The Book of Na'Lon

or rather, Inane Ramblings of an Expatriot

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Oof - fairly incoherent ramblings (+ GIP-age).
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I am so tired after the first two teaching session of 05-06. I hope that I can manage to stave of the dreaded lurgi that my colleagues have been sharing around. Teaching is hard enough work without feeling ill.

Waking the Dead was grim. But somehow still less disturbing than Evangelion. Spent much of last night dreaming about Rei and Misato with a bit of Ritsuko in there, I think. Odd dreams - it's the emotional cruelty that laces through Evangelion that I find really challenging: the way that people - especially Misato and the children - are used is something my softy squishy inner being finds hard to take. I need to take a bit of a break from Eva... Three more episodes to go - including the one with Kaworu, who I found really intriguing as a character from my first viewing of Death & Rebirth. That'll be another toughy, I shouldn't wonder. One day, I'll probably try to put some more of my toughts about this show into words. It's been a very interesting and challenging experience so far, watching Eva.

While the Marquis was making dinner, I went to call my mother but ended up talking to Na'Kim for a good long time. It was so nice to speak to her. The Marquis called her 'Ritsuko' - I can see what he means, too...

Tomorrow I am doing the first repeat of the session I did this morning with the second group. It's always very interesting to see how the same teaching session pans out with different people. I hope it goes well. I also hope that I won't be bored to tears by the time I get to Friday's repeat.

I hope I get a chance to look up some stuff for Meglorien tomorrow - she wants to know about how use of language might reflect personality. I don't know if I'll be able to suggest anything useful for her to read, but it sounds like an interesting idea that she is on to: in LoTR the book, Gollum's use of English is pretty childish, and Smeagol's near perfect. In PJ's movies, it's pretty much the other way around. Meglorien is interested in a psychological interpretation of these concepts... I'll see what I can rustle up, between writing next week's sessions.

Enough for now... I need sleep.

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its the emotional cruelty that laces through Evangelion that I find really challenging: the way that people - especially Misato and the children - are used is something my softy squishy inner being finds hard to take.

It's really interesting to read your thoughts on the series. I got into Evangelion about 5 years ago and have never come across much discussion of it beyond someone expressing an urge to run over Gendo Ikari with a lawnmower!!

What struck me here is that you expressed something that's so *true* about the series, but that I had never actually contemplated in so many words.

I am pleased that you find my burblings interesting. Evangelion has be a real revelation to me and it has really made me think. I keep wanting to sit down and right more about my thoughts on the show - but am rather, um, busy with work. :-( But I am sure I will get round to scribbling some stuff in due course.

It's interesting to me, to read your comments, too. So that's a great exchange.

As for lawnmower/Gendo... Is that fair on the lawnmower? ;-)

As for lawnmower/Gendo... Is that fair on the lawnmower?
Only if the mower is pushed by an elephant

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