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A fictional book: Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters. Here's the Amazon review:
Fingersmith is the third slice of engrossing lesbian Victoriana from Sarah Waters. Although lighter and more melodramatic in tone than its predecessor, Affinity, this hypnotic suspense novel is awash with all manner of gloomy Dickensian leitmotifs: pickpockets, orphans, grim prisons, lunatic asylums, "laughing villains," and, of course, "stolen fortunes and girls made out to be mad." Divided into three parts, the tale is narrated by two orphaned girls whose lives are inextricably linked. Waters's penchant for byzantine plotting can get a bit exhausting, but even at its densest moments--and remember, this is smoggy London circa 1862--it remains mesmerizing. A damning critique of Victorian moral and sexual hypocrisy, a gripping melodrama, and a love story to boot, this book ingeniously reworks some truly classic themes.

I loved it and could not put it down. It is my favorite of Sarah Waters books. Her first three (Affinity and Tipping the Velvet) are far superior to her more recent two, although she is such a good writer and really captures the quintessential English-ness of English literature.

A non-fiction book. I read FAR more non-fiction than fiction these days. Right now I'm reading Georg Feuerstein's Yoga: Technology of Ecstasy, as one of my home books. It is easily one of the best books about yoga I've ever read. It's not a how-to manual at all. From the Amazon blurb:

"The impulse toward transcendence is intrinsic to human life. Nowhere has this drive found a more consistent and versatile expression than in India. The civilization of India has spawned an overwhelming variety of spiritual beliefs, practices, and approaches. The goal of Yoga, the most famous and globally widespread of India's spiritual traditions, is to take us beyond ourselves to the Absolute Reality, to the utterly blissful union of the individual self with the transcendental Divine... This book features a lucid explanation of Yoga's roots in Indian culture, outlines its relationship to other important Indian traditions, and discusses the diverse forms it has taken in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism."

A fanfic: N/A
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*It's another amazing, gorgeous warm day here in Wales! Cloudless. I need a hat.

*Today is Bennett's second birthday party. Tomorrow is his actual second birthday. We're having a play date with snacks and the ugliest cake ever. God, I hope it's edible. I am not a baker and I was operating with less than ideal equipment. I really should have broken down and purchased some cake tins. I've become such a miser lately - and it never satisfies.

*In the continuing memage theme, today is 'a picture of something that makes you angry.' Well, I don't want to post a picture like that. Much of what makes me angry most often makes me sad too. But when I see pictures/hear clips of people like Rush Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck I shut down. Their vitriolic ignorance masquerading as journalistic commentary makes me so angry. I try to think that they're really more performance artists, yet they are presented as thinkers and people listen to them. I know there are plenty of left wing nut jobs too, but nothing like these guys. So yeah, no pictures of those losers.

*I will however post pictures of the party later today.
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My favorite quote. Once again, I don't have one. But I'll share the opening of the prayer I say every single day:

Holy Mother
in whom we live, move, and
have our being,
from you
all things emerge
and unto you
all things return
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My favorite book.

This favorites thing is a challenge. I love many things, but favorites? The book I've read the most (not counting parts of the Bible) is Orwell's 1984. For many many years CS Lewis's novel Til We Have Faces was it, but I haven't read it in years. I was blown away by MZ Bradley's Mists of Avalon, especially the first 2/3. But I adored Stoker's Dracula and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina are also way up high on the list. Both of those books I read and wondered why it had taken me so long to get around to reading them.

I adore books and reading. These days I read LOADS of non-fiction, for fun and for profit.
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Day 02




What's not to love? Brilliant dancing and music. Moving plot. A love story. Funny. Downright gay. I adore this movie. I have auditioned with the songs. I was a Jet girl in 11th grade for the school musical.



I love Bernstein. Just love. And this song seems quite current in light of the immigration issues both in the States and in the UK.
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Day 01 - Favorite song

I don't really have favorite songs. Perhaps loads of songs from choir days. However, this choral piece without fail gives me goosebumps and makes me sit on the edge of my seat. It really does sound like God is coming down from the heavens to kick some ass. Plus in this video Karajan conducts like a god himself.




Listen to this with the volume all the way up, and not while anyone is napping.

ETA: Damn, I love opera.

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Of my sickness and the five questions meme?

From Erinya )

Book meme

Jul. 7th, 2009 07:36 pm
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Thinking about books lately. Which to ship? Which can be gotten rid of? Adam and I have decimated our collection. Today we took three boxes to the used book store. This is the second trip there this year.

I saw this meme on [livejournal.com profile] bravenewcentury's LJ today.

The book that’s been on your shelves the longest.
That has to be May Gibb's The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. My aunt in Australia gave it to me for Christmas in 1975. But I also have some of my mother's childhood book. The oldest book I have is a 1920s edition of Jack London's Essays of Revolt.

A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)
Pierre Berton's Klondike Fever reminds me of hiking the Chilkoot Trail (1999).

A book you acquired in some interesting way
Oh I don't know.

The book that’s been with you to the most places.
Probably the Bible. But I have carried Pearl S Buck's Dragonseed and Hesse's Siddhartha around for a long time.

The most recent addition to your shelves.
Four or five books by Mark Miravalle for my paper. Also, a brand new book on Mary, Mother of God (can't see the author or complete title from where I'm sitting).

Your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next.
Currently I'm reading The Magic Pudding to Bennett. I'm on Vol. 5 of Alan Moore's Promethea series. I'm also re-reading Mary: New Century Theology by Sarah Jane Boss for "school." I recently finished Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (so good!). Next up, I've got to read those Miravalle books. For Bennett, I think I'll read Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Meme time!

Apr. 19th, 2009 10:01 am
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] seaivy
Tired of all of those surveys made up by high school kids?! Have you ever kissed someone? Missed someone? Told someone you loved them? Drank alcohol? 49 questions for the people who are a little older..
Cut for kindness )
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If you saw me in a police car, what would you think I'd been arrested for?
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Ask me to take pictures of any aspect of my life that you're interested in/curious about -- it can be anything from my favorite shirt to my cell phone to the back of my head. Leave your requests as a comment to this entry, I'll snap the pictures and post them.

Book meme

Sep. 28th, 2008 09:07 am
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10 books I don't think anyone on my friends list has.

This is tough because I have such a literate and diverse group on my friend's list. I'm trying to represent the different sections of my "library" but this is hard.

1. The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs. Great Australian children's book given to me when I was born, with fun pictures.

2. Essays of Revolt by Jack London. The particular copy I have is from my father, a 1926 edition.

3. Against Culture: Development, Politics and Religion in Indian Alaska by Kirk Dombrowski. I have not read this one yet.

4. The Old Testament Pseudepigraphia Vol. 1. Multiple Books of Enoch anyone?

5.Mythistory by Joseph Mali. Historical methodology.

6. The Idea of Wilderness by Max Oelshlaeger. Exactly what the title suggests. I really liked this.

7. Empress and Handmaid: Nature and Gender in the Cult of the Virgin Mary by Sarah Boss, who is my advisor.

8. The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion and Power in Celtic Ireland by Mary Condren. Haven't read the whole thing yet.

9. Encountering the Mystery; Understanding Orthodox Christianity Today by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Not as good as I was expecting. Very dry. Not recommended unless you're hard core - and if you are, you probably know most of this stuff already.

10. And for a novel.... Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flannagan. I recommend getting your hands on the hard copy - the ink changes color to reflect what's happening in the story and the pictures are water color plates. And it's a really good book.
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So, ewigweibliche, your LiveJournal reveals...



You are... 0% unique and 14% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy yoga). When it comes to friends you are popular. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are wary of trusting strangers. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 29

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 66% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!







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Rulz:
Comment and I'll give you a letter; then you have to list ten things you LOVE that begin with that letter. Afterward, post this in your journal and give out some letters of your own.

Great to do while breast feeding.

P )
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How's my relationship these days?
My relationship with Adam is awesome. This week especially it could not be better. He's putting up with a hell of a lot of moodiness and craziness from me - ah, pregnancy. In general, though I am so lucky to be with someone who I respect and enjoy so much. Plus, we work together and I'm really glad we're already sleeping together, because today he's wearing this really nice black, button-down shirt with well fitting black slacks and he looks HOT. I would have been totally distracted with lustful thoughts at this morning's meeting if I didn't know he was already coming home with me.

Regarding my PhD studies, what am I reading? What am I thinking about?
Hahahahahahaha! Nothing. To both questions. I am the worst student ever. Haven't read anything in a month, have barely had a theological thought or even an interesting thought in weeks. I promise that once I get back on that - and this burn out will pass, eventually - I'll post something.

And now, a question for all of you:
Facebook. How many of you are on it? Do you like it? Is it interesting? It seems like everybody and their grandma is on it. My 60 yr old aunt is on there! But is it anything more than a place where people play scrabulous and collect "friends"? Can meaningful relationship building occur there? I'm thinking that I might attempt to track down some old friends through it, but the last thing I want is one more networking site to keep track of, or one more way to find me on the internet.
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I found this on a friend's blog and I think it's neat:

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything, big or small, important or frivolous.

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