via bookporn:Threats and Warnings on BookplatesIt was traditional, particularly before the invention of the printing press when books were all hand written manuscripts, to letter a curse into the book to prevent theft. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to have worked very well, as the books also had to be chained into place. Even chains had limited effect. Witness the many ancient libraries where there are still chains in place… but no books.Here are a few examples:Thys boke is one
And God’s curse another;
They that take the one
God geve them the other.
He who steals this book
may he die the death
may he be frizzled in a pan…
This present book legible in scripture
Here in this place thus tacched with a cheyn
Purposed of entent for to endure
And here perpetuelli stylle to remeyne
Fro eyre to eyre wherfore appone peyn
Of cryst is curs of faders and of moderes
Non of hem hens atempt it to dereyne
Whille ani leef may goodeli hange with oder.
Steal not this Book my honest Friend
For fear the Galows should be your hend,
And when you die the Lord will say
And wares the Book you stole away?A variation on the same theme:Steal not this book, my worthy friend
For fear the gallows will be your end;
Up the ladder, and down the rope,
There you’ll hang until you choke;
Then I’ll come along and say -
"Where’s that book you stole away?"From the Monastery of San Pedro, Barcelona, a blanket curse for the entire library…(I really wish this one existed, but unfortunately, it appears that it is apocryphal — there is no monastery in San Pedro. It’s so nasty though that I include it anyway.)For him that Stealeth a Book from this Library,
Let it change into a Serpent in his hand & rend him.
Let him be struck with Palsy, & all his Members blasted.
Let him languish in Pain crying aloud for Mercy,
Let there be no Surcease to his Agony till he sink to Dissolution.
Let Bookworms gnaw his Entrails in token of the Worm that dieth not,
When at last he goeth to his final Punishment,
Let the flames of hell consume him for ever & aye.”
(source: Littera Scripta).
Lew Jaffe, from Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie, shared his collection of bookplate threats and warnings done by different artists.
1. Lloyd Douglas. 2. Marion Nutt. 3. Stanley Dressler Lovegrove. 4. Malcolm M. Ferguson. 5. Philip Reed. 6. Artist unknown.
"I should warn you, however, that I have several volumes devoted to curses for people who don’t return books.” “I’d like to borrow those, too.” ― Steven Brust (Morrolan e’Drien, Vlad Taltos; Dragon)
yeah yeah yeah!
or someone translates a spell and then find out that instead of summoning a hat they summoned a store of hats because they got the noun wrong!
or someone assumes there’s no word for snow in arabic and goes about trying to invent a word until someone knocks them upside the head and is like “we have a word dumb-ass, what do you think we call the white stuff on mountains?”
or someone thought they said the arabic equivalent of “accio book” but what they actually said was “accio library” (kitab and maktab gets confused a lot if you’re not familiar with arabic) and the Ministry is like HOLD UP SOMEONE’S SUMMONED THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED, ALL THE WARDS ARE GOING OFF, MUGGLES ARE FREAKING OUT, SOMEONE DO SOMETHING
and one of the department heads says ‘wait, there’s a war on, we’ll blame it on that. fire. there, some muggle set a fire, burned it all down, we’ll just hide the library where ever it went’
im laughing so hard imagining this fuck up
HEADCANON alexandria was like hidden under the sands A:TLA style and is still accessable by witches and wizards, but there’s like heavy anti-magic wards inside it after The Incident so no one accidentally burns it down/causes water damage or just anything that might ruin the collection.
That is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever read.
"It was not decorated in any way. It stood there, a plain block of type all by itself in the middle of the page, looking serious and important. Nita read the Oath to herself first, to make sure of the words. Then, quickly, before she could start to feel silly, she read it out loud."
I solemnly swear I am up to no good
"This isn’t a legitimate classification system," said Steve angrily, throwing the book onto the couch next to Clint. "This is bullshit. They’re children, for cripe’s sake.”
Clint’s eyebrows rose to comical levels.
"You can’t just isolate different children or—or— or try to predetermine their characters at age eleven," Steve said, thoroughly angry. "And you certainly can’t condemn an entire fourth of your school’s population to a villainy house, what the hell is that?”
He started to pace.
"As if people never change! As if there’s no moral or ethical growth after age eleven!”
Bucky reached over Clint and picked up the book. Clint gave him a look and he shrugged.
"Hell, if it makes Steve this angry, I gotta check it out," he explained.
"This isn’t a basis for education!" Bucky shouted. "Where are the art classes, huh? Kids this age should have access to art classes."
"Exactly!" shouted Steve. "Maybe a little less institutionalized racism and a little more arts education, am I right?"
Clint buried his head in his hands.
My two (two!) pieces for the "Magical Girl Heroines: Sailor Moon and Sailor Senshi"gallery show, happening THIS SATURDAY (that’s tomorrow!) at Q-Pop in lovely downtown Los Angeles! The art i’ve already seen for this show looks AMAZING and i’m super pumped to be part of it along with many talented pals and talented potential-future-pals.
AH, I HAVE DISCOVERED WHY I HATE YOUR GUTS.
He acts like Star Trek is no longer needed for its ability to address social issues, so now why not just turn it into a bright and shiny action flick and nothing else? Dizzy bastard.
He took a project on without really realizing what it meant to so many people. I’m not just talking about those “crazy” nerds that stand in lines at conventions for hours. I’m talking about Martin Luther King Jr., who begged Nichelle Nichols not to quit the show. I’m talking about the hundreds of men and women that joined the navy or airforce, worked in the space industry, or became astronauts because of Star Trek. He’s forgotten all those people. He didn’t have faith that Star Trek in its purest form could reach all people– because it never reached him. So he molded it into something very different to fit a societal standard of action movies that pervades Hollywood today.
He missed that mark. And he pats himself on the back for it.
it’s the mlk / nichelle nichols bit that really hammers things home for me where jj dropped the ball on this franchise.
like, he wants it to be accessible popcorn entertainment without as much heady philosophy, i can get that, i can even get behind it to a point, except it’s also completely ridiculous coming out of his mouth bc //what do you think lost was jj//. also this and the other gifset misses out the part where he says he finally got way into star trek during production and now loves it. (though the preponderance of enterprise references and the dip in ambition between movies does remind me more of voyager playing it safe than ds9 taking risks, but paramount stopped believing in the idealism of the franchise themselves about fifteen years ago so that’s not even surprising.)
no, it’s the fact that uhura even //existing// was revolutionary in the eyes of martin luther king jr. in //nineteen sixty seven//.
in 2009? chekov being a russian dude wasn’t diversity. five of the seven main cast being white males wasn’t diversity. less than a third of the characters with names and dialogue being not-white-males wasn’t progress. //half of the female characters dying// wasn’t progress. the female uniforms being sexy sexy where the men get practical clothing was the //opposite// of progress.
and hey, they didn’t bother to mix up the core seven by making chekov a russian //girl// genius or bones idris elba or spock sendil ramamurthy or kirk katee sackhoff or whatever. but it’s okay, that’s only seven characters out of an infinite canvas. and they did another movie, they levelled up, they added nothing but diversity to the cast, right?
replaced tyler perry with peter weller. kirk wakes up in bed with //literal japanese catgirl twins// who aren’t named or seen again. all the poc and aliens are (still) background scenery. there are women wearing something other than the sleeveless gogo skirt //but only in the background//. the new villain, who was a man of color as strong, smart, and capable as kirk back in the 60s / 80s, is now a white man with a desi name. 8/10 of the major characters are still white men. and the only character written as a person of color is //still// zachary quinto.
jj, this is my problem. you have officially failed to represent the future as //better//. you’ve adopted a ridiculous colorblind ideology that amounts to ignoring the varied experiences of not-white-males, but failed to pair it with //casting mostly or even just 50% not-white-males//.
in the future, men are still disproportionately represented in the workforce? //white// men still dominate all the hierarchies of power? the only important places on earth are in the usa and great britain? less than half the named characters are women? we have transfer students from other planets but there are only terrestrial minorities in crowd shots? white people are a demographical minority worldwide //today// but don’t tell the future that?
in 2004 edward james olmos, talking about new galactica, commented that that was the first time we’d seen latinos in space. //that shouldn’t still be true//.
white people’s ideas of the future are TERRIFYING.
fuck nu trek
this is why i never gave a shit about it and will continue to not give a shit about it
There is this thing that happens in Hollywood, that is the root of this issue, and it bugs the crap out of me - successful directors take on successful franchises as projects but aren’t actually fans of the source material. They have *no* emotional investment in staying true to the source because the source means nothing to them at all, and not understanding the source means they don’t get what makes it special, leaving us (as the audience) flat because the new creation leaves the IMPORTANT parts of the source material behind. This - losing the envelope pushing of diversity acceptance in the future, this is a major key to the Star Trek franchise; using the original road map, one of the people on the bridge should have been Islamic. The thing is, by not being a part of the culture, the directors are so far removed from what is important to the culture that they overlook it… and then they wonder why the fanbase pans their finished product, and the Hollywood machine takes this to mean that there is no fanbase for these things really.
We see this with the Avengers (and individual movies like Thor, or Iron Man), where Joss *is* part of the fandom. He is a long time fan of comics and Marvel and *gets* why these characters are important and what is crucial about their portrayal on the big screen. And he has cast actors who bring those qualities with them inherently - RDJ as Ironman is not just someone who has been the playboy fuckup in ENORMOUSLY PUBLIC ways, but is capable of owning that about himself, and being honest about the darkness that brings. ScarJo brings that tiny glimpse of vulnerability that intensifies her strength rather than taking away from it. And this same pattern is true for each of the actors and their characters - the thing that makes that character *connect* to the audience is PRESENT in these films (and the tv series).
And that’s lost when the director doesn’t care enough about the franchise to know what those details are. Sometimes we have lucked out with the ACTOR caring enough to bring that quality anyway (Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Romijin Stamos, and Alan Cummings from the X-Men for instance… Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen of course). Unfortunately this can also bring us heartache when the writing doesn’t care about the source either; and we get X3, where the delicious truffle is decorating a shit pie.