I just got rickrolled by The Guardian
Tuesday, 15 September 2020

The Hoax Book That Became an Anarchist and Hippie Bible

quote [ ?The Papalagi??supposedly written by a Samoan chief in 1920?offered a societal critique, but carried on a problematic racial trope. ]

Tiga na ou malaga i atunu?u o Papalagi
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[by ScoobySnacks@11:03amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Goat Valley Campgrounds - a Creepy Pasta Saga

quote [ CAMP RULE #2: Fairy rings are generally benign. If there are the remains of a small animal inside the ring, however, inform camp management immediately. CAMP RULE #3 Don?t follow the lights. I can?t believe I even have to say this one. Don?t follow the lights! ]

I spent yesterday reading this saga about a blue collar Buffy with no mentor running a camp site in a forest of Eldritch Abominations. The writing style is a bit Internet, but it's imaginative and there is a compelling story arc. I visualise the "Man with the skull cup" as the Analinguist from Oglaf, and the protagonist's parents (in flashback) as Young Marge and Homer.
[SFW] [literature] [+3 Good]
[by cb361@10:08amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Inside the Mystery of an Untranslatable 600 Year Old Book

quote [ It?s like Medieval Times, with a kiss of psychedelia. A book in which strange globules float freely, alien plants shimmy across the pages, and female figures slide into a pool of green plasma. Binding them all together? A beautiful, albeit entirely indecipherable script by an unknown author. The ?Voynich Manuscript,? is an ancient codex that after even 600 years has yet to be credited to anyone or cracked by the brightest philosophers, mathematicians or computer scientists. ]

We can't see any progress
[SFW] [literature] [+1 Original]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:24amGMT] [3 comments]

Friday, 3 July 2020

Sicko Doctors: Suffering and Sadism in 19th-Century America

quote [ American fiction of the 19th century often featured a ghoulish figure, the cruel doctor, whose unfeeling fascination with bodily suffering readers found both unnerving and entirely plausible. Looking at novels by Louisa May Alcott, James Fenimore Cooper, and Herman Melville, Chelsea Davis dissects this curious character. ]

All the doctors sing you got to suffer for the cure
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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Marvel Comics shows us exactly what Captain America would have done in Vietnam

quote [ So it?s no surprise that Spider-Man: Life Story #1 is a Spider-Man story ? except for when it isn?t. Sure, it?s definitely about Peter in the ?60s, not long after he was bitten by everyone?s favorite radioactive spider, but it?s also a look into just what some of Marvel?s other A-Listers were doing at the time. By revising Marvel Comics history with a modern eye and blending it with Marvel Universe history, Life Story #1 does what the real comics of the ?60s didn?t, couldn?t.

It takes an honest look at where Captain America would have stood on the Vietnam War. ]

I hate when my non-political comics get political. /s
[SFW] [literature] [+2]
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Sunday, 15 December 2019

Machine learning has revealed exactly how much of a Shakespeare play was written by someone else

quote [ Literary analysts have long noticed the hand of another author in Shakespeare?s Henry VIII. Now a neural network has identified the specific scenes in question?and who actually wrote them. ]

Full article in extended.

[SFW] [literature] [+5 Interesting]
[by snowfox@12:05pmGMT] [8 comments]

Thursday, 12 December 2019

The Sound and the Story: Exploring the World of Paradise Lost

quote [ John Milton?s Paradise Lost has been many things to many people ? a Christian epic, a comment on the English Civil War, the epitome of poetic ambiguity ? but it is first of all a pleasure to read. Drawing on sources as varied as Wordsworth, Hitchcock, and Conan Doyle, author Philip Pullman considers the sonic beauty and expert storytelling of Milton's masterpiece, and the influence it has had on his own work. ]

who would have guessed milton's paradise lost could be found
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