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Old 03-11-2007, 07:50 AM
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B5 time! Here's a Sa'ar Chasm fiver that's been waiting for too long: "Dust to Dust." Sa'ar has dedicated this to the memory of Andreas "G'Kar" Katsulas, a tremendous actor I once got to see in person. (Poor Sa'ar. In such a short time as a section head, this is his second memorial fiver.)

On a side note, those who are waiting for me to reply to them about one thing or another will be pleased to hear that I'm finally making some real progress on my email backlog. I've already reduced my inbox load by 100 messages. This'll mean the publication of some long-delayed guest fivers.

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Old 03-11-2007, 10:40 AM
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I've already reduced my inbox load by 100 messages.
Did you delete them
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Old 03-11-2007, 12:55 PM
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So Sa'ar has also started calling himself Derek, eh? This could get confusing. 'Twas a good fiver though, even if that SOAP reference was so painfully last year by now. :P
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So Sa'ar has also started calling himself Derek, eh?
No he hasn't shut up shut up shut up.

Ahem.

Also, SOAP isn't over until I finish writing that thing I was going to write with the things and the other things.
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Old 03-11-2007, 03:38 PM
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And, um ... other stuff, too. Nice, as usual.
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Old 03-11-2007, 05:54 PM
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Sheridan: Yes! He was framed! It wasn't him, it was the one-armed Narn! Furthermore...
Wouldn't that still be G'Kar?
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One-armed, not one-eyed.

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Still not sure I get this one
Reference to the novel version of the Princess Bride.
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Old 03-11-2007, 11:31 PM
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Of course -- why didn't I think of that? (Quite probably because I've never read it.)
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Old 03-12-2007, 03:06 AM
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Of course -- why didn't I think of that? (Quite probably because I've never read it.)
Hah! A reference you didn't get! And they said it couldn't be done.
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Old 03-12-2007, 03:46 AM
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They did?

*looks around, suspiciously*

Happens quite often, really. I don't always chase them down for myself quite as vigorously as I used to when I first arrived; now, likely as not, I'll just ask. This one, though... as it turns out, I'd read about S. Morgenstern before, and just plain didn't remember it.
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Old 03-12-2007, 04:00 AM
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Okay, infodump time. Standard disclaimers of the frailty of the human memory apply. S. (Simon) Morgenstern is a literary device made up by William Goldman. He had this awesome idea for a novel, but couldn't find a way to tie together all the scenes into a cohesive novel. So he decided to write down the scenes and tie them together via expository monologue. In the novel, Simon Morgenstern acually lived in the kingdom of Florin, which exists somewhere around Belgium, if I'm not mistaken. He was Jewish (hence the somewhat exaggerated characterizations of Miracle Max and Valerie) who had learned to speak in five languages (two of which are presumably Florinese and Guilderese), but after immigrating to America he was reduced to jobs in the service industry. William Goldman's grandfather met him in a cafe in New York and got a firsthand account of the events of the fall of Humperdinck and the escape of Buttercup and Westley. Morgenstern had written the Princess Bride partially as a history novel about his homeland, but mostly as a satirical jab at the follies of the aristocrasy. Goldman's grandfather had a copy of the book, but promptly tossed out all the "boring bits" about what was served at the banquet for each night during the ninety days between Buttercup's kidnapping and the wedding, the pages upon pages of Humperdinck's stepmother packing her stuff to go to Florin to arrange the marriage of Humperdinck to the princess of Guilder (who wears a wig, by the way), pages of her unpacking, what happened during Buttercup's princess training for those three years between Westley's death and the big announcement, and so on. Page after page that never existed Goldman pretended to erase, deciding to use his fictional grandfather as a literary device to get to the "Good Bits."
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YES - a B5 fiver! The Monty Python movie references in one paragraph had me cackling, but what really got me was Londo and G'Kar when I thought they were talking like the Children of Tama - only they weren't... I got that one wrong. But you didn't, Sa'ar - good work!
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but what really got me was Londo and G'Kar when I thought they were talking like the Children of Tama - only they weren't... I got that one wrong.
Oh, but they were. They weren't using the exact phrases from the episode, but that was the style I was trying to capture.
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Of course -- why didn't I think of that? (Quite probably because I've never read it.)
I've read it, but for the record, S. Morgenstern is mentioned in the movie as well, when Columbo starts reading the book.

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Well, sure, of course he's also in the movie. I never said he wasn't.
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