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4 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 0 replies · +1 points

I go back and forth on keeping my physical books vs all ebooks, all the time, but I have discovered that books aren't just for reading--they're a decor choice. I like having walls lined with bookshelves filled with books.

Of course ebooks only would be easier (and easier to dust i.e. never) but there's just something about the look of a room with loads of books along the walls.

5 weeks ago @ Mark Reads - Mark Reads 'The Scienc... · 2 replies · +11 points

"May you always teach fretwork"

Brian (Hat Full of Sky) studied Fretwork at Unseen University, so we have to assume that at some point, Rincewind did have to teach someone something. Since nobody knows what fretwork is, and Brian never actually graduated, it's possible that was a direct result of "having" Rincewind as a "professor." I mean, I can't see Rincewind teaching anyone anything, let alone teaching anyone anything that involves complicated designs made with a saw.

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Slings &... · 0 replies · +5 points

Well, she goes from:

"I have given suck, and know
How tender ’tis to love the babe that milks me.
I would, while it was smiling in my face,
Have plucked my nipple from his boneless gums
And dashed the brains out, had I so sworn as you
Have done to this."

To this:

"Had he not resembled
My father as he slept, I had done't."

To this:

"Yet who would have thought the old man
to have had so much blood in him.
Here's the smell of the blood still: all the
perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little

Once you feel empathy, you can't turn it back off. Lady M is ruthless in theory, but once she puts it into practice, it breaks her. Thinking about murder is one thing, and wishing for it and planning it is another, but taking a human life (and for such vile reason) will wreck anyone with a conscience -- as it should.

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Slings &... · 0 replies · +1 points

Oh yes, I am curious about your thoughts on that storyline, and now that you've read these interviews, how they might change (or might not).

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Slings &... · 0 replies · +4 points

I'm pretty sure it's intended to be a Geoffrey thing - his high-minded sounding excuse is just that--an excuse, and the repetition of the phrase gains more humor each time it makes an appearance.

Lots and lots of Macbeths are staged effectively. (Lots and lots suck, too, but it's no more difficult to stage well than most of Shakespeare's works, and loads easier to stage effectively than, say, The Tempest.)

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Slings &... · 0 replies · +5 points

My fourth-grade class put on Macbeth as our class play. We ended up using a wigmaker's styrofoam head for Macbeth's head on a pike, and we colored it with magic markers to look like Greg Colosanti (I use the term "look like" very broadly here), who was playing Macbeth. We chopped up the neck so it was ragged and put red-dyed Karo Corn Syrup on it. Parents were horrified. We loved every minute of it.

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Slings &... · 2 replies · +1 points

LOL I forgot how time works and that you're finished with the series already.


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6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Slings &... · 4 replies · +5 points

I really want to post links to the AV Club's interviews with the creators/writers of Slings and Arrows in 2013, but they're full of spoilers. So I guess, anyone who has seen the full show can read Part 1 here: The creators of Slings & Arrows talk about creating one of TV’s greatest shows and Part 2 here: The Slings & Arrows creators discuss their writing process and the show’s future. Also, there's a great article from 2013 in The Daily Telegraph titled Slings & Arrows: so good it gave David Simon writer-envy. For those who are unfamiliar, David Simon wrote The Wire, one of Mark's (and my) all-time favorite shows, among other great series (Homicide: Life on the Street, The Corner, Generation Kill, Treme, Show Me a Hero, and Deuce.

I'll post these links again in the season 3 finale comments.

6 weeks ago @ Mark Watches - Mark Watches 'Slings &... · 0 replies · +1 points

Ah, I see what you're saying.