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Genre-Zombie says: I can has critic?
Because once these things get stuck in your head, the only thing to do is let them work themselves out, like a mild fever:

(Inspired by Ursula Le Guin's vignette in Ansible 240)

Who will save Serious Literature from the corrupting touch of Genre Fiction? Not Philip Roth - he writes AUs and knockoffs of Kafka fantasy!

(Blame it on the heat and the lack of full-time jobs for people with no more credentials than a liberal arts B.A. - the more stressed out I get, the weirder I get, which is admittedly not a terribly helpful response...)

Note: as of 11:30 EST this morning there is a new & improved version, with only a slightly-foxed cover, and you can click here for the hires pdf chapbook edition.(4MB)

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From: deiseach Date: July 6th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

*applauds wildly*

From the friends of the neighbours of the writers for the cousins of the directors whose workmates used to go out with the producers of the infamous


and the fearsome

(- But if they're lesbians, wouldn't they *like* sexy females on comic book covers? - Shut up, man, do you want people to think you're gay?)"

and the notorious


comes the latest in spine-tingling terror:

No-one is safe in their bed!

No-one is safe in their library!

No-one is safe in their bcokshop!

Out of the mist it shambled, mewling and oozing - it's hungry for brains (and good taste, a place in the Canon of Western Literature, a couple of paragraphs in, say, The Times Literary Supplement or The Modern Review, and hey, a bursary from the Arts Council or a week at Annamakerig would be nice, too) and it wants to eat yours!!!!!

Pixel-stained Technopeasant Wretches are proud to present:


Do YOU dare examine your bookshelves tonight?
fledgist From: fledgist Date: July 7th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *applauds wildly*

Mewling? Wouldn't that be Return of the Genre-Zombie-Lolcatz?

That's just wonderful!!!
acaciaonnastik From: acaciaonnastik Date: July 6th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
~laughs self into coughing fit~
bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: July 7th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh good, glad Icould help

clearing out your lungs!

fledgist From: fledgist Date: July 7th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)
That is just perfect!!
From: nenya_kanadka Date: July 7th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
From: nenya_kanadka Date: July 7th, 2007 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Totally OT, but...

I can't seem to find this anywhere and I want to show it to people at the Valmar Project so that we won't be duplicating effort. I seem to recall that you once did a detailed family tree of all the Elven families from the Silmarillion/LOTR, from the the first three Elves down to Aragorn & Arwen's family. I remember saving it to my computer and everything. But that was two computers and a cross-country move ago and now I can't find it (nor does my Google-fu seem strong today). Am I just imagining this or did you make it? If it still exists online, could you point me in the proper direction?

Thanks terribly much....
bellatrys From: bellatrys Date: July 7th, 2007 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Sure can!

From: nenya_kanadka Date: July 7th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Sure can!

Thank you thank you thank you! *felicitous three bows*

PS Egad, I have a grasshopper in my living room! Crawling across my rug. At least I think it's a grasshopper, it's got big hind legs but a kinda weird body...hmm, this bugs-crawling-under-the-front-door thing is only going to get worse over a southern summer, innit? *sigh*

(The fireflies at night kinda make up for it, though! Never had those in Canada!)
sethg_prime From: sethg_prime Date: July 8th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I am reminded of a T-shirt that a classmate of mine in Intro to Women's Studies wore, with a picture of women on the moon in 50's-style spacesuits and the title "RADICAL FEMINISTS IN SPACE". My classmate said this was a feminist/SF/political bookstore in Willamantic, CT.

The store appears to have gone out of business, which is a damn shame, because I would love to have one of those T-shirts.
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 9th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

that is teh awsumness

Hope you don't mind my linking to it. I mean...

I can has picture? it be thousand werds. Srsly gr8 ;)

RfP (http://www.readforpleasure.com)
fledgist From: fledgist Date: July 9th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes, because of course...

Well, that last was an improvement over the WWII film cliche', the ethnic types all dying while the lantern-jawed wasp got the girls and glory. Not much of one, but still one.

You're right, there did tend to be a lot of shifting from character to character, and not enough development of most of them (even Janeway was wise mother from beginning to end, nothing else really).
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