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Archive Bookstore, NW1. A couple of turns away from Edgware road lies this joy. Very rare titles at reasonable prices going back to the 18th century. Downstairs is devoted to sheet music and you’d be hard pressed to find a better selection! http://www.archivebookstore.co.uk/

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Medieval dachshund - Or: drawing with words

Here are three examples of a technique called “micrography”: decorative scenes that are drawn with words written in a tiny script. While there are examples from Latin books made in the West (here is one), the technique is particularly common in medieval Hebrew manuscripts. The drawings are usually found in biblical manuscripts and they appear to be commentaries to the text. The technique, whereby a scribe wrote in the smallest handwriting possible, goes back to the 9th century AD. The examples here, from the 13th century, shows just how entertaining the word-made drawings can be: they are an opportunity for the scribe to frolick in the margins of the page - like drawing a creature that looks like a dachshund.

Pic: London, British Library, Additional MS 21160 (13th century, more about the manuscript here). More about micrography here.

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How to Criticize Israel Without Being Anti-Semitic →


If you’ve spent any time discussing or reading about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I guarantee you’ve heard some variation of this statement:

OMG, Jews think any criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic!

In the interests of this post, I’m going to assume that the people who express such…

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let’s all take a minute to stop and think about how Hagrid gave Harry his homemade birthday cake, told him how much he looked like his parents, and fed him sausages before he even started to explain that he was a wizard

let’s stop to think about how his absolute first priority was to let harry know that he was loved and cared for

I’ve always loved Hagrid.  Hagrid takes care of critters.

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Cat doesn’t know what to do with the butterfly that flew on its paw.

I can’t breathe I’m laughing too hard



Cat doesn’t know what to do with the butterfly that flew on its paw.

I can’t breathe I’m laughing too hard

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imagine an american going to hogwarts determined not to live up to stereotypes and they do pretty well up until they discover their patronus is a bald eagle

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Is he blowing invisible bubbles? Way to keep your evil image, Satan.

aww satan u so cute

Do you think half the time Mark just got bored with being ignored by the characters so he started doing the most random shit just because and none of it was actually scripted?


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sometimes i wonder what would have happened if dylan hadn’t gone into acting

and i realise… he’d probably be a famous youtuber and we’d all be even more screwed

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playingwithfireextinguishers asked: Why do you think Buffy is such an important character? And what makes you say that she is not a perfect character? (BTW i'm a huge buffy fan, i just want to know what you think because i love your blog and majorly respect your analyses) anyways, hope you have a FANTASTIC day!!!!



Awwwww, thank you friend. When people say things like that, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

[casually takes this opportunity to ramble about BTVS]

Hundreds of essays and even entire books have been written on the significance of Buffy Summers in popular culture and the fictional canon. (I have a lovely anthology on Whedon in academia on my shelf right now actually.) It’s one of those things that I’ve already written on in my academic post-secondary career and I hope to again because the topic is so rich.

Having a popular show with a strong female lead is so important. I’m cautious to say strong female character, because society has warped that term to assume that Buffy is only strong when she’s staking vampires and kicking ass. Buffy is incredibly strongly written and complex though.

We need more characters like Buffy. Someone who fills the hero role in every possible way and if often saving her less competent male allies (I love you Xander but….) Someone who little girls everywhere can look at the screen and see a strong woman kicking ass. But also someone who is flawed and can’t always save the day every time. Someone who relies on the people around her when she needs it most. Someone who gets knocked down and gets back up again even stronger. All of that was so important and revolutionary and still is. 


Buffy Summers is a hero of a generation.

On a personal level for me, being a kid growing up in the early 2000s and raised by a single mother, I remember that a Buffy rerun was on every day at 3 pm on MTV and I always watched it with my mom. It was like religion. That was such an important thing to be exposed to growing up, all of that strong and vulnerable female characterization that is so largely lacking in television as a whole. 

Buffy changed the way that female characters are written. Sarah Manning wouldn’t exist the way she does without the legacy of Buffy Summers. Olivia Pope. Daeneyrs Targaryen. Claire Underwood. Piper Chapman. Alicia Florrick. Selena Meyer. In recent years our tv screens have become populated by more and more complex female characters. There’s a reason that the Emmy category for lead actress in a drama is arguably the most competitive this year — there are more and more complex women for amazing actresses to bring to life. That is a legacy owed largely to Buffy.

No character is truly perfect, and the fact that I can find several notable characters that I would argue are better written than Buffy is a testament to that. This is nothing against Whedon or Buffy or whatever — I am as big a Whedon fan as you’ll find. She’s just….flawed, as every person is. Her execution can be read as flawed, as every character’s can. It really all is personal preference. If I come right out and say that Buffy is written perfectly, someone can pull example of how in certain instances she was imperfect to them.

That’s the lovely thing about reading characters, we all see and relate to different things and different things sit differently with everyone.

I doubt anyone could name a perfectly executed character. The world has it’s Walter Whites, Atticus Finches, and Jean Valjeans. It also has it’s Buffy Summerses, Elizabeth Bennetts, and Anne Shirleys. There are important characters everywhere, but no one is flawlessly written to everyone. That’s the wonderful thing about fiction.

I could write for ages on why BTVS as a production revitalized tv and changed our scope from episodic story to serialization and the concept of the Big Bad and all of that stuff, but from a character perspective yeah, I think Buffy Summers is flawed but so fundamentally important to television as we know it. 

Really my personal opinion more than anything, but I will defend the importance of Buffy to pop culture to the death, haha. 

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And, well, isn’t that kinda the whole point?
For Hannah & Anique

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would it be realistic to assume that the only reason the male/female binary genders exist and are so thoroughly enforced is so that people can make more money having one gender do work as opposed to the other…

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