reading wednesday

Jun. 22nd, 2017 02:55 am
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• What are you reading?

The Heiress Effect, by Courtney Milan.
The conceit of this book is brilliant. She has to stay single, for complicated family reasons, but her plan will stop working if she turns down any reasonable offer, so she has to make her person repellent enough to counterbalance the attraction of her considerable fortune -- without letting anyone see that she's doing it on purpose. I love it when the obstacles in a romance are not stupid! I love comedy of manners, when it puts extra constraints on the protagonist's solution space! Especially when the protagonist using a formidable intelligence and an immense amount of work to seem foolish and ineffectual!
I was disappointed that this book ignores the constraints that don't assist the story it wants to tell. (For example, these unmarried gentlewomen would not go to a dinner-party in a house without a hostess. One of them is accompanied by a chaperone, another is with her sister, and that is adequate for excursions in public places in daylight, but after dark, in a house full of young men -- no. It would not do.) These elements might not move the story forward directly, but they would do a lot to make the societal forces our heroes are working against seem powerful and real.

• What did you recently finish reading?

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer. DNF. It isn't a bad book, but the more I read of it the more I found myself resenting the idea that it would be one of the approximately 3000 new books I have time left to read. Its greatest appeal for me is how thoroughly Schumer fights against shame. Read for Tawanda book group.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I put a Climbing Mount TBR challenge on my Habitica To-Do list, but I'm not sure how to tackle it. Two of my book groups are on summer hiatus, so I have room to move. I like [personal profile] melannen's FMK polls, and I keep thinking I could do that too, but when I look at my shelves and ask, "Which of these are you going to read, really?" and "Which of these do you need to keep, really?" my answer is always, "All of them. All. Yes, even that one."

Fads of youth

Jun. 21st, 2017 09:25 am
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I was thinking last night of fads. In the 70s I had an official "Pet Rock" which I loved. The manual on care and training of Pet Rocks was very amusingly written (at least to my 7 year old mind). Pet Rocks were particularly great at learning to "stay" and "play dead". It came in a little carton full of straw with the manual and I think, a leash.

My dad was a good model for how to gently enjoy human absurdity and I remember him being super entertained by the pet rock and playing along with it super well.

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Jun. 19th, 2017 10:32 am
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to [personal profile] waywardcats ! Hope the heat isn't cramping your (or the cats') style too much!  Stay hydrated!

Heat regulation

Jun. 18th, 2017 07:36 pm
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First super super hot day here. If tomorrow will be like this I need to find the fan in the garage.

I just shaved about a pound of side hair off (it is thick) and have put it in the worm bin. Good compost aeration! And, felt happy I had cleaned and organized the closet weeks ago as I easily found my little box of house dresses.

I'm wearing this amazing reversible soft linen sleeveless dress, with a pocket for my handkerchief, that I got from Flax on skud's recommendation a few years ago (converting me fervently to linen) And my hair has been up in a top of the head ponytail all day (now much more effective with the side hair shaved off.) I think of skud affectionately whenever I wear this amazing dress (maroon on one side and lavender on the other). The pocket handkerchief is daintily printed with violets. I ironed it the other day, as I enjoy doing.

Now you know everything. All my secrets. Dresses, ironing, and the fact that I have that chicken yodeling song stuck in my head.

created a few new feeds

Jun. 18th, 2017 06:23 pm
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Created a few feeds, presented in reverse alphabetical order:
  • [syndicated profile] unconventional_comic_feed -- UnCONventional, a web comic about fannish conrunners -- posts twice a week

  • [syndicated profile] thisisindexed_feed-- Indexed, a web comic that depicts information mostly in charts and graphs, drawn on an index card -- posts a couple-few days a week

  • [syndicated profile] small_beer_press_feed -- Small Beer Press, Not a Journal -- infrequent posts mostly about Small Beer Press & its authors

  • [syndicated profile] ourbodiesblog_feed -- Our Bodies, Ourselves -- A blog about women's and girls' health, from the nonprofit, public interest organization that brings us the Our Bodies, Ourselves books -- posts randomly, as needed

  • [syndicated profile] librarything_blog_feed-- The official blog of Librarything, the site where you (or your local library) can catalog your books (and movies and music)

  • [syndicated profile] eleanor_arnason_blog_feed -- Eleanor Arnason's web log -- from SF&F author Eleanor Arnason, a retired white woman who thinks about race and class and age and writing

  • [syndicated profile] cypher_of_tyr_blog_feed -- Cypheroftyr blog by Tanya D., fan and gamer and PoC who doesn't put up with much shit

  • [syndicated profile] body_impolitic_blog_feed -- Body Impolitic, a blog by Laurie Toby Edison & Debbie Notkin, two white women who collaborate on projects about bodies and images of bodies -- posts infrequently

Also posted in [site community profile] dw_feed_promo

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Jun. 18th, 2017 02:36 pm
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Sir Paul McCartney hits the big seven-five today. Heh.

Experimental notebook transfer

Jun. 18th, 2017 01:40 pm
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So out of the habit of blogging. The back injection was harder to take this time than usual (I think) Thursday is very fuzzy - I barely remember it after I got home. Dossie brought me to the pain clinic and I do remember them giving me an extra dose of whatever it was into the vein, as I was cussing and had trouble staying still for the needle. The clinic is trying a new thing where they play you music on request during a procedure so I asked for Bach. How do you spell it? Nurse very puzzled. Then the one thing I remember other than Dr. Pham telling the resident, You have no idea what is about to happen here and me laughing and then cussing my head off. In the middle of it as I got calm, exclaiming, "Oh, Brandenburg Concerto number 3" and feeling clever to have any brain cells at all.

I can't actually remember getting in the car or getting home at all but I believe Dossie must have got here and then Milo was here as well so.... ?

Not sure if it is worth it. Some times I feel better immediately but this time I have been in an annoying (semi incapacitating) level of pain at the injection sites from Thursday to Saturday. I had to skip a nice board game birthday party and a punk rock history movie. Very quiet weekend alone. Rosa came over for tea and to pick up some things - I haven't seen her in a while. I am somewhat functional but in small bits and without bending over much. The quiet weekend has meant I am more than caught up on tidying up after myself and other people. When that happens I can make inroads on the accumulated disorder. We need to get rid of some books. Also, I think the anesthetic and sedative and steroids together made me feel strange, brainless, aimless, exhausted.

Today has been better. I went up the hill to Pinhole cafe and went through some bits of 3 different notebooks. I tried to copy any worthwhile bits out of the big black moleskine one from December into the 2 new ones, especially working on the Andromeda and Venus poems. I am fairly happy with the first bit, have lots of the 2nd, some of the 3rd but it is not quite coalesced and something to #4. Nothing on 5 (Maybe?) But the structure is more clear to me. I wrote some new snippets and copied over other parts. Found the notes I took in my lap at the actual dance performance that it's about.

Horrors when I was on my way to Dossie's office Tues. evening and realized there was NO NOTEBOOKS WTF. I got a substandard one in the walgreens (nothing else open) So here is my entry from it before I tear out the pages and pass the unsuitable notebook on. (I am too fussy, but I don't like a yucky feeling cover, or a size too small with binding too tight, as I can't think on paper well without wider space)

>>> Lovely jcab driver named Yosief from Eritrea a poet who used to write for the newspapers. We talked about the route and the pleasure of driving around to random places following where someone else wants to go (better than seeing nothing in a 7-11 as he was at first and no one would talk with him) It is other people's choices. We admired Glen Park Canyon as we drove up the street alongside.

His family's place in Eritrea is very beautiful with trees with fruit of all kinds, grapes, plums, and their neighbor had cows so they would trade for milk. The family thought of expanding the house but it would have meant cutting down some of the fruit trees so they had a big family meeting and decided not to. He feels like trees with fruit almost have a soul. You have to respect them. I added you feel connected to the land when you eat something you know comes right from it that you grew and picked.

He described how Trump is just like the dictator in Eritrea , how they fought for independence but then got a dictator for 26 years no better than before. America is supposed to be for disagreeing and discussing anything you want without hate. He has a picture he cut out from the paper of Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner kissing each other on the cheek and shaking hands which he framed and put on the wall as it is the spirit of America that they completely disagree but can at least act friendly. But now maybe things are going bad and we can't think that we are immune from society falling apart. It can happen here, and the rich and greedy are the same everywhere, they only want power and they don't care what happens otherwise. He has to call up his family and tell them everything about politics, and they try to protect him by telling him it will be OK... because they know he's sensitive.

In case you can't tell this was all completely charming and I told him how I am also a poet and translator and about Carmen's book and said we should email and send poems. I went to write down my email and realized NO NOTEBOOK and not a scrap of paper on me. This never happens! How embarrassing just when I claimed to be a writer! He put his email into my phone but then i accidentally thought i lost it when I closed the email app. But! Found it! Now, he wonders if I will help him translate a poem? I may do this (counting on no misunderstanding about a meetup)

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My plan was to hang out in pt. reyes town and write and work on poems while D. was at her appointment but no notebook. I can likely buy a decent one there in the bookstore.

Middle section of poem cycle as visual play across page with form? In a cleft or split going vertically for the structural supports. Too much? Or better have it underpin every page or some pages running through the whole thing as the supports should be 100% visible. Rodin's anatomical studies for those guys in the village (aldermen?). So, either that or 3rd section would be ramp/cleft/structure and 4th would be naiads.

Thinking of the free play across the page that I admire. The comical woman crossing the atlantic communist poem, Elvira H. Carta de viaje - more free and far-ranging. That space & far-ranging wide freedom has to underpin the entire Descent cycle. Consider also American Air (together with carta de viaje, atlantic, ibarbourou atlantic poems, in its own little book?)

Note, add Florentino book to ebook list for Burn This Press. Nearly forgot it.

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Punchline of this is that a day later I found one of the 3 notebooks at the very bottom of my big backpack. So was able to work after all, with notes.

Requiescat in Pace

Jun. 17th, 2017 10:52 pm
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Jun. 17th, 2017 01:19 am
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Haven't been active on here much, though I've been on Twitter a lot. First time I've logged in here in months. (My head is in the sand re: LJ.)

I saw Wonder Woman! Twice! And I want to go see it a third time this week-end, though on Sunday because I'm babysitting my sister's kids on Saturday.

The dog and the budgie are well. The dog has a mosquito bite on an eyelid. The suckers managed to get her despite all her fur. (She's due for a summer shave.)

Watched The Girl with All the Gifts tonight (there was a tweetalong). It'd make a good double-bill with The Creeping Garden.

There is a really cool exhibit of posters from the golden age of stage magic at the McCord Museum in Montréal until January, by the way, if you're looking for an outing. Giant original prints from a century ago, that you can look at up close and in glorious colour. (I recognised Thurston's name from a reproduction of one of those posters that was used as set decoration on The Magicians.)

Anyone going to Montréal Comic-Con in a couple of weeks? I got a three-day pass when they were discounted some months back. They just announced Patrick Stewart will be there.

After that, there's Fantasia coming up.

Dear Zindagi

Jun. 16th, 2017 01:37 am
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I just watched Dear Zindagi and I loved it. I had to stop for a while in the middle because I thought for sure it was going to do something terrible ), but it didn't! Also it showed work, friendship (especially friendship with other women), and family as being foundational to happiness, with romantic love as a joyful addition when you're ready.

Also I found the constant language-switching delightful.

Is there a lot of Bollywood like this? Can you recommend any?

Well

Jun. 12th, 2017 11:01 pm
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Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Golden State Warriors on their respective championship seasons!

I don't know when Pittsburgh is having their parade, but Oakland's parade is Thursday.

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Jun. 12th, 2017 09:27 pm
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There was supposed to be a haiku today, but I couldn't get the sense-memory to hold still long enough to apply verbals. (I hate when that happens.)

henna day post

Jun. 11th, 2017 01:36 pm
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I am hennaing my hair on a pleasant June afternoon (following a quintessentially June-gloomy morning). I'm listening to the new reissue of 2 Steps From the Middle Ages by Game Theory. It contains one of my favorite Game Theory songs, "Room for One More, Honey," which to my mind features one of the most hauntingly beautiful vocal arrangements ever recorded.

Now, four years after Scott Miller's death, all of Game Theory's albums are finally in print again (along with a slew of bonus tracks). As always, I wish Scott Miller were here to see it.

From the Review

Jun. 10th, 2017 12:12 pm
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I saw the trailer. Uugggghhhh! I'm not seeing the movie.
As always, when the plot fails, there’s only one thing to do: Crank up the action. But action that doesn’t drive story, that has no plot action, is actually fake action — that is, commotion. So zombie/mummies attack and our hero has to fight them off. And then more zombie/mummies attack. And then, for a change, there’s a scene in which zombie/mummies attack. And all this is topped by an attack of the zombie/mummies, no top at all.
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