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So I got through the bit about the will. My gratitude to [livejournal.com profile] batdina and [livejournal.com profile] laureth, as well as an instructor in family law at my school, for their help and suggestions. (Believe me: that was a scene I did not want to write! I was grateful to avoid it.)

The thing as a whole may be seen here: http://wordwitch.insanejournal.com/tag/hell+of+a+home

Not too much more now.
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On this day, as we cannot help but remember what was, for our generation, what December 7, 1941 was for our parents', it is proper and appropriate to consider the work Cesperanza has put into a so-called "fanfiction" for the television science-fiction show "Stargate: Atlantis."

Rather like Shakespeare's "fanfiction" of "Julius Caesar," this takes the bones and flesh of the original and does something incredible and searing with them. It makes a new story and forces us into the understanding that no history, however thorough, well-researched, and unbiased its writers consider it to be, can be anything but a pale shadow of the truth.

What we have been told about 9/11 is not the truth. What we have been shown about it is not the truth. What we have discovered about it is not the truth.

We can do no more than to accept that we will always believe lies about what happened on that day, even as we seek more and more knowledge. It will never be enough to be True; but it will be worth the seeking anyway.

Please read [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza's Written By The Victors if you have not already done so. Irretrievably straight guys: you can safely skip over the few non-safe scenes without it ruining the story for you.

Art has been made for the various volumes of this work by [livejournal.com profile] zulu.

An archive of related material has been collected.

As often happens with particularly deep works, an associated story has been written: Exile.

ETA: KBusse has written an analysis at http://kbusse.wordpress.com.

She refers to Lim's "Sheppard-focussed vid" at YouTube, which I have now seen, and which is incredible. Using only video taken from SG:A, she creates the entire WWbV story in images and text. It is to make one stop, silent, weep a bit, and then remember how to breathe.

And underneath the cut-tag I've attempted to embed a video made with consummate skill, again by [livejournal.com profile] zulu, who has actually created the story! From available shots!

The Video by Zulu )
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This looks like a movie I might actually try and see. But just look at the range of opinions - and the viewpoints from which they spring!!!

Nathan Lee, of the Village Voice, says:
Made by straight people for straight people, this lowbrow comedy about super-butch firemen (Sandler and Kevin James) faking a gay marriage is a very queer landmark indeed.
http://www.villagevoice.com/film/0729,lee,77246,20.html

Lisa Rose of the New Jersey Star-Ledger, however, says
The troubling thing about "Chuck & Larry" is the hypocrisy. It's a comedy that ridicules the people it's supposed to be championing.
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/ledger/index.ssf?/base/entertainment-1/1184820090217290.xml&coll=1

Meghan Keane of the New York Sun says
Well intentioned as it may be, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" condescends where it should elucidate and offends where it should amuse. The question is: If it relies so heavily on mocking its target audience, then who exactly is going to pay to see it?
http://www.nysun.com/article/58846?page_no=1

Connie Ogle of the Miami Herald says:
Sandler may never make a Brokeback Mountain, at least not one without a lot of T and A, but Chuck & Larry proves that even the silliest comedy can offer important food for thought.
http://www.miamiherald.com/231/story/175223.html

Desson Thomson of the Washington is not amused:
For the most part, charm has been part of Sandler's box office hits, including "The Wedding Singer," "Billy Madison" and "50 First Dates." Underneath the nasal boorishness, his characters are usually endearing children trapped inside men's bodies. But this time around, boorishness is all we get. And like Chuck, who at one point finds himself trapped under an obese man he just saved from a fire, we just want out.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/19/AR2007071902596.html



I'll be adding more links to reviews as I come across them.
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[livejournal.com profile] toomuchplor has inverted the prevalent slash meme of "one day, he woke up gay" in her story Straight As A Circle; one of the omnipresent religious personnel of the Stargate universe offers to "lift the Colonel's burden," and it isn't until later that he realizes that he has become straight.

After all, there's no gayer for John to become, really.

This is a hilarious and painful examination of the intertwined and sometimes veiling roles that physical attraction and affection play in humans. It's long, and plotty, and only about half safe for guys; also, there is much blatant heterosexuality.

I highly recommend it.

ETA: She added a missing scene by request, in a separate post. Painful, breathless, sweet.
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This - this is why fanfiction is a female pursuit, and why it is pursued with such glee, and why, as those Not In The Know rant and flap their hands and shriek of Lack Of Imagination, those of us who read it wholly and totally ignore them, scarcely even wasting any time in responding.

Purty Flowers, by [livejournal.com profile] lavvyan, is a Stargate: Atlantis AU where John is a sunflower, Rodney is a blue tulip, there is heroism, sex, and mpreg! (male pregnancy. Of sorts.) And not a single thing is unsuitable for your children, except the part where you snort your coffee through your ears, and your kid looks at you in total confusion.

Purty Flowers Part 1: Life in Full Bloom
Purty Flowers Part 2: Home Alone (by [livejournal.com profile] smuffster)
Purty Flowers Part 3: The Necessity of Having a Bee (Or Not)
Purty Flowers Part 4: The Flight of the Bumblebee
Purty Flowers Part 5: Is that even possible? (by [livejournal.com profile] smuffster)
F

Guys! Go read!

see the cover here! )
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You're going to love this!

Actually, so will the guys.

*absolutely evil grin*

ETA:

Okay, I can't resist any longer. While the entire thing is scrumptious, this is the part that had me howling:
"Also," Rodney said, "because men are pigs, and I include myself in this characterization, we really like to hear about two naked women doing naked women things because we find it incredibly hot."

"Ah," Teyla said. This, finally, was the heart of the matter. "And so you are able to overcome your taboos when you find it sufficiently arousing to do so."

"Sergeant Chen has a lot of videos with two women in them," Ronon said, chewing thoughtfully. "Sometimes there are a five or six women, all in the same bed."

"Wait-- Chen has a stash of lesbian porn? That I don't know about?" Rodney's eyes grew narrow. "Oh my God, the second we get home I am stealing everything on his hard drive. Why did he show it to you and not to me?"

"I brought him alcohol," Ronon said.

Sheppard lifted his head, reached across the table, and grabbed Teyla's hand. "I am so, so, so, so sorry that I came looking for you. So sorry. Tell Norol that she has no idea how sorry I am."
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I can't stand it any more. I'll update this post as things occur to me. traps )
More to be added as I think of them.
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LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer Mon Jun 19, 6:48 PM ET

WASHINGTON - A
Pentagon document classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, decades after mental health experts abandoned that position.

The document outlines retirement or other discharge policies for service members with physical disabilities, and in a section on defects lists homosexuality alongside mental retardation and personality disorders.


So I went digging for the Instruction, and found it at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/text/i133238p.txt or http://west.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/i133238_111496/i133238p.pdf
DODI 1332.38 11/14/1996 PHYSICAL DISABILITY EVALUATION

Edited June 29th To Add:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060629/ts_alt_afp/usmilitarygays_060628224448
They are taking it out!!!
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Slash written in this realm has specific literary requirements that usually can be ignored in other contexts. Specifically, voice and vocabulary and character must absolutely be perfect - or there's no sense in writing it in the first place.

Following, then, are a few well-polished pearls, most quite accessible to persons of the heteromale persuasion.

Jeeves and the Understanding
In which Bertie has a birthday and Jeeves has too much to drink.

Thank You, Sir
Sequel to the above. In which somebody finally notices Bertie's pages are missing from the Junior Ganymede club book.

These two stories by Timmerryn ([livejournal.com profile] rahball) are full of the sparkling speech, lightning-fast trouble-encounters, and full use of their respective talents (grit in Bertie's case, and wit in Jeeves's) that we all adore so much in the original stories. Guy-safe. More available on her website, the Blue Pages.

ETA

Wooster's School for Wayward Girls by Yahtzee (PG)
Sufficient to recommend this one is the following: "One bawdy lass I always ran into at the Algonquin had a habit of saying, 'What fresh hell is this?' I never knew what she was on about, but at this moment I began to glimpse her meaning."

Jeeves and the Blessed Indiscretion by shalott
Shalott is one of those few authors with the gift of creative mimicry: whatever story in whatever fandom in which she writes might as well have been enscribed by the original author, and this one is no exception. An exerpt: "The rest proved remarkably straightforward, at least when one discounts the cat, the housemaid, and the fire, which was put out long before reaching any of the other residences on the street, and without injury to any of the inhabitants, though I have to call that a pity."


My Man Jeeves, by Sue. Bertie is left desolate when an aunt's butler requires Jeeves' assistance. A portion: "'Come on, old thing,' I cajoled mercilessly. 'This is not the Jeeves past form has led us to expect. Where's the decisive thinker? Where's the old get-up-and-strangle-'em spirit?'"


Humble Servant by Bad Faery is a mite darker, more pensive, and definitely more scorchingly hot than the normal sparkle of suggestion in this fandom. This is not to say that it should not be read! But I will not offer any excerpts.

ETA

Jeeves Cuts a Gordian Knot
How does one get rid of a determined Florence?

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[livejournal.com profile] etumukutenyak tells us:
"The President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation, Cecilia Fire Thunder, was incensed. A former nurse and healthcare giver she was very angry that a state body made up mostly of white males, would make such a stupid law against women.

Go read the rest of it.

ETA: Donation instructions to support the tribe in its efforts may be found here.
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What To Watch
Originally published Mar 20, 2006
Upon earning an Academy Award for his role as a gay soldier, an actor announces that his old high school English teacher (Kevin Kline) was his inspiration. Thus, a small Indiana town is scandalized. But is the teacher really gay? That'd be news to his fiancee - but not to the openly homosexual reporter on the story - in In & Out (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Bravo).
This seems a lot like a Sentinel story I read once. Can't find it yet; I'll add it here when I do. Kinda funny, though, huh?

ETA: Aaaand the story is Straight Out, by LilyK. My gratitude to the erudite and swift [livejournal.com profile] stasha2g! And, as I feared, the movie tonight is the original, as witness the warnings: This is a Sentinelized version of the movie, In and Out, which starred two hunky men, Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck.
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You have to go and read Inanimate right. Now.

In fact, read it to your five-year-old daughter.

But! Take Note! Do not eat or drink anything while reading!
==========
ETA:

Zootopia is also very good, mellow, perfectly proper for anyone to read. Not as dangerously funny as Inanimate, but more plotty.
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Survival by Niannah is not a slash story about John Sheppard and Rodney McCay. It is not.

It is a finding a place story about Ronan, told through Ronan's own voice. It is about seeing reality not directly, but by the effects that reality has. It is about the difference between not dying, necessarily, and not living. It is about, in fact, learning by observation, and altering your own behavior - and thus your own future - in light of that observation.

The author meant nothing poetical in the voice she chose, but I see the elements of haiku in it: minimal words, maximum description. Maximum impact.

Go read it. Yes, guys, it is safe for you as well.

====================
ETA: Okay, another rec of the same nature, so I'll just add it with this one. It's fairly safe for guys; the slash is not the point. The city is the point.
Living Conditions, by Minnow, is a flashbacking story that presents you with the aftermath first, so to speak: and then goes on, in concentric ripples, to tell you about all the effects, and the causes, leaving you with a heart aching about the fact that really, even when it most seems like you can and you are, you don't really get to choose your home and your family.

And what, exactly, exile means.
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[livejournal.com profile] dreaddameagnes reads fark.com, and sometimes tells me things. This one ... this one takes the cake. Note: New York Times requires a free login.
Back here because even in part, it's lengthy. )

ETA: The reason why we have, and need, Yellow Journalism - or indeed, reporters at all:
A key figure in the controversy, George Deutsch, resigned on Tuesday. He had told NASA writers in an e-mail to refer to the Big Bang as a "theory" because NASA should not discount "intelligent design by a creator."
Yeah, and he hasn't got a degree, either.
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You've done it, now help me do it.

I need to know what useful things you know about looking for and purchasing a house.

ETA: Thanks for all the helpful commentary. This is my first time as a home-buyer, this late in my life, and the whole thing has always frightened me.
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Huh. From Queer Cowboys by Chris Packard, as quoted in the St. Petersburg Times:
Badger C. Clark's 1917 poem, The Lost Pardner, ... could pass as a plot outline of Brokeback Mountain:

We loved each other in the way men do
And never spoke about it, Al and me,
But we both knowed, and knowin' it so true
Was more than any woman's kiss could be.
We knowed - and if the way was smooth or rough,
The weather shine or pour,
While I had him the rest seemed good enough
But he ain't here no more!


ETA: Okay, so I'm trawling for people's reactions to the movie. Sosume!

This I found in Gay City News at http://www.gaycitynews.com/gcn_452/acowboylovestory.html:
There are closets, and there are closets. For me, just coming out to other gay men was a major step, and for a long time I mostly preferred secret sex in bathrooms and bathhouses. As a part of that world, I lied to everyone. The lies repelled affection. In such a closet, madness hovers; it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to imagine that another person can offer support, much less the warmth of friendship and love.
The man's response to the movie actually validates what we do as female writers of slash, given Proulx's gender and Lee's adherence to her vision: we are the describers of love, we are the ones who see and can say the emotional content of lives, regardless of the genders involved.

And I have erased the rest of that rant on the grounds that I'm not feeling well, and take off for the stratosphere under those conditions. I wouldn't be male for anything, but shoooooeeee, it's hard being female sometimes!
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Huh. From Queer Cowboys by Chris Packard, as quoted in the St. Petersburg Times:
Badger C. Clark's 1917 poem, The Lost Pardner, ... could pass as a plot outline of Brokeback Mountain:

We loved each other in the way men do
And never spoke about it, Al and me,
But we both knowed, and knowin' it so true
Was more than any woman's kiss could be.
We knowed - and if the way was smooth or rough,
The weather shine or pour,
While I had him the rest seemed good enough
But he ain't here no more!


ETA: Okay, so I'm trawling for people's reactions to the movie. Sosume!

This I found in Gay City News at http://www.gaycitynews.com/gcn_452/acowboylovestory.html:
There are closets, and there are closets. For me, just coming out to other gay men was a major step, and for a long time I mostly preferred secret sex in bathrooms and bathhouses. As a part of that world, I lied to everyone. The lies repelled affection. In such a closet, madness hovers; it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to imagine that another person can offer support, much less the warmth of friendship and love.
The man's response to the movie actually validates what we do as female writers of slash, given Proulx's gender and Lee's adherence to her vision: we are the describers of love, we are the ones who see and can say the emotional content of lives, regardless of the genders involved.

And I have erased the rest of that rant on the grounds that I'm not feeling well, and take off for the stratosphere under those conditions. I wouldn't be male for anything, but shoooooeeee, it's hard being female sometimes!
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10 Things About Me You Should Know

Gakked from [insanejournal.com profile] aukestrel.

These are the things that I assume you know about me when you're reading my LJ. And since a lot of people have been added to my friends list or are just popping by, it seemed like a good idea.
Hidden for your convenience; final update 12-09-05 )

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