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I would like to begin with this exquisite Doctor Who-inspired song a friend posted on facebook. 

That said, quick update on my cultural activity:

-I finished the seventh Harry Potter book a couple weeks ago. Two thumbs up.

Darths & Droids is simply hilarious. (Very mild language warning.) It takes forever to read through the archives, but I highly recommend it–even if you know nothing about RPGs or the Star Wars prequel. 

-I read a highly interesting book by Etienne Gilson called Heloise and Abelard, about the eponymous couple. Certainly for mature readers (as anyone who is aware of the couple’s history knows), but extremely informative and quite easy to read. I’ve never read Etienne Gilson before, but he certainly comes highly recommended.

-I’m reading Howl’s Moving Castle at the moment; it’s very enjoyable. I’ve already seen the Miyazaki movie, which I loved. They are certainly quite different, though!

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De Puellis Fanaticis…

The title is Latin for “On fanatic girls”, or more freely, “On fangirls”. 

Am I a fangirl? Let me count the ways. On the other hand, let me not, because I might scare someone away. On the third hand*, I’ll go ahead, because seriously, how many readers do I have? The ones I do have are probably so dedicated that I could rename this blog “A Blog about Pictures of Wildebeests yawning and falling asleep in mud Pits”, and they’d keep reading. Actually, that might be a good way to increase my traffic. We’ll find out how many hits I get from people googling “wildebeest yawning”. 

Anyway. Studio Ghibli, Tolkien, Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars (to a lesser degree), classic movies, poetry, language, knitting, handspinning, cooking, Downton Abbey, various other BBC things, various other non-BBC miniseries adaptions, C. S. Lewis, Chesterton, Dickens, various 19th-century and early 20th-century authors (mostly English), Classics, and recently Harry Potter. Long breath. Yes. Not to mention Catholicky things, like fangirling over painfully awesome intersections between faith and nerdy things like I DON’T KNOW, THE ALL-BUT FOUNDING FATHER OF MODERN SPECULATIVE LITERATURE BEING A DEVOUT CATHOLIC???* And just fangirling over Catholicky things in general. And things in general. And things. 

Yep.

Thanks for sticking around through this content-free post. But because yesterday was the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I present you with this lovely image of the Theotokos. I have a thing for Chinese Christian art, because I think it’s lovely–delicate, reverent, faintly coloured, without being saccharine. 

Image

via this post on Chinese iconography (note that I do not endorse everything on a blog just because I link to it, always exercise caution)

*What?

**If you don’t know who this is, you’re not my target audience. Hint: I mentioned him once already in this post.

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five favorites!!!

I know all 3.32 of my readers are wondering when I’m going to do a post that isn’t a link-up. Probably never! Okay, just kidding. Probably when senior year is virtually all over in about eight days (except for Latin, which doesn’t count because I like it) and I have time to read as many books as I want and write tons of short, pointless, yet brilliantly witty reviews.

Linkin’ up with Camp Patton today!


NUUUMMMMBER ONE! 
This is an incredibly useful tool when I need an exact Latin phrase, as in the essay I’m currently writing on the Aeneid.
NUMMMMBER TWO!



Okay, I’m on the bandwagon. I’m entirely willing to admit that HP can be spiritually harmful to some people who have predispositions that way, and I’m not going to recommend them willy-nilly to everyone, but I’ve never had a temptation to the occult even when I was at my worst. I’ve always had a profound terror of satan and hell, so wicca and that sort of occultism has never been of interest to me, that I can recall. Also, the good characters never engage in calling on evil spirits or using Ouija boards or anything like that (at least, not so far as I’ve read–I just completed Book 5 yesterday, and I’m saving 6 and 7 until Thursday afternoon), unless you count the Divination class, which is unfortunate in my opinion but at least they consistently make fun of it. 




If you are interested, here is an extremely interesting article on then-Cardinal Ratzinger’s letter apparently denouncing Harry Potter. Jimmy Akin is an excellent Catholic apologist of unimpeachable orthodoxy and a nerd to boot, though I don’t know that he’s read Harry Potter himself (I think he said that he hasn’t read them somewhere, but I’m not sure). I also think that this article by Steven “The Awesome” Greydanus has considerable merit.

NUMBER LE THIRD!


The article by Simcha Fisher is worth reading, but even without the article I really love this image. It’s so calming.

NUMBER 4.






This quote by our Pope: ‘A Christian “who constantly complains, fails to be a good Christian: they become Mr. or Mrs. Whiner, no? Because they always complain about everything, right?” the Pope remarked in his May 7 homily at St. Martha’s residence.’ [source]












And NUMERUS QUINTUS.



I love coconut. I used to think I disliked it, but I guess liking coconut is just one of those tastes I’m developing as I mature, like coffee and straight apple cider vinegar hummus.

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