearing more about the fantasy and Native America book! The title sounds good. :)
Feb. 9th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Wait until you see the cover art. It's by Melissa Gay, who did the Aslan painting that was on the cover of the Past Watchful Dragons book I edited. It is amazing!!! My jaw is still on the floor. :)

I'm so glad the title sounds good to you.
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