Perhaps I'm just a sentimental old fool, but I'm a sucker for charming obsessives. I read some story about a man who spends his life collecting, say, grains of rice shaped like the faces of famous politicians from the 19th century ("You're right, that does James Blaine, the Plumed Knight of Maine.") and I can't help but feel like all is right with the world.
This is why I'm tickled pink to announce that Fred, the mad genius behind the skull-obsessed Sweet Skulls blog, is now a card carrying member of the League of Tana Tea Drinkers. Fred covers the skull beat: any skulls, any wheres, any times. Skull-themed board games, EC-Era comic covers featuring skulls, jewelry, bizarre art objects, and, of course, ukulele-playing burlesque girls who wear singing skull bras (I kid you not); it's all grist for the Sweet Skulls mill. I've been sporting Fred's link on my sidebar for awhile now, 'cause I'm ahead of the curve that way. If you haven't already, go check it out.
Fred joins the League as member of what might be the most accomplished class of inductees ever. Along with Fred, the League welcomes John Muir.
"Holy shit!" you say. "John Muir - famed naturalist, father of the modern preservation movement, and one of the prime sources of American environmentalism - joined the League?"
No, John Kenneth Muir.
"Holy shit!" you say. "John Kenneth Muir, the man responsible for John Kenneth Muir's Reflections on TV/Film and author of several celebrated books on contemporary popular culture, including Best in Show: The Films of Christopher Guest & Company, The Unseen Force: The Films of Sam Raimi, and Horror Films of the 1970s."
Yep. That's the one.
"Wow. The League is really powering up."
"You're going to be completely outclassed."
I know. Don't rub it in. Wait 'till you get a load of the next guy: August Ragone, the brain behind the monster-tastic The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla. He's one of the best English-language writers on Japanese pop culture and penned the authoritative Eiji Tsububraya: Master of Monsters.
With John and August adding their respective greatness levels to the collective outstandingness of the LoTT-D ranks, I think I can safely say, without risk of overstatement, the League is without a doubt the very reason the Internet was invented. Welcome aboard, gents.
Perhaps, if we're nice to them, they'll join in our limerick contest. You can read the rules and submit a limerick at any time. Deadline is next Wednesday. The winner will be announced the following day. I've received several entries at this point, but it is still anybody's game. Don't let this become another one of those missed opportunities that haunts your troubled and sleepless nights. Submit today and take the first step in becoming the you that you always knew you could be.