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Six Years and Counting

Today is the 6th anniversary of this blog! On the one hand, it's hard for me to believe I've been posting for such a long time (this is post 1,049), but on the other, I can't imagine life without the wonderful friends and conversations I've enjoyed thanks to this online platform. Thanks to thrihyrne for encouraging me to begin here, thanks to agentxpndble for designing the header for this journal (and my matching website), and, most importantly, thanks to all of you for reading.

Speaking of special days, happy early birthday wishes to xanath and curtana. May you both enjoy many happy returns of the day!

In other news...
  • Thanks to Henry Kessler for his kind and complimentary review of StarShipSofa and my "History of the Genre" segments for it. I'm grateful for the generous shout out!

  • Librivox.org has added an unabridged reading of Raymond Z. Gallun's 1961 science fiction novel The Planet Strappers.

  • Femspec, the interdisciplinary feminist journal dedicated to critical and creative works in the realms of sf, fantasy, magical realism, surrealism, myth, folklore and other supernatural genres, has announced the creation of Femspec Books.

  • Matthew S. Rotundo's story "The Woman Who Hated Halloween" (which I heard him read live at NASFiC and quite enjoyed) is now available in ebook format in perfect time for the season.

  • I finally saw the film The Only Good Indian (2009), which stars the great Cherokee actor Wes Studi (I'd happily pay to watch him read the ingredients list off a cereal box), and also features solid performances from veteran J. Kenneth Campbell and newcomer Winter Fox Frank. I was particularly taken with the poetic use of Bram Stoker's Dracula throughout the narration to underscore the atmosphere of dread and the question of which person (or whose culture) is truly living or dead. The film also begins and ends with a clever inversion/subversion of John Ford's classic doorway shot from The Searchers. Here's the official synopsis: "Set in Kansas during the early 1900s, a teenaged Native American boy is taken from his family and forced to attend a distant Indian 'training' school to assimilate into White society. When he escapes to return to his family, Sam Franklin, a bounty hunter of Cherokee descent, is hired to find and return him to the institution. Franklin, a former Indian scout for the U.S. Army, has renounced his Native heritage and has adopted the White Man’s way of life, believing it’s the only way for Indians to survive. Along the way, a tragic incident spurs Franklin’s longtime nemesis, the famous 'Indian Fighter' Sheriff Henry McCoy, to pursue both Franklin and the boy." While it's undeniably low-budget fare, it's nonetheless well worth watching -- and it's certainly a topic that deserves wider attention and visibility.

Here's the trailer, FYI:

"But pain... seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?"
- Lois McMaster Bujold, Barrayar


( 30 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 23rd, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
Six years? Wow! Kudos!

The movie looks interesting too.
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

It's well worth watching.
Sep. 23rd, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)

Sep. 29th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
I love it! :) Thank you!
Sep. 23rd, 2010 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ::hugs::

Your recommendation of The Only Good Indian comes hard on the heels of comments left by dogemperor on Elizabeth Moon's unbelievable post on Muslims in America. Thank you!
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
*hugs you back* :)

What an unfortunate mess that's been! Quite sad. I'm glad to have the opportunity to recommend a positive work to enjoy and support in the midst of all of this.
Sep. 23rd, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Happy sixth anniversary!
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Sep. 23rd, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary!

I like Wes Studi, too. He often plays a badass, but he's so good at it!
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

You're quite right: he is great at it. I've never seen him give a less than compelling performance, period!
Sep. 23rd, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary!
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Sep. 23rd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
Happy LJ anniversary! And thanks for the heads up and review of the movie. I'll see if we can get it on Netflix.

Sep. 29th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for encouraging me to be on LJ in the first place! It's because of you that I'm here. :) *hugs*
Sep. 23rd, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Happy Anniversary!
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Sep. 23rd, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary!! Here's to many more! :))
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend!
Sep. 23rd, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes--Happy Anniversary! :D
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Sep. 24th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
We were here, at Pipe Spring this weekend, and I thought of you. It's a joint project of the NPS and the Paiute. Our ranger tour guide was Paiute, older gentleman who had served in Vietnam, and he really brought the stories we'd read in the museum to life.

And Happy Anniversary!

Edited at 2010-09-24 01:40 am (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an absolutely amazing place to visit - especially with such a guide! Thanks for thinking of me while you were there. I'd've loved to be there with you in person.

And thank you. :)
Sep. 24th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words. Most appreciated.
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
Sep. 24th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
Happy Anniversary! Your LJ is must-reading.
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you, my friend!
Sep. 24th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Happy anniversary to your blog, and thanks for the birthday wishes :)
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and you're most welcome! :)
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Sep. 25th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
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