Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
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Harrison Bergeron, Lovecraft's Providence, and a R.I.P

Happy birthday to belleferret and valancourtbooks, and happy early birthday to alex_beecroft. May all three of you enjoy many happy returns of the day!


* R.I.P., science fiction editor, scholar, and bibliographer Everett F. Bleiler (1920-2010). During his lifetime he was honored with a World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, a Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association, and a First Fandom Award, and was named a Living Legend by the International Horror Guild. I have several of Bleiler's invaluable works in my library.


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* I finally broke down and purchased the film 2081, which is a stunningly beautiful adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's brilliant short story "Harrison Bergeron." This short film, like Mary Poppins, is practically perfect in every possible way. The moment the soundtrack is available (performed by the Kronos Quartet), it shall be mine. I have long used the compelling 1995 movie Harrison Bergeron in some of my university courses, and I plan to continue to do so; fortunately, 2081 is short enough that I can easily add it as a contrasting/complementary vision.

Here's the trailer for 2081, just in case you haven't seen it:




* In other news, you may recall that I've posted my pictures (with explanations) from my 2008 Providence walking tour of Lovecraftian sites. Recently, some other folks have posted pictures of their Lovecraftian encounters with Providence:
-- Here's "Lovecraft's Providence, From A Different Angle," now complete with a street-by-street guide, by Will Hart.
-- From Slayer Placemat, here are pictures of Lovecraftian Providence.


I'm sure I've offered this "quote of the day" before, but I recently came across the passage again, and I think it bears repeating:

We, however, are not prisoners. No traps or snares are set about us, and there is nothing which should intimidate or worry us. We are set down in life as in the element to which we best correspond, and over and above this we have through thousands of years of accommodation become so like this life, that when we hold still we are, through a happy mimicry, scarcely to be distinguished from all that surrounds us. We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us; are dangers at hand, we must try to love them. And if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful. How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave. Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us.
- from "The Dragon-Princess" by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated from German by John J. L. Mood
Tags: film, lovecraft, r.i.p., sf
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