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Nov. 19th, 2014 02:11 pm
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 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bullypulpitgames/night-witches - this company makes a computer game about the Night Witches regiment. I don't play computer games, but it's Night Witches - I went to read. ... and now I am thinking. Specifically, thinking about the sexism and feminism angle in their description.

My first instinctive reaction was "no-no-no, stupid Americans pushing their contemporary political concerns into our history". But. WWII here is this huge lump of unprocessed and unreflected history with only the clean and heroic bits - and I don't know when it will be processed. I have this plan going on the backburner, to read English-language books on Russian history just to have outside POV to help me think.

There is a book in Russian (I've no idea whether it was translated into English) about women at war, which I always mean to read but am afraid to - it's mostly accounts of women who went to war, and I have read _some_ real-life accounts so I have an idea about how depressing it would be; and I have met a lot of people who say that it's a tendentious and biased book to make our heroic history look dirty, and it was NOT LIKE THAT and better read Soviet-published memoirs of heroic women who volunteered and everyone in their regiments treated them as a little sister.

And, of course, once I started thinking I remembered reading memories of sexual harassment of women on the frontlines (and, one of the bits from the aforementioned book I did read - and it struck me very much - how women returning from war to their towns and villages were often shunned, because everyone believed they were whores - what else they could have been doing among so many men?)

I still don't believe in _sabotage_ which is mentioned in the game description, though: that would have been a shooting offense.

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Also, hello to the new people!  All this is kind of inspiring me to write more.

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Nov. 28th, 2012 03:48 am
taelle: (books)
http://firecat.dreamwidth.org/791082.html - comparison table for four translations of the same poem. Which led me to look whether I can find how it sounds in Polish, to feel which rhythm is better, and, when I couldn't find it, to try and read the original myself (stupid idea - puzzling out the meaning is far easier than trying to parse out the rhythm of the phrase - not that long, actually, since I finally learned to do that in English).

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Nov. 25th, 2012 08:27 pm
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This made me squee happily: a network of old ladies is looking after Sherlock Holmes (crossover with everything, and I am so not sure I caught everyone, but)

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Nov. 22nd, 2012 08:47 pm
taelle: (Leningrad)
I love 'Then and now' photo comparisons, and this post has some neat ones from the history of Saint Petersburg (one 'then' is even from 1908.)

http://retro-piter.livejournal.com/442914.html (more here).

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Sep. 21st, 2012 12:46 am
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The most amazing mess of an opinion about manners - and yes, I see what kind of a site this is, but it's not unique in its opinion, is it?

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Sep. 20th, 2012 11:55 pm
taelle: (Rylance Prospero)
"...if the skeleton does turn out to be that of Richard III, it will hopefully prompt us to reassess not only Richard himself – we’re thankfully beyond seeing physical disability as some sort of evidence of a twisted soul – but the reputations of both Shakespeare and, especially, More.

Should we conclude that the sainted More, a man of integrity who died a martyr rather than swear against his conscience, was a liar? That can of worms may be even more controversial than the story of Richard III himself." (from here)

What a peculiar way to put it, for an historian.

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Apr. 10th, 2012 12:45 am
taelle: (Leningrad)
I have a cough. I am really tired of that damn cough.

In other news: this article about why poor people have the habits they have is fun and understandable, but. One thing threw me out of it.

This: "You're not buying the dryer because Sears is having their once a year "Get these fucking dryers out of our warehouse 50 percent off sale," but because the dryer that's been making that funny noise for a year and a half finally broke. You have to take the first one you see, at whatever price, because your wet clothes are sitting there getting moldy."

I mean, really? Someone who worries about spending 2 dollars more than necessary needs a dryer to dry their clothes? What are the clotheslines for? ... I can't figure out whether the writer actually doesn't know what he's talking about, or the US poor really have such peculiar ways of spending money.

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Mar. 1st, 2012 11:52 pm
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I don't usually follow USA election coverage, but isn't this kind of demented? Also kind of insulting to just about everyone - Pinterest users, scrapbook keepers, people who can read novels about experiences not quite related to their own...

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Oct. 30th, 2011 04:19 am
taelle: (city)
By a complicated route usual for websurfing I came to listen James Earl Jones reading The Raven by Edgar Poe... and I like it, but something keeps being off for me in his intonation, and I can't figure out what it is. The best I can formulate is that his tone of voice seems to me a bit more monotonous than I'm used to, less amplitude. Is it that what I'm most used in listening to poetry read in English is English actors, and mostly Shakespeare? Or is it just the tone most suitable to this poem? Or just my imaginagion?

... must listen to more poetry.

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