Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 24: How Wings Are Attached to the Backs of Angels

| October 24, 2017

Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is an eleven minute short animated film courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada which, notwithstanding its government connection, offers much wondrous grist for our mill. The subject matter for you to enjoy with your after dark tipple tonight meshes so well with what’s already been said here this season, and […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 22: French Roast

| October 22, 2017

As I’ve previously written, “The Tuareg, so called “Blue Men of the Desert” are a nomadic herding people of the Sahara. They like their coffee: Black as the Devil, Strong as Death, Sweet as Love, And hot as Hell. “This pronouncement has always spoken to me because pretty much everything I appreciate in life fits […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 20: Sebastian’s Voodoo

| October 20, 2017

“The warrior’s tale is no happy thing. It is bitter as bile and dark as death. But it is also a grand and glorious thing. For even in its full naked truth, it is the story of perseverance in the face of every agony and betrayal. It is the tale of how we live and […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 19: Waste Not Your Dram

| October 19, 2017

Waste Not Your Dram By LFM No Wisdom ever grew from Begging others what to do, Who live to make the same mistakes As frequently as you. It lies in finding Mentors — Learning where and when to ask. It lies in finding things that work, Then harnessing to task. It lies in learning Teachers […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 15: Choose Another Before It Becomes Yours

| October 15, 2017

Throughout the world there are tales of places and artifacts afflicted with unfortunate residual influences left over from their previous denizens or owners. Whether this other kind of “human remains” come to be seen as a curse or a haunting is predicated on whether it is believed to be the cause of physical harm (curse), […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 14: At Home With Monsters

| October 14, 2017

Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters is the name of an exhibit currently appearing at the Art Gallery of Ontario until 7 January 2018, and consists of items from the private collection of the man himself. From the Exhibition Overview: From the fantastic to the frightful, don’t miss this rare glimpse into the world […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 13: Dans le Noir?

| October 13, 2017

“But darkness came on fast, and the paths of the wood seemed but imperfectly known to the marauders.” ~ Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott Sad to tell, most people with a taste for Dark Sentiments don’t always go looking for it in moonlit forests, ancient basements, forgotten burial grounds, remote moors, hoary caves, or sexual adventure. […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 12: Who Has it Easier?

| October 12, 2017

Unless you haven’t been paying attention, or were born  to such privilege that you didn’t have to, you will at least by now have come to the suspicion that the world is not fair, and all people are not created equal. All that stuff about rights to free expression, and all people being “created” equal […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 11: The Camille Flammarion Curse

| October 11, 2017

If you’re unfamiliar with films like The Blair With Project, and Trollhunter, or haven’t even heard of them, then I’m at a loss to explain how you got here. Notwithstanding that, let’s soldier on together, and we’re glad to have you. While I’m not a particular fan of the faux documentary genre in general, I […]

Dark Sentiments Season 8 — Day 10: Red

| October 10, 2017

“Fairy Tales, as they were originally written, weren’t the saccharine offal children who don’t belong to Mrs. LFM and me, or a few notable Friends, grew (or are growing) up with. They were intended to convey valuable life lessons to the offspring of people who lived a lot closer to reality than most in the […]