"THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER": Just watched this. (The French one, not the American.) It's terrific. Yes, it has some of the same over-the-top hyperventilating as most silent movies (the mystic power of magnetism...slow-motion fainting...rutting toads), but mostly it's intense, menacing, and feverishly beautiful. I was spellbound. Small humans lost in big sets reminiscent of Giacometti's "The Palace at 4 a.m."; a banister made of branches and chains; a corpse (possibly) in a wedding dress; … [Read more...]

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POETRY WEDNESDAY (FOR CERTAIN VALUES OF WEDNESDAY): From Ernest Dowson, "Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae."Last night, ah, yesternight, betwixt her lips and mine There fell thy shadow, Cynara! thy breath was shed Upon my soul between the kisses and the wine; And I was desolate and sick of an old passion, Yea, I was desolate and bowed my head: I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.All night upon mine heart I felt her warm heart beat, Night-long within mine arms in … [Read more...]

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Did you think I would stand here and lie While our blogwatch was passing us by?Angevin: THE GASHLYSPEARE TINIES. Gorey + Shakespeare = pure twisted genius. A is for Antigonus, lunch for a bear B is for Banquo (but not for his heir)... you know you must click.New York finally begins moderating its insane drug laws. Orin Kerr, at the Volokh Conspiracy, points out why this is a very good thing even if you don't support legalization. (First link via Hit & Run.)And more good news, from … [Read more...]

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Every true apprentice writer has, however he may try to keep it secret even from himself, only one major goal: glory. --The Art of Fiction … [Read more...]

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Searching for Mr. Right, Blogwatching half the night...Amptoons on a couple whose son was taken by Protective Services solely because the couple is blind. (The child is home now, due to an outcry by disability activists.) This article includes another blind couple describing how they are raising their two children.Oxblog: "Sickened as I was like other observers by the scenes which appeared over the summer from Abu Ghraib, I'm left by the onset of Charles Graner's trial by court-martial in … [Read more...]

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CARE BEARS NOIR. … [Read more...]

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I see your true colors blogging through,I see your true colors, and that's why I watch you...Hugo Schwyzer: "And I am equally prepared to defend the proposition that since English common law had a greater impact upon our contemporary society than legal codes in medieval Mali, they ought to spend more time on the former. Good historians prioritize and rank; good historians draw distinctions, and then engage in vigorous debates with their colleagues about those distinctions."Also, in case it got … [Read more...]

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