…or spoken….

“–and if you think M’s deal takes a long time–”
“Actually for M, it doesn’t take that long. We go, we count, she glares at us, we leave.”
“Sounds about right.”

“So we’re gonna see R–”
“Oh, R.”
“Oh, you know him, then?”
“I know he’s a dick.”
“…Yeah….”

“J…I knew J. In another lifetime.”
“He’s…”
“–a hot mess.”
“That whole family….”
“–is a hot mess express.”

“So in The Witcher–I don’t think you’ve seen The Witcher–”
“Oh I have watched all of The Witcher. Give me alllll the Henry Cavill shirtless.”

definitions

“You are alleged to have referred to the Director as–” Stuart raised the sheaf of notes to eye level without actually looking at them– “A ‘patriarchal pig-dog dinosaur.‘ Is that the case?”
Valentine, on whom theatrics were currently wasted, merely squinted at him. It wasn’t clear whether the bright lights, the noise, or his presence were more torturous at the moment. She said cautiously, “I don’t recall saying that….but it would be an assertion, if so, not an allegation.”

Read/Watchlist

spy-x-family-768x662-1Mostly, it’s been The Shadow novels. However, there are others.

– The Continental Op – Dashiell Hammett

– Star Man’s Son – Andre Norton, which is a post-apocalyptic scifi-adventure

– Carpe Jugulum – Terry Pratchett

Watchlist:

– Spy x Family is incredibly cute, wholesome, funny, exciting, well-paced, well-written, well-characterized, well-plotted, and overall just awesome. One of the reasons I never could get into American comics in a big way is that the art style is always uneven or just plain ugly. Manga-style art just looks so much better to my eye!

– Diablo (2015) – a nu-Western starring Scott Eastwood, who really should have asked his pops for some help. It’s one of those “I have one clever idea, one idea should be enough to swing a movie on,” and “I want it to be dramatic and meaningful,” type movies that only has a budget of around five dollars (4.95$ of which went to Scott’s hairdresser), and which desperately needed someone who knew what they were actually doing to write the script (to make it meaningful) and direct it (to make it dramatic.) It’s basically unwatchable, and I only skipped to the end because the synopsis spoiled the twist and I was curious to see how it ended. Shame, that.

Rouk’s Song

Wit I was waked to
When the world was dawning
My shape was set
To serve with skill:
Swiftness to answer 
The hand that hold me
Sharpness to sunder
The foes that face.
Faith I will keep
With my master forever
The will that wrought me
And the mind that made.
The task I have taken
I will turn from never:
Shielding his sons
From the sway of the stranger;
Guarding his gate
Lest the serpent strike there.
I will uphold his house
Keep hearth and haven,
Warding its ways
Til he follow them home.
Dawn it was then;
Now the dusk descending
Veils my view
That is hapless of hope.
Far have I sought him
And found not ever
Sight nor shadow 
That goes before!

forty and plumb

“Hi, this is Riders. So I went to where the road turns right, and I turned left–”
“Uh-huh.”
“–and I went across the cattleguard, and now there’s another fork in the road–”
“Yep!”
“–and there’s a tree here….and there’s a guy coming at me in a four-wheeler.”
“That’s the husband.”

“Personal new low: I lost my notebook this time.”

“Where’re you headed out next?”
“Well, somewhere I’m hoping it’s not flooded out.”
“Forty and Plumb, huh?”
“…?”
“Out in the back forty and plumb nowhere?”

Caroline Furlong considers the element of darkness

–in a very well put-together Substack column discussing The Shadow and The Dark Knight, their similarities, their literary and mythological underpinnings, and their (when you line them up and compare them, after all) quite evident differences. Of course, it’s never a matter of one being inferior to the other or one being superior.

Of course not….

via TheShadowcastKnows twitter (aka Raz0rfist)