Sometimes the title is all you need

Ever run into a work whose title tells you all you need to know about the work? Snakes on a Plane, an album titled “Greatest Hits” or “Live!” or John Dies At The End.

Of course, there’s still surprises, the title cannot communicate the entirety of the work, but sometimes the title tells you the big picture of the work succinctly.

With the right title, an audience can know if the work is a perfect fit or not. I found one recently that turned out to be a perfect fit for me: Dracula vs. Hitler by Patrick Sheane Duncan.

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Further thoughts on Metallica’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct

This morning, an article about the history of links between Metallica and Cthulhu was posted over at Black Gate; you can see it here: https://www.blackgate.com/2017/05/01/cthulhu-in-metallica/

If you’re here from Black Gate, welcome! I had a few thoughts on the latest Metallica album beyond the scope of the Black Gate article that I thought I’d share here.

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Developing inertia

To any of my loyal readers (ha ha, I can imagine such a thing exists) who have checked, you may have noticed a distinct lack of activity for the last year-plus. I don’t have much of an excuse or explanation beyond “life”. Day to day life has a way of sapping energy and time and other resources that one would normally apply to beloved pastimes. And it has over the last year or so.

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The Hessian Goes Home: Anglicization

The Hessian Goes Home is a short series of blog posts I did on a former blog; I’m moving them there for posterity.

Part I: https://mickgall.com/2012/02/10/the-hessian-goes-home-part-1/

Part II: https://mickgall.com/2012/02/17/the-hessian-goes-home-part-2-the-church/

Part III: https://mickgall.com/2012/02/24/the-hessian-goes-home-anglicization/

Since covering those two landmarks, it was time to go to the main, the town itself. The official family records state the John Henry Gall was born in the city of Buchenburg, Vohl, district of Kassel, on 24 March 1834.

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The Hessian Goes Home Part 2: The Church

During our travels to see where the family came from, we saw the small town nearby Buchenberg (marked with a “B”) where John Henry was from. This nearby town was called Kirchlotheim (marked with a “C”).

The family records we were sent by our diligent cousins said that Buchenberg did not have its own church, so they traveled to Kirchlotheim for marriages, baptisms, funerals, etc.

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