By the light of the Moon River.
This and many other sketches will be available at New York Comic Con, October 10-13. Come by and see me in Artist’s Alley at table C-15.
they got mad
The problem with people taking lyrics literally.
a wolf is a creature of hunger and love: Internet Abbreviations as Discourse Particles -
I find it really interesting that abbreviations online have abandoned sound-based abbreviations (is there an actual term for it? Things like “c u l8r”) in favor of actual abbreviations for things that have nothing to do with the content itself and are more like qualifiers (lbr, tbh, imho).
This reminds me of John McWhorter’s observations about lol and hey as discourse particles: he describes “lol” as marking empathy and “hey” as a topic shift. I’d say that the other current abbreviations like tbh, imo/imho, iirc, idk/idek, omg/omgz, wtf, etc. can have a similar type of function in marking the attitude of the speaker (well, writer) towards a particular idea.
Notice how the same statement (chosen to sound pragmatically appropriate in an informal, tumblr-like context) has a very different illocutionary force when accompanied by different markers.
(1) tbh they’d make a terrible couple. (certain knowledge)
(2) imo they’d make a terrible couple. (belief)
(3) iirc they made a terrible couple. (uncertain memory)
(4) idk they’d make a terrible couple. (uncertain, disbelief)
(5) omg they’d make a terrible couple. (strong emotion, excitement)
(6) wtf they’d make a terrible couple. (strong emotion, disbelief)
(7) lol they’d make a terrible couple. (empathy)
Perhaps this is the closest that English will get to having a system of evidentials…
APE IN A CAPE: Wondering About Wonder Woman -
I am thinking about the generational shift in characters.
For a long, long time, when you mentioned Batman, I am told, the average person’s mind went directly to the campy (but fun) 60’s tv show. That was Batman to the non-comics-reading public.
At this point, I think a huge percentage of the…
(Source: lost-it-all-forever, via goldenheartedrose)
that feeling when you realize that you are actually the intended demographic for a piece of media for the first time in your life
(Source: vampiresarecreeps, via snigepippi)
Sarah531 (has numbers in front of her name): I am incredibly delighted and humbled that my Companions as literary... -
I am incredibly delighted and humbled that my Companions as literary characters set got so many notes. Seriously. And I figured I might elaborate on it a bit!
Rose as Little Red Riding Hood: Obviously, the Bad Wolf connection. Plus, Rose wears a red hoodie sometimes. BUT! The original story has…
This is a really important thing to know: You decide your goals when you play a game. They do not need to be “win”.
Mythology, cultural imperialism, and Harry Potter. A-may-zing.
ETA: please give proper credit if you cite this or any of meta, cos this stuff takes time and effort y’all.
So yesterday when I made this post, many people wanted to know why Voldermort’a pet snake being named ‘Nagini’ was racially problematic. I was surprised that people hadn’t considered this, but then again desi issues/culture are hardly visible in mainstream media. But today I kept getting anons either professing complete shock about Naagini’s* significance, OR telling me that my interpretations were wrong. So I decided to write this meta on Naagini, the HP verse and mythological snake symbols. But first I’m gonna give some you some backstory about why Naagini bothers me so much and how Rowling seems to have missed out on some cultural context.
One of my favourite stories as a child was the one about Buddha and Mucalinda, the Snake King. Shortly after attaining enlightenment, the Buddha is travelling through a forest when he gets caught in a terrible storm. The great serpent, Mucalinda, shelters the Buddha by spreading it’s vast seven-headed hood over him, and permitting the Buddha to sit on his coils. Many statues depicting this scene are found throughout Sri Lanka. There was one at the junction close to my school that I would always stare at. The sight of the Buddha serenely meditating under the protection of a huge and powerful cobra is a striking one that captured my imagination as a child. Years later, I’m still moved on a deep, wordless level by this image.