January 2014 Media Thread

post by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:19:28.150Z · score: 6 (7 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 80 comments

This is the monthly thread for posting media of various types that you've found that you enjoy. Post what you're reading, listening to, watching, and your opinion of it. Post recommendations to blogs. Post whatever media you feel like discussing! To see previous recommendations, check out the older threads.



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comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:20:12.113Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Short Online Texts Thread

comment by notsonewuser · 2014-01-02T01:44:08.712Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Read and enjoyed "The Robot and the Baby", a fictional short story by computer scientist John McCarthy), after being linked to his webpage from EY's "Above-Average AI Scientists". Some on the Less Wrong IRC seemed to like it as well, so I went ahead and posted it here.

comment by David_Gerard · 2014-01-13T10:25:12.210Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

A reasonably accurate history of how the Christian bible was actually compiled, by Jim Macdonald on Making Light. Easy, enjoyable, entertaining and educational.

comment by hesperidia · 2014-01-11T10:05:49.996Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

The SCP Foundation is a wiki filled with short horror fiction (that has recently become more widely known because of several games produced based on its content). Most of the entries are written as fictional reports/MSDS data-sheet-like information handouts by a bureaucratic organization that is focused on, basically, shutting mind-blowing horrors away from the bulk of civilization for fear that people would implode if they realized the world did not run on math. The problem being that not everything they're shutting away is a mind-blowing horror.

The articles are (or at least should be, in most circumstances) readable in any order or no order at all. The index is a passable place to start, and the wiki has decent quality control so nearly all of the articles are at least readable and grammatical, and a substantial fraction are downright bone-chilling. This is both a recommendation and an anti-recommendation. If you are easily emotionally affected by fiction, it is probably not for you.

Special mention, however, has to go to the recently created SCP-2333, which is an especially believable kind of horrifying when read through transhumanist eyes. (Jul vf vg gung rirelbar V qvfphff guvf negvpyr jvgu vf ubeevsvrq gung gur thl ng gur raq bs gur negvpyr unf gb yvir sberire, naq abar bs gurz ner ubeevsvrq jvgu gur snpg gung gur erfrnepuref nccneragyl pbqrq va gur bar-jrrx uneq yvzvg ba Fhcre Yvsrfcna ibyhagnevyl?)

comment by gwern · 2014-01-16T04:18:58.033Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Mm, I was more impressed by http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-988 than 2333.

comment by Pfft · 2014-01-19T04:12:15.457Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

[http://www.seinfeldscripts.com/seinfeld-scripts.html] has transcripts of all episodes of Seinfeld, and they are super funny. I tried watching some episodes as well, but at least for me I feel reading the scripts is more enjoyable (maybe because of faster pacing?).

comment by blacktrance · 2014-01-19T05:53:42.897Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Seinfeld is superb.

From the first episode:

JERRY: Shake is bad, but what if it's the "two-hander"? The hand on the bottom, the hand on the top, the warm look in the eyes?

GEORGE: Hand-sandwich.

JERRY: Right.

GEORGE: I see, well, that's open to interpretation. Because so much depends on the layering and the quality of the wetness in the eyes...[suddenly a woman approaches Jerry from behind and puts her hands over Jerry's eyes]

LAURA: Guess who?

JERRY: Hey, hey.

LAURA and JERRY: Heeeey! [they take each others hands like they're planning to do a folk dance; George is looking puzzled]

comment by gwern · 2014-03-01T20:22:35.648Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)









comment by Prismattic · 2014-01-07T04:48:32.109Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

By modern standards, it's not the strongest story. But Robert Sheckley's Watchbird is interesting as an early treatment of the problem of UFAI.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:20:08.538Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Online Videos Thread

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:20:06.037Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Fanfiction Thread

comment by Eliezer Yudkowsky (Eliezer_Yudkowsky) · 2014-01-03T10:03:50.390Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)


Rational!Munchkin!Santa meets neutral!genie!elves.

comment by somervta · 2014-01-04T05:02:56.443Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)


comment by lmm · 2014-01-02T19:27:57.984Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

The recommendation may have been from here originally but I can't find it now: To The Stars - incomplete, set in the far future of the Puella Magi Madoka☆Magica universe, contriving to shape the plot and tone into something resembling Starship Troopers (or more likely Old Man's War). I find the way it forces a fantasy story into quite hard sci-fi rather interesting; there are places where you can see the strain, but mostly it works well, and the characters strike a good balance, developed from but solidly rooted in their canon originals. I will say it's not that well written - the phrasing is distinctly clunky at times - but for me the plot, characters and especially the worldbuilding were good enough to shine through.

comment by Dorikka · 2014-01-03T04:05:21.444Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)


comment by beoShaffer · 2014-01-03T02:44:27.442Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

The recommendation may have been from here originally but I can't find it now:

It's been recommended multiply times on LW and in the HPMoR author notes, but is worth re-recommending, particularly since you gave and above average summary. Also, the author lists Old Man's War as a significant inspiration, but has said elsewhere that he just took a few specific ideas and didn't actually like Old Man's War overall.

comment by ShardPhoenix · 2014-01-06T07:17:59.316Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I've finally got around to reading this and I'm quite enjoying it so far, though it's a bit heavy on exposition and flashbacks.

comment by lmm · 2014-01-07T21:27:03.561Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Ah yes, I'd forgotten how clunky those early exposition chapters are. Should've mentioned that.

comment by ShardPhoenix · 2014-01-08T06:39:52.626Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I think some parts would have been better if I was familiar with the Oriko Magica spinoff. At any rate I'm up to chapter 14 and it's moving much more smoothly. At this point I'm thinking that Ryouku is n pybar bs Znqbxn, juvyr ure tenaqcneragf ner cebonoyl Uvgbzv Fuvmhxv naq Xlōfhxr Xnzvwō (ylvat nobhg gurve ntrf).

edit: I appear to have mixed up maternal and paternal grandparents so I guess the second speculation above doesn't apply (at least not how I was thinking of it). Also chapter 14 clears things up a bit on this front anyway...

comment by jaime2000 · 2014-01-19T00:13:37.472Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Currently reading Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder. It's better than the original Hard Reset. In fact, I'd say it's the best time-loop fic I've read since Time Braid.

comment by Leonhart · 2014-01-24T23:27:00.952Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Ooh, new Eakin? Sweet. Not that it will live up to the greatness of Twilight Tries To Explain The Monty Hall Problem, of course, but what could?

comment by jaime2000 · 2014-01-24T23:40:16.374Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

It's not Eakin actually; it's horizon. He got Eakin's permission for a Hard Reset Alternate Universe story.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-19T01:35:56.145Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Only three chapters out so far, it's too soon to tell whether I'll like it or not -- but I like that the author seems to be establishing very specific rules about how the loops work and applying them with bizarre but consistent results...

comment by jaime2000 · 2014-01-24T22:06:00.360Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Welp, chapter four's out. I don't think it's quite as good as the first three, but it's still excellent.

Also, I liked the old cover better.

comment by [deleted] · 2014-01-04T00:43:11.033Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I have an author recommendation: Rathanel. His stories are noteworthy in that all his characters feel like they have agency. While not explicitly rationalist, many of his characters do a good job at weighing evidence and updating their beliefs throughout the stories. Also, (and I'm not quite sure how to phrase this) his worlds feel like they operate on a rational rule set, as opposed to the plot driven rules which many stories seem to follow. He has two series, both in the Naruto-verse.

In The Empty Cage the main character is a demon (the 9 tail fox) who is posing as a human (Naruto). The character is interesting in that he has his own set of non-human morals. There is a spin off story, Swapping the Cage, in which this character is inserted into the canon universe.

Naruto: Ramen Days is a VideoGame!Naruto story. It's written in first person, in the perspective of Canon!Naruto, as he goes through the time travel-like loops of a video game. It has an interesting juxtaposition between a world where rational behavior is optimal (and there are many intelligent characters), and a main character who is really not smart.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:20:02.140Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Nonfiction Books Thread

comment by gwern · 2014-01-01T18:06:15.172Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I reread Discovery of France because I liked it so much the first time (review).

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:19:57.435Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Fiction Books Thread

comment by David_Gerard · 2014-01-01T23:19:19.716Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Reading through Worm, an original novel posted in serial form over about two years, after Eliezer's fervent recommendation in the HPMOR author's notes. It's a single novel of about 1,750,000 words. And it's brilliant. It's the story of a world with superheroes, with a teenage girl as the viewpoint character. Tropes reminiscent of Miracleman.

comment by Luke_A_Somers · 2014-01-15T13:33:06.897Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Good, and so tense it's a superstimulus hazard.

I wouldn't normally put good books in the superstimulus hazard category, but when they're that long, you can't just take an evening and finish it.

comment by David_Gerard · 2014-01-15T13:50:48.565Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I read it over a bit less than a week. I thought "this is taking a while, how long is it ... oh, 10 really fat books or 25 normal-sized ones. OK."

comment by Luke_A_Somers · 2014-01-15T14:15:40.927Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

It's a touch over half as long as The Wheel of Time.

comment by David_Gerard · 2014-01-15T19:09:45.571Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

But finished rather more quickly.

comment by JayDee · 2014-01-02T05:43:52.276Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Reread Pattern Recognition by William Gibson. Highly recommended, it has most everything I like about cyberpunk in a modern day real world setting. Without losing the Gibson world-building, world-building as a collage of interesting ideas and perspectives on things.

When I first read it, I thought this was his best book, right up until the end of chapter 37, I disliked chapters 38+ about as much as the epilogue of HP: Deathly Hallows. (And with similar belief that the book would be far better with those pages removed.)

Since then I've re-read the Bridge Trilogy, and read the sequels to Pattern Recognition. And this time I didn't find the ending frustration at all. Maybe because I could see the shape of things to come, or because I had different expectations.

The metaphor that struck me is that the structure of this book is like a certain kind of origami; much folding and unfolding, leaving you - just before the climax - with a flat sheet of paper covered in creases. Then all of a sudden it crumbles up, or seems to, but in actuality it all comes together in a new and unexpected shape.

comment by TheTerribleTrivium · 2014-01-05T09:37:31.860Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

This interview with Max Gladstone was linked to on Yvains blog last month and on its strength I picked up the first two books in his craft sequence - Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise Its "magicians are like lawyers/economists" premise and urban fantasy parts are very well done, and there are a decent few jokes that probably only those with some legal training will spot. The plot of the first book is a bit simple (the bad evil guy who we are told on first meeting is bad, turns out to be evil - and also reads like a less impressive Quirrel from HPMOR) however the second in the series has so far avoided the "clear bad guy" in favour of a more nuanced, Princess Mononoke style arrangement (which I hope continues until the end).

comment by gwern · 2014-01-01T17:56:21.285Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Descending order:

comment by Halfwitz · 2014-01-03T16:21:17.065Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I just watched Neon Genesis Evangelion. If you haven't seen it yet, it lives up to its reputation.

comment by lmm · 2014-01-02T18:57:50.817Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I read and enjoyed The January Dancer. I think the top amazon review is fair; the prose is florid, the pace ponderous, and the characters flat. But the story and universe are very engaging, and the ending came together superbly.

I very much liked The Melancholy of Mechagirl, a short story collection, particularly the last entry; while the treatment of AI is probably too soft for many here, I liked the balance it struck between human-relatable and at the same time quite alien.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:19:54.669Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Television and Movies Thread

comment by Halfwitz · 2014-01-03T16:22:12.623Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I just finished Neon Genesis Evangelion. If you haven't seen it yet, it lives up to its reputation.

comment by Moss_Piglet · 2014-01-03T16:57:08.703Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Which one?

That it's a classic that everyone need to see and revolutionized the Super Robot genre, that it's unspeakably bizarre and will make you want to slap the annoying protagonist silly, or both, or some third reputation?

(I haven't actually seen it, but you can't swing a cat in some areas without hitting a bunch of people talking about it so there's been some osmosis.)

comment by Halfwitz · 2014-01-03T18:15:52.508Z · score: 5 (5 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Ha, both. I really enjoyed it though.

comment by Leonhart · 2014-01-03T20:31:42.018Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

If you thought NGE was too light-hearted and hopeful, move on to Bokurano. If you want more of the same, but coherent, move on to RahXephon.

comment by ygert · 2014-01-05T09:26:33.873Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Evangelion is... Evangelion. It's the kind of work that is very hard to apply adjectives to. That said, it's very good.

Just be sure that you watch The End of Evangelion after watching all the episodes. I have a friend who watched all the episodes of Evangelion, then went around for quite some time thinking he had finished watching the whole show. Only months later did he find out that there was more, and that he had in fact missed out on the entire climax of the show.

comment by spxtr · 2014-01-02T09:20:09.288Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I watched several Charlie Chaplin films. They're so old that you can watch them for free on youtube, and they're hilarious.

In descending order of enjoyment:

  • The Gold Rush
  • Modern Times
  • The Great Dictator
  • The Kid
  • City Lights
comment by Halfwitz · 2014-01-04T00:30:12.980Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

For those of you who haven't watched Sherlock and don't feel like committing to the whole miniseries, I recommend A Scandal in Belgravia as the only episode you need watch, as it's by far the best of them. It's a good adventure story, has a very entertaining romance wrapped in, and it plays like a self-contained film.

comment by David_Gerard · 2014-01-02T12:46:38.751Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Horrendous quantities of BBC CBeebies Bedtime Stories. My daughter demands one every night before bed. The books are generally well-written for children's stories; some have dreadful readers, but the interesting bit is when they get a high-powered actor in to do one. ('Cos are you going to say no to the gig reading stories to kids? Of course you're not.) Patrick Stewart is a regular.

comment by bramflakes · 2014-01-01T20:45:52.705Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

While I have to applaud Steven Moffat for his ambition in creating such a complicated time travel plot over 3 years, I can only be disappointed in the overall resolution to the Eleventh Doctor's story arc. Even though you can spend days listing the plot holes, I'd be okay with them if the interactions between the characters actually made much sense or if we were given reason to care about them. River is annoying and Clara is boring. That's not to say it was all bad - the Doctor is a consistently great character and the Amy/Rory arc was satisfying, and watching Tennant, Smith and Hurt's Doctor's play off each other in the 50th Anniversary episode was amazing.

If you didn't spend time drawing diagrams to figure out where exactly in each other's timelines everyone is, you'll be consistently confused from the beginning of Series 6 onwards. If you do spend the time to figure out what's going on, the payoff isn't worth it.

comment by [deleted] · 2014-01-02T09:58:04.153Z · score: 6 (6 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I'd be more likely to applaud his ambition in creating a 3 year time travel plot if it looked like it had actually been designed like that as opposed to taking the collection of disjointed loose ends that accumulated over the years and smushing them together any old how.

comment by Ben Pace (Benito) · 2014-01-03T14:11:28.157Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Yeah, 11th Doctor was a rip off of the previous one, with added Mr. Fanservice (I won't put the tvtropes page in). However... Capaldi? The most incredible improvisational actor in one of Lukeprog's favourite film's of 2009 "In The Loop" based on the tv show "The Thick Of It" - find lots of him here (warning, lots of swearing) and also watch this. Can't wait.

comment by bramflakes · 2014-01-03T15:34:18.396Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Nah I liked Eleven a lot, and I don't know how one could call him a copy of the Tenth. They're very different.

Agreed on Capaldi though, he's been a wonderful actor in everything I've seen him in.

comment by ShardPhoenix · 2014-01-02T09:21:30.091Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

The good news is that Moffat seems to have intentionally wrapped up all those story lines in order to start fresh with the new Doctor, and has also promised (unspecified) stylistic changes. I feel like the show was getting stale so I'm interested to see how it changes.

comment by Gvaerg · 2014-01-02T01:55:55.650Z · score: 0 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

This topic is for recommending media, not for random criticism...

comment by ShardPhoenix · 2014-01-02T09:21:49.439Z · score: 10 (10 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I'd rather have some sort of discussion than just people posting the names of things.

comment by gwern · 2014-01-01T19:01:11.794Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)
  • Aku no Hana: dropped after a few episodes, couldn't stand the rotoscoping
  • A Christmas Story/National Lampoon: Christmas Vacation: watched with family. The former was pretty good. The latter, though, had some good jokes but was generally mediocre and strained, and a product of its time.
comment by lmm · 2014-01-05T00:41:26.175Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

FWIW I very much enjoyed Aku No Hana; I felt it captured the experience of disaffected youth better than anything else I've seen. It was everything Catcher in the Rye is reputed to be. Gwern mentioned the rotoscoping; it's also paced very slowly (extreme but indicative example: several minute shot of the characters walking home, saying nothing).

comment by gwern · 2014-01-05T00:50:39.175Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I felt it captured the experience of disaffected youth better than anything else I've seen.

I could believe that based on what I managed to sit through. It's definitely a series I had a strong impression that, if not for a fatal flaw (in this case, rotoscoping), I would have liked it a lot.

it's also paced very slowly

Not actually a problem for me except that it forced me to look at lots of low-res rotoscoping which only exacerbated the problem for me...

comment by Nectanebo · 2014-01-05T16:25:41.770Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I began reading the manga on the recommendation of a friend before the first episode of the anime adaptation aired but after the promising PV for it dropped. I keenly remember not enjoying the plot at all to begin with, and the art is initially horrible, probably even worse than the rotoscoping in the anime.

I persevered with it, however, since this particular friend is yet to supply me with a poor rec, and gradually, the art has become quite pretty, and the story has also developed into an entertaining rollercoaster of events and emotion. I think it improves so much that of currently running manga, AnH is the title I anticipate new chapters of the most out of 50+ I'm following, and it has been consistently so since I first caught up, with each new monthly chapter delivering drama and excitement in spades.

Since the anime's sales were amazingly poor, there will never be a second season, and imo the story only really becomes enjoyable a fair while past where the anime stopped, so I would recommend reading the manga if you ever plan on revisiting the franchise, or for anyone else who wants to pick it up.

As it isn't finished, it could still turn to shit, but it's pretty great right now.


Edit made months later: It turned to shit. No longer recommended.

comment by gwern · 2014-08-05T23:03:36.045Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Edit made months later: It turned to shit. No longer recommended.

All the more reason to try to only consume finished works. In-progress recommendations are treacherous.

comment by Nectanebo · 2014-08-06T12:46:17.886Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

All the more reason to try to only consume finished works.

I agree with the sentiment because it's frustrating not being able to complete something right away, but with AnH I really did enjoy following it month by month. I think that some pieces of entertainment are suited to that style of consumption and are fun to follow, even if they don't turn out to be very good in the end and aren't worth it for those who would go back and consume it all at once.

comment by oliverbeatson · 2014-01-02T17:37:06.860Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I watched 'Oz the Great and Powerful'. I really liked the pro-innovation / science-inventory / mind-over-might themes.

comment by JayDee · 2014-01-03T20:16:40.918Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Looking back, so did I.

When I saw the film I enjoyed it for being very pretty. And was pleasantly surprised (and surprised by my surprise) at how the plot led toward the original film.

comment by shminux · 2014-01-17T06:42:23.295Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Saw the first two episodes of Intelligence. The show is of average quality, but the idea of having a chip like that in my brain makes me drool. I want my augmentations, dammit.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:19:48.167Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Music Thread

comment by gwern · 2014-01-01T18:45:08.712Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)


Giants (recommended if you like Explosions in the Sky or El Ten Eleven; I particularly liked "While the Ages Steal"):



comment by notsonewuser · 2014-01-02T16:31:58.233Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I've been listening to Random Access Memories, an album by Daft Punk. I've found it quite useful for getting into a "flow" state while working, and I enjoy listening to the music recreationally, as well.

comment by Manfred · 2014-01-01T20:31:26.911Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Excellent Indie Album: Jim Guthrie's Takes Time.

comment by David_Gerard · 2014-01-04T12:46:12.183Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed is what to put on headphones at work when the sales guys are yammering away at top volume (yay open plan!). It is literally nothing but noise, an hour of multiple layers of feedback. Reed was quite into the amphetamines at the time, and literally intended the album as a musical version of speeding off your nut. It's possibly one of the greatest musical trolls of all time. Of course, it's been vastly influential with people who like horrible noise music. The whole album's up on YouTube.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:19:42.899Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Podcasts Thread

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:19:38.413Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Other Media Thread

comment by Locaha · 2014-01-01T16:24:51.075Z · score: 3 (3 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)


This is an amazing blog about Japan. Sadly, no longer updates.

comment by hesperidia · 2014-01-02T21:11:48.527Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Through the quote threads and references elsewhere on the site, I find I enjoy LW's taste in (short-to-medium-length) poetry. Can I have recommendations for more?

comment by Bakkot · 2014-01-04T09:20:44.041Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Each of these I have liked well enough to memorize, which is about as high a recommendation as I can possibly give for sort-to-medium length poetry. Roughly descending order of how much I like them.

Other Lives And Dimensions And Finally A Love Poem, Bob Hicock

Dirge without Music, Edna St. Vincent Millay

Invictus, William Ernest Henley

I-5, aleashurmantine.tumblr.com

A blade of grass, Brian Patten

Rhapsody on a Windy Night, TS Eliot

Evolution, Langdon Smith

untitled, vd This is in my notes as being by 'vd', who per this I assume is this person, though I can no longer find the original.

Also, The Raven (Edgar Allan Poe) is somewhat longer, but is absolutely worth it. Read it aloud. Even if you think you have read it and not particularly been caught by it, go back and read a couple of stanzas aloud before giving up on it entirely. He does some of the best things with words of anyone I've ever read. "And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain..."

Most of these links I've added to archive.is (see here ), so if any of these links are dead and Google is proving inadequate, check there.

comment by Alejandro1 · 2014-01-03T17:35:58.932Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

"The Other Tiger", by Jorge Luis Borges, is a wonderful meditation on map and territory.

Spanish original.

English translation.

comment by Nornagest · 2014-01-02T21:40:02.394Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I'm rather fond of some that the late John M. Ford produced.

Here's a sonnet on a LW-relevant topic.

Here's a more lighthearted one,

comment by Leonhart · 2014-01-03T20:38:22.225Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I particularly like Wallace Stevens. My favourite is Of Mere Being; I had the vague idea that I somehow found it via LW, but I can't find any references to it now if so.

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-01T15:19:34.049Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Meta Thread

comment by Halfwitz · 2014-01-01T22:20:32.148Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Manga Thread

comment by ArisKatsaris · 2014-01-02T00:05:19.418Z · score: 2 (4 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I didn't mention this last month, though you did the same thing then, but I would have preferred it if had you followed the guidelines mentioned above of "If you think there should be a thread for a particular genre of media, please post it to the Other Media thread for now, and add a poll to the Meta thread asking if it should be a thread every month."

That having been said, I suggest a Comics subthread, or even a "Comics & Animation" subthread, so that non-Japanese comics wouldn't need be grouped separately.

comment by Halfwitz · 2014-01-02T01:13:39.045Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Sorry. Retracted. Didn't read the rules (as the thread seemed self-explanatory) or notice that all the thread posts were made by you.