Many folks live-tweeting the BAFTA Awards slammed Anne Hathaway for being too thankful during her acceptance speech. While I understand that we've mostly heard all this from her before (and may hear it again next month at the Oscars), last night's speech was under two minutes, and at least included some interesting shout-outs. For example, she actually thanked Victor Hugo, as well as some guy with food poisoning. It seems to me that some people out there need an attention-span adjustment.
I almost don't know what to do with this (SFW) burlesque tribute to Ralph Bakshi's animated "The Lord of the Rings," except to post it here. The song, as you may recall, is "Where There's a Whip, There's a Way," and in retrospect, it's pretty amazing that something like this didn't happen a lot sooner.
Speaking of something that probably should have happened sooner, a Chilean judge has ordered that the body of Pablo Neruda be exhumed. The great poet died in 1973 of cancer, his family claimed, but new evidence suggests he may have been poisoned. We'll be biting our nails in anticipation of the results, and in the meantime will probably revisit some poemas de Neruda.
The year 2013 is looking good for Orson Scott Card in the long term -- "Ender's Game" comes out in November -- but in the short term he's getting some static over his new role as a writer for Superman comics, because of statements he's made in the past on issues such as homosexuality. DC Comics has been very welcoming to LGBT characters over the past several years, so it's natural for fans to question the hiring choice. One gay comic author, Dale Lazarov, states that denying Card work because of his beliefs is going too far: "Asking for workplace discrimination for any reason is counterproductive for those who want to end discrimination on their own behalf." Whatever direction DC decides to go with this, I'm pretty sure Superman can withstand it.