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Fandom: Harry Potter (a Snape/Alan Rickman tribute)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Traditional graphite drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: crayon2papier on DA
Why this piece is awesome: It's an excellent drawing of them both, with great likenesses. I love their positioning - crowded conspiratorially together, suspicious, looming. There's a link below to a similar pic of Harry, Hermione and Ron.
Link: Alan Rickman et Tom Felton
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Sally Parkin, our monthly guest blogger for March, argues that playing parent teaches children about responsibility and empathy, so we shouldn't be so quick to discourage little girls from dolls


FIC: Sid/Geno and Rusty/Dales

26 March 2017 19:02
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Two fics have I posted this month! First, a wingfic I started a while back for Pens Monthly but couldn't finish in time, which also deals with Geno's rookie season, when Geno was lonely and new and Sid was gearing up to be captain. I usually say I'm not that interested in them as babies anymore, but I feel like those particular angles don't get written that much.

Anyway, some wingfic:
Auspices (4748 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jordan Staal
Additional Tags: Wingfic, Coming of Age
Summary:

“You can see the future,” Sid said when he cornered Geno after practice the next day.

Geno shrugged. “Not me. Birds see. I only watch them. Most stuff they don’t tell me, anyway.”

“Yeah, but, I mean—” Sid pulled up, lost for words. “Geno.”


Meanwhile, last week I asked for prompts and got linked to this photo, which resulted in some brief fluffy Rusty/Dales.
Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty (945 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Trevor Daley/Bryan Rust
Characters: Trevor Daley, Bryan Rust
Additional Tags: Skinny Dipping, Kissing, Pittsburgh Penguins
Summary:

He realizes with some surprise that he’s come to the last fire anybody’s bothered to build, and that Dales is sitting by it, and that, biggest surprise of all, Dales is alone. “Isn’t the party supposed to be where you’re at?” Bryan asked, dropping onto one of the railroad ties circling the fire.

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Duo Maxwell by sambees (SFW)

26 March 2017 21:07
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Duo
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] sambees

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cool portrait of Duo. I love the sense of movement and the messy linework.

Link: Duo Maxwell

Meme from Moetushie

26 March 2017 14:46
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Fic meme!

Pick a fic, ask a question.

Works on AO3 (or if you remember stuff I've written, 'the one with. . .' is fine)

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
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(Well, the evidence is fairly overwhelming that he doesn't read books, full stop, but it has been specifically reported that he says he hasn't read any presidential biographies.)

This suggests Bannon and Short haven't either:

One Hill Republican aide who was involved in the last-minute negotiations said Mr. Bannon and Mr. Short were seeking to compile an enemies list.

Alternatively, they read about Nixon's "Enemies List" and thought ooh, that sounds great, we should do that, it worked out so well for him.

(Seriously, I don't actually imagine that this is literally Watergate 2.0 or going to play out exactly like that, because that would be too weird and history doesn't work like that, which is one reason why it's so odd when Trump and co. seem to be borrowing such highly-specific things from the Nixon playbook.)

ETA: Do you think they saw a reference to an "enemies list" somewhere and thought whoa, that sounds super-hardcore and badass, we should have one of those? Has nobody told them yet?

Also, these are beautiful words to read:

Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, according to people familiar with White House discussions, described what happened as a flat-out failure that could inflict serious damage on this presidency — even if Mr. Bannon believes Congress, not Mr. Trump, deserves much of the blame.

Dear USians, please enjoy these words and take strength from them.
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D H Kelly enjoys the brilliant comic songs in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend but is disappointed by the show’s treatment of mental ill health and its reliance on toxic heteronormative romantic messages


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Stereotyping , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Take the [community profile] seasonal_spuffy poll.

BufferingTheVampireSlayer podcast talks What's My Line, Part 2.

PopCultureRoleCall podcast talks Ted.

SoundCloud podcast talks The Wish.

Hypable podcast talks I Was Made to Love You & Reprise .

Is Spike's personality like a cat's? , thanks to [profile] sueworld2003 for the link.

Thinky thoughts on Cordelia's hair by [personal profile] kikimay.

CBR talks "15 Deaths That Mattered On Buffy The Vampire Slayer".

(no subject)

24 March 2017 23:13
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... my dad just called me for the express purpose of reading aloud to me a long passage of Eugene Debs praising the Bolsheviks and condemning both of the period American parties as capitalist sellouts. fml
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FKFicFest AO3 Collection | How to sign up | Where to sign up


Have you been waiting for the last minute to sign up? It's tonight (11:59 PM Pacific, Friday, March 24)! Come play with us?

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Location: my parents' house

Me: "Mom, where's Dad?"
Mom, without looking up from her crossword puzzle: "Oh, he's outside in the garden, making a note of all the things that need doing and deciding to do them tomorrow."
Me: *gales of laughter*

Because it might help to know

23 March 2017 20:01
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that it's NOT just awesome people dying lately:

The New York Times: Joseph Nicolosi, Advocate of Conversion Therapy for Gays, Dies at 70

From five years ago, here's an account of the sort of damage he did (content note for suicidal ideation):

Gabriel Arana: My So-Called Ex-Gay Life
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Wufei
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: watercolours
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] fastpuck / [tumblr.com profile] dragonhusbands

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a gorgeous portrait of Wufei. Not only because he's laughing - an unusual and welcome sight :-) - but also because of the way the broad brush strokes sculpts his face and upper body with their lovely shades of tans and blues.

Link: laughing for once (DeviantART) or here (Tumblr)

(no subject)

23 March 2017 12:13
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In 2003, it felt like I was screaming into a void: it was obvious, even to me at the time, and I was still in high school, that the Iraq war was bogus profiteering, but the "grown ups" at the NYT and in the world at large were infuriatingly resistant to seeing that reality. There was a hopelessness: nobody was listening.

Now, in 2017, 2 months after the inauguration of the Orange Man, people are starting to listen, and I am strangling on my own rage. I'd thought it would have felt vindicating -- but instead, I don't know how to speak civilly with people who are only now, when it is too late, becoming interested in looking toward the truth.

The absence of HRC from the conversation is a hole, a wound. Vladimir Putin attempted to destroy our republic because he was afraid of her, and wanted to punish her, and apparently enough of us shared those feelings that they were able to take her down.
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The Guardian: Donald Trump Jr called 'a disgrace' for tweet goading London mayor Sadiq Khan

Yup, he decided to use the attack on Parliament as an excuse to insult (and misrepresent) the Mayor of London while the incident was still live.

Everyone at Westminster was still in lockdown and trapped in the chamber or their offices while he was Tweeting.

I can't think why he thought London's British-Pakistani Muslim mayor was an appropriate target at a time like this, except that that's a lie, I totally can, because it's really fucking obvious.

Also, the risk of terror attacks is an inevitable part of living in a big city (and I am more than old enough to remember when it was the IRA).
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Thinky thoughts on Mohra blood in the Barbverse by [personal profile] rahirah.

Buffyverse icons by [personal profile] sweet_lyri.

[personal profile] shapinglight reviews Season Eleven, Issue No. Five .

[community profile] writerconuk will be held 15-17 September at the Ramada in Coventry.

EW says BtVS & AtS will be leaving Netflix in April.

TVGuide says DB has replaced Jim Caviezel in CBS's Navy Seals pilot.

Young Severus by ekr1703 (SFW)

23 March 2017 18:01
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Severus Snape (an Alan Rickman tribute)
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: ekr1703 on DA
Why this piece is awesome: I just really like this imagining of Snape as a youth, and it's great to see Alan Rickman in his gorgeous days as well. Nice sepia colouring, too.
Link: Young Severus
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What are you currently reading?

Getting back in the reading groove a little --

Finishing up Underground Airlines by Ben Winters on audiobook. It's sort of a noir/mystery set in an alternate history where the US Civil War never happened and slavery continues to exist in a few Southern states. The world-building is interesting, and the author seems to have a strong understanding of politics and history that makes me think, "OK, sure, that could have happened." It's tightly plotted with lots of twists, and while I wish the character work were a little stronger, the narrative voice is very good. Also, if anybody's read this, spoilery question )

I've read a little bit of Version Control by Dexter Palmer, a near future novel which I understand has an interesting sci fi premise but that I won't figure out what it is until later in the book. I like it so far, lots of possibilities.

And I was attempting to do a 'quick' re-read/re-skim of Sister Citizen, by Melissa V. Harris-Perry, which I recommended for my social justice book club based on having read it a couple years ago. But it's both so absorbing and so well-argued that it's not especially skimmable; hopefully I'll get through most of it before Saturday.

What did you recently finish reading?

I somehow missed Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game when I was a kid, noticed my library had it on audiobook. I enjoyed this. . .it's fun and a bit silly, with a large and potentially cartoonish cast of characters, but there turns out to be a lot more subtlety to the character portraits and relationships than it seems at first. Turtle Wexler for president.

What do you think you’ll read next?

If I ever finish what I'm working on, I need to get back to All the Birds in the Sky. From there I guess I'll see.
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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have NO volunteer reccers who signed up for April.

So it would of course be awesome if we had some recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for May either, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for April, May or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of March. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)

Nixon and what it was like

22 March 2017 11:35
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Lately, I've been chatting to friends and family who watched Watergate go down live about what it was like and how it compares to the current situation; it's interesting in itself, but IMHO also potentially useful as one of the many possible sources to raid for info on how to live in scary and chaotic times.

(And sometimes it just produces random bits of information like "We knew someone who slept with Bernstein!" As another friend commented, didn't everyone?)

[personal profile] robynbender wrote me a long and fascinating e-mail which she's given me permission to post below:

************

I agree that Trump is uniquely terrifying, due to his highly-impaired state, and due to the presence of Bannon and others working behind him. And there's unique threat in climate change, and how close we are to points of no return, which we didn't know in the 1970s.

At the time we didn't realize how addled Nixon was, but we knew he was very mean, vengeful, and righteously at war with his enemies. And he felt very dangerous because he was so much more competent and smart and ambitious than Trump, and eager to be a major player on the world stage, and had gathered very competent people around him eager to do bad things. The organized serial killer, in [Friend]'s terms, and a very energetic one who had Big Ideas.

He actually had come in, and gotten re-elected, with a strong victory against very fragmented opponents. (The greatest irony of the break in being, he had a lock on the election by the time it happened.) He had the support of the middle-american and southern-strategy "Silent Majority" (viz, nearly all my family and extended kin, for sure) who firmly believed any protesters or dissidents were dirty, long-haired, drug-addled, sex-crazed, godless hippies (sometimes in league with scary Negroes, Black Panthers, etc.) So he felt to me like a juggernaut, having mown down morally-solid but too-left-wing candidates RFK, McCarthy, and McGovern over two elections. The resistance was generally quite young, and mobilized by the generational threat of the military Draft as much as by any other issue. He was a power center for a lot of hate, and he cast my friends and me as wrong, degenerate, and a danger to the Republic just for be-ing. LBJ had built up social helps with the War on Poverty, Medicare, etc.; domestically, Nixon started the process of sending federal services "back to the states" and putting money into "drug enforcement" and other "law and order" priorities.

Cut for length )

If you were there, I'd love to hear your perspectives too.

Doonesbury Watergate icons

21 March 2017 21:08
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Take 'em if you want 'em! (But if you feel like letting me know which ones you're snagging, that will give me positive reinforcement.)

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(Alice is an obsessive Watergate-watcher. I relate.)

(Yes, I made two John Dean icons. I like his angry Tweeting at Buttercup and his "(incorrectly)". Definitely my favourite conspirator.)
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(It occurred to me that this would be an appropriate nickname for Nigel Farage, what with the whole "braying posh boy selling us out to Nazis" factor, and I would like to invite other people to join me in spreading it.)

So, Hope not Hate (who successfully helped kick UKIP's arse in Stoke, btw) report:

A month ago, we uncovered that Nigel Farage and UKIP had failed to declare election expenses of at least £26,302 during his failed bid to become MP for South Thanet in the 2015 General Election.

This is a serious offence, and though the Electoral Commission has now fined the Conservative Party £70,000 for breaking the same rules, so far UKIP and Nigel Farage have not faced any investigation.

12 police forces have referred cases – including that of the Tory MP who beat Farage in South Thanet – to the Crown Prosecution Service, which may bring charges against those involved.

We cannot allow UKIP and Nigel Farage to escape punishment – will you join us in calling on Kent Police to also investigate UKIP's flouting of election laws? Sign our letter to the Chief Constable here.

We've revealed that UKIP spent almost twice as much as was legally permitted. Farage himself signed the declarations, making him legally accountable for their (false) statements.

It's up to us to mount enough pressure on Kent Police to take action and hold everyone to the same standard – please sign our letter now.


Link for UK people to sign letter: http://action.hopenothate.org.uk/page/s/investigate-farage-expenses

Atlantis, by WH Auden

21 March 2017 13:00
[personal profile] randomling posting in [community profile] poetry
Being set on the idea
  Of getting to Atlantis,
You have discovered of course
  Only the Ship of Fools is
Making the voyage this year,
As gales of abnormal force
  Are predicted, and that you
  Must therefore be ready to
Behave absurdly enough
  To pass for one of The Boys
At least appearing to love
  Hard liquor, horseplay and noise.

Should storms, as may well happen,
  Drive you to anchor a week
In some old harbour-city
  Of Ionia, then speak
With her witty scholars, men
Who have proved there cannot be
  Such a place as Atlantis:
  Learn their logic, but notice
How their subtlety betrays
  A simple enormous grief;
Thus, they shall teach you the ways
  To doubt that you may believe.

If, later, you run aground
  Among the headlands of Thrace
Where with torches all night long
  A naked barbaric race
Leaps frenziedly to the sound
Of conch and dissonant gong:
  On that stony savage shore
  Strip off your clothes and dance, for
Unless you are capable
  Of forgetting completely
About Atlantis, you will
  Never finish your journey.

Again, should you come to gay
  Carthage or Corinth, take part
In their endless gaiety;
  And if in some bar a tart,
As she strokes your hair, should say
"This is Atlantis, dearie,"
  Listen with attentiveness
  To her life-story: unless
You become acquainted now
  With each refuge that tries to
Counterfeit Atlantis, how
  Will you recognise the true?

Assuming you beach at last
  Near Atlantis, and begin
The terrible trek inland
  Through squalid woods and frozen
Tundras where all are soon lost;
If, forsaken then, you stand,
  Dismissal everywhere
  Stone and snow, silence and air,
Remember the noble dead
  And honour the fate you are
Travelling and tormented,
  Dialectic and bizarre.

Stagger onward rejoicing;
  And even then if, perhaps
Having actually got
  To the last col, you collapse
With all Atlantis gleaming
Below you yet you cannot
  Descend, you should still be proud
  Even to have been allowed
Just to peep at Atlantis
  In a poetic vision:
Give thanks and lie down in peace,
  Having seen your salvation.

All the little household gods
  Have started crying, but say
Good-bye now, and put to sea.
  Farewell, dear friend, farewell: may
Hermes, master of the roads
And the four dwarf Kabiri,
  Protect and serve you always;
  And may the Ancient of Days
Provide for all you must do
  His invisible guidance
Lifting up, friend, up on you
  The light of His countenance.

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