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Wonder Woman straightens her hair, succumbing to the current unstylishness of curls.

catvalente on the general state of SF poetry today. Appropriately, I am reading my first Rhysling anthology right now, sorting out what I will vote for. Even in this, pre-vetted by previous publication and consequent nomination, she has a point for a certain percentage of them. Mostly, however, I am delighted that she has brought the existence of SF poetry, and the SFPA, to the attention of so many people by posting this.

The (relative) antiquity of "chairperson".

Roasted Lemon Zest Powder at Chocolate & Zucchini - what an elegant and inspiring idea! Is this an ingredient of great commonness of which I have somehow not previously heard? Did it used to be, perhaps?

Hildegard von Bingen as the first female food writer in the West. This tempts me to go looking for potential alternatives. The corpus of her work is larger than, offhand, any other female writer from the eleventh century or earlier, but that does not automatically give her priority in all subjects she wrote about.


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Jul. 1st, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
OMG, that roasted zest powder sounds amazing! Also, radish top pesto!! Ta for the link.
Jul. 2nd, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
Hildegard von Bingen: the more I learn about various things the more depressed I get. Her earlier opposite numbers in England were known to have been prolific writers, but their works don't survive. To a large extent the Normans can be blamed for this - a) the decline in interest in works written in Old English and b) they seem to be associated with a rise in misogyny.

The other problem that applied to other manuscripts in OE came later, with a revival in interest, when the Exeter Book only survived intact by chance. A certain highly placed cleric (must ask "my friend the medievalist" which one) wrote around to monasteries asking for any interesting manuscripts they might have in the language, particularly if they had pretty pictures but even if they didn't. The monastery in question wrote back saying sorry, no, we've got nothing like that; but this is where the book was later found. MFTM says it's pretty clear why they said that; the book was at one time used as a doorstop - and at one time, judging from the damage to the cover, as a butcher's chopping block, and they were probably too embarrassed. If they had sent it off, it would have been disassembled and the pages lost like most OE codices, and we would have lost the biggest collection of OE literature - including the Riddles.

If what we have survives by chance, and so very much was lost (only three other major literature codices made it), what else have we lost?
Jul. 2nd, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
Just above this entry on my friendslist, there was a post by merovingian, who's lately been writing a lot of surreal, poetic, utterly uncookable little recipes in his journal. His most recent was for "Chocolate-Dipped Zucchini Flowers", so when I saw your headline about lemon zest and chocolate and zucchini I ran all the ingredients together in my mind and thought "wait, she actually made that?"
Jul. 2nd, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Aw, I actually really liked Wonder Woman's new look. As a girl and woman I was always put off her because her look was so outrageously pandering to men. For the first time I was thinking 'Hey, I might actually be able to read this without feeling angry whenever I open the page. I can see what they're saying, but I feel like the possibility of a female superhero icon was ripped from under me once again just as I was starting to feel positive about it. :(
Jul. 3rd, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
Ditto! I have a long ongoing debate with my sister over Facebook about this.

Initially, I only saw that jms (creator of Babylon 5) was writing it, and since I've always loved the Greek influence on Wonder Woman, but have also been angered by her swimsuit costume, I decided to subscribe.

Once news of the costume change hit, my sister, a hardcore Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman fan (though, oddly, not an actual comic reader) has been ranting non-stop. It's basically been big sister (Brigid) vs. me and little sister (Holly), who *is* a comic book reader and is attracted to the title because Jim Lee is doing the art.

Oh, and while I've always preferred the curly hair, I can say, as someone who has worked in a comic book store for a period in the late 90s and then again in the late 00s, that artists often draw her with straight hair. I have always assumed it was due to laziness.
Jul. 3rd, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
I'm trying to work out which way round they produced this roasted lemon zest powder, the adjectives are escaping me.

Is it the zest of a roasted lemon that is then powdered?
Did they make lemon zest, powder it, and then roast it?
Did they make lemon zest, roast it, and then powder it?

I'm sure its awesome anyway, I'm just unable to work out which of these it is.
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