Friday Links

Writing Links

Okay, here’s a link I’m really excited about. You know Alfred Tennyson’s poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” right? The one that goes:

Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

But check this out: did you know that way back in 1890, Tennyson actually made a recording (on one of Edison’s phonograph cylinders) of himself reciting the poem, and that the audio from that recording still survives today? You can listen to it right here. The words are hard to make out in a few spots, so you may want to follow along with the text of the poem.

Besides that revelation, just one other writing link this week: Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series is coming to the screen, with an HBO series and three movies in the works.

Non-Writing Links

You may remember that earlier this year, Tunisia overthrew its dictator, launching the Arab Spring, and inspiring (so far) two more successful uprisings in Egypt and Libya. Well, just this past Sunday, Tunisians had their first free election after the revolution.

According to a BBC reporter:

“I asked [a voter] who he thought would win. ‘We are all going to win. This is a free election. It means we have already won.'”

Listen, world. You keep this up, it’s going to start chipping holes in my jaded, cynical mindset. You just watch yourself, y’hear?

On a lighter note (and totally unrelated), I thought this was pretty hilarious: a Tumblr of women looking dissatisfied in bed.

Nothing else this week. Have a groovy weekend, you crazy kids!

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