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8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 0 replies · +2 points

Nobody told me about Slade House, I had to find out my favorite author put out a new book by hearing about it on NPR. Now I want to die (or have my soul decanted, whichever).

Also, I always feel like I have to share this David Mitchell interview by Kathryn Shultz, which is a great bit of profile writing: http://www.vulture.com/2014/08/david-mitchell-int...

8 years ago @ The Toast - The Convert Series: Lu... · 0 replies · +14 points

I mean, I'm Jewish, we're all about those primary and secondary sources. But out of all the world religions, that's much more of the exception than the rule. And we know more about the Norse religion than we do, say, the druids (mostly from Julius "These guys seemed pretty smart before I had them all killed" Caesar). If the answer is "we're not all that interested in establishing a historically-pristine dogma" it's a valid answer.

8 years ago @ The Toast - The Convert Series: Lu... · 0 replies · +16 points

Really interesting post! I was wondering though, as a non-historian who is weirdly obsessed with the histories of the North Sea nations, I was always under the impression that our understanding of Norse and Germanic religion was still pretty compromised by the major sources. The Eddas were written in Christian Iceland a couple of centuries after the Viking age, and Roman authors like Tacitus had a pretty clear political agenda, setting up the vibrant Germans against his Roman audience. So I was wondering how those sources are reconciled and adapted, and how the archaeological evidence fits in the gaps?

8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 1 reply · +39 points

Brian Blessed is the closest thing we have to a real-world Tom Bombadil.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 0 replies · +4 points

It's an advice podcast that is less about advice than it is about haunted dolls, Highlanders, Dune references, and a limbless horse named Torsey The Torso Horse. French monarchs are among the less weird topics. It is excellent.

ETA: If you're interested, you might as well start with the episode LMM is on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSyy3dP4a8M.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 1 reply · +4 points

"Ghost Horse" might be LMM's greatest lyrical achievement and it's always worth a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBDa8ZcXRKA


8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 11 replies · +26 points

Nah, that threw me too. I have nothing to add except that one time my primarily white high school decided to put on The Wiz. It went as well as you'd think. Some shows probably shouldn't be race-blind.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 3 replies · +32 points

How did I miss this video, it's like I set up that "animals fucking with humans" google alert for nothing.

Someone should set this woman up with Sean so they can appreciate nature together. http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/this-man-...

8 years ago @ The Toast - Things My Newborn Has ... · 0 replies · +64 points

Of course, once he stops doing all that, its absence just reminds you of the tyranny and inevitability of time's hand dragging you to the grave. Dumb empty universe.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 16 replies · +31 points

Maybe it's because I'm the type of person the article is apparently complaining about, but I thought that Washington Post article about Hamilton was soooooo damn smarmy. How the fuck do you sit through a musical in which people of color play notorious slavers and think to yourself "Yes, irony is dead. This is just some good, surface-level fun."

But I dunno, I guess RIP in Peace to Irony. Had a good run, but it was finally killed off by that most vibrant of American media, the big-budget musical.