Monday, February 9, 2009

A Potpurri of Wonderfullness at 1:30 in the A.M.

Hey folks! Sorry for the lack of updating; busy bees we are. I am currently working on my Atlas Shrugged review, but seeing as I am a slow writer, and also how I want this review to be superb so I can be sure to do this wonderful book justice, it looks like it's gonna be a few days. I tried to read Lord Jim and my A.D.D. kicked in after the first chapter; so I am currently beginning The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson. So since we are review-less right now I am going to, once again, show you some random stuff that I love (book-related of course).

First-off, we shall start with some videos of Johnny Depp reading letters he received from Hunter S. Thompson himself. It is quite entertaining, and if you have not read any of Thompson's books, these quirky letters just might get you to. These videos are linked to a website by Martin Flynn who has a lot of good info on Thompson:

Second, I decided to share my idea for my next tattoo, to see what you readers think! I have one tattoo currently, and it is video-game related. So for my first literary tattoo I want it to be something very special. I am a Classical Humanities major (as well as English major) and I absolutely love Greek mythology. I was in Greece for the summer and that cemented the fact that I feel the need to get a tattoo in Ancient Greek. I have been reading the Iliad for years and years, and I cannot count the number of times I've read it in class.
So here's the plan: my favorite line in the Iliad is from Book 22, where Hector and Achilles are fighting to the death. It is translated into English in many different ways, but basically, from the movie
Troy, "There are no pacts between lions and men." I am thinking about getting on my forearm in two lines of ancient Greek text.

οὐκ ἔστι λέουσι καὶ ἀνδράσιν ὅρκια πιστά
^Here is the line in ancient Greek

Ultimately, these are just ideas being thrown around, nothing is set in stone. I also have Harry Potter, Atlas Shrugged, and Lord of the Rings tattoo ideas floating around as well so I may look like a biker in a few years. Anyway, I digress, let me know what you think!

Well, looks like that is all you get for tonight, seeing as I should probably study for my midterms tomorrow. Although I have literature midterms later on in the day, so it is not all bad. Let's hope I know my Canterbury Tales. So as always, leave us some comments!

Also, we sincerely appreciate every follower we have, every comment we receive, basically any attention given; this makes us feel even better that we have more encouragement for doing what we love! So thanks everyone!

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  1. It sounds like a lovely idea! I love literary tattoos, even more so when they mean something.

    Apropos Greek mythology and literature, have you read Donna Tartt's The Secret History? It's beautifully written, allegedly alludes to quite a bit of Greek mythology (I only get the very basics, boring English major that I am) and is nothing short of divine.

  2. Oh wow I have not heard of that...but that sounds like something I would love! Thanks for the tip!

    But yes, we love literary tattoos as well. We are planning on getting matching Atlas Shrugged tattoos here in the next few months, we will have to put those up here soon because those will be gorgeous, I think.

    And It's ok I am a boring English major as well haha.

  3. It's so nice to find someone that has actually read The Iliad and appreciates it. It's definitely one of my favorites. I have the Fagles translation of The Aeneid in my TBR pile...I'll get to it one of these days.

  4. The Aeneid is one of the only classics (in that category) that I have not read, I have definitely heard of it, but I know nothing other than it is about Aeneas. Good thing it is on my booklist.

    Andddddddd now I am in the mood to read the Iliad once again.

  5. Thanks! I've made a commitment to read more this year, so I'm looking forward to getting lots of great ideas here.

  6. i love the tattoo..

    here's my site

  7. Absolutely love the idea for a tattoo.

  8. Thanks! :)

    And now that I've been thinking tattoos...Prongs and I are going to get one from Atlas Shrugged! I will post that later with my Atlas review (if I EVER get it up haha).

  9. Hi! First of all, I wanted to say thank you for coming by the site and following me! I am always happy to have a new book blogging friend!

    And I really like the idea of the Greek mythology for your tattoo. Will it be as large as it shows in the picture? How long will it take to finish?

  10. I love the picture of the book piles. My house looks like that.

  11. Haha mine does currently as well. I filled up my book shelf entirely, and now my collection has spilled itself all over my room. Have to admit there are worse things than walking into a room full of books every day though...

  12. I really enjoy your writing. I have a huge idea about the tatoo, but I will not put it in caps. It is a fun My experience has been that most people evolve and grow and even ideas that fit them perfectly, especially literary lines that seem so perfectly succinct, do not necessarily suit them a few years later. Imagine having to explain the tatoo to people that you meet that are mildly interested in you, a few years from now. Now imagine that you already have one got it when you were nine years old.. What would it be? Where would it be? hmmmm. How about an original T-shirt or book bag with the'tatoo' that you love today? Or get one of the cool rocks that people laser carve words and phrases into. I saw one that made me smile: Nothing is carved in stone.

  13. Hi there, many thanks for the nice mention, and what an interesting book blog you both have going here. I'll be telling everyone about you in my next post.

  14. Wow, I write "Can I call you Snuffles?" as I am jeered, ""GOD, YOU'RE SUCH A DORK!!". Sums me up, eh?

    OK, I found this blog in an image search for "Iliad tattoos". I am to be dining with a fine Classicist & translator, and I had an inkling that I might be the only Classics dork who has actually gotten an Iliad tattoo (of the text, that is...). No, you're not a dork, but alas, you do have one bit I considered as well!

    I currently, however, have only the first half line in all caps (though I allowed spaces between words, not a purist as much as I thought....) on my left arm (how unlucky!), the inside of the upper arm.

    My next was and perhaps is to be from Beowulf, since I'm honoring my years as an undergrad it would seem. I certainly hope you haven't chosen line....oops, missing my copy currently & think it was line 750....

    I read so little fiction, but another favorite contains Padfoot & Prongs, so geeking out over finding this on google has earned me the geektastic award of the year--until this impressive professor ends up seeing my tattoed rage of Achilleus!

    (mischief managed)


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