A small holiday before the holidays

There’s no post today, sorry about that. I’ll be participating in the traditional Twelve Days of Anime blogging event, so I thought I should take today off so I could come out swinging on Wednesday. Last year I got about halfway through. I’ll be using the same gimmick though! I’ll be doing tarot readings of characters from anime. With the extra lead time I think I’ll actually do the entire thing.

BTW, can anyone tell me why the twelve days of anime do not happen on the twelve days of Christmas? I’ve never understood that.


Reading as Triangulation

You ever wonder how reading actually works? I don’t mean the most fundamental kind of reading — you know, looking a word and knowing what it means. However, there’s actually not much difference between the two kinds of reading. What I do mean is the kind of reading where you finish a poem and you know what it meant — not what it said, but what it meant. I find my students often don’t know the difference. So I’m pretty good at explaining it. I thought it might be interesting to talk about it. At a simple level, the way you read a poem is the way you read a tarot card or a painting or a situation. It’s all about triangulation.

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The cover of Never Mind the Bollocks, by the Sex Pistols

Never mind the tarot, pt1

Over on Twitter, I bothered Theresa Reed with one of my posts. She’s The Tarot Lady, and if you want to learn a great deal about tarot online, there are few people better to do it. She recently posted a Rolling Stones / tarot playlist, so it seemed somewhat appropriate to bug her. She called my attention to something I hadn’t thought about: The Sex Pistols! Yes, why haven’t I read their seminal (and, uh, kind of only) album, Nevermind the Bollocks? I guess it’s time to fix that!

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The cover of Wishbone Ash's album, Argus

Argus Tarot 1

You’ve may have a favorite band name. It’s not necessarily the name of your favorite band. It’s maybe something odd or weird or even just kind of random. I’m not sure which my favorite is, but “Wishbone Ash” is definitely a contender. I don’t think it’s “random.” I think I read somewhere it has something to do with the wood used to make musical instruments. I suppose it doesn’t matter. Let’s do a tarot reading for Wishbone Ash’s album Argus.

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The cover of Blues Traveler's release of 12 Swords

Tarot Time: Blues Traveler’s Decisions of the Sky

I figured, what with Thanksgiving and all, that maybe I should take it easy this week. In addition, I only just now got my internet back after a three day outage. So what could I do? I haven’t yet left the safe waters of “concept album” to talk about albums that are “just” collections of songs. Well, maybe I did with Abbey Road, but I feel like by that time the Beatles were one step away from making concept albums anyway. So guess what? I remembered that time Blues Traveler released a miniature album for free on their website!

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