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Re: wait wait wait is demeter a girl or a guy?

 by PlusCaChange ¦  Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:21 am ¦  Forum: The Swamp ¦  Topic: wait wait wait is demeter a girl or a guy? ¦  Replies: 47 ¦  Views: 3145

You appreciate Tennyson? Don't think I've met more than five people who have heard of him. That's sad but not surprising. His high Victorian style doesn't suit modern taste. I don't really care for his 'Idylls of the King' or other fustian verse but the personal poems like 'In Memorandum' or 'Locks...

Re: wait wait wait is demeter a girl or a guy?

 by PlusCaChange ¦  Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:38 pm ¦  Forum: The Swamp ¦  Topic: wait wait wait is demeter a girl or a guy? ¦  Replies: 47 ¦  Views: 3145

Tennyson's In Memoriam
Being literate in the 21st century is like belonging to a secret society. We should have some kind of lapel pin and an outlandish handshake.

Re: wait wait wait is demeter a girl or a guy?

 by PlusCaChange ¦  Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:24 pm ¦  Forum: The Swamp ¦  Topic: wait wait wait is demeter a girl or a guy? ¦  Replies: 47 ¦  Views: 3145

almost bankrupt second hand book salesman Is there any other kind? It's either a vocation or an addiction, I don't know which. In any case I salute you, I've spent many a happy hour digging for treasure at my local before it finally had to close. They had five 60' x 120' floors of books. I found a ...

Re: Hunk Thread

 by PlusCaChange ¦  Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:02 am ¦  Forum: Pictures ¦  Topic: Hunk Thread ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 1333

There is one principle which holds true for men and women equally and that is you will not find out what people want or like by asking them. You find out by presenting them with choices and watching what they do. People as a rule do not know their own mind.

Re: Hunk Thread

 by PlusCaChange ¦  Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:48 am ¦  Forum: Pictures ¦  Topic: Hunk Thread ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 1333

In my observation the most important characteristics which attract women to men aren't generally something which would be obvious from a photograph (though obviously people tend to read things into a face). Of course women are attracted to beauty but they are more attracted by things like social sta...

Re: Why do people like Game of Thrones?

 by PlusCaChange ¦  Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:56 am ¦  Forum: Movies & TV ¦  Topic: Why do people like Game of Thrones? ¦  Replies: 25 ¦  Views: 3946

Like I said, I'm coming to it after having read the books. I can't pretend to see the TV show with new eyes. I wouldn't call 'A Song of Ice and Fire' one of the most profound works of English literature but it shines by comparison to 'Sherlock' (or the Sherlock Holmes stories, which I enjoyed very m...

Re: Why do people like Game of Thrones?

 by PlusCaChange ¦  Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:35 am ¦  Forum: Movies & TV ¦  Topic: Why do people like Game of Thrones? ¦  Replies: 25 ¦  Views: 3946

Profundity manifests itself to us in proportion to our understanding. I frankly don't care if you appreciate GoT or not. You uncharacteristically asked an interesting question so I decided to answer because explaining things can be a good mental exercise but as Dr. Johnson observed, "I have given yo...

Re: Why do people like Game of Thrones?

 by PlusCaChange ¦  Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:24 am ¦  Forum: Movies & TV ¦  Topic: Why do people like Game of Thrones? ¦  Replies: 25 ¦  Views: 3946

because things happen randomly as in real life Randomness is and interesting concept but not one I would apply to real life or GoT. It's not that real life is random, it's that it's unforeseen, that it couldn't be imagined but in hindsight the path of events makes sense. People are demonstrably ver...

Re: Why do people like Game of Thrones?

 by PlusCaChange ¦  Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:46 am ¦  Forum: Movies & TV ¦  Topic: Why do people like Game of Thrones? ¦  Replies: 25 ¦  Views: 3946

It's true the plot of GoT is not complex but plot is not the point, like I said, it's character driven. The plot is just a way to examine the characters. 'Sherlock' is charming and 'Dr Who' has the occasional interesting idea (though you honestly do have to wade through a lot of schlock) but neither...

Re: Why do people like Game of Thrones?

 by PlusCaChange ¦  Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:24 am ¦  Forum: Movies & TV ¦  Topic: Why do people like Game of Thrones? ¦  Replies: 25 ¦  Views: 3946

...show that doesn't gloss over everything... I'd have put it slightly differently. When you compare GoT to 'Sherlock' or 'Dr Who' the latter seem contrived and simplistic. I suspect this is because, as I mentioned, GoT is sort of a collage of actual events, with added fantasy elements. History is ...

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