Stardew Valley | Game Review

Stardew Valley is a nice little farming simulator game. Clearly inspired by harvest moon, it still has its own charm. It was one of the first games I downloaded for my Nintendo Switch, and one of the titles that I play the most. In the game you farm, fish, mine, fight some monsters in the... Continue Reading →

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Splaton Vol. 1: Manga Review

I love playing Splatoon. I had the first game on the Wii U and now I've gotten quite a few hours towards Splatoon 2 on the Switch. So, naturally I was excited to read the manga…but I ended up a little disappointed.  First of all, I wasn't expecting a spectular plot or anything. Still, I... Continue Reading →

The Great Reading Slump and Update

Reading slumps. Every book-related blog or Youtube channel seems to talk about them at one point. They’ll usually come with advice on how to get out of the slump as well. I’ve been through a few reading slumps over the years but nothing really major. It was usually just me taking a short little break... Continue Reading →

Medieval Selfies

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Self-portraits of medieval book artisans are as exciting as they are rare. In the age before the modern camera there were limited means to show others what you looked like. In the very late medieval period, when the Renaissance spirit was already felt in the air, some painters made self-portraits or included themselves in paintings commissioned by others. Stunningly, the medieval painter Jan van Eyck showed himself in the portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his fiance: he is staring at you from the mirror that is hanging behind the couple. For those who still didn’t get it, he painted above it Johannes de eyck fuit hic, Jan van Eyck was here” (Fig. 1, more here). He added the date 1434 to the picture, making it a particularly early selfie.

Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and his fiance, 1434 (right) and mirror detail (left) Fig. 1 – Jan van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and fiance (right)  and mirror detail (left)

As far as producers of books is concerned, there were only two kinds…

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“As Gay as Old Dad’s Hatband”: The 5 Kinds of Gay and Bisexual Characters in Stephen King’s Writings

Awesome article!

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doctorsleeppromoWritten by Lois Kennedy

Gay characters don’t take up a lot of room in Stephen King’s many books, but they are notable in their depictions, which can be negative and stereotypical, or positive…and stereotypical.  They can be quantified into five types: the Mannish Lesbian, the Trauma Victim, the Weakling, the Predator, and the Well-Adjusted. What follows is a documentation of every queer character from King’s bibliography, spanning the breadth of novels, short stories, teleplays, and screenplays.

Note: I decided not to include characters who were suspected of being gay but were not definitively proven to be, such as Douglas Posey from Rose Red, who is described by “family legend” as having a “thing for cowboys,” or a pair of barflies in The Dead Zone who are characterized by the sour bartender who is angry at them as “diesel dykes.” I am also not including male characters who prey on…

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