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June 5th, 2012
08:09 pm

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One of the legs of my flight back from Dublin got cancelled, so I called the airline to rebook it. Here I am on the phone, dictating my booking information, as I reach one line that makes me start hyperventilating and basically go "Oh wait, I have a larger problem - I'm an idiot." I must have been going on too few hours of sleep when I booked the tickets the first time around, because my flight to Dublin is scheduled for June 7, as planned, while my flight back is for 17 of July, which, whoa, if it's Freudian, I must have felt that I needed a lengthy vacation. Luckily, they managed to rebook it: they had no tickets for June 17, and the closest they could get was June 19. Three extra days of vacation just like that, yay. Dublin, here I come!

(Good thing that that flight got cancelled, because otherwise I wouldn't have noticed my mistake before getting to the airport.)

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June 1st, 2012
11:17 am

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I'm reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (this year's Orange prize winner, no less), and I cannot quite shake the feeling that it is a text of distinct fandom provenance. Where else would a smattering of added romance be accepted as a lofty reinterpretation of a source text? (I'm at chapter 8 at the moment, so she might yet add something more substantial to the The Iliad, but nothing so far: and it's not like Achilles/Patroclus is exactly a new and shocking supposition, right?) In the spirit of shippy goggles, all the justification their romance needs boils down to aesthetic observations of the Mills&Boons variety: "when our eyes held, I felt a shock run through me," "the cold shock of his beauty" & "hair lit like honey in the sun, and within it, glints of gold." Add Patroclus's conflict with his father that would be familiar to anybody with the most fleeting exposure to fanon!Draco, and you'll understand why this novel reads as any fandom classic (and not the freshest one at that).

Also, the era is described with all the anvilicious elegance as an 8-yo boy is made to make the following pronouncements: "They might permit a king to burn their fields or rape their daughters, as long as payment was made. But you did not touch a man's sons ... We all knew the rules; we clung to them to avoid the anarchy that was always a hairsbreadth away," or "In our day, death was preferable [to exile]." One might imagine an 80-yo speaking of "In our day," but somebody 10 times younger?

So, about The Song of Achilles's earlier reincarnation as fanfic: am I right, or am I right?

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June 12th, 2009
01:14 am

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I'm reading The Best American Poetry 2005 (ed. Paul Muldoon & David Lehman), and there are some great poems I cannot help sharing :)


Urban Myth by Jamey Dunham (this might be the best metaphor of parent-child relationship ever :) )

A couple awaiting the arrival of their first-born delivers instead a ring-tailed lemur. They are beside themselves. The father beats the obstetrician with clenched fists. He curses the nurses and flings himself to the floor bawling. The mother stands up on the table and denounces God. The next day they go home. The lemur eats all of the houseplants and defecates in the sink. It refuses to come down from the refrigerator and keeps them up all night chasing flies along the window screens. The parents are mortified, but being optimistic people they remain patient. They dress the lemur as a boy and name it Colin. They send it to the finest schools and indulge it with every extravagance. Finally their hard work pays off. One morning upon entering the nursery they find a neat stack of money in the lemur's place.


The Poets March on Washington by James Cummins

What do we want?
Immortality!
When do we want it?
Now!

What do we want?
Immortality!
When do we want it?
Now!

What do we want?
Immortality!
When do we want it?
Now!


Five Roses in the Morning by Stephen Dunn

March 16, 2003
On TV the showbiz of war,
so I turn it off
wishing I could turn it off,
and glance at the five white roses
in front of the mirror on the mantel,
looking like ten.
That they were purchased out of love
and are not bloody red
won't change a goddamned thing -
goddamned things, it seems, multiplying
every day. Last night
The roses numbered six, but she chose
to wear one in her hair,
and she was more beautiful
because she believed she was.
It changed the night a little.
For us, I mean.

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May 22nd, 2009
01:48 am

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A bunch of Criminal Minds episode write-ups
x-posted from dw

These are the eps that were either instrumental to me becoming a fan, or the eps I feel strongly about (not in the squee-y way).

1.14, or the reason I dislike GideonCollapse )

3.07, in which Rossi is a submissive troubled gay manCollapse )

3.08, in which the BAU are angels, after a fashionCollapse )

3.14, in which there might have been a plot, but I squued to much to notice itCollapse )

4.06-07, which were all about ReidCollapse )

4.13, in which we learn that in some cases, cultural appropriation is okay *headdesks*Collapse )

4.18, which was a shipper dream come trueCollapse )

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May 21st, 2009
05:58 pm

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Criminal Minds: season finale insta-reaction
4.25Collapse )

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February 9th, 2009
05:01 am

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*insomnia-driven rant ahoy!*
I find the whole 50books_poc project deeply problematic & inherently illogical, to say the least. Bundling together works belonging to different cultures & different genres based on their authors' not-belonging to the Western culture is as good a strategy of othering as, well, any other. Choosing reading material based on the authors' race is not unproblematic, be the decisions pro or contra. Etc., etc. I'm all for raising the visibility of otherwise-overlooked authors' works, but wouldn't incorporating them into "50 great YA/SciFi/romances" along with white authors be more logical, instead of fitting them into one seemingly-homogenous ghetto-like category?

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December 24th, 2008
03:21 am

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Happiness meme 2/8
the meme brought on by boredomCollapse )

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July 12th, 2008
03:45 am

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Writing letters to family from long trips to faraway lands:) feels too much like writing short stories. Inescapably, I veer of into describing minute and unimportant things, like flowers on windowsills, statues of Saint Francis of Assisi in dark alleyways, jellyfish in havens, stuff like that. There is nothing about me in such letters. That feels easier, but the family gets offended.

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Chuck fandom has been my comfort read for a while. It provides the only college!fics that don't get me depressed. Also, it has geeks saving the day (in spades). For some reason, I don't want to watch the series itself (I've only watched the pilot, it was funny & smart & cool, but I have strong suspicions that such a premise can only work once), but the fics are awesome.

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December 9th, 2007
03:45 pm

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I thought myself incapable of getting really angry at idiots online. Now I know better. 'Cause this? Made me positively furious.

No matter what, you don't crack jokes at national tragedies. Chernobyl is not a laughing matter to be pulled into the discussion lightly; it's not funny, like 9/11 was not funny. I thought that much was obvious. Alas, I was wrong.

Current Mood: angry

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October 11th, 2007
02:08 pm

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Supernatural 3.01Collapse )



Pushing Daisies 1.02Collapse )



Reaper 1.02Collapse )

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