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Friday, August 23rd, 2019
8:41 pm
A comfort re-read of Elizabeth Schafer's "Ms-Directing Shakespeare? Women Direct Shakespeare" mentions a production of Taming of the Shrew that built on Petruchio's throw-away line "Why do they say that Kate doth limp?" by giving her an orthopedic shoe. (Taming of the?)

And that made me think of an epilogue where Kate soliloquizes that the winter of their discontent has been made glorious summer by Bianca, this daughter of Minolta. Kate, concluding that love forsook her in her mother's womb, is determined to prove a villain. So she starts out by squandering Petruchio's money (i.e., her dowry), gadding around outside the house, doing the act of darkness with servingmen, and escalating to petty treason by slowly and horribly poisoning Petruchio.

Also: AS YOU MIKE IT: young sound engineer reacts to lack of technical opportunities for women in the theater by disguising herself as a boy. The ambitious ex-OUDS director she fell in love with at first sight doesn't even recognize her.
10:33 am
Drive-By: The United States of Hygge
I think I speak for many of my fellow citizens of Jersey City, and indeed the entire NY Metro Area, not to mention California, both Portlands, and the part of Washington DC not inhabited by elected officials. We're ready to take one for the team and be traded to Denmark in exchange for Greenland and A Player to Be Named. I mean, I ate those butter cookies 30 years ago and I'm still re-using the re-usable tin, so A-Plus sustainability. I'm down for lots of candles and single-payer healthcare, too.
Tuesday, August 13th, 2019
7:50 pm
Blakes7/Man in the High Castle Fic: LIFE ON MARX
I actually finished something, partly because I feel honor-bound to defend the cause of bizarre crossovers by doing each round of Intoabar. Hence, "Life on Marx," https://archiveofourown.org/works/20213155 a title I am delighted with, although I didn't think of it until the fic was well underway.

I actually wondered whether "lower than canon level of character death" is an appropriate Content Note.

Fail_fandom_anon has (used to have? I stopped reading it after some kerfuffle or other) a recurring meme where someone gives a description that applies to two or more canons, so I crossed over "canons with a fairly useless Resistance movement and a major character named Blake."

My remaining WP, coincidentally, also has Cally initiating casual sex (and enjoying every minute of it).
Sunday, July 28th, 2019
12:51 pm
Drive-By: Ot Hello, Kitty!
If Shakespeare had kept Cinthio's original murder method--dropping part of the ceiling on Desdemona to make it look like an accident--then it would be the Marry, Tile Her, Moor Show.

And the opening credits ("Who can turn the world on with her smile?"--reaction shots of happy Cassio and Rodrigo and glowering Iago) would end with tossing of a spotty handkerchief, not a beret. You're gonna make it after all!
Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
6:20 pm
Drive-By: O Cursed Spite
It occurred to me today that the words, words, words Hamlet reads in the lobby is probably the latest edition of Time Out of Joint.
Thursday, July 4th, 2019
6:49 pm
Drive-By: Sportsball
DAVID HOCKEY: Game, usually played in swimming pools, where the goal is hitting Goliath with a puck.
Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
3:15 pm
Drive-By: Omens from the Federation
Imagine not a wooden O but the Liberator flight deck:

AVON: We're not friends! I don't even like you!
BLAKE: Yeah, ya do.
Saturday, June 8th, 2019
8:10 pm
Drive-By: Gotkink
I see that the new Games of Thrones kinkmeme is called Gotkink. True, this parallels Got Milk, but pink_mast and myrish_swamp were RIGHT THERE.

I submitted some prompts for corsetsandlemons, the Victorian fiction kinkmeme but, try as I may, I cannot think of any Trollope prompts.
Thursday, May 30th, 2019
11:11 pm
MR. ROJ'S NEIGHBOURHOOD Blakes7/The Good Place Fic (T)
Well, it has been a long time since I posted a new fic, eh? Finally finished this one: https://archiveofourown.org/works/19035589. I am confident that this is one of the very finest of B7/Good Place xovers.
Friday, May 24th, 2019
6:46 pm
Drive-By: The Missing Link?
My friends group includes many people who are into Snowbaz, and I've seen some lovely art on Tumblr--but where is the illo of flowered suit!Avon smooching WingsnTail!Blake?
Friday, May 17th, 2019
5:23 pm
Drive-By: Talk to the Hand
My prediction for the Game of Thrones finale:

"Yo, wacky dream, bro!" said King Robert Baratheon. "You know I'd never do that, right? Group hug!"
And they all laughed...
Thursday, May 9th, 2019
6:14 pm
Drive-By: One-Up
Pursuant to my last drive-by (pointing out the resemblance between Elizabeth Warren and 13): if I could photoshop, I'd do a mock-up of 13!Warren standing in front of the Tardis...on the cover of Timelord Magazine.
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
2:12 pm
Drive-By: Nevertheless, She Regenerated
It just occurred to me today that Elizabeth Warren looks kind of like Thirteen, so now I'm picturing her hitting the campaign trail in the Tardis.
Sunday, March 17th, 2019
8:42 am
Drive-By: Beware the Ides of March
From a future edgy CW reboot of "Little Women"

BETH: Et tu, Marmee?
Sunday, February 24th, 2019
7:11 pm
Charles Dickens: Rochester Expy?
C&Pd from the New York Times, because the Venn diagram of my friends includes people who are interested in Dickens, Jane Eyre, or both. I don't make the news, I just report it:

Charles Dickens Tried to Banish His Wife to an Asylum, Letters Show

“This is a stronger and more damning account of Dickens’s behavior than any other,” wrote John Bowen, a professor of 19th-century English literature at the University of York in England.CreditCarl Court/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
“This is a stronger and more damning account of Dickens’s behavior than any other,” wrote John Bowen, a professor of 19th-century English literature at the University of York in England.CreditCreditCarl Court/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

By Palko Karasz

Feb. 23, 2019

LONDON — As a great novelist and a master journalist, Charles Dickens maintained tight control over what the public learned about his 1858 separation from his wife, perhaps the most scandalous story in his eventful life.

But letters revealed this past week cast the episode in a new and cruel light. Dickens, they suggest, not only sought to banish Catherine, his companion of two decades and the mother of his 10 children, while pursuing an affair with a young actress, Ellen Ternan.

He also tried to have his wife imprisoned in an asylum.

“This is a stronger and more damning account of Dickens’s behavior than any other,” John Bowen, a professor of 19th-century English literature at the University of York in northern England, wrote in The Times Literary Supplement on Tuesday. The article accompanied the publication of an analysis of letters held at Harvard.

Dickens, a celebrity in his own time, was careful of his image and legacy. In the 1860s, he burned the letters and papers of 20 years on a bonfire in his back yard. Many of his contemporaries acted similarly. Still, scholars and biographers continue efforts to pierce the privacy of his life and his relationship with women.


The circumstances of the separation have inspired fiction, biography and a feature film, “The Invisible Woman,” starring Felicity Jones as Ms. Ternan, the lover kept in the shadows while Dickens maintained the image of a Victorian family man.

Mrs. Dickens herself rarely spoke of the separation. Nearly a decade after her husband’s death, she confided in Edward Dutton Cook, a theater critic and her neighbor in Camden, north London.

The letters Professor Bowen analyzed were based on those conversations and, according to the professor, are some of the first documents discovered that present her perspective.

Dickens fell out of love with his wife, Mr. Dutton Cook wrote in a letter. “She had borne 10 children and had lost many of her good looks, was growing old, in fact.”

“He even tried to shut her up in a lunatic asylum, poor thing!” Mr. Dutton Cook continued. “But bad as the law is in regard to proof of insanity he could not quite wrest it to his purpose.”


Dickens may well have been in a position to sideline his wife in this way. Many Victorian physicians, Professor Bowen wrote in The Times Literary Supplement, would have considered assertions about his wife’s “languor” and “excitability” sufficient basis to draw up a certificate of “moral insanity.”

According to other letters in the same collection, Dickens also had what might have seemed an ideal connection: a friendship with Dr. Thomas Harrington Tuke, a psychiatrist who ran a private lunatic asylum near London.

But correspondence suggests that Dr. Tuke rebuffed Dickens. After 1864, the novelist was calling the doctor a “wretched Being” and a “Medical Donkey.”

The collection of 98 letters from Mr. Dutton Cook to a journalist friend, William Moy Thomas, was bought at auction in 2014 by the Houghton Library at Harvard. According to Professor Bowen, the collection provides a vivid picture of literary life of the late Victorian era.

“This is a great man who set out to do good in life and he did do great things,” Claire Tomalin, who has written biographies of both Dickens and Ms. Ternan, told The Times of London this past week. “But when he went off the rails, he started behaving very badly.”

“Reading the material was quite difficult to be honest,” Professor Bowen wrote in a statement from the University of York.

“Dickens is a literary great who I have studied and admired for many years but some of the letters made very uncomfortable reading.”
Thursday, February 14th, 2019
8:35 pm
Drive-By: Dictatorship of the Demonic
VERONICA MARX: starring Kristen Bell as The Littlest Rebel
Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
12:12 pm
Drive-By: Prince Hal on Peckergate
Bezos alleges he was ordered to pay an intolerable deal of bread for a hap'orth of sack.
Tuesday, November 20th, 2018
4:19 pm
Drive-By: No Toasty Bottoms
Comfort viewing coming soon to PBS: The Great Finnish Rake-Off. Only you can prevent forest fires!
Monday, November 12th, 2018
10:16 am
Florida/Georgia Recount Actions
C&P from Indivisible:


Even though the election ended Tuesday, votes in key races across the country are still being counted. And the races for Florida Senate, Florida Governor, and Georgia Governor aren’t over yet.

Trump and his administration are working double-time to silence crucial votes, and we can’t let that happen now, or ever. We need to be sure that all ballots that were cast, including all vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, are counted. And volunteers are needed ASAP in these efforts.
Here’s how you can help.

It only takes a few minutes to sign up to make a difference in these crucial elections. No matter where you live, you can sign up to volunteer for Georgia ballot counts. Here’s the info:

What: Make calls to voters in Georgia to make sure their vote is counted!
Where: Wherever you are! You just need a computer and a phone to start making calls
When: TODAY! Monday, November 12 until 9:00pm ET
RSVP: Sign up here to make calls here and find detailed instructions here if you don’t have a login for OpenVPB (we promise, it’s easy!)

If you live in or near Florida, your support is needed there as well! Don’t live nearby? Forward this email to someone you know in Florida or a surrounding state, or share on Facebook or Twitter:

What: Volunteer for the Florida recount efforts (organizing, operations, data, and other skills needed!)
Where: Across the state of Florida
When: Wednesday, November 14 through Sunday, November 19, multiple shifts per day
RSVP: Sign up to volunteer with the Nelson for Senate campaign here

We need all hands on deck to make sure every vote is counted in these crucial races. So if you can, please sign up to volunteer. And forward this email to friends and family who may be able to volunteer in the coming days!

Together, we’ll make sure #EveryVoteCounts!

In solidarity,
The Indivisible Team
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018
11:04 am
B7 ficlet: Landslide
Re-posted from the ffa "100 words" prompt of Elections. Why, yes, I am just off to go vote...in the pouring rain. Speshul newsy icon instead of default icon!

Trooper Gurvan raised his right hand, and waved it in the air, waiting for the thin strip of black to set. Outside the barracks, the rain hammered down. He wondered if that would mean it would take longer. It rained 280 days a year in this crapsack planet.

From the smell of nail varnish in the sanitary area, he assumed that, while troopers were selected not to be great minds, they thought alike in this respect. Instead of hauling arse over to the polling place and having a fingernail marked to show that they had voted (no corruption here, no ma'am!), they just saved the trip.

Certainly they wouldn't risk a re-assignment to a planet rich in slime and lasers to vote for the fools who stuck their heads above the parapet to run as opposition candidates. Once, on a bet, Trooper Zajurek had written in his own name for Justice Machine Arbitrator. No one had seen him around for a while.

Tomorrow morning, after the polls closed and the absentee ballots were tallied, there would be an assembly to announce the record turn-out and the election results. Although not suspenseful, at least it would be indoors.
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