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Sunday Steal (5/29/2011)

Who Gets to Speak?

I’m not quite sure when I first came across the blog Notes from Rumbly Cottage, but I’ve been enjoying the tender, amusing posts about family life for at least a few months now. The link above takes you to a post from May 23, in which the blogger contemplates free speech in America. I found it to be well thought out piece, with particular emphasis on what our personal responsibilities are.

Lady Gaga takes tea with Mr. Fry

I’m not a huge fan of Lady Gaga, I’m not a “Little Monster”, but I do find her to be a fascinating person. And who better to interview a fascinating person then another fascinating person? Namely Mr. Stephen Fry. The interview, conducted for the Financial Times is quite good, rather interesting, and a nice read.

59 Things You Didn’t Know About Virginia Woolf

Talk about fascinating.

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Sunday Steals (4/2/2011)

Stephen Fry

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As I was writing this post I found myself rambling on and on about me. Maybe it’s my subconscious needing to express itself or maybe it’s the unusual amount of coffee and chocolate and refined sugar I’ve consumed today. Either way, get ready for a lot of me time.

Reconsidering the Bible and Homosexuality

I have some conflicting feelings regarding this video. On the one hand I’m all WHOO! Evangelical Christian Showing That Commonly Cited Biblical Passages Used To Bash Homosexuality Are Actually Not About Homosexuality! but on the other hand this woman doesn’t seem to be an “expert” (no “formal” training in biblical history, that sort of thing) and I regularly dismiss those who use the Bible to say that homosexuality is wrong because they’re not experts. My plan is to watch this video with someone more knowledge about this subject and discuss it with them. (I’m kinda tired right now and am not really sure how much those sentences preceding this one make sense, sorry.)

 

Donald Trump Gets Weirder & Let There Be Light Bulbs

Here are two of Gail Collins’ most recent op-eds, they’re hilarious and right on the money (if your money is a bit on the liberal side of things). Quick confession: It’s only lately that I’ve discovered Gail Collins. I know, crazy right? Alright that might only be crazy if you understand my family. To do that think back to the second (first?) season of Brothers and Sisters where Kitty, the Republican, says to her mother, the Democrat, something along the lines of, “You didn’t read us bedtime stories. You read us New York Times op-eds.” While I did get nighttime stories like The Wind in the Willows and Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins my grandma has made it her mission to pass along to me every op-ed the Grey Lady publishes that she thinks I’ll enjoy. So I grew up around Maureen Dowd, Paul Krugman and David Brooks but somehow I completely missed Ms. Collins. (When I told my grandma this she gave me the same look you’re giving me right now.) Anyways, these two pieces are, respectively, about Donald Trump’s recent presidential run antics and how good certain Republicans are at turning the smallest debate into political grandstanding.

 

The Twitter Account of Mrs. Stephen Fry

Apparently Stephen Fry wrote the diary of his “wife” Edna Fry and she has a blog and she has a Twitter account and I never knew this and I am really angry at myself for not knowing this. First of all, if you don’t know Stephen Fry I don’t know that I want you to come back to my blog ever (scratch that: Go look up Stephen Fry, read some of his writing and watch some of his videos and love him and then come back. I already miss you.). Second, this is bloody hilarious. Mrs. Fry is like those middle-class British housewives that Monty Python was so good at portraying only on Twitter so she’s always in your life. Which is fantastic and not irritating.

 

Chanel

Tim Blank’s review of a Chanel collection shown in Paris over January is well written. His adjectives are precise and his sentences never go on for longer then they should, in many ways his review is like Chanel herself. Now my love for Coco Chanel may blind me so that I take an immediate like to anything that’s favorable to her or her brand but take a look at this review and tell me it’s not a joy to read. Also look at the photos, they’re great.  (One of my favorite lines was actually a quote from designer Karl Lagerfield: I was sick of all those Eiffel Towers, sick of all those violent colors. Amen.)

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Sunday Steals (3/27/2011)

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Well it’s been a really hectic past few weeks up here on the mountain so I had to let my blog slip to the side and for that I’m truly sorry. To make it up to you here are some great things I’ve come across online over the past week.

TRANSform Me

–This has quickly become one of my top television shows and one of the only reality shows I’ve ever come across that I honestly enjoyed. Fashion? Check. Hosts that are a pleasure to watch? Check. Empowerment? Check. Transsexuality? Check.–

Geraldine Ferraro and Her ‘Moment In History’

–This is a lovely remembrance of a woman who became the face of the hopes and dreams of women and men who wanted a more equitable society. Told through a conversation between Liane Hansen and Cokie Roberts, the latter of whom was present for Ms. Ferraro’s acceptance speech.–

xkcd: Beauty

–Friday’s xkcd expressed something that I’ve had a hard time enunciating, that science is beautiful.–

Famous Trannies in Early Modern Times

–So I’m on a bit of a gender kick and came across this when I put into Google “Abbe de Choisy”, who wrote “I thought myself really and truly a woman.”–

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Sunday Steals (3/13/2011)

Some things I’ve come across since last Sunday that I thought you might enjoy.

Ask a Drag Queen

–From her YouTube channel: “Australian Drag Queen who’s seen most and read the rest. Citing a lack of common sense and sociological hypocrisy, I’ve come online to set the world right, one idiot at a time.” Biting, fabulous, sensible.–

Un-American Revolutions

This is a great short piece by Niall Ferguson (published in Newsweek) about the American public’s deep love for revolutions, a love that can blind us.–

Why Some E-Books Cost More Than Hardcover & Amanda Hocking and the 99-Cent Kindle

–On February 21st I published a post about how much I’m willing to pay for an e-book that was inspired by a post by Nathan Bransford. One of the questions I tried to raise in my post was about how much an e-book costs to manufacture. Well it seems that the fates were reading my blog since Nathan Bransford has two posts that answer all my questions.–

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Sunday Steal (3/6/2011)

I’ve noticed that a lot of the blogs I’ve been following have introduced a system where they use theme days to write about certain topics on certain days. While I don’t post everyday I’ve been thinking about trying something like that here. So in the spirit of trying new things I’m going to introduce the Sunday Steal. Every Sunday I’m going to post a link to a great blog post that I’ve come across. (You’re welcome.)

To kick things off here’s a post that I found by clicking on a random commenter on a post by Writer Unboxed that Lisa Rivero had recommended on her blog:

Whodehouse and Woolf in High School

This post is a well crafted dialog between teenager P.G. and Virginia (two of my all time favorites). Bloody funny.–

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