The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Comfortably numbat

Long ago some of you gave me money to go to Bread Loaf, and I in turn promised you stix. Shamefully, I still haven't repaid everyone's generosity. But here are two requests!

First, for flyingcamel, not one but two stix numbats.

The numbat is an absurd little marsupial known scientifically as Myrmecobius fasciatus, "banded thing that eats ants." Actually it survives exclusively on termites, which is why that second one is sticking its tongue out: they do that in real life too, and it is adorable.

Next, for plasticsturgeon, T. E. Lawrence reading the Kalevala.

Ned developed a more or less permanent squint from all those years in the hot Arabian sun, and I tried to render that here, though perhaps he looks merely tired. He was, incidentally, very good-looking. Lots has been made of his sexuality and many people think he was gay, though his friends said he was "asexual" and he reported having had no sex at all, unless you count the pleasurable sensation he experienced when being whipped by Turkish soldiers (which I do, though it doesn't clear up the gay/not gay thing; maybe he would have liked being whipped by anyone). He did write very nicely about the homosexuality he witnessed in the army, speaking of "friends quivering together in the yielding sand with intimate hot limbs in supreme embrace." Yes, please.
Tags: animals, beautiful men, stix, t. e. lawrence
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