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That's right, there's science and then there's skience, but aside from investigations into the wetness of water, could it be that sometimes theory gets applied to social constructs in ways that are relevant to texts?

Like here )
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Having lost his mother, father, brother, and grandfather, the friends and foes of his youth, his beloved teacher Bernard Kornblum, his city, his history--his home--the usual charge leveled against comic books, that they offered merely an easy escape from reality, seemed to Joe actually to be a powerful argument on their behalf. He had escaped, in his life, from ropes, chains, boxes, bags, and crates, from handcuffs and shackles, from countries and regimes, from the arms of a woman who loved him, from crashed airplanes and an opiate addiction and from an entire frozen continent intent on causing his death. The escape from reality was, he felt--especially right after the war--a worthy challenge. He would remember for the rest of his life a peaceful half hour spent reading a copy of Betty and Veronica that he had found in a service-station rest room: lying down with it under a fir tree, in a sun-slanting forest outside of Medford, Oregon, wholly absorbed into that primary-colored world of bad gags, heavy ink lines, Shakespearean farce, and the deep, almost Oriental mystery of the two big-toothed, wasp-waisted goddess-girls, light and dark, entangled forever in the enmity of their friendship. The pain of his loss--though he never would have spoken of it in these terms--was always with him in those days, a cold smooth ball lodged in his chest, just behind his sternum. For that half hour spent in the dappled shade of the Douglas firs, reading Betty and Veronica, the icy ball had melted away without him even noticing. That was magic--not the apparent magic of the silk-hatted card-planner, or the bold, brute trickery of the escape artist, but the genuine magic of art. It was a mark of how fucked-up and broken was the world--the reality--that had swallowed his home and his family that such a feat of escape, by no means easy to pull off, should remain so universally despised.


But not so universal, even if some attempt to confuse being despised with worth.

I pulled the quote from a best-selling novel that took the Pulitzer for litahcha in ought one.
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Source: Mark Tyson and the Field/asim
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I love Sheryl. I do. I like her so much. Y'all don't know.



She crazy, but don't take it from me. )
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Has/had a blog!



So very street litty...
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We skipped March, so this Carnival, our ninth, incorporates some discussions from last month as well as this.

'What I heard about you, and what that meant for me' )
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The theme: "What I heard about you, and what that meant for me."

This carnival focuses on the relationships poc/nonwhites have with characters and actors that are of color-nonwhite as well as aliens and magical creatures.

If you're planning to contribute, please send your submissions to skywardprodigal [at] gmail [dot] com.

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x-posted.
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In looking at these paintings, which I didn't like upon first or second glance, I was eventually whalopped by the idea that if there is truth to the story, this is one: yes, there was love and longing and that it went two-ways.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] spiralsheep for the Barbier and the primer on Orientalism.

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