I'm beginning to have doubts, though - should I instead go to the San Francisco march, or the Oakland General Strike and teach-ins?
Realistically the local march makes more sense, especially since I'm going to be in Oakland for the Women's March the next day. But I do so love to waffle!
What I read
Barbara Hambly, Pale Guardian - I don't know why it is that I do not like these as much as some of her other series, they are well-written, etc, and will do to be getting on with while we wait for e.g. the next Benjamin January.
Christmas at High Rising - short stories, slight, if quite agreeable.
2 episodes of Tremontaine Season 2.
Simon Brett, The Tomb in Turkey (2015), or, a good deal further from Fethering than usual. One of the better in the series I thought.
Elizabeth Bear, Shattered Pillars (2013), which somehow I had not yet got round to. Even though it's ages since I read the first in the trilogy, got up to speed pretty quickly. V good, was going to go more or less straight on to next, but life things happened and I was more about the comfort reading.
Sharon Lee and Steven Miller, Sleeping with the Enemy (2016 but I think both novellas were published earlier separately). Agreeable enough.
Angela Thirkell, Peace Breaks Out (1946) - took a bit of a risk on this because coming up to the WOEZ WOEZ CLEM ATLEE! NYE BEVAN! post-war whingery, but in fact at the beginning the war isn't even over though peace is in prospect, not that the inhabitants of Barsetshire with whom the narrative is concerned look forward to it with glad anticipation because - they are such status-quo-ites - CHANGE just as they have got used to its being wartime. However peace does break out and there is a general election and Churchill is booted, but if one skims the jeremiads, this was still not bad and hit the spot.
Also hitting the spot, a new KJ Charles I didn't know was in prospect - I know there's a Victorian one coming shortly - Wanted, A Gentleman (2017). Short but v readable.
Laurie R King, The Murder of Mary Russell (2016) - well, that was different. But although opinions on Goodreads seem divided between best/worst in the sequence, I thought this was middling. Unexpected, readable, okay.
And discussed elsewhere, Jack Saul, Sins of the Cities of the Plain(1881).
On the go
Still trying to read that bio of Dorothy Wrinch, I Died for Beauty and sliding off it, which is annoying, because there is a lot about her and her circles I'd like to know.
Maybe the biography of Elizabeth Inchbald? or another David Wishart that's in my tbr pile.
I don't know how it got there.
Yes, I pick up my cats and yes they have their claws.
But I wear clothes when I pick up my cats. Plus
Being winter I wear 3 layers of clothes in my house.
67 degrees is only comfortable outside without 3 layers of clothes.
I wear a loose T-shirt for sleepwear.
Highly probable I scratch myself in my sleep.
This concludes today's unexpected poetic revelation.
The program featured the traditional preening politicians - Pelosi, then lesser Congresspeople. Kevin Ellison was there, and I continue to think he's the best pick for DNC chair.
Joan Baez sang two songs. :)
Have been reading - it's pretty short - THE SINS OF THE CITIES of the PLAIN, OR THE RECOLLECTIONS OF A MARY-ANN WITH SHORT ESSAYS ON SODOMY and TRIBADISM by Jack Saul (privately printed in London, 1881, now available courtesy of Project Gutenberg), famous work of Victorian gay (though not exclusively) porn, featuring a certain amount of RPF in that Boulton and Park feature among the characters. However, I think that may be to convey a sense of verisimilitude and reportage to the narrative, and had it been written c. 1890 our narrator would be having been hanging out with Podge Somerset and telegraph boys in Cleveland Street...
One can quite see why it was considered an obscene work by the Victorians, given that sexual relations between men were criminal at the time.
However, the present day content warnings would be for problematic consent (there's a consistent trope that's applied across the board where there's a shift from 'aaaargh stop' to 'ooooh don't stop' from initiating a virgin to fladge), child sexual abuse, and what I suspect are undesirable lubrication practices, if this happens at all. Also some episodes that are not fun fladge but serious sadism.
It includes a number of scenarios that seem pretty stock Vict-porn - brother-sister incest (adults, consensual, and in fact incest wasn't a crime until 1908), birching, voyeurism, young men cross-dressed as girls (though voluntarily and not forced feminisation) and group sex in sandwiches and daisy-chains. Several of these had me going, would that be even possible?
Also enormous erections. And reference to the narrator's membrum virile as 'Mr Pego'.
Mostly about male-male sex, with some m-f activity (in and out of orgies), but although there is an appendix on 'Tribadism': ' a vice which every man in his heart looks on with kindly eyes' not much to offer in the f-f line.
feliciacraft chooses 5 favorite 2016 Giles shorts/drabbles plus a one shot and 5 favorite 2016 awesome fanwork creations .
buffyversetop5 is now closed and we have had to institute a change in membership .
Amazon is offering the BtVS calendar for 2018. "Heralded for helping usher in television's modern golden age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer celebrates its 20th anniversary as one of the most acclaimed and influential cult shows of all time. The 2018 calendar features fan-favorite imagery from the beloved series and its successful Dark Horse comic book adaptation".
2) We've been watching Travelers on Netflix and so far it's pretty interesting. I've found myself distracted by the actress who plays Marcy as she keeps making me think of a cross between Virginia Madsen and Nancy Allen. To me, Nancy Allen had disappeared in the late 80s and I was surprised to see on IMDB that she'd still been working until 2000.
3) Emerald City has been mostly a bust for me. It sounded intriguing but I found myself bored with all three episodes. I thought episode 3 was more interesting, and I think Dorothy could be an intriguing heroine. But for whatever reason it just isn't engaging me.
By comparison I found myself more interested with this latest (last?) season of Vikings. ( Read more... )
4) From my friend Paula, the site Letterheady is certainly an interesting one. I rather wondered though, about its likely use in scams if the letterhead in question is for a person or company that's still operating.
5) I thought this historical discussion of writing for pay and the gift economy raised some interesting questions about how we relate to writing depending on how it's remunerated.
Not exactly asking for a friend.
But if you were reading a text in which people's actual names were not given in full, would you find it
a) more or less easy to read
b) more or less confusing in terms of keeping characters straight
if they were presented in this form: Sir Z—y R—n, Lord R—l, Miss G—g?
Just a thought I had, walking along the road after going to the gym.
LIbrary system won't let the petition page load properly, but that doesn't stop me sharing it. I'll just have to wait until I can sign it.
Last year, 34-year-old Ildar Dadin made history, but not the encouraging kind. After Ildar held several single-person protests, he became the first Russian citizen imprisoned under a new law that criminalizes repeated public assemblies.
As punishment for Ildar's political dissent, a judge sentenced him to three full years in prison. But now, the situation has gotten even worse. Ildar's lawyer recently smuggled a letter out of prison that Ildar wrote to his wife. In it, he describes being tortured and threatened with death on a daily basis. So Michael started a petition urging the international community to take immediate action to free Ildar from this hell. Sign his petition now!
In the letter, Ildar says he has been beaten as many as four times a day by up to 12 people at once. Guards handcuff his wrists behind his back and hang him from the ceiling by the cuffs. He writes:
"Being suspended in this manner brought about terrible pain in the wrists, twisted out my elbows, and caused horrible back pain. I was suspended like that for half an hour. Then they took off my underwear and said they would bring another prisoner to rape me..."
The European Union and United States have the power to successfully pressure the Kremlin and demand Ildar's release by freezing the assets of officials responsible for his torture. We must send a strong, united message to these governments that the time to act is now.
Thank you for all that you do,