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1) Still deep in what I've taken to calling the World Wars Megafandom. Today in a secondhand bookstore I picked up a copy of The Enemy Below (stop giggling!) by Commander D. A. Rayner. Not mere D. A. Rayner, oh no, but Commander D. A. Rayner. It's a 1957 novel about a destroyer-vs-U-boat "duel," and so far it's not what anyone would call good, but it is very interesting for details of shipboard life and has its moments of charm, such as the friendship between the British captain and the ship's doctor (the doctor, at 29, is "four years older than any other officer in the ship," except the captain, who is 32; I continue to be amazed at how very young officers typically were during the world wars). It also contains this priceless moment as the captain drinks a cup of "kai" (navy cocoa, apparently): ". . . it tasted like a hot chocolate mousse. He licked his lips appreciatively. The Americans, he had heard, drank coffee on the bridge at sea. He thanked heaven he was in the British Navy."

2) I've been obsessively listening to Old Old Fashioned, by Frightened Rabbit. If I were a vidder, I would make an awesome vid to this about the wonder that is historical fandoms.

3) Still wishing you would all watch Colditz and Wings (the 1977-78 BBC show about First World War pilots, not the later and completely unrelated American show; 'ware MASSIVE spoilers in the comments of the post I linked to) so that their fandoms could consist of more people than me and [livejournal.com profile] halotolerant. Though I cannot think of a better person with whom to share a fandom of two. I just get the evangelizing urge sometimes, but in honesty I had better add that Wings is not as consistently excellent as Colditz. It's excellent when Arden Winch writes it, good when Julian Bond writes it, and mostly rather dull when, far too often, Barry Thomas writes it. But Arden Winch is an unsung genius who can write scenes of characters debating the ethics of war, or even characters talking about the technological limitations of the BE2C as a fighting aircraft, and make them absolutely gripping. And his episodes prove that "show, don't tell" is not the indisputable solid gold standard we sometimes take it for. Alas, the show is too arc-y for you to just watch his episodes.



4) I'm also still watching Callan, although series 3 feels lacking compared to the first two. Specifically, it lacks Toby Meres (played, in case you missed it in the first three posts I've raved about Callan, by Anthony Valentine). I'm eagerly awaiting his return in the next series, because James Cross simply does not compare.

I want Meres/Callan fic even more now that I've seen everything there is of series 1 and 2, because I'm no longer sure it would be hatesex. They start to get almost friendly round about "Let's Kill Everybody" (which, by the way, is the best episode title ever) and "Heir Apparent" (sneaking someone out of East Germany through a minefield will do that). And I can't forget the ending of "Death of a Hunter," when (spoilers) (skip) Meres has shot Callan after Callan shoots Hunter, and he (Meres) holds Callan in his arms and says brokenly "David, why?" First names = love! Shooting someone non-fatally = love! (In this fandom, it kind of does.) Mind you, I still don't think they like each other, and Meres is an occasionally-sadistic sociopath and Callan isn't always much better, but there's a bond between them and it's intense.



5) I've started reading John Keegan's The Second World War trying to get a better handle on the general history. It's a readable and thoughtful book on the whole, but I do think that a serious historian writing in 1989 ought to know better than the use the term "Red Indian." Really.

6) Today I learned that sometimes the secret to making progress on a story is to throw out everything you're already written and start over.

7) And in conclusion, Trader Joe's Lemon and Triple Ginger Snap ice cream is delicious. *looks sadly at empty bowl*

on 2012-04-10 07:58 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] st_aurafina
6) This is so true. I have done that today - starting fresh from another POV.

7) *craves*

on 2012-04-10 11:43 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] vilakins
WW1 pilots? How do I get hold of it?

on 2012-04-11 05:04 am (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] vilakins
I didn't realise something so obscure would be on DVD; thanks! Maybe I'll order it with Colditz. Is it worth doing so?

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