In 2015, the rate of new works started per day on the non-profit archive exceeded that of the older fanfiction.net, and this fan-run project is set to surpass the fastest growth of either archive in 2017.
Below the cut, I explain where these numbers come from, look more closely at the seasonal variation in each archive, and the overall pace of fanworks being posted.
Over the past few years, I’ve posted bits of old PR (i.e. interviews, tweets, excerpts of the long out-of-print companion books). Below the “read more” are a bunch of posts about “the stew.” (x) (x) (x)
As the world anxiously awaits the release of Wonder Woman, we highlight Kristy Guevara-Flanagan’s Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Themes of gender, power, and influence are explored in this film that chronicles the evolution of heroic women in pop culture – from the comic book superheroines of the 1940s, to TV action chicks of the 60s and 70s, to big screen blockbusters of today. The film received the 2011 Documentary Film Fund Grant from Sundance Institute, and went on to premiere at the 2012 South by Southwest film festival.
All film stills courtesy of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
George Harrison and Olivia Trinidad Arias during the Dark Horse Tour, 1974, screen capped from a digital copy of the German magazine BRAVO.
“[George] made people laugh as much as any comedian, that’s for sure.” - Olivia Harrison, The Herald Scotland, 18 June 2009 [x]
“He was mischievous. He did like to tease people a lot. I just got so used to being wound up - he just wound me up every single day I think I knew him. And he said, ‘You’re just so easy to wind up.’ He’d make some really bad remark, and he’d just do it so I’d start protesting. And he was funny, and he made you funny to be around him, and if you could make him laugh, that was just great.” - Olivia Harrison, CNN, 1 May 2012 [x]
“George was bold, and he was very provocative. I don’t know how many times I jabbed him in the ribs at some function when he’d make one of his comments. I’d tell him, ‘Don’t go there, don’t start,’ but he liked to have fun with people. He always could break the ice.” - Olivia Harrison, The L.A. Times Music Blog, 4 October 2011 [x]
“He always tried to improve the moment, he was just, there are no words really, he was such a wonderful person to be around. He had his moments, you know, he was crabby too sometimes, but generally he was just about the funniest person I’d ever met.” - Olivia Harrison, Johnnie Walker interview, Radio 2, 7 February 2005 [x]
“If [George] walked in the room now, he would make you smile. He had a great presence, and he was an uplifting person. He could be grumpy too, but he didn’t like people around him to be unhappy. He liked everyone to be having a good time. Otherwise it was a waste of life. People say life is too short and it is.” - Olivia Harrison, The Independent, 19 October 2005 [x]
David Lowery’s enchantingly haunting film, A Ghost Story, is released in theaters tomorrow, July 7th. The film has received critical acclaim since its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT section of programming and was both written and directed by Lowery.
Lauded filmmaker David Lowery, last at the Festival with the lyrical Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013), reunites with his collaborators for a haunted tale like no other—one conceived in secret and fueled by the spirit of pure, creative expression.
Lowery’s meticulously sparse narrative contemplates a spectral figure who was once a man (Casey Affleck). Prematurely taken from this Earth, he makes his way toward his former home, where he is fated to remain forevermore. Shrouded in a white sheet, he observes the lament of his grief-stricken lover (Rooney Mara). Bearing unseen witness to her pain, the wisp stands sentry for years to come, interacting only with time as it hurtles further and further forward, the remnants of his humanity quietly evaporating.
Making full use of his singular abilities as a visual storyteller and finely tuned craftsman, Lowery boldly returns with an enriching experiment in micro-cinema that gorgeously defies categorization.
[Image description: Screenshot of a story listing from Archive of Our Own with all identifying information deliberately smudged out. Most of the image has been darkened, leaving highlighted the tag “slow burn,” a word count of 597, and a chapter count marking this story as complete in a single chapter.]
…know the standards for the genres you’re working in.
The arguments never change. Classical antisemitism has not been effected by Israel - at all.
The best worst part is when the author teases her husband and other Jews circa 1939 for being too scared of Hitler, who obviously can’t be so bad because he’s just putting a slightly rougher edge on what all the good Christians she knows already believe.
One can’t help but wonder if the marriage lasted, and how the kids turned out.
George Harrison at the Apple offices, screen capped from BRAVO, issue #39, 1969. The original caption states that this is George “speaking with Jackie Lomax”, with Frankie Hart on the right - “currently the happiest ‘Apple‘ girl: she was recently promoted to George‘s personal assistant.”
In that same issue, the article “Our bosses are The Beatles!” includes a few comments pertaining to George, translated below:
“Paul is the best, he always knows exactly what he wants. George and Ringo are always nice and polite, only John can sometimes get on your nerves. But he has improved recently.” - Dee Meehan, aged 25, assistant
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“I work in music publishing at Apple. Of course I’m a Beatles fan, but I don’t faint each time they walk through the door. Just being a fan isn’t enough to be employed at ‘Apple.’ There is a lot to do here and you do need know-how. But in return, we are paid well and have the world’s most beautiful bosses. My favorite boss is George. He is the absolutely most beautiful to me. But I can’t make goo-goo eyes at him - he would be pissed.” - Linda Bristow, aged 22, publishing assistant
Hito Steyerl’s Uneasy Relationship with The Document
Art has its origins in silence. Descriptions of art - or specifically painting - as silent poetry are very old indeed: Painting itself pre-dates language. It is partly from its silence that art derives its power and, until the critical teleological investigations of the 20th Century, the silent painting or sculpture had a particular relationship to truth. Representational art appeared to show us reality as it is. It was the invention of photography and then film – among many other developments at the turn of the century – that radically changed this relationship. The documentary quality of these new inventions (especially film, with its addition of sound) meant that traditional media could no longer be the closest or most faithful mirrors of reality.
Collection of letters, photographs and family items from the correspondence of AJ Micheaux and Lillie Smith Robinson, circa 1890-1899. Photo courtesy of Janice L. Cotton, 2016.
These letters are my most cherished possessions. They are well over 100 years old and have survived a massive flood and a house fire. My great-grandfather was the uncle of the pioneer black author and filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. My great-grandmother was Oscar’s mother’s first cousin. These letters document correspondence between AJ Micheaux and Lillie Smith Robinson; and eventually include a proposal of marriage on Valentine’s Day 1898.
Special Doctor Who show to take fans behind the scenes of “emotional” 2017 Christmas special
Peter Capaldi will talk to Jo Whiley as she goes on set for the Twelfth Doctor’s final moments for BBC Radio 2
By Huw Fullerton
Fans hoping for even more Doctor Who this Christmas are in luck, because a one-off BBC Radio 2 special is coming to lift the lid on upcoming festive episode Twice Upon a Time and the final scenes of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor.
Recorded on location during the last days of filming, the Access All Areas Doctor Who Special will be presented by Jo Whiley and features interviews with the episode’s actors and crew including showrunner Steven Moffat, Pearl Mackie, David Bradley and Peter Capaldi himself.
“We were really lucky to be on location when they were filming the final scenes of the Christmas Day Doctor Who special,” Whiley (whose radio show was where Capaldi chose to announce his exit from the series in January) told RadioTimes.com of the upcoming broadcast, which can be heard on BBC Radio 2 a few days before the episode airs (Thursday 21st December, to be precise).
“So we spent the day with the cast, and it was all very emotional.
“It just felt like a real privilege that we were there to watch some of the most emotional scenes that people will see play out on the Christmas Day Doctor Who. To see the chemistry between all the different characters, to watch the Doctor as he nears the end of this incarnation.
“It’s fantastic, just to hear all the various members of the cast telling us about the things that had happened beforehand, and the story behind it all. It’s just going to be such a huge emotional climax on Christmas Day, when people watch the whole thing.”
An official synopsis for the radio special (which will also feature an interview with already-departed series 10 companion Matt Lucas and material from the Doctor Who archive) can be read after the jump.
As Peter Capaldi calls time on his adventures in the Tardis, Jo has exclusive access to the Doctor Who team. She catches up with the stars of the series on the set including Pearl Mackie, David Bradley, exec producer extraordinaire Steven Moffat, and the Doctor himself. Plus, Jo hears from outgoing companion, Matt Lucas, and digs into the BBC Doctor Who archive.
There will be stories from behind the scenes including how Matt approaches being recognised by fans, the radical ways in which Pearl’s life has changed, Pele’s reaction to signing a Brazil shirt for the Doctor and how Doctor Who has always been with Peter Capaldi – from dressing up as a Dalek as a child, to karaoke singalongs to The Killers all in the name of getting into character…
Plus, Radio 2 listeners will find out which member of the team has a penchant for Chas and Dave!
“We did a really really long interview with Peter; we got him to choose lots of songs and bits of music that he loves, and he’d thought it all through,” Whiley added.
“He’s such a music fan that he’d been agonising over what songs to play. So, we get to hear the Doctor’s musical passions. We spoke to Matt, we spoke to Pearl, we spoke to various members of the Doctor Who team. We speak to all the cast who are involved.”
According to Whiley, fans have plenty to look forward to when the full episode finally airs on Christmas Day.
“The thing that struck me the most about the day was that it was such an epic production,” she said. “It’s going to look incredible.
“They actually treated us to watching back some of the filming that they’d done a couple of days beforehand; the scale of what they’ve done, the directing is incredible.
“They wanted to give people the best possible send-off with the grandest story; they wanted to give the viewers something to remember him by, and the greatest Doctor Who Christmas Day special that they possibly could watch.”
Sounds like the perfect present to unwrap this 25th December, then.
This is going to be so sad, I’m already crying just reading this. Well, I’ve been crying since Peter announced his departure on January 30th, but to finally see it happening in this way makes it so much more heartbreaking. 💔😢