Tuesday, June 02, 2009

From Abortion to Icelandic Music and Back

So Jason decides that he would rather blog about abortion than Iceland Paganism, which leads me to follow the Icelandic Paganism link, as I have read all the usual blather that followed the murder of Dr. Tiller.

Thus I am lead to the documentary Screaming Masterpiece, about Icelandic music, which is now in my Netflix queue.

Must get back to work now -- I have to finish my paper for the CESNUR conference.

Back when I had to teach first-year composition, the joke was that students in search of a topic tended to fall into well-worn ruts: abortion, gun control, the drinking age, etc.

Dealing with the first one was easy, after a while. I just issued a classroom fatwa that only people who had had an abortion could write about the topic.

The real purpose, of course, was to segue into a discussion of pathos and how hard it was to write convincingly about a topic with which one has no emotional connection.

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Blogger Jason Pitzl-Waters said...

Screaming Masterpiece is a great documentary, and the soundtrack is also well worth picking up too.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Yewtree said...

Chas, a fatwa is an opinion or an interpretation, not a decree.

Great idea though!

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

Point taken. But in class, my opinion is law. ;-)

8:48 AM  
Blogger Black Nyx said...

Thank you for the post about Screaming Masterpiece. I remember when it came out reading about Sigur Ros performing Odin's Raven Magic and wishing I could have seen it. I've popped it in my netflix queue as well...Thanks!

11:55 AM  

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