"[Eva] Longoria joins past #1 picks, Jessica Simpson (2004), Christina Aguilera (2003), Jennifer Garner (2002) and Jessica Alba (2001)."
So, the Maxim 100 has always been on crack, huh?
drabble != "a shorter piece"
Hey, akronohten -- pengies (and Morgan Freeman, though not actually in the trailer)
Kate came over on Saturday. I'd been feeling a bit off on Wonderfalls since our last DVD viewing, but i did wanna finish the series, and the next two episodes we saw -- "Barrel Bear" and "Lovesick Ass" -- got me back loving the show. Next we watched the first two episodes of Dead Like Me. I approve, though it's gonna take more for me to have mad love for the show.
Reading this interview with Caroline Dhavernas, i think i need to see her next three movies. (Also: looking at IMDb, she was in Lost and Delirious?)
I used to not care about the HP ‘verse enough to seek out fanfic, but i got sucked in because the flist kept reccing stuff -- though most of it wasn't/isn't pairings that interest me anyway. (P.S. Why does no one on my flist rec stuff in my fandoms of choice?) I'm so Source Text Girl, though, and am used to having a hardcore grasp on the canon including minor events and subtleties of characterization. I do read ‘verses other than Whedonverse, just not a whole lot, and i always feel like i'm missing out on stuff. But i find myself actually wanting to read more HP fic (Hermione, Luna, Neville, Ginny, McGonagall...) so i think i'm actually gonna reread the books. This was prompted particularly by a fic summary which mentioned Ginny and Tom and the diary and my subsequent realization that not only do i not have a feel for some of the characterization and stuff like that, but that i forget the details of major canon events.
I recently rewatched the first two TNG movies. So so good. (I also watched the next 2 for the first time. Insurrection felt very Been There Done That, though it was good. Nemesis talk following.) It was occurring to me that there's no Q in the movies. I read ship_manifesto for Picard/Q and lo i have more fic to read (though admittedly i haven't finished the crack_van for TNG). [And one of these days i will watch all of Voyager on DVD. Gee, i could buy it all for only $607.46.] I heart this article.
(4) And this is perhaps one of the most radical, for Star Trek, implications of the Q episodes: that a queerness that defines itself in terms of a playfully non-essentialist flexibility about gender is a more evolutionarily advanced state of being than the current condition of the human race. For a Q there is no such thing as a biologically-determined gender or sexual orientation. Q makes very clear that the appearance he assumes is as much a form of drag as the Starfleet uniform he wears. The persistent subtext of the Q episodes, from "Encounter at Farpoint" (the series premiere) to "All Good Things . . . " (the series finale), is human evolution--both its apparent lack of progress so far and its tremendous future potential. By introducing an increasingly more overtly queer character into this evolutionary context, Star Trek's creators allow the possibility of a radical interpretation. If Q is queer and obviously more evolutionarily advanced than humans (he can manipulate space and time without effort and is apparently nearly omniscient and omnipotent), then humans' future progress may also include a complete rethinking of the ontological significance of gender. This is what Q hopes his protegé Picard will come to understand when and if he finally reaches the state of being "a little more evolved than the rest of [his] species" ("Qpid"). And this is precisely the form of personal evolution Picard undergoes in P/Q slash fiction. As Jenkins suggest, slash fiction draws on a "subtext" found in the series itself. Slash writers essentially provide their own radical readings of the series, transforming hints of erotic attraction into full-fledged sexual relationships. While the Q episodes begin to suggest that Picard will evolve as a person as a result of his relationship with Q, slash stories insist on it.Yes, to insist that heterosexuals are just close-minded or whatever denies the validity of their orientation and is on par with insisting that homosexuals are perverted, but i do think the world would be a better place if people didn't feel the need to lock themselves and/or others into labels and boxes, if people could be free and open to falling for whomever. Just be attracted to whomever you're attracted to, regardless of physical attributes or any other qualities. If you're always attracted to the same type of person, fine. If you're attracted to a lot of different types of people, fine. It would just be nice to live in a world wherein it was a non-issue.
From paragraph 7:
apparently the series' producers were willing to allow playful expressions of Q's interest in Picard, but more explicit and serious expressions, such as a scene in which Q kissed Picard on the forehead (which was cut from "Tapestry"), were deemed too inflammatory.Forehead kisses! Somebody wrote about them in Whedonverse -- or talked about writing about them anyhow -- and i've asked before, but i still haven't found it.
The accompanying footnote (17):
17. Another example of a playful acknowledgment of an erotic subtext between two male characters in the Star Trek universe comes in the film Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. As Penley describes it, Captain Kirk, having been rescued by Spock on a Klingon ship, "moves toward Spock and reaches for him with both hands. Spock interrupts the embrace with 'Please, Captain, not in front of the Klingons'" (135). A similar instance of "'tongue-in-cheek' campiness" occurred at the Grand Slam Star Trek Convention in Pasadena, CA, March 18, 1995. Ron Moore and Brannon Braga, co-writers of the film, Star Trek: Generations, announced they would act out the original, controversial filmed ending. Using full-size Kirk and Picard cardboard stand-up figures, Braga and Moore had them kissing passionately and declaring, in the mode of slash fiction, "I've never said this to a man before, but I love you."Nemesis was compelling, though hello gaping plot holes. The promise of a Betazed wedding means we get gay innuendo, but "Ladies and gentlemen, and invited Transgendered species" did i just hear that on Trek?
[white texted spoilers for the "A Star Trek Family's Final Journey" segment commence]I was so not okay with the end, but listening to the Final Journey section reminded me that from the very beginning it's about people leaving the Enterprise, so it's clearly the final TNG episode. I was confused by Gates saying she felt she had really found the character or come home to the character or whatever it was that she said ‘cause she's barely in the movie. Marina said something similar about all of them but dude, it's all about Picard and Data. Oh, and the look on Patrick's face at the thought of Riker and Troi having children! *g*[/spoilers]
There were some nice moments in the deleted scenes, but on the whole i approve of their deletion. [white texted spoilers for the deleted scenes commence]I like the idea of the TNG opening narration being Zephram Cochrane's own words. And they finally get seatbelts![/spoilers]
Meredith sent me this traumatizing link. Look for Michelle Trachtenberg's movie, and know that Sean Maher plays Simon in Firefly.
This got me looking at what Whedon's people have been doing recently. I need to see Southland Tales. And Vinyl. And Outing Riley.
More IMDb trivia: Nathan Fillion wanted to be a high school English teacher. And originally auditioned for the part of Angel on Buffy.
At dinner on Friday, my mom said she'd passed a guy on the street who looked familiar, and she was trying to think if he was one of my friends or something, and then it occurred to her: Seth Green. It wasn't Seth Green, but it looked like him, and those people are like family.
And um, Wang (Yankee) is a Pitcher? *falls over* I mean, i've been coughing all weekend anyhow, but this is not helping.
Ashley (and Sharon) made me do the book meme.
Total number of books I've owned:
Um, a lot. What kind of question is this? At least with "Total number of books I currently own" one could conceivably make a count. Being an English major, i've bought over a hundred books in the past 4 years for school alone -- though being a Bad English Major (tm) i don't still own most of them :) I probably own less than a hundred books currently, since i'm picky about what i like and don't tend to reread books.
Last book I bought:
You say this like i buy books :) I recently bought Mosby's Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage, and i think the last time i bought any books before that was when i made purchases for my last semester at Smith.
Last book I read:
Our Lives as Torah: finding God in our own stories by Carol Ochs
(Currently reading Artificial Mythologies: a guide to cultural invention by Craig J. Saper.)
Five books that mean a lot to me:
1. Silver by Norma Fox Mazer.
I read the book and wrote to the author and she actually wrote back. That experience means more to me than all her books, though she has a lot of quality books.
2. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden.
First lesbian love story i ever read. It's beautiful and real and just so well-done -- though the real Cloisters disappointed, and i later became frustrated that the Biblical condemnations of same-sex relations were not countered within the world of the book.
3. Angela Carter, Burning Your Boats: The Collected Stories.
Retellings of fairytales and other well-known tales as well as original stories. Lush and dark and full of sensuality. Plus my intro to incest. Are there any buttons of mine that this collection doesn't push?
4. What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality by Daniel A. Helminiak.
So thorough and accessible. It doesn't cover absolutely everything, but it comes close, and it's very lay accessible. I got it out from the library for reference so frequently i finally put it on my wish list to be bought for me.
5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.
I thought about putting A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens) or The Odyssey (Homer) here, because they're both stories i was introduced to at a very young age and still love and which are easy to select as origin points for things i continue to love in literature (lengthy description and Greek mythology, respectively). But A Wrinkle in Time just has such a place in my heart/soul.
Tag 5 people and have them fill this out in their LJs:
I'm interested in people's responses to the "5 books that mean a lot to me" question, but no one's obligated to do this meme.