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December 7th, 2005 - Si, and I like potatoes.
zeyr, muse0fire, seanhtaylor, and others:

Y'all already knew about the DVD coming out, but they've got an online media player promoting the DVD. WIth thirteen clips/interviews! :-)
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I read the miserable story of the play in which [Ophelia] was the one true loving soul. It obviously described the spread of an epidemic brain fever which, like typhoid, was perhaps caused by seepings from the palace graveyard into the Elsinore water supply. From an inconspicuous start among sentries on the battlements the infection spread through prince, king, prime minister and courtiers, causing hallucinations, logomania, and paranoia resulting in inane suspicions and murderous impulses. I imagined myself entering the palace quite early in the drama with all the executive powers of an efficient public health officer. The main carriers of the disease (Claudius, Polonius, and the obviously incurable Hamlet) would be quarantined in separate wards. A fresh water supply and modern efficient plumbing would soon set the Danish state right and Ophelia, seeing this gruff Scottish doctor pointing her people toward a clean and healthy future, would be powerless to withhold her love.
--Godwin Baxter, in Alisdair Gray's Poor Things.

Have I mentioned just how much I adore Alisdair Gray's writing? The character of Baxter, incidentally, is a nineteenth century Scottish mad scientist. All books need characters like him.

This book was an anniversary gift from docorion, and is muchly appreciated. It's the third Gray novel I've read. None are anything alike, other than being fucked-up works of genius.
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Of the six comments left on my first two posts by people other than myself, only one has made its way to my mailbox.

So, LJ, that comment-blocked post about how comment notifications are working now?

I cry bullshit.
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The hits keep on coming.

They've got the three-disc Deluxe Edition of Spider-Man for $14.97 (40% off), and the Limited Collector's set of Spider-Man (DVD and a ton of things like lithographs) for $29.97 (also 40% off).

Other 40% off deals include the Alien Quadrilogy ($47.97), Bridge on the River Kwai (Limited Edition), and the uncut International Version of Leon the Professional ($17.97).

They've also got Band of Brothers for $59.97 (50% off), and the Widescreen versions of Fantastic Four, The 40-Year-Old Virgin (unrated), and The Wedding Crashers - Uncorked for $15.98 each (45-47% off).

And for the Tolkein fans, there's the gift sets for Fellowship, Two Towers, and Return of the King for $39.99 each (50% off).

Finally, for the international/indy fans, they've got Sony DVD deals (including some at 47% off) on movies from Europe, Britain, Asia (including Kung Fu Hustle and Shanghai Triad for $15.97 each), America (all indy, including Crumb and Welcome to the Dollhouse for $15.97 each), and Elsewhere.
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