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This is the blog of Sarah Monette/Katherine Addison, a professional writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Sarah Monette is my real name; Katherine Addison is a pen name, intended to be transparent.

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26th-Feb-2011 07:55 pm - another one!
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Giuseppe Bastianini, the Foreign Undersecretary, said to Mussolini at a meeting of the Grand Council, "Ideas are not canaries to be kept in a cage" (Deakin 448). There's a line that belongs in blank verse.

(I suspect The Fall of Mussolini is behaving as displacement activity from the novel revisions I can't get a grip on. But it's also just nuts how readily the subject matter lends itself to the form.)
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I'm reading F. W. Deakin's The Brutal Friendship: Mussolini, Hitler, and the Fall of Italian Fascism (1962), and for some reason a minor exchange Deakin mentions between the King of Italy and one of his marshals insists on being rewritten in iambic pentameter, as if it were a quote from some time-traveling Elizabethan playwright*:

VICTOR EMMANUEL: The old guard . . . ghosts, all of them.
BADOGLIO: Then we, sir, we two are also ghosts.

--The Fall of Mussolini

If anyone wants to do anything with this, you may consider yourself to have my blessing. Because I'm not ABOUT to write a five-act blank verse tragedy about Mussolini--despite the sudden, ridiculous temptation of writing the Hitler scenes.

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*This is oddly appropriate, since February 26 was the day of Christopher Marlowe's baptism in 1564, and in matociquala's excellent story, "This Tragic Glass," Marlowe is exactly that: a time-traveling Elizabethan playwright. Happy approximate birthday, Kit, and next time, just pay for the fucking fish, all right?
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