Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus
Paintings by Leonid Afremov
…we have one of these in our house
am i really going to stand up at a dusty academic conference and speak in front of hundreds of aged, wizened academics about gender politics in the fashion of nicki minaj and lady gaga?
i think i am and i don’t think i’ll regret it
OH PRAISE SWEET BABY JESUS THANK THE LORD YOU SINGLEHANDEDLY VALIDATED MY THESIS MISS MINAJ HOLY CHRIST
abstraction in fashion as a means of constructing and deconstructing identity in the 18th and 21st centuries in specific regard to gender identity using masquerade, jonathan swift, and lady gaga as examples
can this be written in the next two hours
no is the answer
At the end of June I have an academic conference to present at, I’m moving house, then in July I’m doing the Race for Life, in August I’m volunteering at a festival and taking a trip to London, and amidst all this I’m training to be a manager at work, and mostly I think I’m dying.
“Miniature topographies inside 200-gallon fish tanks, based on traditional landscape paintings. Keever fills the tanks with water once he’s sculpted and placed the miniatures, and colored lights and pigments create dense, atmospheric environments. He views his works as an evolution of the landscape tradition and deliberately acknowledges the conceptual artifice.”
Hello friends! We are opening submissions for the FIRST EVER volume of The Queerbler, a Harry Potter fanzine for Queer Stuff, which will be available as an ACTUAL HARD COPY PRINTED ZINE for purchase (but not profit!) on July 31st, 2013.
Right now we need submissions! We are looking for anything and everything made by queer fans about Harry Potter stuff. If you consider yourself queer, this means you! We are absolutely not going to split hairs about your identity.
Direct any submissions or questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org! (And follow this tumblr for updates.)
WOMEN OF HISTORY | CATHERINE MONVOISIN, LA VOISIN (c. 1640 – February 22, 1680) (Jessica Hynes)
A french poisoner, fortune teller, and alleged sorceress. When her husband lost his business, Catherine began to support the family of six (including her own elderly mother) by reading palms as well as practising midwifery and abortions.
She was a well-spoken woman - when her fortune telling was brought up for questioning by priests, Catherine defended herself successfully - with a deep interest in science and alchemy, funding private projects with her own money.
La Voisin began to sell amulets and magical potions for love spells, moving on from there to poisons - a popular science of the time. Having many clients among the upper aristocracy, Catherine soon amassed a fortune. She arranged black masses for clients to pray to the devil for their desires, and in at least some of these masses babies were used as sacrifices. (Her home having a furnace where their bodies were burned.)
She was constantly working - seeing clients all day and entertaining at parties by night, but her private life was marked by alcoholism and abuse from at least one of her many lovers.
Her most important client was Madame de Montespan, official royal mistress to King Louis XIV. Catherine had helped her win the king with her masses and aphrodisiacs and when the king began to lose interest, Montespan convinced her to poison him. Their first attempt failed and so they began planning a second, but Catherine was arrested before she could try, another poisoner having given up her name upon their own arrest.
Imprisoned and questioned without torture, she confessed to all her crimes but refused to name any of her clients. (Only after Catherine’s death did her daughter reveal the client names, the black masses, and the attempt that had been made on the king’s life, facts confirmed by others among the accused.)
Convicted of witchcraft, La Voisin was burned at the stake.
Hi guys! I’m running 5k for Cancer Research UK in the Race for Life in July. As a sofa-dweller, compulsive terrible-television-watcher, and lover of pasta, this will prove very difficult for me. Consequently, I thought I’d associate the experience with pleasant connotations, namely my love of fanfic! Summer breaks from uni tend to be a prosperous and bountiful fic-writing time, so why not mash the two together? If you donate £1 ($1.52) to my JustGiving page, I will write you a ficlet! So, while I’m running that torturous 5k, my head will be full of not only lovely stories, but all the amazing money fandom has contributed to such an amazing cause.
Just £1! Less than a coffee! A quarter of a pack of fags! It’s more expensive to buy broccoli from Asda! And for that £1, you get a ficlet, all of your own, based upon whatever prompts you like, written with love and gratitude, AS WELL AS the knowledge that you’re contributing to a cure for cancer.
A CURE FOR CANCER.
FIC CAN CURE CANCER.
- Avenged Sevenfold
- Harry Potter
- Doctor Who
- BBC Sherlock
Thank you, Katya! <3
Discussion of Space: Massimo Listri
Getting started can be difficult. When your name draws a blank, it’s unlikely that anyone will buy what you’re selling. Luckily, the attention that worthy unknowns need in order to get noticed has a price. And for fifty years, publishers with books to sell and authors with a name to make have announced their arrival with an appearance in The New York Review: though not, at least initially, under a byline.
The New York Review of Books reaches into its archives to pull the first paid announcements for famous books. No doubt inspired by this recently resurfaced, fantastic, and much more exhaustive compendium of the first ads for literary classics.