• ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @missy  It will be interesting to find out how many ‘fan girls’ drop out during the next series.

    Oh, I think the droppers on that score took off when Peter Capaldi succeeded Matt Smith and David Tennant.  I’m wondering how many “fan boys” will scarper, now that we have a “girl” Doctor, after all that fuss and feathers about stomping off in a huf…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16  Hearts up, Puro!  I envy you such a rich literary background and your knowledge of music.

  • ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @mudlark  . . . think of Shakespeare who, in his day, vastly expanded the vocabulary and idioms in common use.

    When you say he expanded vocabulary, do you mean that he picked up uncommon usages for his work and so his audiences also picked those up, from the plays, and spread them?  Or that he invented new words or new ways of using them (s…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @mudlark  I’ve seen this before, this classification of Basque as unique and apparently unconnected (by way of origins) to any other language family.  Is it mainly the vocabulary that’s unique, or is Basque grammatical structure alone among all recorded languages in the world?

    Writers of SF and fantasy sometimes construct languages for their i…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @tempusfugit  What do you think might account for the lack of English language proficiency in Spain?

    @missrori  Jo Walton is an outstanding UK writer of SF.  “Among Others” seems to be at least partly autobiographical; the protagonist is a hyper-intelligent girl growing up in Wales, with a witch (a real one?  Maybe?) for a mother and an aff…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @thane16

    Well, see, that’s supposedly the gist of the argument: that all of them are like that… [Ichabod]

    Ah, so that is their argument? Perhaps when writing “mouthy” I should have written “the companions had ideas, they were creative, they began to think like the Doctor but most importantly they already did speak like him, think like him[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @mudlark  I haven’t encountered the label ‘mundanes’ before.  I suppose that it never occurred to me that reading and enjoying science fiction set me apart in any sense. I must have been very obtuse in some ways

    Naw, yer fine.  It was new to me, too, when I finally gave up my incredibly snobbish disdain for “those Trekkies”, i.e. Star Trek fan…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @missrory  I understand what it is to have no interest in small talk, to be grumpy, brusque, and blunt in the heat of trying to get things done

    So do I, just from being the kind of introvert who prefers to read (or write) a book to going to a party (or, sometimes, even answering the phone).  And that’s far from uncommon among the SF fans I k…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @tempusfugit  Thanks, but I have a secret weapon that sometimes confers an advantage in that respect (not so much around here, in this den of eloquence): I’ve been a professional writer for most of my working life, fiction and everything else, so . . . you know; practice, practice, practice.  And you’re doing fine with English, by the way — one p…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @ mudlark  @pedant  Moffat didn’t cast Tennant, RTD did

    Right, thanks for that correction.  I fell into the common trap of attributing everything about NuWho to Moffat, because as the latest show runner he sticks in the mind as the mover and shaker behind it all.  And it was, of course, all about expanding the viewership to keep the show succe…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @tempusfugit  Thanks!  I wonder whether that’s the crux of the difference between being a kid (of whatever age) and being a “grown-up”: the kid sees, and admires, and longs to be, The Hero — an idol, a power, a victor against all odds.  A grown-up, though, is pushed past that.  A grown-up who has in fact grown up has come to recognize that sam…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    @pedant  For some, women are only strong is they fulfil your expectations.]

    Thanks for the reminder!  Yup, nailed it.

    @tempusfugit  so these fans only watched because they fancied Tennant, when tennant left they didn’t give a fuck about the show.

    Clearly; but Moffat let himself in for that, really, by setting Tennant, and then Smith, as bait…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic On The Sofa (9)

    thane16  I think the small applause for Moffat -if that’s all it is – will eventually become a deafening roar

    I agree.  Hysterical hate-rants aren’t going to have much staying power, IMO.  Moffat is too good a writer to be drowned by all that venomous envy and resentment.

    By placing an actor of great note, who, I believe, understood the Doctor…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Faces of the Doctor

    @missy  @janetteb  @tempusfugit  It was that brusqueness of Capaldi’s that made his Doctor so authentic, to me — if I were afflicted with a strong vein of idealism and went flying through this incredibly beautiful and incredibly harsh and treacherous universe for a couple of thousand years of very bruising adventure, I imagine I’d be pretty da…[Read more]

  • @temusfugit  I enjoyed all Doctors too but he has me glued to the screen

    Yep, me too.  Loved his work in the show, and I’m delighted to hear that he’s been back at work — he’s Mr. Macawber in Iannucci’s upcoming modern version of “David Copperfield”.  Bring it on!  I love Iannucci’s work, too — anybody see his cheerfully cynical bloodbath, “Th…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @mudlark   I remember the hats and gloves thing very well.  My maternal grandmother became a milliner in her adopted country, making hats and corsets right up into her sixties, when women came from other boroughs of New York City to be fitted in her living room — she was working from her apartment on 107th St. by then.  She used to joke about it…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @mudlark  Thanks; that’s fascinating.  Als0 depressing.  Christianity started off better (at least about this kind of thing) and just got — worse?  *More* restrictive, *more* misogynistic, *more* about power, control, fear, and status, as time went on and the institutional structure solidified, centralized, and then began to fracture again.  Wa…[Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    @mudlark  The Saxon church was adjacent to a monastery, a double house of both men and women, ruled by an Abbess.

    Woah — an Abbess, in charge of monks?  Do we know who she was?  Was that configuration found elsewhere?  She’d have still needed to be confessed by a priest, though, right?  Just as all the nuns did, and the monks as well, as I reca…[Read more]

  • @mudlark  Right on the money, and thanks — that’s a lot more than my dinky memory coughed up, but I’m glad to find that the darn thing still works that well.    So it was for “religious” as well as misogynist reasons that they killed her?  God sakes; how could she be young and beautiful and still have had the time to rack up all that knowledge [Read more]

  • ichabod replied to the topic The Maldovarium

    Damn, but I love cat stories.  They are our court jesters — entertaining us with silliness, showing us up, reminding us of Nature’s indifference, mystifying us, making us love them, and leaving too soon.  No wonder they’ve taken over the world; just like us, in that respect, and just as destructive in their own ways.  Of course we fall for th…[Read more]

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