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Quentin's Weeknotes 2/16/19-2/22/19

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  • I read Lady Killer Vol. 1 by Jamie S. Rich and Joelle Jones. The story is fun--a 1950's-era suburban housewife who moonlights as an assassin. It's a great combination of blood and sterile cleanliness. But the real draw is the breath-taking art by Joelle Jones, which draws on mid-century design, but also shows off her peerless drafting and pencilling skills.
  • I read this brief note from M. John Harrison's blog, worth reproducing in full for its advice on writing good characters, as well as for a good description of what many of us are living through these days:

People who lost their ontological security so long ago they don’t even remember it happened to them. They muddle along trying to construct and maintain a self out of what’s left, continually remaking the world out of unstable bits and pieces, suffering a condition they don’t even recognise as loneliness. They stumble upon a life of habit and that will have to do. It gives them a certain gallantry. We recognise that about them even when it’s irritating. People who have lost ontological security to that extent are rarely aware of it, so when writing them it is best not to present direct explanations or origins. That would rationalise their behaviour the way single-event trauma is used in the Hollywood blueprint, to add motivation and simple causality to plot-driving characterisations and characterisation-driven plots.


Quentin's Weeknotes 2/9/19-2/15/19

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Quentin's Weeknotes 2/2/19-2/8/19

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And he had a complete set of the Infamous Bibles, individually named from error's in typesetting.

These Bibles included the Unrighteous Bible, so called from a printer's error which caused it to proclaim, in I Corinthians, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall inherit the Kingdom of God?"; and the Wicked Bible, printed by Barker and Lucas in 1632, in which the word not was omitted from the seventh commandment:, making it "Thou shalt commit Adultery." There were the Discharge bible, the Treacle Bible, the Standing Fishes Bible, the Charing Cross Bible and the rest. Aziraphale had them all.

the progressive movement has, in rather short order, thrust into mainstream US politics a program to address climate change that is wildly more ambitious than anything the Democratic Party was talking about even two years ago.


Quentin's Weeknotes 1/26/19-2/01/19

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Quentin's Weeknotes 1/19/19-1/25/19

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Ninety percent of anything is mostly garbage and that remaining 10 percent is not only excellent but worth dying for. The only way to get there is to try to be excellent with your art.

  • I discovered the website Fonts in Use, which provides font names for a whole host of historical magazines, books, albums, and other pieces of media. As someone whose job involves a bit of graphic design, I appreciate having a good repository of fonts for inspiration or assistance.
  • I have been reading Viroconium,  M. John Harrison's masterful series of novels. While reading up on Harrison, a vitally important figure in the modern speculative fiction, I ran across this long post by illustrator Jonathan Coulthart entitled "Covering Viroconium", analyzing the (mostly failed) attempts to make decent cover art for his genre-bending, enigmatic books. Here's the example I've been reading from, which is, at best, loosely representative of the contents--as Coulthart points out, it makes the novel look Steampunk (which it's not, in any meaningful sense), and also depicts the hatching of a mechanical bird, an event that is not present in any of the text.
  • I put the finishing touches on the syllabus for my Hartwick College Course "Collections Management." It's a two-credit practicum course designed to give students the basics of Museum object handling, inventory management, and on-going collections maintenance. I tweak it a bit every year, and this year, have front-loaded more practical stuff, while leaving more abstract questions towards the end.
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