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Fabio Viale makes sculptures from marble and then makes them look like they aren’t marble at all.

AndyAwesome[by Andy Awesome]

Books

Smart Pop Books: Essays on pop culture, partly free.

Extract from Dave Egger’s The Wild Things.

I’m all for new media and stuff, but, dude, Twitterfiction? Sounds like more work than it’s worth.

Free short story by Rachel Swirsky.

The Interstitial Arts Foundation has more free stories online.

How to Write Badly Well.

Last week, Kraken were the new vampires. Now it’s angels.

Movies

[via liberrydwarf] The movies the Beatles Never Made.

Dave McKean to bring his graphic novel “Cages” to film.

Clooney, DiCaprio or Depp as Sinatra? [What do you think? I’m actually in favour of DiCaprio though I think that every one of them would give an awesome performance.]

Politics

Go, Nicole Kidman! And a little more here.

DisneyPrincess[via (Please note that Belle’s description is a little off, imo)]

Religion

With this handy flowchart, decide once and for all which religion you should follow.

Science

Completely Different Things

42 Essential 3rd Act Twists.

Unfortunate Cookie.

[via L.] Need a Problem?

lol. [NSFW]

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Gut gegen Nordwind [Good Against North Wind] (Daniel Glattauer)

Daniel Glattauer [German link] is an Austrian author, most famous for his column in Austrian newspaper “Standard”. Gut gegen Nordwind (translates to “Good Against North Wind”) is an epistolary novel, written entirely in emails. A sequel came out earlier this year.

Plot:
Emmi mistakenly sends Leo an email about quitting her subscription to a magazine. A few months later, the same mistake happens again. With time, their correspondence grows more frequent and more intimate. Even though Leo just wants to finally put his ex-girlfriend behind him and Emmi is happily married, the desire to meet and make more of their relationship grows stronger for both of them.

Glattauer works the email format perfectly – there are longer ones, drunken emails, short chat-like conversations and everything in between. In the beginning, he also captures the different voices and styles of his characters. Towards the end, though, the differences between them get blurred. Nevertheless it’s worth reading, especially since it’s a very quick read.

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Jingo (Terry Pratchett)

Jingo is the fourth of the Discworld novels about the City Watch by Terry Pratchett [reviews of the others here].

Plot:
An island suddenly appears right between Ankh-Morpork and Klatch and triggers territorial disputes. When an attack on the Klatchian Prince happens in Ankh-Morpork, people prepare for war. Sam Vimes gets somehow stuck in the middle of all this and then has to go to Klatch himself because Angua has been kidnapped.

I just wrote that I didn’t love Jingo as much as the other novels about the Watch. Then I though about everything I did like about it and I immediately got a bad conscience and had to delete what I had written. Maybe I didn’t like the overall story, but there was enough awesome in here to fill several books.

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Inglorious Basterds (2009)

Inglorious Basterds is the newest movie by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Samm Levine, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, August Diehl and Michael Fassbender.

Plot:
Contrary to what the marketing wants you to believe, Inglorious Basterds is not about the Basterds, a kind of guerilla troup of American soldiers with German or Austrian roots (Eli Roth, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, Samm Levine) headed by a half-Native American (Brad Pitt), but it’s the story of Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent). Shosanna’s family was killed by Col. Landa (Christoph Waltz) and his men, Shosanna herself barely escaped with her life. Now she’s in Paris and owns a cinema. One day, she gets advances by German soldier Fredrick Zoller. Advances, she can’t refuse, even though she tries. Through Fredrick, Shosanna is confronted once again with her past and starts to form a plan for her revenge.

Somehow, before seeing this movie I only saw reviews along the lines of “This time Tarantino goes too far”, “Inglorious Basterds sucks” etc etc. But I seem to be the only person to have seen those and since it is so not true, I’ve decided that I must have imagined it. Inglorious Basterds is interesting, entertaining and pretty much awesome. Tarantino at his best.

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56 Questions – Meme Monday

1. What time did you get up this morning?
As it’s a national holiday in Austria, I slept in.
2. Diamonds or pearls?

Diamonds. Pearls are so… conservative.
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
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4. What is your favorite TV show?

I watch too many to really have a favourite.
5. What do you usually have for breakfast?

I don’t eat breakfast.
6. What is your middle name?

Lisa
7. What food do you dislike?
Who dislikes any food? ;)
8. What is your favorite CD at moment?
I don’t have a favourite CD at the moment, but Editors’ Papillon is my current favourite song.
9. What kind of car do you drive?
I don’t have a car.
10. Favorite sandwich?
Never thought about it. Something with meat. Or tuna.
11. What characteristic do you despise?
Hypocrisy.
12. Favorite item of clothing?
Socks. Socks are awesome. And hats.
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
Right now? Somewhere really warm.
14. Favorite brand of clothing?
Don’t have one.
15. Where would you retire to?
Vienna, or close to Vienna.
16. What was your most memorable birthday?
Maybe my 19th? But only because I was in Kinshasa at the time and had a huge party and not like usual in Vienna with the closest friends.
17. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Football.
18. Furthest place you are sending this?
Not sending this. And unless my blog is blocked in China or somewhere, I guess it goes everywhere.
19. Person you expect to send it back first?
Don’t expect anybody to send this anywhere.
20. When is your birthday?
March
21. Are you a morning person or a night person?
Wake me up in the early morning, watch me sleep during midday and then we can have fun until very late at night.
Or, you know, let me sleep in and then I’ll be around till 2 am.
23. Pets?
Not directly.
24. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share with us?
I’m studying sociology now. But I still don’t have a job.
25. What did you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up, I want to be happy.
26. How are you today?
A little tired.
27. What is your favorite candy?
Chocolate, in various forms.
28. What is your favorite flower?
Gerbera.
29. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?
uhm… Christmas?
30. What are you listening to right now?
Nothing.
31. What was the last thing you ate?
Toast with salmon.
32. Do you wish on stars?
No.
33. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Red. Probably.
34. How is the weather right now?
It’s gotten really cold really quick but at least the freezing snow-rain has stopped a week ago.
35. The first person you spoke to on the phone today?
*
36. Favorite soft drink?
Diet Coke (after water)
37. Favorite restaurant?
Maybe the running sushi not far from home.
38. Real hair color?
Brown. Depending on the light around me with different undertones.
39. What was your favorite toy as a child?

My “My Little Pony” and Barbie Horses collection.
40. Summer or winter?
Fall.
41. Hugs or kisses?
Depends on who’s offering.
42. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate. Unless we’re talking ice cream. Then neither.
43. Coffee or tea?
Coffee.
44. Do you want your friends to email you back?
[Stupid questionaires designed for mails…] Yes, in general I like them to answer my mails.
45. When was the last time you cried?
Watching The Messenger three days ago.
46. What is under your bed?
My wardrobe.
47. What did you do last night?
Nothing special.
48. What are you afraid of?
Not being enough.
49. Salty or sweet?

Both, though not necessarily at once.
50. How many keys on your key ring?

Too many. 10 or so.
51. How many years at your current job?
Still jobless.
52. Favorite day of the week?
Depends on the week.
53. How many towns have you lived in?
I don’t know if you could call all of them towns, but five.
54. Do you make friends easily?
No. I make acquaintances easily, but then it takes forever that somebody passes from acquaintance to friend state.
55. How many people will you send this to?
Nobody. Whoever wants to tag themselves is welcome to.
56. How many will respond?
Probably nobody. Maybe L.

Re-Read: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)

[Crossposted.]

The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde‘s only novel. I read it first for school and I loved it. Now, with the upcoming movie, I figured I’d read it again.

Plot:
Dorian Gray is a young, beautiful man. When his friend, the painter Basil Hallward, paints a picture of him, Dorian, under the influence of the cynic Lord Henry Wotton, exclaims that he would rather see the picture age and not himself. Which is exactly what happens.

The Picture of Dorian Gray is a wonderful book. It’s interesting, it’s well written, it’s basically one huge quote and the characters are awesome. Basically, it’s a classic for a reason. A very good one. And, if you haven’t, you should really read it.

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Branded by Fire (Nalini Singh)

Ugh… I get to reviewing this book, finally, and the new one in the series is going to be published in two weeks already… But yay! The new one is going to be published in two weeks!

Anyways, Branded by Fire is the sixth installment in Nalini Singh‘s Psy-Changeling series [my other reviews here]. It’s Mercy’s and Riley’s story.

Plot:
Mercy is one of Dark River’s (the leopard pack) sentinels and Riley is one of Snow Dancer’s (the wolf pack) lieutenant. They are terribly attracted to each other, but because of them both being dominant and the old rivalry between the two packs, they don’t seem to be able to find common ground.
Then a young scientist gets kidnapped from Snow Dancer territory and both of them are thrown together to investigate the disappearance.

I loved Mercy and Riley but I’m not one hundred percent happy with this one… I thought the ending was a little Deus ex Machina and things I had hoped for didn’t happen (more after the jump and the spoiler warning). But it still left me 90% happy and didn’t take away from my overall love of the series.

Branded by Fire(You know, I’m actually getting used to these covers. I don’t find this one atrocious anymore. Only ugly.)

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