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Five perfect books for men who never read.

Wow Urgent

So Phallic

Such Manly

Very AAAAARRRGH

Books for men who do not read, we consider, should start off with something even simpler than Ernest H's stripped-down prose. Maybe Thomas the Tank Engine, coz of boyz luv traynz. Nursery slopes.

And we note the inclusion of Finnegan's Wake which is surely the primest of prime examples of A Book Not Read For Enjoyment But For Sense of Superiority And To Impress.

What with this at one end of the spectrum (srs manly bkz for manly menz so they don't look gurlie when reading) and Poems to Make Grown Men Cry*, is it, you know, just possibly rad and subversive to suggest that Men: Not A HiveMind?

*Most being poems that don't confine their tear-jerking qualities to a single gender, honestly.

Links

Apr. 17th, 2014 09:18 am
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Having arrived at the APs for the holidays, I'm having a busy time as always. Here are a few links collected over the last week or so:

Remember me praising Adrian Lester in Red Velvet, a play about Ira Aldridge, first black Othello on the London stage and Shakespearean theatre star with a heavy price to play for his 19th century stardom? Here he is performing a scene from said play, albeit not in costume.

You know, I haven't read a biography of Benjamin Franklin yet, I only know him from fictional presentations (he's a main character in on of Lion Feuchtwanger's novels, and of course features heavily in anything about the American Revolution), but one of these days, I really must get around to that. Check out his advice to a young man as to why it makes more sense to take an older mistress than to take a younger one!

And now for a few Cap 2 inspired tales, the descriptions of which are all spoilery, so they must go under a cut.

Spoilery Fanfic awaits )

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Apr. 17th, 2014 08:00 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] linzer and [personal profile] shezan!

Reading is a town in Berkshire

Apr. 16th, 2014 07:46 pm
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What I read

Finished The Goblin Emperor, and, what I have not done for v long time, re-read at once I was that reluctant to let it go. Just so good on so many levels.

Another re-read, though after a rather longer lapse of time, Barbara Hambly's Homeland (2009). It's not quite the anti-Gone with the Wind (The Wind Done Gone is presumably that) - I was about to say, novels about the US Civil War, so not my thing usually, and then remembered Marie Jakober's Only Call Us Faithful which was doing something not quite on similar lines, but also about women and the war and undermining the simplistic divisions and assumptions, and which I was also v impressed by. (And both are much more about the war than Little Women.) Anyway, very good.

Anuja Chauhan, The Zoya Factor (2009), which someone or other or several someones on my rlist recommended. V enjoyable though just possibly I felt it was spinning the whole thing just that bit too long for my taste. Loved the voice and the setting, a bit meh about the more chick-litty aspects of the plot. Would read more Chauhan, I think.

Really only just finished, Taiye Selasi, Ghana Must Go (2013). I found it a bit hard to get into - the beginning was possibly a bit too lyrically creative-writing class prose and I wasn't entirely engaged by the viewpoint character - but it got much better once we had the impact of his death (and his previous leaving) on his family. Also, on the basis of the title I perhaps naively expected more of the novel to be actually set in Ghana, though I can see that a lot of the story was in fact to do with deracination. Would, however, recommend.

On the go

Having just finished Ghana Must Go, nothing.

Up next

Possibly Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things (ARC, how cool is that?), but feel that perhaps I need something in lighter mode just for a change of pace before tackling that.

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Apr. 16th, 2014 08:00 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] girlyswot!
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But today I felt some real pangs that this year I shall not be getting to Wiscon because of the scheduling clash with Enormous Triennial Women's History Conference. It would have been my 10th Wiscon.

It is probably a bit early yet for people to be making the 'here are my panels' posts, at least, I haven't seen any - is the programme out yet? - or to be setting up arrangements to meet and socialise.

I'm excited by what I shall be doing at around that time - city I have never been before (except passing through airport), the ETWHC, which I always enjoy, and all the people I shall be seeing there, followed by 2 weeks nose down in archives, one of what I believe is one of the World's Great Railway journeys, etc etc.

Even so, I'm still a little bit waaaaah that there will not be the hanging out in the lobby at the Concourse as people start arriving, and the strolling down State Street checking out the eateries, and my ritual walk to look at the lake, and the gelato, and the whole Wiscon thing.

I was thinking today - meetup with somebody I met online way back in the late 90s, and have only met in person once before - about the effects that being online has had on my life, and in particular, the signing up to LJ which led to going to Wiscon which led to doing The Monograph which led to other things in the sff field including The Sekkrit Projekt.

So, yeah, just a little bit bitter that bilocation has not yet been developed.

Bates Motel 2.07

Apr. 15th, 2014 01:19 pm
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In which revelations are at hand.

Read more... )

Once upon a Time 3.17

Apr. 14th, 2014 01:36 pm
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In which someone learns you can't go back to your old life, and it's not Emma.

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- Um, wasn't Cheri still in his teens? (According to Wikipedia, yes, he's 19 and Lea is 43 when they initiate their affair.)

Thoughts riffing off this article in yesterday's Observer about the older woman/younger man trope in literature.

(And how old is Hippolytus when Phaedra experiences 'Venus tout entiere a sa proie attachee'?)

But what struck me, thinking about this scenario, is how often the versions I have come across involve Forbidden Love in more than the age-gap - stepson (classically Phaedra, also a novel by the ponderous R C Hutchinson, actually entitled The Stepmother), son-in-law (Diana Tutton's Mamma) or impending son-in-law (Delafield's Late and Soon). Or, if not specifically within the forbidden degrees of matrimony, Best Friend's offspring (as in Cheri), which is also a bit creepy.

Was led to wonder if this was to do with the circumstances of women's lives and who they would be likely to meet and interact with, at least if Respectable Married Ladies (okay, Lea was in a rather different situation, but presumably most of her interactions with men were Business).

(I just mention Germaine Greer's controversial The Boy in this context.)

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Apr. 14th, 2014 08:00 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] fallingtowers and [personal profile] oliviacirce!

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