69–A Diller, A Dollar…


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  1. jessica says:

    In ep 69, where Tristan jumps a palisade fence to meet lovely Isolde in the garden with the spring.  The imagery made me think of the Unicorn Tapestries – http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/Unicorn/unicorn_inside.htm  there’s a fascinating book about decoding them..  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060155302/ref=ox_ya_os_product

    Essentially, it sounds like Tristan is the Unicorn entering the garden to be with the virgin/princess lady, which is eventually his downfall.  Just thought I’d share, the book seems to have some other similarities to the tapestries, what with hunting scenes and fountains etc. 

    The MET website says the tapestries date from 1495-1505, and they were found in France.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some relationship between the stories.  Food for thought.

  2. Beverly says:

    I really enjoyed your discussion with Kate. I was intrigued by the idea of “classics” that have had changed endings over time. I remember in one of my Shakespeare classes learning that the Victorians made “King Lear” have a happy ending–no dead, kind daughters in their version!

  3. Fiona@Ogrehut.com says:

    Heather, thank you ever so much for the podcast. I love listening to the stories you’ve presented. I’ve been listening since episode one and unless you subject me to Twain, I’ll be here for all you provide. Honestly, I don’t think I could have made it through TOTC without the explanations. I enjoy many classical authors, but find them tedious to read. Your narratives have been fantastic. I’m looking forward to Frankenstein. It’s been awhile so I’m hoping to see how my perceptions have changed. Thanks again. Keep up the great work and don’t worry about losing us. You make the wait well-worth it.

  4. WoollyJumpers says:

    Ohmigosh, the thought of enduring f—ing Frankenstein again…but my only exposure was via an over-the-top, I-teach-lit-from-a-feminist-perspecitve, If-you-don’t-like-it-then-leave professor in undergrad 20 years (or more) ago (and she had the transfer slips at the ready)…maybe it will be like HO and TOTC… Anyway, heard your gripe with the Excel graph paper. Here’s another site with all types of graph paper. And what the author does with engineering paper is so nerdy and yet…
    go to http://incompetech.com/graphpaper and scroll down to “asymmetric” for knitting paper…are you ready…to your specifications! Love it!

  5. SpinningErin says:

    I love this podcast – you marry the two vital elements–great content and a good speaking voice. Thank you so much for sharing with bookish crafters!

    At first, I was put off by the idea of *Frankenstein*, but I think your point is a good one, and since I’ve never read it, it’s time I gave poor Mrs. Shelley a chance. And then (I hope I hope), it’ll be time for *Little Women*.

    And Tristan and his lady are a riot – great choice for the series!

    And if you must be brought to the airways by Powdermilk Biscuits, fear not – here is one listener who realizes that kids (even cool art-loving ones) must be fed and neat fiber crafter/teachers must make a living. I’ll still be listening. Keep your chin up!

  6. Brook says:

    Just had to leave you a comment saying thanks for the podcast. I love listening to the classics. I’ve never had the opportunity to read these books so it’s very nice to listen to them while knitting. Thank you again! BrookC

  7. bunnysquirrel says:

    here’s a link to the 31 rules of courtly love–http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/capellanus.html

  8. Tikabelle says:

    The Republic of Pemberly is quite the amicable bunch. When I went to their annual meeting in 2005, I was greeted by a life-sized standup of Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle – the latter with her face cut out so we could all get our picture taken with Darcy. The meeting also involved wine, a Rocky Horror Sense and Sensibility, wine, a Just-the-Good-Bits Pride & Prejudice, and oh, wine. I heart them almost as much as I heart knitters.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Just to say that I always learnt that Cornish is in the same family of Celtic languages as Welsh and Breton, with Scots Gaelic and Manx being the other family. This mostly referring to the ‘modern’ Celtic languages.


  10. Lumie says:

    I am loving the idea of doing Frankenstein next. I was planning on picking it up soon to read for fun. I would love to hear your take on it. I also use love way to much.