The Duke was religious. Not in any of the ordinary senses of the word; he took small heed of High Church or Evangelical standpoints, he stood outside of all the movements and missions and cults and crusades of the day, uncaring and uninterested. Yet in a mystical-practical way of his own, which had served him unscathed and unshaken through the fickle years of boyhood, he was intensely and intensively religions. His family were naturally, though unobtrusively, distressed about it. “I am so afraid it may affect his bridge,” said his mother.
'Miniters of Grace' by Saki (H.H. Munro).

Lightning Cake, Second Edition

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The second edition of Lightning Cake will feature work by Alena McNamara, Gwendolyn Edward, Rebecca Emanuelsen, Jamie Lackey, KL Pereira, Emily Beyda, C.E. Hyun, Trevor Shikaze, Julia August, and Kristian Ashley Macaron.

Each piece is illustrated by guest artist Jen Muir.

These ten stories comprise The Moon Cake.

Moon cakes are a treat traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival, a time that celebrates lunar worship and moon-watching. Moon cakes are delicacies—small, dense, flavorful. Each story in this second edition is an entire little cake—speculative and boundless, silvery and otherworldly.

This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 8. Over the course of the next ten weeks, bite into a fresh moon cake every Wednesday. Polish off the crumbs with tea.

Here’s a future thing I’m looking forward to! Lightning Cake is a lovely ‘zine and I wanted to be part of it as soon as I found it, because I love flash, tumblr and cake.

(Reblogged from lightningcake)
I regard one’s hair as I regard husbands: as long as one is seen together in public one’s private divergences don’t matter.
'The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope' by Saki (H.H. Munro).
Lady Susan bore down upon them, leaning on the arm of Clovis’s mother, to whom she was confiding the fact that she disapproved of the craze for Pekingese spaniels. It was the third thing she had found time to disapprove of since lunch, without counting her silent and permanent disapproval of the way Clovis’s mother did her hair.
'A Matter of Sentiment' by Saki (H.H. Munro).

"There is more connection between geographical place-names and poetical inspiration than is generally recognized; one of the chief reasons why there are so few really great poems about Russia in our language is that you can’t possibly get a rhyme to names like Smolensk and Tobolsk and Minsk."

Clovis spoke with the authority of one who has tried.

'The Recessional' by Saki (H.H. Munro).
They habitually spoke of their aunt’s money as “good money”, as though other people’s aunts dabbled for the most part in spurious currency.
'The Way to the Dairy' by Saki (H.H. Munro).
How he lived was to a great extent a mystery even to himself; his struggle for existence probably coincided in many material details with the rather dramatic accounts he gave of it to sympathetic acquaintances.
'Adrian' by Saki (H.H. Munro).
Mrs. de Ropp was Conradin’s cousin and guardian, and in his eyes she represented those three-fifths of the world that are necessary and disagreeable and real; the other two-fifths, in perpetual antagonism to the foregoing, were summed up in himself and his imagination.
'Sredni Vashtar' by Saki (H.H. Munro).

"X," said Arlington Stringham, "has the soul of a meringue."

It was a useful remark to have on hand, because it applied equally well to four prominent statesmen of the day, which quadrupled the opportunities for using it.

'The Jesting of Arlington Stringham' by Saki (H. H. Munro).