Links

Today, it might get a little Harry Pottery. Be Warned.

Art

Interview with Shaun Tan.

Books

The most awesomly bad SFF Cover in the world.

While I’m not sure I’ll read it, the book trailer is awesome:

Things you can do with books that don’t include reading.

Twilight tattoos… oh my…

Top 10 Geeky Things You Don’t Know About Romance Writers.

Now this sounds like a crime novel (and novelist) even I’d like to read. Plus:

Well, I say, I’ve just read all the cuttings and I’m tired of hearing about this Glasgow crime writer who’s always down-to-earth, feisty, funny, nice, and all the rest of it. She smiles, signs the book, and slides it back.

“To David,” it says. “F*** YOU! Denise Mina.”

Stuff you never think about: The poor people named Harry Potter.

Comics

Women in Fantasy Art: there’s some really interesting stuff there, especially drawings of men in the poses women get usually drawn in in comics.

Movies

If you haven’t yet, go watch the trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

More Ironman 2 photos.

Just listen to the fangirls scram. Literally:

Music

Mariachi Band Cover Songs.

Politics

On Rape and Men.

On Writing About Yourself or: what she said. Though I didn’t learn the hard way, like she did, I too learned that lesson.

In case you somehow missed the discussion: Justine Larbalestier on the cover of her book Liar and why it’s a problem that the girl on it is white. [John Green has some interesting things to say about this as well.]

Goes into a corner to cry silently. And then loudly.

An abortion clinic’s escort’s blog.

International vs. American News Covers.

Completely Different Things

Probably my new daily oracle:

Just hit refresh. And again. And again.

Just hit refresh. And again. And again.

Threadcake Competition. Threadless  Shirt Design, beautiful cake.

Luke Surl Comics. Good stuff.

Craftastrophe – because handmade isn’t always pretty.

5 Book Meme – Meme Monday

1. Take five books off your bookshelf.
2. Book #1 — first sentence
3. Book #2 — last sentence on page fifty
4. Book #3 — second sentence on page one hundred
5. Book #4 — next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty
6. Book #5 — final sentence of the book
7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph:

[I'll just take the books that lie around me on the sofa. More than enough.]

In Italy in one of the earliest recorded versions of the story of “Sleeping Beauty,” the princess is awakened not by a kiss but by the suckling of the twin children she has given birth to, impregnated by the prince while she lay in her enchanted sleep. Let’s just follow and watch. He will protest his innocence, but in the total absence of any evidence no further suspicions will be aroused. Were you able to identify the owner of the vehicle? Begins here new life of operative me.

Wow, that’s some clusterfuck…

Book #1: Snow White, Blood Red (ed. by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling)
Book #2: The Road (Cormac McCarthy)
Book #3: Best Served Cold (Joe Abercrombie)
Book #4: Slave to Sensation (Nalini Singh)
Book #5: Pygmy (Chuck Palahniuk)

Ennio Marchetto

[Okay, I was pretty sure that I posted a video of him a while ago, but I can't find it anymore... Oh well.]

Ennio Marchetto is an Italian comedian. He has paper costumes which he changes on stage while performing playback songs. That might not sound like much, but believe you me: It’s absolutely awesome and piss-myself-funny. He came to Vienna with his current programme.

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The Limits of Control (2009)

The Limits of Control is Jim Jarmusch‘s newest movie, starring Isaach de Bankolé, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Gael García Bernal and Bill Murray.

Plot:
The story follows a man (Isaac de Bankolé) doing a job, which doesn’t seem to be entirely legal. As he meets informant after informant to get yet another bit of information to complete his task, you get long almost-monologues by the informants and a mysterious naked woman (Paz de la Huerta) in the man’s bed.

It’s been way too long since Jim Jarmusch made a movie. But as long as the rare ones keep on coming and keep on being this good, I almost don’t mind.
The Limits of Control is definitely one of Jarmusch’s stranger movies. It doesn’t seem totally settled in this reality (though nothing magical/supernatural happens). The performances are – as was to be expected – exquisit, the dia-/monologues great and the story actually rather unimportant (though I was still very curious to know what happens). If you like slow and weird movies, this one’s for you.

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The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

The Road is arguably Cormac McCarthy‘s most famous novel. It won the Pulitzer Prize.

Plot:
A father and a son travel through a post-apocalyptic landscape. They’re constantly looking for food, trying to protect themselves from the cold and from what is left of the human population, most of which have turned seriously dangerous.

I don’t know if you can say that I liked the book, or that anybody liked it, for that matter. I mean, it’s exceptionally good, but it’s also exceptionally depressing and bleak. Every second page made me cry. Because of that, I’d urge everyone to read it. Just keep chocolate close.

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Out of the Shadow

Out of the Shadow is an Austrian dance production by Hip Hop/Breakdance group Nobulus.

Plot:
[Yes, it has one.] Out of the Shadow shows us the Human evolution, from cave men to modern society. It covers such big topics as love and violence, conformity, pollution, freedom etc etc. It’s a Hip Hop dance perfomrance but set to a classical soundtrack and framed by a narrative poem which tells us the story.

It really was a perfect show – funny, thoughtful and beautiful to look at. My only complaints are of organisational nature. Definitely recommended, if you get a chance to catch it, do so!

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Top 10: Favourite Books from my Childhood (Picture Books)

As promised two weeks ago, here’s my favourite picture books that I got to read as a child. Actually, I got most of them read to me. But I guess that’s quite normal. ;)

Looking back, it’s quite amazing that I actually didn’t read that many picture books. That might be partly due to the fact that my parents had to reread the books we loved quite a lot to us, but surely also partly responsible is my dad, who made up a lot of his own stories (and songs and poems) for us kids and we loved to hear them.

This list is quite Austria/German-centric. On the one hand, picture books rarely get translated (or so it seems) and on the other hand, we have some great Austrian children’s authors and my parents got a lot of books by them.

But you’re welcome to leave your own favourites in the comments.

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Why? I don’t get it…

Somebody please explain this to me, because I honestly don’t understand:

I feel like there’s more and more videos on youtube where I get this message:

This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions.

And I don’t get it – what is the advantage of this? I can’t see the video I want, they don’t get me seeing their ads. I don’t get to share videos I like (or see videos other people want to share with me), they don’t get my mouth for their mouth-to-mouth ads.

Please, someone with a better grasp of corporate reasoning/youtube/copyright law, tell me what is behind this? Because it’s frustrating as hell and if I could at least understand it, I’d be a lot happier.

Thank you.

Links

Books

After Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, now Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

Short Story: Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs.

Words we love, words we hate.

Comics

Joss Whedon gets slashy in Buffy Comic.

Movies

Natalie Portman cast in Thor.

David Tennant as Bilbo Baggins? On the one hand: coolcoolcoolcool. On the other hand: isn’t he a tad too thin?

First Pictures of Iron Man 2.

Johnny Depp as Carol Channing? Sounds awesome, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be happening (yet?).

Top 10 Impossibe Spaces (Bigger on the Inside).

Religion

THANK GOODNESS! Vatican gives Harry Potter VI the thumbs up. And Oscar Wilde, too.

Science

72-year long study about what makes us happy. [Or at least, what makes white middle/upper class men happy.]

TV

List of Emmy Nominations is out.

Completely Different Things

Hello Kitty Hell.

Post-it Invaders.

John Barrowman in drag. Nice…

Warning Signs of the times.

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This is beautiful and awesome.

[via liberrydwarf] Guidelines for Vampires.