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Q: Literature and the work of David Lynch

PeterAbout a year ago I discovered Twin Peaks on Netflix, and I am currently enjoying every moment of season 3. I've really come to appreciate the subtleties and nuances of David Lynch's style of storytelling. While I want to dive further into his cinematic canon (which would be a question for a diffe...

 
 
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7:14 AM
Sad, inspiring, rueful. Gary Wilson of @etangata asks, Is there still hope for Mana magazine? https://e-tangata.co.nz/news/is-there-still-hope-for-mana-magazine
 
 
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8:36 AM
I wonder what would happen if I asked a question about a song in a movie in the context of the movie's plot...
 
 
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11:31 AM
I wish there was a way to separate tags into different categories.
It would be nice to skim down the tags list and see at a glance which ones were author tags, which title/series tags, which more general tags.
Or even to have separate pages listing the tags in each one of these categories.
Anyway: currently our most popular authors are George Orwell, Neil Gaiman, William Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, Arthur Conan Doyle, Arkadii & Boris Strugatsky, J.K. Rowling, Edgar Allan Poe, Jorge Luis Borges, Mark Twain, and William Golding.
Make of that what you will.
 
11:53 AM
On a different note: I see a lot of stars on the pinned I Am a Cat message, but very few questions in the tag. Is it that people are reading the book but don't have questions about it, or am I literally the only person taking part in the topic challenge?
 
12:06 PM
I think I might just use the online version and not care about the 'copywrong', as humn put it :P
 
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Q: Do a lot of Shakespeare characters break the fourth wall?

Rand al'ThorRalph Crown mentions in this answer that a particular line in the play Hamlet could be interpreted as Hamlet breaking the fourth wall, and implies that this is common in Shakespeare plays: Another [interpretation] is that Hamlet, like several other characters in Shakespeare, is aware of being...

 
 
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3:00 PM
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Q: Why does the cat call the children 'dear little things' if they treat the cat badly?

MithrandirThe cat in I Am a Cat calls the children 'dear little things': The children, dear little things, now trot off, day after day, to kindergarten: but on their return, they sing songs, bounce balls and sometimes hang me up by the tail. I Am a Cat, chapter 1 But even in that quote we see that ...

 
@Randal'Thor There we go, I started reading it. ^one question asked so far.
 
3:48 PM
Was reading Rachel Rising #32. Notice the shape of the speech bubble, @Shokhet.
 
4:06 PM
@Gallifreyan Interesting.
Are you sure that's a speech bubble, and not a narration box? ...is the pointy top-right corner pointing toward the little person, like the tail of a normally-shaped speech bubble?
@Randal'Thor Ah, I'd forgotten that Christie was British (haven't yet read her books). I knew that it wasn't really relevant to the question, which is why I wrote that in here, rather than as a comment to your answer.
And I didn't know that about the Welsh. That's interesting, thanks for the info :)
 
Currently reading I Am a Cat on this site that may or may not be legal. The book is in the public domain, so I think it's okay, but...
 
4:22 PM
@Shokhet Narration box, thank you (I've even forgotten what they're called :D). But the point stands - it fits so nicely to the landscape that it's almost a part of it.
I wonder if there are comics without speech bubbles, where the narration and text are done in some other way (no thought bubbles as well).
 
@Gallifreyan Yes, it does. Is that a blimp?
 
No, it's one of those very big water tank thingys.
 
4:46 PM
Ah.
 
5:11 PM
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Q: What is the Myth of Fingerprints?

MirteIn Paul Simon's album Graceland there is a song All Around the World. This song has a repeating theme in the verses: This is always some variation of: There was no doubt about it, It was the myth of fingerprints The three instances are: He says there's no doubt about it, It was the ...

 
5:50 PM
@Randal'Thor want to write a review of the book on our tumblr?
 
Finished Rachel Rising. I'll read it again and maybe write a review.
 
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Q: Shakespeare making fun of Shakespeare: listing all of the self-deprecating meta-references in Shakespeare's plays

HamletOne of the things I've noticed through reading Shakespeare is that a lot of his plays include a meta-reference making fun of the play. For example, in Twelfth Night Fabian says "If this were played upon a stage now, I could / condemn it as an improbable fiction." And in A Midsummer-Night's Drea...

 
 
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7:45 PM
c. 1420 AD A cat urinated on this manuscript and a Deventer scribe added illustrations of the event… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/839203632667111425
You had ONE JOB, Edwards. https://t.co/q9cnO4D1Ms
 
8:55 PM
Wrote half a question before finding out that the author said "No answer, deal with it" in an interview.
sigh
Anyway, not really a good question.
 
What's the question?
 
I was going to ask what social group the Sculpted from The Spire are supposed to represent/symbolise.
 
9:16 PM
Well then, that could be fun, since the author has said "no answer" but that doesn't mean there isn't an answer.
It just means that there's no positive answer through the lens of authorial intent. Any number of other theories and lenses may still be usefully applied.
 
It's quite obvious that they are an oppressed minority, which is tolerated in the city, but clearly despised by some tribes.
I thought about people of colour, LGBTQ+ - they don't exactly fit the description.
It's more like the sci-fi trope: humans created [insert creature here] to do their dirty jobs, but those creations have feelings of their own.
Like the prejudice against cyborgs.
Except here they are descendants of humans who also have non-human genes.
 
9:32 PM
Chances are good that it's a deliberately open allegory, not unlike Janelle Monáe's use of the android as a stand-in for all otherized peoples.
And that's something which can be usefully examined: does it work? Is the allegory too near any given group to work as a more open metaphor? Is it too vague to resonate with any group?
BTW @doppelgreener the instant I get my hands on a non-eyebleed copy of Misspent Youth I'm going to try playing an ArchAndroid Suites game with it. But because Misspent Youth has a collaborative worldbuilding element, I'm going to need players who are reasonably familiar with her discography.
 
@BESW I could become familiar with it!
Dan might be game too.
 
10:10 PM
Love this 14th-C French-English phrasebook @theUL. The compiler was keen on collective nouns & animal noises. 🦆 Ane… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/888052909023383552
@doppelgreener ...I should put together a primer list.
 
10:27 PM
@BESW aw yessssss
 
I linked a music video in RPG chat. Can you see it?
(That specific MV is much harder to find unblocked than any of her others.)
 

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