Category Archives: Books

Now for something completely different….

I needed  a short break from reading political news and stressing about the state of our Republic, so I am re-reading various Terry Pratchett books. It was either Pratchett or Pride and Prejudice, and I don’t even have the emotional … Continue reading

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Books!

Birthdays (and Christmas) mean books. Always. Yes, I should get books out of the library, but I don’t. For one thing, I often re-read books — sometimes because I need something to read and I just grab whatever is at … Continue reading

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A world of Hermiones.

Scene: early 70s classroom. Actors: Mr. Lindsay, my beloved seventh grade civics teacher, the first person to take me seriously; me. Mr. Lindsay: Okay, when we’re discussing mountains, Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain in the world. Me, raising hand: … Continue reading

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Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat included a very lovely Terry Pratchett shout out in Sherlock: The Abominable Bride. When Sherlock is tossing out names for the case, he suggests “The Adventure of the Invisible Army? The League of Furies? The … Continue reading

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Obviously, they go together like….

For Christmas a couple of years ago, I asked for — and got — The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese. I now know what I absolutely have to put on my … Continue reading

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The Mists of Avalon reconsidered.

A few months ago, a friend was over for dinner, and among other things we discussed revelations about the abuse Moira Greyland suffered at the hands of her mother, Marion Zimmer Bradley.  “I tried to read The Mists of Avalon, because … Continue reading

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Things seem at times overwhelming right now.  I have not been writing about them, though.  I wrote a piece on Charlie Hebdo which I haven’t published — it’s kind of late to do so now.  Many people said what I … Continue reading

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Where is Sam Vimes when you need him?

A friend of mine on Facebook stated after the Staten Island grand jury refused to indict the officer in the Eric Garner case that she was taking a break from the news to reread Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch. She said … Continue reading

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Pride & Prejudice: Mrs. Bennett is not *that* silly.

Today’s diversion: watching the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice.  The miniseries follows the book pretty faithfully, except for a few gratuitous Colin Firth wet shirt shots.  Given that it is Colin Firth, this increases the sexiness quotient radically. Pride … Continue reading

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What am I going to do with the boy?

I am working my way through the works H.P. Lovecraft.  (As I said in a comment to the previous post, I don’t deny my soul might need saving. : ) ) This led to me discovering this afternoon that when … Continue reading

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Before I went to work, I was sitting in a McDonald’s – one of those retro ones that pretend to look like the “original” – eating my Sweet Chili Premium Snack Wrap and Oreo Mcflurry and drinking sweet tea and … Continue reading

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If I have not been writing here as much as I had been usually, mea culpa.  I have been writing elsewhere, and creating very silly PowerPoint presentations, and job-hunting.  I have also, for the first time in a while, been … Continue reading

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"Sensibility" and me.

I love Pride and Prejudice.  It is one of my favorite books, and I reread it often.  I do not have the same depth of emotion about Sense and Sensibility, however:  in fact until two days ago I had never … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

” [J]ournalism largely consists of saying “Lord Jones Dead” to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.” G. K. Chesterton, “The Purple Wig.” I am working my way through G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories, and every so often … Continue reading

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The Wild Things mourn.

I often use Facebook to find things to write about. It has been an active week for my friends, and I have twenty-two open tabs with articles from everywhere – Cracked.com to the New York Times. I also have a … Continue reading

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Happy International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day!

Today, April 23, is the Fifth Annual International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day. I don’t have much time here today, so I would refer you to the Wikipedia link for full information. There is a link at the bottom for the Live Journal … Continue reading

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Writing Exercise #1

[Note: This is the first of several attempts to make myself write whether I feel like it or not. It’s pretty rough going. Feel free to skip.] During the late campaign, Sarah Palin showed herself to be a thoroughly undistinguished … Continue reading

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