by Brenda W. Clough
My son and I agree that the super hero movie is now become formulaic. You need your origin narrative. Your superhero debut. Your major conflict, ideally involving saving the world. It’s as rigid a formula as the Western.
It’s about due for a shakeup IMO. We don’t get it with Wonder Woman, because DC is not where you go to for innovation, But as any romance writer will tell you, there’s a reason why formulas exist. And this movie does show why, by demonstrating the excellence of the old tropes. Her Amazon heritage and upbringing on Themiscyra, the arrival of Steve Trevor and the move to Man’s World, all there. The battle with Ares is very nice, tying together her innocence (a new and welcome addition to the mythos) and the Amazon mission which dates back to William Moulton Marston’s original conception of the character.
My son assures me that moving her origin from WW2 to WW1 was to get the character away from Captain America’s resolutely WW2 origins. I got no problem with it — clearly the first World War was a good moment for an Amazon to appear and try to end mankind’s war. And this neatly demonstrates her immortality — she hasn’t aged a day in a hundred years. My complaint is, if you’re going to be historical, then do it. Steve Trevor doesn’t look or speak like an American who must have been born in the 1890s. This is the more annoying because they knew how to get it right. All of Trevor’s team of misfits sound right; their very existence (a motley crew of multinationals) is a tip of the hat to ‘Over There’ adventures of the period.
Another much-noted novelty is the all-around excellence of how a female protagonist is handled. There’s no gratuitous T & A (although that brass bustier must be horribly uncomfortable, especially under the arms). Diana has full agency and is in complete control of her decisions. And oh! Etta Candy! The chubby girl is here at last! No, this is an excellent superhero movie, and since the form seems to dominate the summer movie, let them be good movies, like this one.
White people are the only reason schools ever desegregated in the first place, so making broad generalizations here doesn't work.
That's some impressive ignorance there. I just... I don't even... wow. Thurgood Marshall must be absolutely spinning in his grave.
Yesterday when I walked the dogs with Eva, we passed one such car with a front bench seat.
Me: That's a nice car!
Eva: It's weird, it doesn't even have two seats in the front.
Eva: Wait, it has three seats. COOL! So you can have six people in the car! Why don't they do that now?
I didn't know the answer, but here it is. They were an option for much longer than I thought! I'd assumed they were regulated away, but apparently not. Whodathunk? (Random tangent - I wonder which is more common in English, "whodathunk" or "whodathunkit"? Google ngram viewer is completely unhelpful here.)
Anyway, today I saw three nice Cadillacs from the 50s or 60s... though given that they were all together, there was probably a thing they were going to. And last week I ran across an Oldsmobile that I'm pretty sure is from the 40s.
So as you can see, we do have a lot of classic cars in this neighborhood that you might randomly run across.
Chatter in the deep brain spurs empathy in rats
The day after Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right, 1967 (LOL!)
'50s Ladies in Kodachromes: Looking Back to Women Fashion Over 60 Years Ago
Chickens may illuminate how humans developed sharp daylight vision
The story behind the dark Times Square subway poem (Yo, that's a really long tunnel, btw.)
Mosul celebrates first Eid without Islamic State in years (I didn't know henna was an Iraqi thing, but judging from those pictures I guess so...?)
Eid al-Fitr: What you need to know (Starting this year, NYC schools take off for Eid, but they're doing it tomorrow. And then I think school ends Wednesday. This is typical of the NYC school system. It'd make just as much sense to not take those two random days off in June and then end the year last Friday, but noooooooo. Don't know why I'm complaining, I don't have to deal with that nonsense, anyway.)
Muslims in Asia pray for peace as Ramadan holy month ends (There is a girl in one of those pictures wearing a red hijab with white polka dots and Minnie Mouse ears. It is so adorable, it must be seen to be believed.)
A Middle Eastern Spin On A Classic Latino Dessert: Rose Cardamom Tres Leches (Tres Leches is apparently quite popular in Turkey nowadays anyway.)
This Common Butterfly Has an Extraordinary Sex Life (Extraordinary and a little stomach-churning.)
Famous Women Have Been Defying Gender Norms and Rocking Menswear for Years
Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance - and face some
Stories About Disability Don’t Have to Be Sad
Planes aren’t the only things with wings buzzing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The base was the first military installation to earn the “Bee City USA” designation: The number of pollinator honey bees swarming around hives has flourished five fold in two years as the bees indulge in abundant food, water and nesting sites, officials say.
Philippine, Vietnam navies play sports on South China Sea island
The decline of electric guitar
Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?
Joe Arpaio on trial over immigration actions echoing Trump's
A Battle Over Prayer in Schools Tests Canada’s Multiculturalism
A risky fix to repair a city's gutted streetlight grid
The TSA is going to look through your books but promises not to notice what you're reading (When we talk about things that we should never have accepted as normal, the TSA and their shenanigans is top of the list.)
Journalists Condemn Trump Press Restrictions, But Don’t Expect Them To Boycott Briefings
Two factories Donald Trump bragged about saving are now laying off workers
Canadian leaders have given up on Trump—so now they're going around him
Shifting Dollars From Poor to Rich Is a Key Part of the Senate Health Bill (No shit.)
Pro-Trump group's health care offensive warns GOP senators to get in line
The Danger of Yemen's Secret Prisons (Content note: like all descriptions of torture, this is nauseating)
So I'm stuck trying to figure out... are there songs I associate with the racist sexist step-uncle in Arkansas? With the kids who harassed me for being terrible at sports? With the teacher who gave me detention for reading in class? (I wasn't reading what everyone else was, because I'd finished it.) With the evil ex?
Wait, yes! There's a song that I like very much, that is so tangled with the evil ex (it was on one of his mix tapes) that I can't listen to it without unpleasant memories. :( Which is as close as I get to "a song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget," I think.
( This song is far too mellow for the associations I have with it. )
BVC mirrors founding member Ursula K. Le Guin’s blog. We are happy to report that selected blog posts will appear in No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters.
Barbara’s Picks, Nov./Dec. 2017, by Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal. “Le Guin here collects the best essays from her blog, a new medium for her that fits her pointedly glistening writing.”
Now I only have one fandom left, but it's a doozy. I imported just over 50 fics over the last two weeks in all the other fandoms combined, and now I've got around 75 pop fics left that are not yet on the archive. So that's going to be a chunk of work. I might take a short break first, because it's a little weird spending so much time in past headspace. But otoh I don't want to lose my momentum.
Critical Role continues to be a delight. I'm watching Episode 52 now. ( Plot! )
Housemate and I are almost up to The Coming of Shadows in B5. We took a detour to watch some more Season 1, and watched the A Voice in the Wilderness two-parter. You know, every time I watch the show during a Republican administration, Seasons 3 and 4 seem relevant, but right now I feel like the Mars stuff even in Season 1 is super timely. I keep forgetting how much of the Mars plotline is brought up in Season 1, especially in that two-parter.