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February 13, 2015

And wow, this is..well, just watch it. I am not a huge fan of the song but this is gorgeous.

Sergei Polunin, “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle from David LaChapelle Studio on Vimeo.

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  1. Selki

    Female husbands: Alas, I couldn’t get my book club to agree to any of the following fictionalized biographies (although one of the other members had already read the Lobdell book), some of which have female husbands and near misses:
    * A Call to Arms: The Civil War Adventures of Sarah Emma Edmonds, alias Private Frank Thompson, by P.F. Nagle. How much is truth and how much fiction is difficult to say, as the historical Emma may have stretched the truth herself in the memoirs she wrote after the Civil War. In this re-telling, she ran away from home and made her living as a man before the Civil War, then joined the Union Army, was asked to serve as a (male) nurse for 6 months, then was asked to be a courier, and then a spy. So the story covers a lot of ground, and allows the reader to experience several parts of the war, but a few parts of her story seemed a bit unlikely. One distinctive part of this book is how Emma takes her faith very seriously, questioning herself and others’ actions at times and trying for high standards, though not always succeeding. Her yearning to connect to others, even in disguise, is very human. The flashback/flash-forward chapter structure will annoy some but possibly engage others, and the same is true of her romantic choices.
    * Revolutionary, by Alex Myers. Apprentice weaver Deborah Sampson disguises herself and enlists in the Continental Army. She does well but is wounded and then things get really tricky when she’s assigned to watch over another soldier’s recuperation. Good but sad in parts.
    * The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell, by William Klaber. Woman leaves her baby and dresses as man during frontier times to earn her wages. Legal battles, labor issues, treatment of mentally ill. Very interesting in parts and despairing in others.
    * I Shall Be Near To You, by Erin Lindsay McCabe. Rosetta Wakefield follows her husband when he enlists for the Civil War. His enlistment buddies are suspicious; some help and some are trouble.

    I read Terry Pratchett’s *Monstrous Regiment* after my unexplained
    dive into those novels/biographies, for a bit of comic relief. 🙂


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