November 25th, 2005

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Many post-Thanksgiving good newses this morning.

First off, via the lovely green_key, Hustle comes to the US. On AMC, debuting January 14th. Best thing on recent television, if you ask me. Admittedly, I don't watch all that much television, but it compares favorably to the few episodes of Las Vegas I've seen, and in my humble opinion it was more consistently good than even the new series of Doctor Who, which I loved. (Other recent favorites of mine include Keen Eddie and Farscape, which gives you an idea of my taste.)

It revolves around a group of slick, somewhat Robin-hood like con men and women as they, variously, take on London's wealthy and corrupt. Very stylish, well-acted, and a lot of fun... and my utter downfall where series television is concerned, oh, the banter, and the witty, pretty boys and girls.

I hope AMC gets the second series, as I haven't seen it yet.

Second, I just got an email from Eric Flint of the new Baen Universe e-magazine accepting my short story "The Cold Blacksmith." I've seen a bit of discussion on the blogosphere as to what exactly Universe is looking for, and I at least can pass along that this particular story is a little over 3500 words, and it's a fairy tale fantasy about the Weyland Smith (long after Olrun left him), a witch who keeps milch goats, and a betrayed girl who sets old Weyland one of those impossible tasks beloved of myth and ballad.

No swordfights. A certain amount of goat milking, hauling cauldrons about in goat carts, however.

It's set before The Stratford Man, but features a character who appears therein and also in Blood and Iron, where Weyland makes a couple of plot-significant appearances, as well.

And I owe katallen mad thanks for correcting the braid Yorkshire dialect throughout, because I could not have done that myself.
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P.S.

kit_kindred DID ALL THE DISHES after I went to bed last night, and it looks like he cleaned the dining room, too. He is a Hero of the Revolution.

Also, Napoleon-kitty walked past me to get to the cat food this morning, not more than three feet away (albeit on the other side of a screen door and slinking along ready to bolt if I did anything dumb, but she knew I was there).

Wiktory!

Also, this version of "Famous Blue Raincoat" has cello.

Apparently, I should buy a lottery ticket today.
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I wonder if Undertow wants to be a caper novel. I love caper stories, and I've never written one. That might be a lot of fun.

I wonder if I can write a convincing caper novel about a conjure man, a hit man, a frog boygirl, and a pistol-packing mama trying to Get Their Own Back From The Man.

Hrmph.
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Okay, I love this book.

Park Honan gets it; the authoritarian and hierarchal nature of Elizabethan morality, the real wonder of subversion and questioning in that age.

"Disobedience is 'the worst of all vices,' 'the greatest of all mischiefs,' and that 'a rebel is worse than the worst prince, and rebellion worse than the worst government of the worst prince'."

--Park Honan, quoting A Homily Against Disobedience and Wilful Rebellion, 1570.

He gets it. And he can express it, moreover. I loff him forevermore for just that sentence.

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They'll tell you that the darkness is a blessing in disguise

and they'll do their best to keep you from the light

Honan, in talking about an unattributed play, which may be Marlowe juvenilia, quotes this passage.

Fire water sword confounde yee, let the crowes
Feed on your peckt out entrailes, and your bones
Wante a sepulchre; worthy, o worthy yee
That thus have falsifi'd your faith to me
To dwell in Phlegeton. Rushe on me heav'n
Soe that on them it rushe; mount Caucasus
fall on my shoulders, soe on them it fall.
Paine I respecte not....


--Timon, Anonymous, circa 1580



(I've punctuated a little for clarity.)

It's got that arrogance and...personal disregard that marks his stuff. If Will effaces himself from his work, Kit *commits*. Like a cliff diver, sometimes. That--fall on me, heaven, so long as you fall on my enemies as well!--is very Marlovian, and the phrasing of "Pain I respect not" rings to me like the guy who said he'd liefer lose his life than his liberty of speech.

Also, blank verse. In 1580. Which Honan doesn't mention, but it strikes me as significant.

(Honan, winning my love even more, goes on to provide a host of reasons why he's skeptical about the attribution. I'm going to send this man a Christmas card. I really am. Good gravy. He's... scholarly.)

truepenny, when I sent her the above, commented on how that particular brand of hubristic rage is what Marlowe's rhetoric springs from, which was a comment that I really, really liked, and to which I responded:

He's a guy, essentially, who is too fucking mad to shut up even when it would be much smarter to do so. A lot like Ginsberg in that, really.