hardboiled!!

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December 1939 issue

Roger Torrey, “The Platinum Peke"

George Shute, “Fashion Pirate"

John Ryan, “Wanted—One Watch"

Tom B. Stone, “Presenting Death"

Frederic Wells, “Murder for Publicity"

Tod Jennings, “To Make a Murder"

 Harley L. Court, “A Man Fights Fire “   

Seattle Mystery Bookshop

low-key-liberal  asked:

When you get this, tell 5 facts about yourself and then send this to 10 of your favorite followers!

OKAAAYY umm let’s see:

1. When I was 9 I got ITP (an autoimmune disease that I don’t remember the ridiculously long full name of), which thins the blood and causes you to bruise and bleed really easily – a bit like hemophilia, except that it isn’t a permanent condition, you get over it eventually. (Although it does take several months, it took me almost a year)

2. I won a 1st place writing award at my school! I wrote a slam poem called The Art of Acting Normal (it’s on Wattpad now), about my experience with ASD

3. I’m ambidextrous (I write with my right hand, and everything else I tend to do with my left)

4. I have a GIANT, not-entirely-secret soft spot for pulpy paperback detective novels and hardboiled crime flicks.

5. There was a time when I cut my bangs in a “V” shape and I looked like a low-budget Bela Lugosi. And to tell you the truth I thought it was kinda cool.

Okay I’m just gonna go ahead and tag 10 people: @thatbassoonist, @revkryssie, @pamxley, @sapphic-christian, @amroseakadanphantom, @fadingcolorheart, @crutchiesstars, @death-is-my-way-of-life, @oneofvizards, @fly-rye

And you @low-key-liberal obviously. But you sent me this so I can’t exactly tag you.

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March 25th, 1948 issue

cover by Charles Wood

Pete Kuhlhoff, “The Shooter’s Corner"

William Chamberlain, “Story About a Cat"

John E. Kelly, “Flash Flood"

Irwin J. Weill, “Curioddities"

Caddo Cameron, “Your Bones in the Brush” (Part 2 of 4)

George C. Appell, “Men Who Wouldn’t Die!: Three Times Out"

Edward Parrish Ware, “Too Much Water"

H. Fredric Young, “Bush Rookie"

Kerry O’Neil, “A Turn Over for Tony"

Gene Van, “The Letter of Deception"

Berton E. Cook, “Homeward Bound with Death"

Seattle Mystery Bookshop 

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Today the Department of Impossible Cuteness invites you to play another round of “Eat it or keep it as a pet?” RocketNews24 assembled an overwhelmingly kawaii collection of hard-boiled eggs that’ve been altered and decorated to turn them into all sorts of cute bento creatures, from chickens, bunnies, cows and pandas to Pikachu and a wee baby seal.

Could you conquer the debilitating cuteness of these enhanced eggs in order to enjoy them as lunch?

Head over to RocketNews24 for additional images and photo credits.

Fun Facts

Easter has NOTHING to do with:

  • Ishtar
  • Ostara
  • Pagan holidays
  • A goddess called Eostre (Bede was a speculating idiot and he’s the original source for this nonsense)

Easter has EVERYTHING to do with:

  • The Jewish celebration of the Passover seder
  • The Christian celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

Nobody stole our shit. Easter was never pagan to begin with. Rabbit was considered “fish” by the medieval Catholic Church so that people could eat it during the 40 days of Lent, and eggs laid during the Lenten fast were hardboiled for preservation and then eaten during the breaking of the fast on Easter Sunday. That’s why we have bunnies and eggs.

Stop conflating Easter with pagan holidays, and get the fuck out of here with that casual anti-semitism.

Thank you and good day.

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Lilacs

The most important symbol in Night Watch is the lilac blossom. It starts off the story and recurs throughout it.

In Victorian Flower Language lilac is listed under both “young/first love” and “youthful innocence”. What could be more appropriate than “youthful innocence” for this book?

The Glorious 25th of May destroys the youthful innocence of Young Sam and his fellows. The stars are gone from his eyes by the end of this book. All of this happens under the saddened eyes of the older Sam Vimes. He looks at his younger self across 30 years with experience and maybe a bit wistfully about how innocent he was in his youth.

At first I thought that “young love” does not fit Night Watch, but wait. Wait. You will not convince me that the Watch is not Vimes’s first love. He loves that job and Ankh-Morpork in a way that he never loved a person until he met Lady Sybil.

Night Watch is about Vimes’s past and how he grows up and how the 25th of May changes the course of his life. He is young and innocent and loves his mother and life and would probably have ended up another Colon or Snouty, but then the revolution comes and we see the Vimes heart and grit emerge. He was never the same man after Cable Street. He fought twice under the lilac. He lost friends under the lilac. His son was born under the lilac.

His memories are locked up in the lilac, but so is the theme of the book. So sneaky, Pterry.

All the little angels rise up high.

Last year’s post.