1. I made this post regarding the Russian execution video. In response to one (or several) abuse reports, the OP has been suspended. Thanks to stoney321 (LJ) for this well-thought out post and further research. I haven't been able to find any recent news on this. Maybe someone else out there has been luckier?
2. Just recently found this seven-year old rant against the Harry Potter series and this editorial: "Dumbing down American readers" by Harold Bloom. Let me say that I've a knee-jerk reaction to anything that Harold Bloom has to say. I am not reasonable in this. I think the man has had a stranglehold on generations of literature students and most of his criticism makes me form a fist to battle random free electrons in the air. Norton anthologies are full of his interpretations and biases as well as his selections (and notice the absences with every new edition). His idea of canon makes me chortle and choke. I have felt this way for a long, long time. So I am not surprised that he finds popular lit banal and horrible and he thinks many people are stupid. And I laugh at what he thinks children should be reading instead of JKR. He is dating himself if he thinks that children would find these classics immediately accessible.
And then I review his list of Western canon and Elinor Wylie is on his list. Considering that quite a few critics want to see her dropped and forgotten, this surprises me. I agree with Bloom about something. *runs screaming for the hills*
3. I watched the first two episodes of Due South last night. I am a horrible person. Not because I watched the show but because I had no interest in slashing Fraser/Ray V. Why? Because I don't find David Marciano attractive in the role of Ray Vecchio (I qualify my statement because I've found the attraction meter for actors/actresses can vary depending on the role). I cringe at the nineties fashions. Cringe! This makes me shallow and a bad fan. *hides*
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