The Posts That Might Have Been

January has been busy, February a blur, and there has simply been no time to flesh out all the baby postlets that have sparked in my brain. Rather than allow them to fade away without a fighting chance, I've decided to present them in their new-born-chick form: tiny, underdeveloped, a little awkward, but bursting with possibilities that hopefully you may flesh out yourselves. Enjoy...

Hobbit and Subtitles
I watched Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. I grumbled for days. Don't get me started on the destruction of key narrative structures for the sake of depressingly clichéd "fantasy movie" aesthetics! Grumble, grumble. But what's up with the movie's use of languages? Tolkien carefully crafted and controlled the linguistic/cultural landscapes of his stories. So what screen writer decided to have random, solitary sentences in Elvish? What was the point of having that phrase spill out in a flowery foreign (and fictional) tongue, complete with ugly English subtitles, only to lapse back into English the next moment? Mankoi!? (trans. Why!?)

George MacDonald Reading List
Pleasure reading has taken a backseat to heady tomes on historiography, sovereignty, and the distrust/desire for the ineffable in a culture dominated by the cult of Reason, but I'm still attempting, however successfully, to feed the other part of my soul with George MacDonald. Rolland Hein's The Harmony Within looks to be a great read (Spring Break...?) and includes a very tempting "One Year Reading Plan" in an appendix that guides you through all of GM's most important works month by month. After getting about a third through Sir Gibbie (one of the Scottish novels), I fell back upon keeping up with The Diary of an Old Soul, a collection of 366, seven-line poetic stanzas, one for each day of the year. For now that's what keeps me going.

Bach Lottery 13: Probably very cool pieces...

     Book 2, Prelude and Fugue 4 in C-sharp minor
Four sharps! So languid with the appoggiaturas but so compact with polyphonic rigor. Bach just can't go galant for the life of him! Fugue is very fun and jig-tastic!
     Book 2, Prelude and Fugue 18 in G-sharp minor
Five sharps! Again with the appoggiaturas, but this time puttering along with a nice Baroque, sixteenth-note rhythm. The fugue is a scurvy menace! So disarmingly diatonic and harmless, only to pitch you headfirst into the most sinuous chromaticisms this side of Wagner! (Maybe that's overstating it...)

Up next:
Book 2, Prelude and Fugue 3 in C-sharp Major
Book 2, Prelude and Fugue 10 in F Major

German Update/French Trigger Pull
I was crazy inspired by this post on The Everyday Language Learner. Even if you're not into learning languages, I think Aaron has come up with a very level-headed plan for reaching a personal goal that should encourage anyone to do that thing that they're nervous to do. I've decided to take the little step to start reactivating my high school French alongside German. I've been a bit nervous about pulling that trigger, but figure it can't hurt to make some goals and see what happens!

MR out!


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    1. Exactly!!! You were there in New Zealand when they were shooting LOTR, so I feel as though you are something of an authority on the subject. :)


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