Loaned this to a friend and I think he liked it
She really did write three books retelling the King Arthur myth in a contemporary setting, with kink and a polyamorous triad. What an undertaking! What a time to be alive!!
In a previous book's afterword, Simone described this as a “nutso 2019 series I have planned—it's going to be like if The Secret History had a baby with a Florence + the Machine album, and then that baby grew up to love spanking people. I'm dying to write it, of course.“
It's strange and ambitious, the friend group's dynamics are intense and claustrophobic (The Secret History comparison holds true), and you'll learn about library science. 5 stars.
Aw nuts. I'm 80 pages in and enjoying this overall, but one of the bodies our narrator inhabits belongs to a fat man, and suddenly we're treated to descriptions of how humiliating and repulsive the narrator finds it. This is a real buzzkill.
Also take it from me, a real, live fat lady — being fat is not a torment, and fat bodies are as beautiful and grotesque as any other bodies. RELAX ABOUT IT.
Just not for me, despite some lovely passages (see above).
Aside from offhanded sexism in the narration, there's a 'noble savage' aspect that hasn't aged well, to put it generously ("He was too simple to wonder when he had attained humility"; "'Also I have no understanding of [sin]'"). Some parts are laughably heavy-handed (see spoilery comment).
Still, his relationships with nature and with the young boy Manolin are well drawn. #readharder2018
Sure, it seems obvious when you put it THAT way 😂
Daniel Ortberg transitioned this year (good interview: https://www.thecut.com/2018/03/daniel-mallory-ortberg-interview-heather-havriles...), and I loved this exchange.
I had a similar weird feeling about reading a book printed with his deadname, so I'm glad he clarified, and also this just cracked me up. #queerbooks #transbooks
I'm going to finish these four books for the #readharder2018 and #readingwomen2018 challenges. I only decided in October to take on these challenges, so I'm pleased at my progress!
Woman on the Edge of Time fulfills 3 tasks:
3: A classic of genre fiction.
17: A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author.
23: The book that has been on my TBR the longest. (Shelved as 'Want to Read' on GR in 2008!)
For the first time ever, I have a dedicated ROOM for reading. I'm so excited! The apartment's layout definitely intends it to be a little dining area (check the tile), but this is better. Also those chairs are facing the galley kitchen, so when one of us is cooking, the other two can keep them company. And the dog fits perfectly on the ottoman. #whereiread
Bustle has an excerpt from this book up. The conversational tone and personal passion that @malloryomeara brings to her subject made this an even better read than a typical biography.
You can read the except here: https://www.bustle.com/p/the-lady-from-the-black-lagoon-tells-the-forgotten-stor...
Milicent Patrick designed the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but her jealous male boss ensured her contribution to film history would be attributed to him instead. Thus, many female horror fans (like O'Meara) grow up believing that horror isn't by or for women. Writer/filmmaker @malloryomeara stakes out a place for marginalized people in film by combining this forgotten history with passion and reflections on how the industry has(n't) changed.
“Sport builds character. The ancient Greeks believed athletic prowess an indicator of moral authority.”
“They also believed their gods lived on a mountain and that trouble was caused by little men with horse dicks and pan flutes. Don‘t make it clever just ‘cause it‘s old.”
1. Kindred (my interest was piqued when our students were assigned to read it in English classes), then Fledgling.
3. I so enjoyed Kindred and Fledgling, and I can‘t pass up reading this with a crowd.
I‘m struck by how emotionally competent Holmes is in the canon. Flawed and eccentric, sure, but not guilty of the callousness and contempt that BBC‘s Sherlock gets a pass for. Moffat and Gatiss really go all-in on the idea that it‘s more important to fawn over the most clever, special, and male among us than to affirm anyone else‘s basic human dignity. (See also: press coverage of tech billionaires.) #sherlocked
1. I‘ve read some. I remember getting bogged down in the Mormon section of... The Sign of the Four? ACD‘s writing can feel stilted to me, but the Holmes/Watson dynamic is eternal.
2. Serial Reader! I think I‘ll have an easier time of ACD‘s prose between that and the #sherlocked readalong.
3. Liked BBC Sherlock at first but tired of the fixation on SH as the smartest, most special boy. Love the Jeremy Brett and Brittany Cavallaro adaptations.
This is the book she linked to. Clearly I need to read this! https://twitter.com/spindlypete/status/992434556094504961
A delight. I played through a few different times, then I just flipped through reading the endings and whatever else caught my eye. I loved the unlockable playable character and other Easter eggs that I‘ll spoil in a comment below, for anyone who‘s curious.
I did the thing. (https://www.buzzfeed.com/eleanorbate/accurate-af-sorting-quiz)
"Harriet had long ago discovered that one could not like people any the better, merely because they were ill, or dead—still less because one had once liked them very much. Some happy souls could go through life without making this discovery, and they were the men and women who were called 'sincere.'"
I have to get this off my chest: WHAT UPPER-CLASS BUT FINANCIALLY STRAPPED PEOPLE IN THEIR 60s DON'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE??? This feels so preposterous to me that it's a real distraction as I'm reading.
"Money is to Everything as an Airplane is to Australia. The airplane isn't Australia, but it remains the only practical way we know of reaching it. So perhaps, metonymically, the airplane is Australia after all."
So much useful information and food for thought in this interview with Zaretta Hammond: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2015/07/cultur... (image from the source)
"The ocnophil, on the other hand, clings to familiarity and to secure places and people, shuns unpredictable or thrill-seeking experiences, and cherishes objects, both human and physical. 'Accordingly the ocnophilic world consists of objects, separated by horrid empty spaces ... The ocnophilic individual lives from object to object, cutting his sojourns in the empty spaces as short as possible.'"
Does the U.S. in 2016 feel like a hamfisted alternate-history novel to anyone else?
(Cara photo from rubylane.com)
For a while during my childhood, I wouldn't touch a book that Roald Dahl hadn't written. My tastes have broadened now, but I still love his viciousness and his heart, especially this story of stomaching injustice, fighting bullies, and finding love and support.
Wow. "Handwritten notes on inside cover of one of Octavia E. Butler‘s commonplace books, 1988. Octavia E. Butler papers." - https://clockshop.org/project/radio-imagination/ (Feb. 2016-Jan. 2017 in #losangeles) via @Skiles
"The challenge then is ... to rise above the primal nature of commuting, and conquer this Last Frontier of Hostility and Indifference. ... in the chaos, we reduce drivers to their cars and cyclists to their bicycles. However, this only serves to exacerbate our mutual hostility, since divorcing a person from his or her humanity in a primal situation can be disastrous. It just places us at greater remove from our own compassion."
"The Moe Howard bike helmet: Trying to make a cool-looking helmet is a losing battle. Any helmet looks like a rocket ship at worst, and a bowl at best, so I‘d start there, with the Moe Howard bowl." A fun, quick read that makes (in my case) a good primer for a noob and (I would imagine) a thought-provoking or affirming jaunt for the experienced cyclist.
I really, really want to try commuting by bike. I'm assured that it is possible, even in #losangeles, but my cycling experience is limited to an extremely bike-friendly campus several years ago, so I need some bookish courage.
Every summer, audiobooksync.com gives away two thematically paired, DRM-free Overdrive audiobooks each week, and you can keep them forever. This week's pairing is Things Fall Apart and Mandela: An Audio History.
Quinn's family friend, a cop who beat up the other narrator (Rashad), just invited Quinn outside for some 2-on-2 basketball. I love how this traces the lines of violence and threat, which don't end when the uniform comes off, or at home, or in sports — violence can run through all of these.
I'm not planning to spam Litsy about my ~tidying festival~ any more, except to say that I hadn't realized there's an app! I'm digging it; future categories are locked, to make my impatient ass go in order. https://konmari.com/app/
HAHA HOLY SHIT. So far this book is a twisted delight with shades of The Talented Mr. Ripley, right down to the class resentment.
I saw this title while searching for The Sellout by Paul Beatty. I thought, "HOW could this get published?" and then saw "July 31, 2008." Seems about right. It couldn't have been much later than that, could it? Pity none of these charmers are seeing jail time.
I should've taken a 'before' picture, but it was a depressing jumble. This is definitely better. 🍴 🍲 🎉