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Author of 'Memoir of a Doomsday Prophet' and 'The Cosmic Embrace'. https://www.facebook.com/randall.devallance.author
Z is for Moose | Kelly L Bingham
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#manicmonday #letterz @RaeLovesToRead

Adieu, Favorites A to Z! Thanks for the memories, @CBee

📖 ???
✍️ Howard Zinn
📽 Zoolander
🎤 The Zombies
🎵 Ziggy Stardust (Bowie)

CBee Z is for Moose 😂😂 2d
The_Penniless_Author @CBee In Kelly Bingham's world, anyway 😆 2d
CBee @The_Penniless_Author it looks super cute ☺️ 2d
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The_Penniless_Author @CBee To be honest, I didn't even look at it. I just pick the title I think is funniest 😁 2d
CBee @The_Penniless_Author good plan 😊 Who doesn‘t need a little extra humor on a Monday? 😀 2d
RaeLovesToRead Now who is abusing the alphabet!!! Z is most certainly not for Moose! 🤣🤣 2d
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Take it up with Kelly Bingham, Watts! 2d
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#manicmonday #lettery @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 You Can't Go Home Again (Thomas Wolfe)
✍️ W.B. Yeats
📺 The Young Ones
🎤 Yazoo
🎵 You Send Me (Sam Cooke)

X is for Xmas: A Christmas Mystery MEGAPACK | John Gregory Betancourt, Ron Goulart, Meredith Nicholson, Lillian Stewart Carl
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#manicmonday #letters @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 X-Men
✍️ Xenophanes
📺 X-Files
🎤 X, X-Ray Spex, XTC
🎵 X Offender (Blondie)

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#manicmonday #letterw @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Wordhord (Hana Videen)
✍️ Robert Walser
📺 The Wire
🎤 Wire, The Who
🎵 Watch Me Jumpstart (Guided By Voices)

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#manicmonday #letterv @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Vanity Fair (William Thackeray)
✍️ Kurt Vonnegut
📽 Vertigo
🎤 The Velvet Underground
🎵 Victoria (The Kinks or The Fall)

RaeLovesToRead Wait, pressed send too early! Ugh... the second half of Vanity Fair 🙄 1mo
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#manicmonday #letters @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 The Unconsoled (Kazuo Ishiguro)
✍️ Upton Sinclair
📽 The Usual Suspects
🎤 U2
🎵 Under the Milkyway (The Church)

CBee Hey Randy! How was your holiday? @The_Penniless_Author 1mo
RaeLovesToRead With or without yooooooou... with or without yoooooou.... I can't liiiiiiiiiive... with or without youuu 1mo
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The_Penniless_Author @CBee Laid back, almost to the point of being comatose. I love not traveling and avoiding a lot of the holiday stress, but this year may have been a little too quiet. At least we got together with friends for NYE. How was yours? 1mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author fairly quiet, but not without a few work hiccups here and there (we run a pet sitting business and therefore work holidays). I don‘t particularly care for the holidays so honestly I was kinda glad it was over 🫣 1mo
RaeLovesToRead But mainly, can't live WITH you 😋 1mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Well, yes, immigration laws and all that. 😁 1mo
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

❤️ No. I have enough productivity metrics running my life at the moment. I read to get away from that.
💜 No goal to meet, but I am meeting my writing goals (which means I'm barely reading at all at the moment).
💙 Laid back Christmas at home, no plans, no obligations 😎

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC @eeclayton

Eggs Thanks for joining in and Merry Christmas 🤗 2mo
majkia I set a goal of 120 books, and I'm reading 124 so I'm good.
This weekend, going to friend's house for traditional onion soup eating and presents, and on Christmas Day going to grandkids place for gathering. 6 greatgrand kids, 4 of whom are toddlers. We'll see how long I last.
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eeclayton Thanks for the tag. Yours are the best Christmas plans 😎🤘 2mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! Same answers for me too 👍 Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! 2mo
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#manicmonday #LetterT @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 True Grit (Charles Portis)
✍️ Hunter S Thompson
📽 Trainspotting 📺 Twin Peaks
🎤 A Tribe Called Quest
🎵 Throw it Away (Black Lips), They Reminisce Over You (Pete Rock and CL Smooth)

RaeLovesToRead I need to remember to do this later! Currently feeling majorly grotty. Muppet Treasure Island may make an appearance. 2mo
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S is for Space | Ray Bradbury
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#manicmonday #LetterS @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
✍️ David Simon, George Saunders
📺 The Sopranos, The Simpsons, Seinfeld
🎤 The Stooges
🎵 Search and Destroy (The Stooges)

R Is for Rebel | Megan Mulry
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#manicmonday #LetterR @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Remains of the Day
✍️ Tom Robbins
📺 Ramy 🎥 Rushmore
🎤 The Ramones
🎵 Ride the Lightning (Metallica), Russian Satellite (Mighty Sparrow)

fredamans Ramones 🤘 2mo
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#manicmonday #LetterQ @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 The Quiet American (Graham Greene)
✍️ Qu Yuan
📺 Queen's Gambit
🎤 Q65
🎵 Queen Bitch (David Bowie)

P Is for Potty! | Random House, Lena Cooper
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#manicmonday #LetterP @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Please Kill Me (Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil), A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
✍️ Charles Portis
📺 Pee-wee's Playhouse
🎤 Pavement, Portishead, Pete Rock & CL Smooth,
🎵 Protect Ya Neck (Wu-Tang Clan), Pepper (Butthole Surfers), Pain in My Heart (Otis Redding)

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#manicmonday #LetterO @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 On the Road (Kerouac)
✍️ George Orwell
📺 The Office (UK)
🎤 Oasis
🎵 One to Another (the Charlatans)

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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Music generally, but for some reason only podcasts when I go for a jog.

2. VPR/NPR, or if my daughter is being pushy, whatever garbage top-40 pop station is getting reception. Or, in rare cases, we find an 80s/90s station we both agree on 😁

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @IuliaC @eeclayton @CBee @AmyG @julesG

julesG Thanks for the tag 3mo
eeclayton Thanks for the tag ☺️ 3mo
AmyG Thanks for the tag!! 3mo
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IuliaC Thanks for the tag! 🙂 I'd actually answer almost the same to both questions, music/90s-00s 😁 3mo
CBee NPR 👏🏻 3mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Thanks for the tag, Randy! 1) MUSIC 2) Ms. Minaj's Roman Reloaded album 😉🙃 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Post your own Two4Tuesdays! Quit piggybacking off of mine! 😂 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Bu... bu... but... 🥺😀 3mo
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"N" is for Noose | Sue Grafton
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#manicmonday #LetterB @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)
✍️ Vladimir Nabokov
📺 Nathan For You 📽 No Country for Old Men
🎤 Nirvana
🎵 Needles in the Camel's Eye (Brian Eno)

The Dragon Waiting | John M. Ford
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. I think anything set after WWII feels too contemporary to be "historical fiction".

2. It's more like "historical fantasy", but the tagged book fits the bill.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @CBee @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @IuliaC @AmyG @eeclayton

RaeLovesToRead Thanks for the tag, Randy! I completely agree with your answer to Number 1 and I don't have any suggestions for Number 2... my fave historical fiction is the Shardlake series. Love a bit of Follett too! 😊 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I almost said Ken Follett. I didn't realize until I tried to answer this just how little historical fiction I've read. 3mo
AmyG Thanks for the tag! (edited) 3mo
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eeclayton Thanks for the tag ☺️ 3mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing 3mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! 3mo
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#manicmonday #LetterM @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 (tie) Masters of Atlantis (Charles Portis), The Man Without Qualities (Robert Musil)
✍️ Robert Musil
📺 Mr. Show
🎤 MF DOOM, Metallica
🎵 Master of Puppets (Metallica)

Easiest letter so far. Quite a few of my favorite favorites start with M.

AmyG My favorite Metallica song ❤️ 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Quite a few of my faves start with M, but I don't think we'll have much overlap... 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead You mean because I like stuff that rules, and you...have your own, unique tastes? 😉 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead MIDSOMER MURDERS IS AMAZING!!!! I even have my own Midsomer Murders tee towel that my sister won for writing the best MM themed Haiku... 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Philistine 3mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Happy Halloween, my sillies 😂😂😂 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I need to watch that show. It's on PBS constantly. Anyway, what was the haiku? Let's hear it. 3mo
RaeLovesToRead It was ages ago, I don't remember the whole thing! (Another something, Another village event, Just stay at home, Joyce!) Watch old school John Nettles MM. It'll give you a good idea of what English country life was like. Except fewer murders 🤔 3mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Happy Halloween!!! 🥰 3mo
The_Penniless_Author Thanks, @CBee , you too! 👻🎃👾👽☠️ 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Hey, that's pretty good! 😆 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Well, it did win a tea towel 😉 3mo
Cazxxx Great song choice 👍🏻 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Do you (or your sister) still use it? 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @Cazxxx It makes me want to run through a brick walk (in a good way) 😂 3mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author but in a “good way” 😂😂😂😂 3mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead my opinion is you can never gave too many tea towels 😊 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee However, if you could have too many tea towels, @RaeLovesToRead would find a way 😉 3mo
RaeLovesToRead The tea towel has never been used! It is a very special item to me 😊🥰 3mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author honestly I don‘t even think I have any tea towels so I should probably just hush 😂😂😂 @RaeLovesToRead 3mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee I had to confirm first that "tea towel" is what we call a "dish towel" before I could say that yes, we have a few ? 3mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author OH! Well I have plenty of those then 😂😂😂 3mo
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L Is for Lobster: A Maine Alphabet | Cynthia Furlong Reynolds
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#manicmonday #LetterL @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (Brian Moore)
✍️ le Carre, John
📺 Lost (well, the first two seasons anyway 😆)
🎤 Lou Reed
🎵 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)

RaeLovesToRead Another I have on my #randyspiles 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Take it easy on my piles! 😁 4mo
RaeLovesToRead I really shouldn't take such an enthusiastic interest in your piles. 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead But what are friends for? 🤷🏼‍♀️😘 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author who is the kitty in your new pic? ♥️ 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee That's Linus. Sophie was the one in my previous pic, but I figured since it's been more than a year, and since my daughter managed to take a picture that made him look like a cartoon, it was time to give Linus his moment in the sun 😁 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead You ever going to read anything in those piles? 🤨 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Oh wait, you can't! You need to read my books first! 🙂 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author Linus is lovely 😊 4mo
jlhammar Loved The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne. So good! 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee He's a photogenic guy, even when not making ridiculous faces a centimeter from the camera lens 😂 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @jlhammar Agreed. I think it's a top-ten book for me. 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author I‘ll have to scroll your page to find more pics of him! 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee You have to go back a ways, but they're there (including one from the holidays where he got really excited about a cat advent calendar we got him from Trader Joe's 😂). 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author oh my gosh - I have to look immediately!! 😍😍😍 4mo
kspenmoll Happy Litsyversary!!!! 3mo
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Polina Barskova is primarily a poet and scholar, so it's no surprise that this - her first foray into prose - combines florid language, history, and memoir to create a series of vignettes about life during the siege of Leningrad, an event whose echoes still dominate the now-St. Petersburg she grew up in. Like all collections of shorts, some worked better than others. Barskova's an excellent writer, though, and I'd love to read her academic work.

The_Penniless_Author This book wasn't in the Litsy database, so tagging the only Barskova book I could find. 4mo
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#manicmonday #LetterK @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Kitchen Confidential (Anthony Bourdain)
✍️ Franz Kafka
📽 The Karate Kid
🎤 The Kinks
🎵 Kookies (MF DOOM)

vivastory MF Doom 👏 👏 4mo
RaeLovesToRead I always get the Kinks mixed up with the Kooks... 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Do you also mix up the Beatles with the Bangles? 4mo
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CBee @The_Penniless_Author 😂😂😂🫢🫢🫢 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead What about the Killers and Distillers? 😁 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee don't encourage him!!! 😅 4mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead I swear I‘m not 😂😂 I just LOVE you two though. Part of the reason I look forward to Mondays is that I get to read the back and forth between y‘all 😊😂 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Randy is just pretending to be all edgy and punk rock. He actually spends all his time watching Keeping up with the Kardashians and listening to the Kooks. 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead @CBee I had to look up the Kooks, and apparently they sound like "a less energetic Thrills" (???‍♂️) or a "less mush-mouthed Libertines". I did have a Libertines album, so maybe I would like the Kooks! ? (Oh, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians has been off the air for years. Get with times, Watts! ?) 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author not to burst your bubble, but the Kardashians are on Hulu (unfortunately). They‘re like warts that won‘t go away 😂😂 4mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead 😂😂😂 4mo
RaeLovesToRead There are definitely Kardashians on Sky! I don't watch them personally, but I know they are there! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead I actually like the Kooks, so you probably wouldn't Randy. There are better K artists though - Kings of Leon, Kate Bush, Kasabian, Katy Perry... 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee @RaeLovesToRead Ah, but that's 'The Kardashians', the sequel/reboot of 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'. Being a strict originalist, I refuse to acknowledge its existence 😑 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Although I've never heard the Kooks, I KNOW they're better than Katy Perry 😂 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee He's got them all on DVD anyway, so it's a moot point. (I am using the US meaning of moot, not the UK meaning, R-D) 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author I‘m with you, I‘d really just like to pretend that it doesn‘t exist 😂😂 4mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead 😂😂 Wait, what does “moot” mean in Britain? 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @cbee @RaeLovesToRead Yeah, this is the first I'm hearing that moot means something else in the UK 🤨 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee @The_Penniless_Author My understanding is that a moot point in the US is something irrelevant. In the UK, it's a point up for debate. 4mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead ah ha! And yep, that is definitely what it means here. I actually really love the word “moot” 🤷‍♀️😂 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee Are you in the US? (I assumed so, but I saw you liked Keane... I didn't realise they'd been popular there! 😄) (I love Keane 🥰) 4mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead I am! I love a lot of bands that aren‘t as mainstream here 😊 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead @CBee Interesting! So over there it's a point up for debate, and here it's a point no longer up for debate because (as you said) it's now irrelevant. I wonder how it got to have nearly opposite meanings? 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Randy, I feel you should post a picture of beautiful Linus on Litsy to show everyone what a handsome devil he is when he's not booping a fish-eye lens 🤣🤣 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I've had plenty of Linus pictures on here. Go look back through my history. 4mo
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1. Beyond a Boundary (CLR James)
2. Gringos (Charles Portis)
3. Dandelion Wine (Ray Bradbury)
4. The Lady Killer (Masako Togawa)
5. A Drinking Life (Pete Hamill)

Tag @RaeLovesToRead

RaeLovesToRead Oh Randy, this is gonna be a hard one to answer... thinking of books I want but don't own.... 🤔 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚❤️ 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I was thinking of that as I tagged you - must be a hard list to come up with when you already own ALL the books 😆 4mo
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Too many memoirs I've read are either sterile laundry lists of accomplishments or a series of disjointed anecdotes that don't do much to illuminate the subject. It's hard to write about things like childhood and addiction in a way that doesn't lapse into cliche, but Ditlevsen nails it here, distilling 20+ years of life down to its essence and homing in on the moments, images, and events that formed the person she became.

lauraisntwilder This is in my TBR stack. Glad to see a good review! 😊 4mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I need to read this. 4mo
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J Is for Jack-O'-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet | Denise Brennan-Nelson, Donald Wu
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#manicmonday #LetterJ @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Jitterbug Perfume (Tom Robbins)
✍️ Denis Johnson
📺 Justified
🎤 Joy Division
🎵 Johnny Hit and Run Pauline (X)

RaeLovesToRead 8 out of 10 🙈🙈 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead How many of those 8 have you read? 4mo
RaeLovesToRead 5 😌 4mo
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The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Editing favorite J band to Joy Division. What the hell was I thinking? 🤦‍♂️ 4mo
RaeLovesToRead What did you put before? Justin Bieber? 4mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead 😂😂😂😂😂 at it again I see 😂😂😂😂 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I knew you never paid attention to my choices!!! 😤 4mo
RaeLovesToRead You LOVE the Biebs 😉 I have Jitterbug Perfume on my shelf, do I not?? 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead And Slaughterhouse Five (supposedly 🤨). 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee Rae started it! 😊 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Hey! I found it! I posted a picture of it the other day... now who isn't paying attention 🙄😋 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee It's not my fault Randy forgot Joy Division 😠 What can I say? Love will tear us apaaaaaart....🎶 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead That's going to be my 'L' song 😊 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Liiiiiiiiving on a pray-er... 🎶🎶 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I loved that song/video when I was a kid. Slippery When Wet was the first cassette tape I ever owned. 🤣 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Mine was Spice Girls 😳😅 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead So that was what you wanted, what you really, really wanted? 🎵🎵🎵 😁 I assume yours was a CD, not a cassette? 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Nope... I had cassettes! I remember I had one with Evanescence on one side and Tatu on the other ?... and I remember listening to "My Heart Will Go On" on repeat... listen and then rewind ? ahhh the 90s 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I was cleaning the basement last weekend and found an old Walkman, along with three mix tapes someone gave me in college! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Have you been listening to them ever since while completing the cleaning in a montage? 😁 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author you guys can keep doing this as long as you want, it‘s giving me giggles that I so need today 😂😂 4mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author I had an insane amount of cassettes!!! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee And we're only on J 🤣🤣 4mo
CBee @RaeLovesToRead I KNOW I can‘t wait for more 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee But did you have any cassingles? 🤣 (I sure did!) 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author OMG there‘s a word for it!! YES! I had so many!! 😂😂😂😂 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee Me too 😁 Many of my worst musical purchases were cassingles. 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author right there with you 😂😂😂 4mo
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#manicmonday #LetterI @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 The Idiot
✍️ John Irving
📺 The IT Crowd
🎤 Iggy Pop
🎵 I'm Stranded (The Saints)

CBee Thanks for playing 😊 4mo
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Fathers and Children | Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
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Despite going through a Russian lit phase in my teens and 20s I had never read Turgenev until now, and was shocked by what a modern, relatable novel this was. It's the age-old story of intergenerational strife, the elder fuddy duddies content to putz along with incremental liberal reforms and the young radicals who want to burn it all down and rebuild society from scratch. Apparently this novel introduced the term "nihilism" to the masses.

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H is for Hell | Bob Johnston, Simon J Plant, Gemma Paul
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#manicmonday #LetterH @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Hyperion (Dan Simmons) or Hotel New Hampshire (John Irving)
✍️ Frank Herbert
📽 Heathers
🎤 Thee Headcoats
🎵 How Soon is Now? (The Smiths)

CBee Heathers was my choice too 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @CBee It seems to be making some sort of comeback. My daughter and her friends are always talking about Heathers: The Musical, so when I told her it was a movie first and that it starred "Joyce from Stranger Things", she couldn't wait to see it ? 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author does that make you feel old like it makes me feel old? 😂😂 4mo
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The_Penniless_Author @CBee Not as much as when she's name-dropping some "professional YouTuber or TikTok-er" I've never heard of. ? 4mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author ah yes. My oldest son is into YouTube and I‘ve learned much more than I‘d ever thought possible 😂😂 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Will do mine once Pickles vacates my lap... think we may have a couple of matches this week! 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Nice misdirection there. Looks like we're matchless! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Yeah... I remembered some better stuff 😋 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead You should have written it down, then 😉 4mo
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Fathers and Children | Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
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"Once upon a time young people had to study; if they didn't want to pass for ignoramuses then they had to work, whether they liked it or not. But now all they need is to say 'everything in the world is garbage!' and they're home and dry. The young were delighted with the idea. Before they were just blockheads, but now they've become nihilists."

Same now as it was in 1862 ?

Fathers and Children | Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"Well, Piotr, no sight of them yet?"

The Honjin Murders | Seishi Yokomizo
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Sort of a meta detective story. The narrator is a writer of detective novels who gets evacuated to a rural village following the Allies' bombing of Japan, which happens to be the site of a "real life" locked-room murder mystery that occurred years earlier. The story is the narrator's attempt at reconstructing what happened based on the recollections and notes of various individuals, some of whom had more direct involvement in the case than others.

The_Penniless_Author There's more than a dash of Agatha Christie here, including the detective, Kosuke Kindaichi, who reminds me of a younger, Japanese Hercule Poirot. Not only is the narrator a detective novelist, but Kindaichi and one of the primary suspects are both huge fans of mystery novels, which helps inform their actions. This is very much a detective novel about detective novels, heavy on plot and light on characterization, but a great puzzle nonetheless. 5mo
rwmg wishlisted 5mo
RaeLovesToRead This was good, but also kinda silly (in an Agatha Christie / Conan Doyle kinda way) 4mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Very silly. I give it credit in that the explanation technically fits with everything that came before it, but it's still pretty convoluted. There's no way you're piecing that together through logic and careful reading. 4mo
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G Is for Goat | Patricia Polacco, Patricia Lee Gauch
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#manicmonday #LetterG @CBee @RaeLovesToRead

📖 Game of Thrones
✍️ Nikolai Gogol
🎥 Goodfellas
🎤 Guided By Voices
🎵 Game of Pricks (Guided By Voices)

CBee Thanks for playing 😊 5mo
RaeLovesToRead 6 out of 7... 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead You already own 6 out of the 7 books I've chosen, you mean? 5mo
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The Dog of the South | Charles Portis
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Charles Portis writes the best dialogue of any author I've ever come across, hands down. Characters talk around and past one another, trade non sequiturs, and launch into meandering digressions that meld arcane trivia, wooden philosophical babble, and petty grievances in a way that's utterly unique. Neither has another author better captured America's paranoid, grasping, grifter heart. On my shortlist of favorite writer of all time.

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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Post-Apocalyptic, I suppose, although there's been a glut of those books recently.

2. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Works nicely as a parable about life and parenthood.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @CBee @IuliaC @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm

CBee Thanks for the tag! I dig post apocalyptic books too 😊 5mo
TheSpineView I agree there are a lot of post-apocalyptic books. Thanks for playing! 5mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! I've just realized post-apocalyptic books are totally missing from my to-read list! I should definitely add some 😊 5mo
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F Is for Fabuloso | Marie G. Lee
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#manicmonday #LetterF @CBee

📖 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
✍️ Follett, Ken
🎥 Fargo
🎤 The Fall
🎵 Fuck and Run (Liz Phair)

Your turn @RaeLovesToRead 😊

CBee I almost picked that song!! One of my favorite albums in my (long ago) teenagehood 😂 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Is it bad that I own, like, 5 out of 6 of the books you've recommended so far 😳 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Yes. I'd say terrible, even 😉 5mo
RaeLovesToRead I'd love to say we have similar taste. Or that great minds think alike. But I think it genuinely is just that I have alllll the books 🙈 5mo
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The Master Key | Masako Togawa
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Enjoyed this book so much I read the entire thing in two days. What started out seeming as though it would be a series of interwoven vignettes involving the residents of a boarding house for women in Tokyo eventually coalesced into a single, tightly plotted narrative with an ending that was both surprising and yet fit perfectly with everything that had come before it. I've never read a mystery quite like this one. Maximum ⭐️s!

The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna Oh, and while buddy reads are definitely not a competition, I am nevertheless #1 buddy 😁 5mo
batsy I enjoyed this a lot, too! So atmospheric and compelling. 5mo
Yuki_Onna 🙌 Who said they would be the worst buddy reader ever? 🤔😂😉 Now you're No. 1 while my edition hasn't even arrived yet! 😁
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RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna I know, right?! 😉 The cheek of it!!! 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @batsy Yeah, honestly I would have enjoyed it just as much even if things hadn't tied together so neatly at the end. I could have read a whole book of interwoven anecdotes in that setting. 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @Yuki_Onna @RaeLovesToRead My secret to success in life has been setting rock-bottom expectations, then exceeding them 😂 5mo
RaeLovesToRead No matter how low I set my expectations, I will always find some way to wiggle out of achieving anything. 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Maybe you should do the opposite and set your expectations sky high. Then when you don't meet them, you can say, "Well, what did you expect? I was aiming for the stars!" 5mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too thanks to @Vansa who introduced me to it! (edited) 5mo
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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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I have to give c-RAE-dit to @RaeLovesToRead for this recommendation. I haven't read any of the other Hobb trilogies. There may be better starting points to introduce oneself to the sprawling fictional world she's created. Still, what impressed me most about this book was how intimate it felt - a handful of characters and settings rendered in exquisite detail that still managed to give a sense of the larger world outside the story. 5⭐️

RaeLovesToRead Go to Dad-joke jail for that horrific pun 🤣🤣 You have ruined my day 😋 (So glad you enjoyed the book 🥰🥰🥰 I need to get cracking on the 3rd before you overtake me..) 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Watts the matter? Was it Rae-ly that bad? 😀 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author Does Litsy have a "block" function? ? 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Thankfully, no. Otherwise you might accidentally block me and miss my hilarious puns! 5mo
RaeLovesToRead 😐🔫 5mo
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Dubliners | James Joyce
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm

1. I'm going to say Ireland. I've been to Hawaii several times and all over the Caribbean, so I don't really need another tropical island in my life.

2. If it's Ireland, I guess Dubliners? To be honest probably none, since I won't be spending much time there lounging on the beach 😄

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @IuliaC @eeclayton

RaeLovesToRead The UK is an island and has the added benefit of your Rae pal 😊😁 Just saying... 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead How about I wave to you from Ireland? 👋🙂🇮🇪 5mo
TheSpineView I too have been to Hawaii and all over the Caribbean. The Aleutian Islands would be a great destination. Thanks for playing 5mo
eeclayton Thanks for the tag ☺️ 5mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! 😃 And yes, I'd like to visit Hawaii! Don't know yet about the book 5mo
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E is for Elvis: The Elvis Presley Alphabet | Jennie Ivey, W. Calvin Dickinson, Lisa W. Rand
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#manicmonday #LetterE @CBee

Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead 😊

📖 (The) Eye of the World
✍️ Ernest Hemingway
📺 Enlightened
🎤 Eric B & Rakim
🎵 Ever Fallen in Love (The Buzzcocks)

CBee Thanks for playing 😊😊 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Good song! 😁 Reminds me of Shrek. You've switched to first name for author now 🙀🙀 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I can't even begin to fathom why that song makes you think of Shrek 😕 5mo
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The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead As for author, I was desperate. I couldn't think of any E's to save my life. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Because it's in the film! At least... I'm pretty sure it is. Ernest 'Emingway 😉 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Ack, gross! What an awful cover🤮 Who in the world is responsible for that? 5mo
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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Thanks for the tag, @RaeLovesToRead 😎

1. That's an easy one, Ship of Magic. Technically, it's also my least favorite book of August, since it's the only one I've read this month 😩 But I do enjoy it quite a bit.

2. Like all the best fantasy epics, it has all those things. Will probably seek out Hobb's other series as well.

Tag @IuliaC @fredamans @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm

TheSpineView Love Hobb! Thanks for playing 5mo
RaeLovesToRead You finished it??? Why was I not informed?? What did you think? Have you started The Mad Ship?? 5mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Thanks for the tag! I too have only finished one book in August. 🤣 5mo
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The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I didn't say I've finished it, I said it was the only book I've read in August 🤣 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Yeah, well, you've got a better excuse than I do! 😁 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Oki doki... don't go overtaking me now! 😊 5mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm 🤣😂 Very true! 5mo
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"D" is for Deadbeat | Sue Grafton
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#manicmonday #LetterD @CBee

📖 Dog of the South (Charles Portis)
✍️ Dostoevsky
📺 Deadwood
🎤 David Bowie
🎵 Dark Globe (Syd Barrett)

Get it girl! @RaeLovesToRead

RaeLovesToRead David Bowie is bae! 😍👨🏼‍🎤 Now to think up some D-based good things 🤔 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Not his first name! If you insist on being pedantic, then I'll add Depeche Mode as a runner-up. 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Nonono, I mean David Bowie is BAE!!!!! As in "before anyone else". As in, my Goblin King boyfriend ? 5mo
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CBee @The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead this convo between y‘all is the best thing ever 😂😂😂 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Oh, I just assumed you didn't know how to type the letter 'B' 😉 5mo
RaeLovesToRead @CBee You see the respect I get! ^^^ 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
CBee @The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead y‘all keep going, seriously, this is the best 😂😂😂😂 5mo
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Although I lived in New York for several years, I had never visited the Morgan Library and Museum before last week. Did you know that JP Morgan was obscenely wealthy? 😁 So much so that he had not one, not two, but THREE Guttenberg Bibles in his collection. Lots of other cool stuff too, including a fragment from the original manuscript of Paradise Lost, an original copy of the Apocalypsis, and Henry VIII's personal Bible.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm 😱😍 Adding this place to my bucket list! 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm There are a couple medieval bestiaries on display as well. They probably even include a wyrm! 😁 5mo
TrishB At least the peasants and non-wealthy can see them! 5mo
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RaeLovesToRead We need to add this place to the imaginary tour of the states that you're going to take me on! 😄 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @TrishB Say what you will about the robber barons, at least they left behind some nice public institutions on their way to the great beyond. I don't have high hopes for the current crop of tech bros when their time comes. 5mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead You're going to love imagining seeing it! 5mo
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Books Kinokuniya - New York | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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Since @RaeLovesToRead has embedded in my head the idea that one must buy at least four books every time one leaves the house, I picked these up on our trip to NYC last week. The two on the left came from The Strand, while the two on the right are from this fantastic Japanese bookstore, Kinokuniya, which I would recommend everyone visit if they get the chance (there are stores in Chicago and on the west coast as well).


RaeLovesToRead Yes! My teachings are being accepted around the globe 😋 Love the hashtag 😄🤣 The Honjin Murders was good and I'm looking forward to reading The Master Key. Excellent haul, my penniless friend! Will have to check out the others too... 5mo
RaeLovesToRead I will also have to pay a visit to Kinokuniya if I'm ever your side of the Atlantic 5mo
rwmg We have Kinokuniya in Jakarta as well 5mo
Sparklemn I love the four books rule. My house would be overflowing with books. Not a bad way to live! 5mo
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"C" Is for Corpse | Sue Grafton
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#manicmonday #LetterC @CBee

📖 Catch-22
✍️ Chandler, Raymond
📺 Community 📽 Casablanca
🎤 The Cramps
🎵 Cold, Cold Heart (Hank Williams)

You're up @RaeLovesToRead 😋

CBee Thanks for playing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
RaeLovesToRead Psychic Rae guessed your C book 100% correct 😄💕 Will do mine later today!! 6mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Aww - Community!!! Why didn‘t I think of that?! Love that show! 6mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead You so smart, Psychic Rae! 🔮 6mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead 😀

1. It would have to be general/literary fiction. All my favorite books fall under that umbrella. If that's too broad, then probably fantasy.

2. First half. What's an ending with no buildup or stakes? I can imagine my own ending anyway 🙂

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!❤️📖 6mo
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#manicmonday #LetterB @CBee

Book: The Buried Giant
Author: Bangs, Lester
Movie: Big Lebowski
Band: Black (Flag, Sabbath, or Lips, I can't decide 😀)
Song: Banned in DC (Bad Brains)

Your turn @RaeLovesToRead 😁

CBee Great answers! Thanks for playing 😊😊 6mo
fredamans Bad Brains 🤘 💝 6mo
RaeLovesToRead Thanks, Randy! I'll get on it. I have a lovely copy of The Buried Giant, complete with matching bookmark... shall add it to the Randy-stack! 6mo
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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView

1. Probably more than one, but the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comes to mind right away.

2. Fantasy epic involving living ships 🚢

Tag everyone!

TheSpineView You're welcome! Thanks for playing 6mo
RaeLovesToRead Personally, I think my summary was better 😉 6mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Only a landlubber would ever confuse a "ship" with a "boat" ? I thought you Brits were a nautical people. 6mo
RaeLovesToRead You remember the Boaty McBoatface debacle, right? Maybe re-evaluate your opinion of us 🤣 6mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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#manicmonday #LetterA @CBee

"Thanks" for the tag @RaeLovesToRead ?

Book: Annihilation
Author: Adams, Douglas
TV Show: The Americans
Band: Alice in Chains
Song: Alternative Ulster (Stiff Little Fingers)

Tag @IuliaC @julesG @AmyG and whoever else wants to join!

TrishB An SLF fan- hubby went to see them (again!) a couple of weeks ago. 6mo
RaeLovesToRead Don't roll your eyes at me, Randizzle! I didn't know you were a Jeff Vandermeer fan ? See? I'm already learning more about you... should I make a "Randy playlist" out of your alphabet offerings...? 6mo
The_Penniless_Author @TrishB Good God, they're still playing live? I had no idea! 6mo
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The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead I've only read The Southern Reach trilogy, nothing else of his. Annihilation was easily the best of those. Yes, you should make a playlist. Is it just me, or are we way behind? I see some people on H already. 6mo
The_Penniless_Author @RaeLovesToRead Oh, I think I'm mixing up Favorites A to Z with the Alphabet Game. 6mo
AmyG Thanks for the tag! 6mo
TrishB Yep! A lot of the old punk bands! 6mo
The_Penniless_Author @TrishB I saw both The Damned and The Cramps in 2004, and even way back then it felt anachronistic. 🙂 I'm guessing SLF don't make it to the States much. 6mo
TrishB Hubby is a mad Damned fan, going to see them (again) in November. They were supposed to tour the US recently but vaccine difficulties got it cancelled. 6mo
The_Penniless_Author @TrishB Nice! Is Patricia Morrison still playing bass for them? 6mo
fredamans I really thought I was the only punk on here 😂 Alternative Ulster 🤘 (edited) 6mo
The_Penniless_Author @fredamans Seems like there are more of us than anyone realized 😄 6mo
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I'm a language/etymology nerd and got turned onto this book by my favorite podcast, A Way With Words. A well-researched and engagingly written study of Old English and how it eventually morphed into the language we speak today. Worth it alone to learn the subtle differences between aelf-siden (elf-enchantment), aelf-adl (elf-disease), and aelf-sogetha (elf-ailment). 😂

The_Penniless_Author Also pictured for no reason: the results of my family's first attempt at glass-blowing, at the Corning Museum of Glass, maybe the single coolest museum of any type that I've ever visited 🤩 6mo
RaeLovesToRead I ❤ your glass thingys! 😊 6mo
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Reading has been slow-going as of late, but on the plus side I did come across this early medieval recipe for treating "elf-enchantment" ?‍♀️?‍♂️

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#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Wander down a small alley off London's Fleet Street and you'll find a pub with a crooked, creaky charm.

Norwood | Charles Portis
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It's a shame, I only discovered Portis about a year ago and I'm already more than halfway through his oeuvre. Five novels is not a large output for a writer, but having only read three so far he's already one of my all-time favorites. Norwood was his first, and like most first novels it's a bit shaggier and less ambitious than those that came later. But the signs are all there, specifically his pristine dialogue, maybe the funniest I've ever read.

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