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- Sören Heim on People are Insects at 09:16 on 11-01-2017 - link It's interesting but maybe really just free word-association... but it would be nice to find out if there is a connection between greek Tainaron and the russian word for secret... with russia heavily influenced by greek orthodoxy...
Janne Kirjasniemi on People are Insects
at 12:00 on 10-01-2017 - link
No, you're right, I managed to mix together the j(й) and the n(н), which I always manage to do, when I believe I remember it and try to go on without checking first(since I've supposedly learned the alphabet once).
In any case, it is an interesting thing, the russian meaning.
Sören Heim on People are Insects
at 09:16 on 10-01-2017 - link
I tried to read up on the etymology on russian wikipedia, but I cant make sense of the abreviations... anyhow it's pronounced "tajnə" so soundwise not that close to Tanja, at least how I would pronounce it...
There is an ebook-version of all of Krohns work which might be helpfull in getting to know the author...
Janne Kirjasniemi on People are Insects
at 20:22 on 09-01-2017 - link
The name Taina and Tanja(which I think is more close to the russian тайна, although I'm not sure) both have the same etymology, being finnish versions of the russian Tatjana, which comes from latin Tatiana, a roman name and also the name of a martyr, whose story is pretty typical for a roman martyr and doesn't seem to have anything to do with the subject matter. This probably doesn't help much.
It does sound like an interesting book, which I'm kinda shamed I've missed, since I too have finnish as my mother's tongue. But it's good to have aspirations and to-do lists, I guess.
- Andy G on Ferretnibbles 1 - Die, Monster Die!, Dragon Quest VII, and Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition at 11:07 on 05-01-2017 - link I've also recently been playing the Enhanced Edition, which I enjoyed, but what's been particularly great is Siege of Dragonspear, which now slots in between BG1 and BG2. Lots of interesting new encounters, monsters and storytelling.
Robinson L on Dissecting Lovecraft Part 7: Innsmouth, Heald, and Hitler
at 03:30 on 31-12-2016 - link
I remember you bringing up Lovecraft’s socialism in passing in an earlier article in the series, and it seemed a bit odd to me, but I forgot to make a note of it at the time. Thanks for the explanation.
He also seems to have lost faith in democracy, arguing that voters now cast their votes on issues they don't really understand and that the hidden hand of plutocracy has been running the country for a good while already.
And yet liberal and progressive reformers here in the U.S. still talk and act as if this is a new thing, only going as far back as Citizens United or Glass-Steagall or Ronald Reagan at the earliest. (I, obviously, don’t think this inherent to democracy, unlike Lovecraft, but it’s pretty obvious that the U.S. political system and democracy rarely intersect except in rhetoric, where it’s ubiquitous.)
I use the term “ideological fascist” very deliberately, since Lovecraft was reportedly not very keen on actual fascist bullying and intimidation.
For some reason, I’m now getting a mental image of 8-year-old Lovecraft in the schoolyard, jumping up and down like he has a full bladder and whining, “You guys, you’re doing it all wrong,” at Nazi Germany and Mussolini’s Italy.
Oddly, Kamog’s griping about the different properties of men’s and women’s minds seem to be an instance of Lovecraft pandering to popular prejudices of the time, since his correspondence reveals that, though a decade earlier he had been dismissive of women’s intellectual powers, by this time Lovecraft had come to the conclusion that women were just as capable as men and blamed their subjugation on “Oriental” influences.
I suppose it’s fitting, given everything I’ve heard about Lovecraft, that even when he does come around to a fairly progressive stance on some social issue, he’s still willing to jettison these sensibilities for the sake of selling a story (which, if I’m being generous, I suppose he might have needed to do to get the story published, and this was his livelihood, after all), and more tellingly, that he managed to blame people of color for society’s less progressive views on said issue.
- Arthur B on It Looks Xothic, But Is Really So Thin... at 00:23 on 27-12-2016 - link I love that if only because I cannot think of a single pair of fantasy writers so far apart on the highbrow literature/lowbrow hackwork spectrum than Crowley and Carter.
- https://openid-provider.appspot.com/dudewhatwalks on It Looks Xothic, But Is Really So Thin... at 22:16 on 26-12-2016 - link My favorite Lin Carter anecdote has got to be this one from John Crowley.