Monday Meme #51 — Intellectuals in America

  This is the final Monday Meme in the series.  I’m shifting my focus to a more fully realized webcomic series, which I call Musings In Grayscale.  The first comic in the series will be published October 15 and future installments will appear twice a month, on the 1st and 15th. Thanks for sharing this … Continue Reading

Opening line of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Monday Meme #50 — Harry Potter

My penultimate Monday Meme honors the way the whole Harry Potter phenomenon got started: the opening line of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, published just 20 years ago.

Monday Meme #48 — Treasure Everything

Hayao Miyazaki (IMDb page) is a Japanese film director.  His 2001 animated film Spirited Away is the highest-grossing movie of all time in Japan, and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2003. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest animated filmmakers in history. This quotation reflects an important theme in … Continue Reading

Monday Meme #47 — Geralt of Rivia on Monsters

Geralt of Rivia is the protagonist of a series of fantasy stories and novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. He is a witcher, a monster hunter often perceived as a monster himself. Geralt is still best known in the English-speaking world as the protagonist of a very popular series of video games also titled “The Witcher.” This … Continue Reading

Monday Meme #46 — Colette on Writing

Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873 – 1954)  was a French writer author, perhaps best known for her novella Gigi, the basis of the Lerner and Loewe musical.  She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948; after her death she was the first woman writer given a state funeral in France.

Monday Meme #45 — Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Jon Carroll (b. 1943) was a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1982 until his retirement in 2015.  He still writes in his own blog, Jon Carroll Prose.  His style is both fun to read and very quotable — this is the second of three Carroll quotations in my collection. The Chronicle maintains an archive … Continue Reading

Monday Meme #44 — Script Kiddies

This quote is the best description of script kiddies I know. It is at least a decade old, as one might guess from the source: a LiveJournal admin. School’s out.  Beware the script kiddies.

Monday Meme #43 — With All Due Respect

The most memorable quotes perfectly capture a thought you’ve often had but never quite knew how to express.  This one, from the Star Trek: New Frontier book series, fits that category for me.  If memory serves, Admiral Jellico was all too frequently on the receiving end of statements that weren’t respectful at all.  Even if they did begin “with all … Continue Reading

Monday Meme #42 — Lloyd Alexander

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) wrote dozens of books, including The Black Cauldron, the source of this quote.  The book is the second in the five-volume Chronicles of Prydain series, which I dearly loved (both then and now).  The 1985 Disney movie of the same title actually mashes up the first two books in the series, and is much … Continue Reading