Comments - Traction by Erik Ramsey
September 2005 Archives
Compassionate Characters and Remorse: Poncelet vs. Young Woman
B1-1: Blogging Portfolio Ė Newswriting
Wildcard (AKA: Goals Statement essay)
The Communicator's article on Opening Liturgy in comparison to mine.
You know the drill: go read and comment. Imagine I'm a sad, forlorn puppy with only one leg that derives my only joy from your comments. You wouldn't want to make a crippled puppy sad now, would you?
"With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it's worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.
Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey," died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in... and then the trouble started."
Shut up, you know it's funny.
Currently reading Lost In A Good Book. It's the second novel to Eyre Affair. So funny. You know the wacky humor of Harry Potter? The irreverent descriptions of Diagon Alley and the Burrow? Yeah, this whole book is like that, only better. It's amazing, nearly every single sentence is some subtle jab at Shakespeare or Jane Austen or any book you can think of. It's the perfect book for a bibliophile. Especially if you like Austen or Shakespeare. There's also none of those unnecessary descriptions that authors like to waste their times on. It has the snappy dialogue and paragraphs similar to Artemis Fowl (but minus the stupid plots and the idiotic mind-numbing "Hi, I'm dumbed down for kids" feel). This book is almost in the league of Terry Pratchett. Helloooo, new favorite obsession.
I encourage you to comment because it will be lots of fun. And if there's one thing better than Dr. Pepper, zombies, the Finn Brothers, and Harry Potter - it's fun.
"The life and times of Jesus were recorded in fanfic form by his four biggest fanboys ó Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ó shortly after his death. Later, their works were compiled by a basement-dweller nerd named Peter into the "New Testament." Initial sales were stagnant, however, and so after conducting numerous focus groups and hiring many expensive consultants, the title was changed to "Jesus: The Reckoning." Subsequent sales skyrocketed, thereby propelling the publisher ó Catholic Church, Inc. ó into global prominence.
Today, with Jesus fandom on the wane, "The Reckoning" is typically published as an anthology in conjunction with the so-called "Old Testament." This saves on printing costs, and has served to bolster sales, though one may still need to order the book at Amazon since many bookstores are stopped carrying it. Incidentally, another Jesus fanboy, Paul, invented the blog."
(from Encyclopedia Dramatica)
Heh. Fanboys. Heh. Blogs."
Everyone on my floor has gone off to the foam dance. I didn't even know what a foam dance was and figured that "foam" must be slang for something. Surely they couldn't mean actual foam... then I did a google image search and yes, yes they do. Dancing in foam: sounds like a recipe for unpleasantness.
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I'm reading this... book (I don't dare call it a novel). It's horrid and vile and disgusting and I'm half way through it and despise it beyond all means. I hate chick lit and I hate the whole "omgosh I'm so awesome and clever and cute but dammit I just can't get that guy, but everything falls in place by the end". It's about a girl who is forced to star in a play version of Pride and Prejudice and obviously - she gets the part of Elizabeth. Incredibly, a famously wealthy annoying actor is cast as Darcy. Can you see what direction this is going? Oh, and her sister is cast as Jane and she falls in love with the guy playing Bingley. There's also a smarmy news reporter who keeps trying to get in bed with our heroine but instead gets in with her roommate who is desperate for anything male. Wow. So original. There's more and it's basically exactly like Pride and Prejudice, but contemporary and lacking in the hotness of Darcy and minus the lovely, snarky humor of Austen.
I think that there is a definite decline in today's literature and it's due to lowered standards of publication. Ex: Danielle Steele, Dave Eggers, and whoever wrote that tripe Confessions of a Shopaholic, where just the glaring cover makes me want to beat it to a pulp* with Beowulf.