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Reading W.B. Yeats’s “Adam’s Curse”

Reading W.B. Yeats‘s “Adam’s Curse“. I can never get enough Yeats :)


“Look to the future now, it’s only just begun…” (some lovely Christmas videos)

Christmas makes me rather melancholy. It has for as long as I can remember. The melancholy is a bittersweet poignant longing for things both tangible and intangible. But I’m no Scrooge, and I would never complain about Christmas. There’s something quite lovely about it, and I do enjoy giving gifts and such. The melancholy, though, is never far away.

So, in an attempt to cheer myself (and, I hope, perhaps some of you) up, I bring you a random collection of some of my favorite Christmas-related videos. :)


I love Handel’s Messiah, especially when it’s performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. It’s so very gorgeous. Here’s “Part II, No 44. Hallelujah” from a 2006 performance:


“A Patrick Swayze Christmas” from MST3K is absolutely hilarious. I love it to bits. “Well then grab hold of your socks and read on, Joel Robinson!”:

It’s my way or the highway, this Christmas at my bar.
I’ll have to smash your kneecaps if you bastards touch my car!
I got the word that Santa has been stealing from the till.
I think that that right jolly old elf had better make out his will!
Oh, let’s have a Patrick Swayze Christmas, one and all.
And this can be the haziest…
This can be the laziest…
This can be the Swayziest Christmas of them all!



“Another Christmas at Home” is a fun & sweet song from lovely indie-pop band Eux Autres:


If you don’t like Slade‘s awesome and ridiculously charming “Merry Xmas Everybody”, then I probably don’t want to know you ;)

Look to the future now,
It’s only just begun…


“Linus and Lucy” isn’t the most poignant or beautiful of Vince Guaraldi’s songs from  A Charlie Brown Christmas, but it’s definitely the most fun, partly because of this hilariously cute dance scene:

I’m pretty sure that I’ve imitated most of those dance moves at one point or another. When watching with friends, it’s almost impossible not to. I’m especially fond of the Frankenstein’s Monster Kid (WTF is he doing?) and the Kid in Orange, who has some serious game, am i rite? And Linus and Sally are adorable as always.

But dear god, Charlie Brown is such a damn killjoy (in every manifestation of Peanuts, not just the Christmas special). Seriously, kid, stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. No one wants to hear it, and that’s why you don’t get any Christmas cards. It’s not because the universe is unfair to you or whatever. You’re not Job. You’re not living in squalor. You’re just insufferable. Life is short and beautiful and glorious, Charlie Brown. I understand what it’s like to feel unhappy (and far worse), I do, but, kid, the world is not your therapist. Just stop it. Be more like Linus, or Sally, or even Lucy, okay? God.

(I can’t be the only one who feels this way about Charlie Brown, right? :) )


This is total WIN: Dean (swoon!) and Frank performing “A Marshmallow World” on a Christmas episode of The Dean Martin Showbeing their charming dapper drunken goofy darling selves:


Oh how I adore the wonderful Love Actually. Even though it makes me sad, I can’t help but watch it at least twice every Christmas season. Picking a favorite scene is pretty much impossible, but this is definitely one of the best. It makes my heart ache in a bittersweet lovely way, and I never want to get to the point where it doesn’t make me cry, if that makes sense:

Oh, my…


Writers + kittehs = adorableness

I came across an awesome and adorable Tumblr blog this weekend: “Writers and Kitties“.  A few of my favorites:

1) William Carlos Williams (look how dapper & lovely he was!):


2) Tennessee Williams (& a curious kitteh):


3) Mark Twain (aww!):


4) Kingsley Amis:


5) George Orwell getting photobombed by a kitteh!:

(“Oh hai der Mizter Orwell, I iz sorry for photobombin yr pictshur wit yr goggie, but I comez to teh beach todai becuz I rilly wantz to talk wit u about dat kitteh in Animal Farm. We felidz resent bein teh symbol ov laziness an apathee!”)


6) Hemingway giving a kitteh some corn. Nom nom nom!:


Go have a look at the rest. Aww!

& Bonus lolz! Check out this screenshot from my iPhone TV listings app:

Ha! “Naughty cats”! For some reason, that makes me think of kittehs reenacting this scene (or any scene, really) from The Benny Hill Show. Cheeky!

Also, a woman cheered for the wrong girl at a swim meet? OH THE HIJINKS!!! Oh goodness, I sometimes forget that AFHV is still on.

Anyway, writers + kittehs = adorableness! ♥

Mmm, peach pie…

Me & some birthday (peach) pie!:

(My birthday was a few days ago.)

Delicious stuff!

Also, me & my birthday pie are honored to have been featured in this post by Jerry “Professor Ceiling Cat, PhD” Coyne.

& On the “my friends write great blog posts” note, be sure to check out Brother Blackford’s wise and thoughtful commentary on the issues discussed in my recent post about American Atheists.

Some Belle & Sebastian loveliness ♥

Current favorite song: Belle & Sebastian‘s “Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John” (featuring Norah Jones), from their latest album, Belle and Sebastian Write About Love. It’s gorgeous in every way. Here’s the song (there’s no video, just audio and a still image) and its lyrics. It’s so very lovely & poignant & enchanting:

What a waste I could have been your lover
What a waste I could have been your friend
Perfect love is like the blossom that fades so quick
When it’s blowing up a storm in May

Travel south until your skin gets warmer
Travel south until your skin turns brown
Put a language in your head and live on a train
And then come back to the one you love

Yeah, you’re great, you’re just part
Of this lifetime of dreaming
That extends to the heart
Of this long summer feeling

Quiet night you see the TVs glowing
Quiet night you hear the walls are awake
Me and you are getting out of the party crowd
Can I see what’s underneath your bed?

Can I stay until the milkman’s working
Can I stay until the café awakes
Do you hate me in the light, did you get a fright
When you looked across from where you lay?

Yeah you’re great, you’re just part
Of this lifetime of dreaming
That extends to the heart
Of this long summer feeling
All the history of boys
I invent in my head
Little Lou, Ugly Jack, Prophet John

What a waste I could have been your lover
What a waste I could have been your friend

♥ ♥ ♥


Exciting!: Although The Magic of Reality won’t be released in the U.S. until October 4th, the iPad edition is already available. I downloaded it earlier today:

Yay! I’m very excited to read it. ♥

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