Only dipping my toes into FB and Twitter of late. Not sure if this is the reason I do not find so many things that trigger off into DW posts, or whether, no, I'm just in a meh frame of mind.
Or maybe it's just that my attention is Elsewhere (Elsewhen?).
The meh frame of mind theory gets some support from having come across a list of 60 books by women to read to redress the balance of lists that are oppressively overwhelmingly books by blokes (but would that include top crime novels???) - that I would be a lot happier with if it didn't say 'Best' and if it wasn't quite so heavily geared towards C20th litficcy litfic, and includes a very weird pick from Margaret Drabble's oeuvre and no Byatt, among other what I would consider egregious omissions.
But I'm sure I could be rantier about it at greater length in other moods.
De gustibus, etc. But 60 Books Particular Person Thinks Are Worth Reading =/= Best Evah.
Anyway, I got back from New Zealand yesterday.
It had been easy to slip into New Zealand time, not so far from our own. Also, the long days of summer.
Harder to return to find the days short. Truncated into shadow.
So, though with photos to edit, I headed to church this morning with shadows on my mind. Since, after the
election, it's been in my mind to make more Sunday morning space for roots in my UU social activist faith tradition.
Watched a child light the advent candle for Hope. Love. Expectation already lit. Listened to a visiting minister (okay Catholic priest) talk about social action. The interdependent web of community. Of how hard it must be for the protesters at Standing Rock, not as elite, or intellectuals, but simply wanting to keep their water clean. Exercising their first amendment rights to be shot with water cannons. Rubber bullets. Of how hard it is to speak out. To act. Again returning to community (well and the committees that UU is prone to).
Came home to my comfortable space to learn that the Army Core of Engineers has delivered some slender stay of execution to Standing Rock. Thought about the polluted water table in my own Central Valley. Of the letter sent to a local Mosque telling the members that they'd be dealt with as Hitler dealt with the Jews. Of the tremendous rise in hate crimes leading up to and post election.
Ate my lunch. Put away laundry.
Thought about Theodore Parker, a UU minister, abolitionist, and transcendentalist, who wrote of the long arc of history and how it tends towards justice. And yet… that wasn't an inevitable trend.
So… someone on circle started a once a week, what did they do for kindness that week.
This week for me, not much. I was vacation.
-I stopped for fellow tourists. Offered to take the picture and get both parents into the picture with their children where I could.
-Gave a little to Second Harvest, our local food charity. I'm thinking of buying cereal from Kellogg and donating it. Since they pulled adds from Brietbart, and I hear while not super nutritional, children in families who get this sort of treat look forward to it. But that's not a thing done. But to do.
-Gave a little to Standing Rock, because they aren't really done. Just a respite.
-Signed up for digital access to the New York Times, because the rise of fake news is worrisome. Not charity, but educational.
Am trying to decide about the Women's March (in SF). I've been hearing questionable things about the organizers inclusion and yet… at its heart its grass roots. An urge to do… something. Walk. March with signs. It's the same day as a Pro-Life march, also SF. Maybe go for a two in one. Do a lot of walking.
That's the future again. Now, it's time for bed. Work beckons. Trying to figure out how all this fits into a long road. Plus, you know, photos. Life. Yuletide.
Saturday breakfast rolls: brown grated apple with maple sugar and cinnamon.
Today's lunch: pheasant breast fillets, beaten flat, seasoned, panfried in butter (think I may have slightly overdone them) served with damson and rosemary jellies; with baby gem potatoes roasted in goose-fat, asparagus healthy-grilled in walnut oil and splashed with gooseberry vinegar, buttered spinach, and padron peppers.
Bread baking probably tomorrow.
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I wanted to post this piece from today's Guardian Saturday Review, which appeared in the print version under the heading 'Are Men Bad At Writing Sex', so that I could say, that I was recently flicking through Florence King's He: An Irreverent Look at the American Male (1978) in which she wields a mighty codfish upon the depiction of sex in Bloke Books, and there is certainly gendered form in the matter.
But looking further at that column online, I came across this gem of WTF: 'the cerebral Penguin imprint is not known for fiction, let alone erotic fiction', and larft like drayne.
Okay, I will concede that many people might consider the 'bouts' in Lady Chatterley's Lover do not set fire to their haystacks and may not consider it an erotic work, but if a book is prosecuted for obscenity, it must be considered de jure if not de facto an erotic work, whether or not it is likely to corrupt the innocent reader.
I have a cherished copy in my library of the Trial of Lady Chatterley (1962), in which the editor, CH Rolph commented that, although Penguin Books was the defendant, having sent copies to the DPP in order to provoke a test-case, it was Connie Chatterley who was in the dock.
Penguin also published a number of other works which had either been victims of the obscenity laws (e.g. Ulysses) or had a somewhat raunchy reputation, at least by the standards of the early 60s (The Ginger Man).
Penguin Books may even be fingered for opening the floodgates, though (a historian of censorship writes) that was by no means the last prosecution under the Obscene Publications Act of 1959.
Soundcloud podcast talks Killed By Death.
Storywonk podcast talks Once More With Feeling .
Popculturerolecall podcast talks Prophecy Girl .
Bufferingthevampireslayer podcast talks Out of Mind, Out of Sight .
Hypable podcast talks Restless & To Shanshu in L.A. .
Storywonk podcast talks Offspring.
Speaking of Noah, I couldn't even watch this interview because I kept wanting to throw things at the TV. He may become more legendary for his patience than anything else.
2) This case is a good reminder that "copyright law" is not there primarily to benefit the artist or creator, but rather the copyright owner, who in many cases is a large corporation with a lot more resources than the artists themselves. Even with the U.S. law allowing only 35 years, that means a lot of people will never get their copyrights back in their lifetimes.
3) Unlike the UK I think there is very little discussion or thought about tea in the U.S., where coffee remains the dominant beverage. I declare that because even non-food establishments offer coffee, sometimes even for free. This is not the case with tea, soft drinks, or other beverages, and sometimes not even water. So I thought I'd horrify my non-U.S. readers with the following (sorry this post is too late for Halloween). ( Read more... )
My experience is that people are far more likely to drink iced tea in the U.S. than hot tea. How does that compare to other places? Also, I think very few people tend to drink it with milk compared to how many coffee drinkers do so. ( Read more... )
4) HT to Petzi for an article with lots of recommendations for holiday gifts that will make a difference.
For several months now I have had a Marks and Sparks voucher. This week I finally got to the huge flagship store in Oxford Street in order to buy winter slippers - as the local branch is very bad on slippers for some reasons (the ones I got there last year do not keep my feet warm, point thahr misst) - and make up the amount in socks and knickers that will always come in handy.
RESULT! V cosy.
Slight downside was I thought I'd put together enough items to use up the voucher with 50p or so over: in fact I have just under £4 left on it, which is a bit annoying.
Got to two academic things this week:
A lunchtime seminar on gay men and VD after WWII and before AIDS/HIV - boy, the London School of Hygiene is not good at letting reception having info on where seminars are taking place (not on the original notice). Quite interesting but had a bit in-the-middle-of-the-research feeling to it.
The inaugural lecture mentioned in yesterday's post. Stayed a bit at the after-reception, but, my dear! the noise! and the people! - such hordes it was hard to find the people I would have liked to touch base with, and anyway so noisy that conversation was difficult.
In further academic news, my hits on academia.edu have now broken 5 figures (I am a sad person). (Have I ever ranted about the people who follow me who are in totally unrelated fields?)
And That Page on my website has been getting megahits from a mention on the reddit history thread (is that what one calls it?) and subsequent flurries on Twitter, also some activity re Wikipedia revisions on relevant articles.
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