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Reading aloud was a mixed bag, listening was torturous, but I loved to read myself. I would always count ahead and see which part would be mine and would get excited if it was large, but curse the heavens if I get stuck with a little one liner.
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I always disliked Beowulf as well, and get hassled for it on a regular basis. I find him uninteresting for the same reason I rarely read Superman: too powerful. I prefer the desperate struggles of flawed and conflicted characters. PS - [1000 YEAR OLD POEM SPOILER] And yes I know that he dies in the end, but it's as a old man, while killing a dragon and making a great heroic sacrifice. Sorry, still superman.
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I think storytelling is a multi-tiered experience. I say storytelling because the same thing that applies to reading applies to movies applies to music applies to art applies to video games applies to any other means or method we may devise. There's superficial, emotional, symbolic, thematic, and author intentioned understandings and all are different facets that can enrich your experience. I love discussing books and lessons learned beyond the surface; however, anyone who presumes one "correct" interpretation, even the author, is blinded by a cloud of their own pretension. To every story we are told we use our own story as a lens to view it. It's a beautiful and interesting thing. A good teacher is one who fosters discussion, and teaches you how to describe and support the views and emotions that the story conveyed to you.
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I'm a big indie/vertigo fangirl. Superheros are great, but dark fascinating stories will always hold me the most captive. Unwritten is killing it, Sweet Tooth, Unknown Soldier, Chew, Stumptown is great when it comes out... I dropped Fables awhile ago, but Jack of Fables has stayed consistently entertaining for me. Walking Dead! Oh man Walking Dead has stayed in my top 5 for years now. Hellblazer, Fear Agent, BPRD/Hellboy... I have a penchant for horror as well. I will buy anything Steve Niles puts out. He makes my nerdy little heart flutter. On a related note, It looks like there will be another issue of Fell sometime soon. You know, a few years later is all. Quite excited for that.
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Okay, here's the deal. Make your pretzels. Sound crazy? Here's an easy lazy cheater way. Find a grocer or pizza place that sells their dough. That's the most time consuming part and now it's already done. The rest will take you 10 minutes and a little time in the oven. Preheat your oven to 450. Line a couple cookie sheets with parchment paper and spray with a little cooking spray. Separate the dough into sizable little balls, roll into ropes and shape your pretzels and put them onto the cookie sheets. Bring a big ol' pot of water to a boil with some baking soda and drop the pretzels in one or two at a time and let sit for about 30 seconds, then fish them out with a skimmer and put back on the cookie sheet. (If you don't have a skimmer you could probably get away with a slotted spoon or spatula.) Beat an egg yolk in a small bowl with a little bit of water then brush it over the pretzels. Sprinkle with salt (not table, big chunky kosher salt) and put it in the over for 10-15 till they're looking golden brown and delicious. Fend off the desire to gobble them down immediately and cool for 5 minutes. Few minutes of work and you got golden salty magic in your mouth (In a delicious baked good way, not a perverse way.)
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2010 on the frozen pretzel conundrum at WWdN: In Exile
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