Ben Hammersley does a great job of further revealing the depth of the miserable ignorance in which I dwell by his great post on Petrarch. Wow. I honestly didn’t know that somebody is credited with inventing the sonnet–always assumed it was one of those forms that sort of bubbled up over time.
Pretty amazing story–a young Petrarch sees this mysterious woman once and becomes completely obsessed with her. So obsessed in fact that he writes 366 poems about his yearnings.
You know, we just don’t get that kind of dedication these days, or if we do those people are called “stalkers” and sent to spend their days without any sharp objects around.
So Petrarch is now on the list of subjects about which my shroud of ignorance should be torn. Together with tying my own shoelaces, etc.
After all these years, Nic still can’t understand the American attitude to healthcare.
A sci-fi and fantasy heavy installment that includes The Valedictorian of Being Dead, The Mastermind, Broadsword Calling Danny Boy, Tiamat’s Wrath, The Raven Tower, The Liberation, The Light Brigade and Cryptonomicon.
Includes The Incomplete Book of Running, Aching God, The Murderbot Diaries, Lies Sleeping, The Consuming Fire, and Rendezvous with Rama.
Did you know Las Vegas is kind of nutty?
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.