Winter is a great time to curl up with a great hulking mass of a book and let yourself get really into it– in preparation for cracking open Bleak House or A Suitable Boy, check out this great article on what author Mark O’Connell calls The Stockholm Syndrome Theory of Long Novels.
The thousand-pager is something you measure yourself against, something you psyche yourself up for and tell yourself you’re going to endure and/or conquer. And this does, I think, amount to a kind of captivity: once you’ve got to Everest base camp, you really don’t want to pack up your stuff and turn back.
From Bill: “When I lived in Japan new years was the major holiday. I like this article because it shows the everyday consequences of the tsunami/meltdown. This is a lot like someone saying “no one’s allowed to throw out their Christmas trees this year.” but with “god resides in the Christmas tree and can only be released by burning” thrown in….”
“I wonder why the nuclear disaster couldn’t have been minimized,” said a teary Yoshida in front of the ornaments that he calls “objects in which gods reside.”
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From BoingBoing, some photos of the “first” science fiction convention, in Leeds (shown here, Walter Gillings, Arthur C. Clarke, Ted Carnell, in front of Theosophical Hall).
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