1. notleia says:

    Re: harvest festivals

    I think it’s pretty ridiculous to call pseudo-Halloween parties “harvest festivals” because it’s nowhere near harvest during October, especially in the South. Wheat harvest takes place in May-ish in Texas, June-ish in Oklahoma. Milo/sorghum is generally done by August-September, which as you may notice is not the end of October. Even up here in the Frigid Wastelands of the North, they seem done with the corn harvest before the end of September. #agriculturalpedant

    I think there’s an etymological argument for “carnival,” but maybe some high-church pedants would get on your case because Carnival is before Lent.

  2. notleia says:

    Thoughts about fiction that “wrecks” you: Isn’t that what Burnett’s experience with Saving Private Ryan was? Most of the time, I see that phrase used in the context of movies like Grave of the Fireflies or the first ten minutes of Up.

    Thoughts for Spook-tober:
    How about the idea of “memento mori”? It’s a little-g gothic favorite, but it did have roots in the Catholic church — especially in context to the Black Death, which could be considered topical again for some reason :/

    I’m probably not gonna be good for any scary stories about Teh Gays, because the story of How I Worked With Two Gays at the Craft Store is a very boring one.

    On the flip side, if you wanna to do some deconstruction on the concept of sexual or gender identity, deal me in. But I will also do some light deconstruction on the concept of identity on top of the whole sex-and-gender thing. (Pre-game hint: I would also bring up the concepts of sumptuary laws and social constructs.)

  3. I’ve never seen Saving Private Ryan. You must mean the other guy.

  4. Dave says:

    ” Allowed to enjoy ” am I allowed to live?

What say you?