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Ravenclaw on the outside, Slytherin on the inside. My ambition and self-preservation is supported by my brain.

My favorite book this year is director Neil Blomkamp’s favorite book ever. Super Graphic by Tim Leong is a book for the comic geeks and statistics nerds. So much fun in one book and I’m not saying that because there’s one whole page dedicated to Chris Evans.

Happy 200th Anniversary, Pride And Prejudice!

Unfortunately I won’t be able to celebrate by reading the book (I’m in the middle of Gaskell’s North and South) and I also won’t be able to watch any of the adaptations, so I’ll just quote something…

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.


"…You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased."

And give you a parade of covers!




Happy 121st birthday, Professor J. R. R. Tolkien! Thank you for giving me Tom Bombadil and the gloriously gorgeous golden-haired Glorfindel. To my own surprise, I am somehow quite glad they weren’t in the movies, because no human actors could possibly live up to how they look and sound and are in my imagination. (Although, happily, Peter Jackson got everybody else right in the casting.)


The chanting ceased. Frodo opened his eyes and saw that Bilbo was seated on his stool in a circle of listeners, who were smiling and applauding.

‘Now we had better have it again,’ said an Elf.

Bilbo got up and bowed. ‘I am flattered, Lindir,’ he said. ‘But it would be too tiring to repeat it all.’

‘Not too tiring for you,’ the Elves answered laughing. ‘You know you are never tired of reciting your own verses. But really we cannot answer your question at one hearing.’

‘What!’ cried Bilbo. ‘You can’t tell which parts were mine and which were the Dúnadan’s?’

‘It is not easy for us to tell the difference between two mortals,’ said the Elf.

‘Nonsense, Lindir,’ snorted Bilbo. ‘If you can’t distinguish between a Man and a Hobbit, your judgment’s poorer than I imagined. They’re as different as peas and apples.’

‘Maybe. To sheep other sheep no doubt appear different,’ laughed Lindir. ‘Or to shepherds. But Mortals have not been our study. We have other business.’

- J. R. R. Tolkien, Fellowship Of The Ring: Book II, Chapter 1

So you see, Elrond’s gorgeous assistant Lindir in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is not an original character. He exists in Tolkien’s writings. And thank god for Peter Jackson’s love of Bret McKenzie that he gave him this part.

The pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many.
J. R. R. Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring: Book I, Chapter 2 (via mavieenlair)
Behind that there was something else at work, beyond any design of the Ring-maker. I can put it no plainer than by saying that Bilbo was meant to find the Ring, and not by its maker. In which case you also were meant to have it. And that may be an encouraging thought.
J. R. R. Tolkien, Fellowship of the Ring: Book I, Chapter 2 (via mavieenlair)
My Skelly t-shirt with a quote from Ernest Hemingway. What every writer/editor needs.

My Skelly t-shirt with a quote from Ernest Hemingway. What every writer/editor needs.


Ah, George Lazenby. Whenever I hear the song of my favorite Scandinavian singer Sondre Lerche, Like Lazenby, I am always reminded of everybody’s favorite black sheep of the Bond family. It had been years, when the Lerche song was released in 2009, since I saw the Aussie’s first and only Bond outing On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. I told myself to watch this film again but never got round to doing it until last week when, in preparation to create a Bond special that we’re planning for our magazine, I bought the movie on DVD. And it surprised me to realize that hey, Lazenby wasn’t that bad.

(I need comments on this topic to be published in my magazine.)