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Thursday, March 13th, 2008
3:57 pm
I joined up
I joined up because I just love to read, and I love giving people recommendations about books.
Right now, I'm reading a book called "The Years with Laura Diaz", by Carlos Fuentes. I just finished "My Name is Red", by Orhan Pamuk.
Has anyone read these, and what do you think?

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Sunday, August 28th, 2005
11:57 pm

If this is not allowed, please forgive me and feel free to delete this post. Thank you. =D
Friday, July 8th, 2005
8:52 am
Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg.
I am reading Standing in the Rainbow by Fannie Flagg. My mother insisted that I read it. She said she laughed and laughed as she read it. I am enjoying it very much. I do laugh. It is just a fun read. It isn't a serious commentary on life or anything. Frankly sometimes we need a break form books that make serious commentaries on life. This is just a fun pool book. Enjoy.
Monday, August 16th, 2004
6:58 pm
Good advice on safety for women
This is for you, and for you to share with your wife, your children, everyone you know.
After reading this, forward it to someone you care about. It never hurts to
be careful in this crazy world we live in.
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body If
you are close enough to use it, do!

2. Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans. If a robber asks for
your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you...
chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you,
and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!

3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail
lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The
driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating,
working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.
DON'T DO THIS!) The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect
opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head,
and tell you where to go.

5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor,
and in the back seat.
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger
door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their
vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the
passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you
may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to
walk you back out.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)

6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible
places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).

7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!
The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even
then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!

8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you
raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well
educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women.
He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle
or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying
baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because
it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her "Whatever you
do, DO NOT open the door."
The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window
and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The
policeman said, "We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT
open the door."
He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses
it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby
He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying
that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
Please pass this on and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby.----
This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby
theory was mentioned on America's Most Wanted this past Saturday when they
profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.
I'd like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life.
A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this
to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters,
daughters, etc., you may want to pass it onto them, as well.
Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world
we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it's better to be safe than sorry .
Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
9:51 pm
Hello, there, just joining up. I am, of course, a librophiliac, and I love Jonathan Carroll, Brian Jacques, JRR Tolkien, Koushun Takami, and the once in a while guilty pleasure, like cheesy fantasy and teeny-bopper fiction. I love talking about books and listening to people talk about books, so I hope to fit in here. :)
Wednesday, July 14th, 2004
2:47 am
A fool's errand?
I am new to this community. And even though it seems evident that it is not a very active one, I wanted to ask a question by way of introduction. Maybe it will inspire and answer.
When I was very young I read Isaac Bashevis Singer's stories about the shtetl of Chelm, a village of fools, which I enjoyed greatly, but I never picked up any of his more serious works.
Today, I learned that The Library of America collection is releasing his complete works and was reminded of him, his image was brought to the surface. Their edition is some 3000 pages, extensive and inclusive.
My question is simply this: Could anyone recommend a work of I.B. Singer's to start with?
Thank you very much.

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, February 7th, 2004
5:47 pm
has Tom Robbins ever explained in an interview why he is so obsessed with women's urethras? or have we all been too embarassed to ask him?

and i know it's a wonderful way to establish intimacy with the character, but the frequency of it would be enough to call it a crutch, if only it weren't what it is.

Current Mood: quixotic
Sunday, December 28th, 2003
8:24 pm
i forgot how to read
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003
11:45 pm
Author like Alain de Botton?
Hi. Could anybody recommend an author like Alain de Botton? (I am almost sure that nobody is exactly like him, but even a rought approximation will probably do.) Thanks.
Thursday, October 16th, 2003
1:03 am
I was posting so much in the community, I figured I better join in and introduce myself. I am an English major at a university, and my senior high school english teacher really jelled my love of literature. I alway liked to read, but it wasn't until then that I realized how to really use literature. Now, I am majoring in English and I love my classes. I just finished reading A Streetcar Named Desire for class and rereading Fahrenheit 451 for pleasure. I am currently reading A Clockwork Orange, I hear it's very different from the movie. I also have a list of books to read soon or finish that is a mile long.
Monday, August 25th, 2003
8:30 pm
Your Daily Dose of Soul-Searching
Your Daily Dose of Soul-Searching



I belong to another community that I really like. It is not a community at which one can post answers. This community gives daily topics for journal writing. The topics are meant to encourage a searching of self. Some questions are for causal searching, some require deep thinking and deep examining. I think it is great fun. It certainly is an excellent idea. I have a list of the questions I intend to answer. I may or may not post my answers here. I am going to put them in my own personal journal that I don’t keep on line anywhere.

I also thought that many of these questions are very good for character development. Those who write need to know their characters this well. Either way, this is a fun community. Come join in the daily search.


56. Looking back, what (or rather, who) was the worst decision you've made in terms of trust? Whom did you trust that you shouldn't have, in what way was it a bad decision, and how did that betrayal affect you with regard to subsequent trust situations?

Likewise, who was the best trust decision? Did that person surprise you by being so trustworthy?

36. Aside from your parents, who would you say had the most significant impact on you when you were growing up? In what way did that person influence your life?

60. What changes in yourself (physical or otherwise) are you dreading the most as you get older, as the years and decades speed by? What changes are you looking forward to the most?

How comfortable are you with the idea that it's likely you will be an elderly person at some point?

77. How has the journey of your musical taste developed over the years? From the first music you ever remember hearing, all the way to what you're listening to today, trace the path of the most important songs, albums, genres, and artists that helped define the different stages of your life, or that can transport you back to that time just by listening to their songs. Explain the significance of the artists or songs that affected you the most.

And don't leave out the embarrassing ones.

85. What is your attitude toward shopping? Do you plan exactly what you're going to do ahead of time, and then get in, get what you need, and get out? Or are you the kind who has a more organic approach, just showing up and wandering around until something catches your attention? Do you feel shopping is a good way to spend time, or a waste of it?
Friday, August 22nd, 2003
8:02 am
Don’t miss Mars this week.
Don’t miss Mars this week.

“This is the week of Mars's opposition and historic closest approach to Earth! The planet comes the closest it has been since 57,617 B.C. (though, admittedly, just by a hair). It blazes some 14 times brighter than the brightest stars in the summer sky.” This Week's Sky at a Glance
By Alan M. MacRobert

The planet is in Aquarius. For those of you who have no idea where Aquarius is, go out and look toward the southeast. It is the huge bright orange ‘star.’ According to Sky and Telescope’s site, This Week’s Sky at a Glance, Mars will be at magnitude –2.9. Mars can be seen in the east southeast at dusk, “ low in the east-southeast at dusk, higher in the southeast later in the evening, and at its highest in the south in the middle of the night. By dawn Mars is low in the west.”

Now don’t miss this. It will not be this bright again in this life time. Get out and take a look.

By the way for those of you who are up early in the morning on Aug 23 to 26, that ‘star’ at the moon’s lower right is Saturn. It is a bright yellowish white. Don’t miss that either. They will be in the east north east.

I love the Sky and Telescope site. http://skyandtelescope.com/
Friday, August 15th, 2003
1:14 pm
matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a....book
Like the lovely and esteemed founder of this little librophilia shindig, I have a long list of queued titles holding court on my night stand (and my floor and my dresser...):

* the forest house- marion zimmer bradley
* please kill me: the unsensored oral history of punk- legs mcniel and gilliam mccain
* le divorce- diane johnson
* tina modotti: between art and revolution- letizia argenteri
* night work- nelson george
* aooleby house- sylvia smith
* door to door- tobi tobin
* myself among others- george wein
* mad madge- katie whitaker
* the passion of reverend nash- rachel basch
* roadtrip nation- michael mariner and peeps
* detour- lizzie simon
* marked for life- joie davidson
* number 10- sue townsend
* still hungry- richard simmons (it's a despise-him-so-much-i-love-him kinda thing)
* the magical approach- jane roberts
* seth, dreams, and projections of consciousness- jane roberts

which should i read first?

i've just started a.s. byatt's possession, which caradrina got me for my birthday!!
Sunday, July 27th, 2003
7:48 pm
yay for books about books. my favorites so far are as follows:
used and rare-the goldstones
a gentle madness-basbanes
and there are many others, particularly picture books of books which i love as well. i love fine bindings, incunabula, rare bookstores that reek with antiquity (although there aren't any of that caliber in austin), old engravings, giant old books with metal clasps or corners, old watermarked paper, etc., etc. i really need to get to some great antiquarian bookstores one day or go to the london antiquarian book show or whatever. i've mentioned before in my journal about wishing i could be a mad monk, but what would be really great would be to be a mad monk who works on illuminated manuscripts all day when not running madly through the fields. i should write a novel about a madman who lives hiding within a great rare books library, sort of like that children's book, the mixed of files of whomever. oh well, back to my obsessions...
6:12 pm
movies that have books as stars
one thing i was just thinking about is how much i enjoy movies that have books as a subject or libraries as a background in them. some examples are of course 84 charing cross road, the ninth gate, a merry war, etc. my wife suloni saw the movie the league of extraordinary gentlemen with her family this weekend and said that i would love two scenes in libraries. there are movies like dead poets society that obviously mention books or feature characters reading books, but they don't become characters themselves or a significant part of the atmosphere. then there are movies like wit that feature the content of books without feeding my fetish for books as physical objects. can anyone recommend any other movies that greatly feature books? i recommend all the movies i mentioned. also, why aren't there any documentaries about books, libraries, or book collecting that i can think of? here are two more possibilities i found in a quick search on the imdb:
Fast Company (1938)-Joel Sloane is a rare book dealer and part time detective. He finds stolen or lost rare books for the insurance companies and gets a reward for their return. But this is a little different. Otto Brockler, a rare book dealer with questionable ethics, has been murdered. The list of suspects is long. Ned, who Otto sent to prison to get insurance money and keep him away from Leah. Leah, who is in love with the falsely convicted Ned. Elias, a silent partner in stolen and forged books. Sydney, a master forger of rare books. Julia, Otto's secretary who has expensive clothes and jewelry. Joel is the one who must find the murderer before he becomes the next victim.-Summary written by Tony Fontana
Fast and Loose (1939)-"Serviceable part-time-detective story set in the world of rare-book collecting and presented in the Thin Man style. (The writer, Harry Kurnitz, later contributed to the 4th and 5th Thin Man movies.)"
Monday, July 21st, 2003
9:09 am
John Fowles.
I finished The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles about a month ago. It was excellent.

Current Mood: mellow
Wednesday, July 16th, 2003
5:56 pm
about fifty pages from finishing More, Now, Again by Elizabeth Wurtzel.
up next, Cosmopolis by Don Delillo, then, if miss k9tey is ready, The God of Small Things?
Tuesday, July 15th, 2003
9:23 am
"...i read it in delillo like they'd written it to me..."
why do i keep reading Don Delillo?

White Noise is an amazing novel on many levels.
Ratner's Star was very funny and a good read in several ways.
I liked a lot of parts of underworld, and i felt like i had gotten a lot out of it when i read it a second time -- which is something i would prefer to say after a 100 page novella than after reading an 800 page epic novel, but still says a lot.

But more and more as i try to catch up on his other books i am finding myself dissapointed. Like Great Jones Street. As you all know, I love music. And I love novels about the music industry. So shouldn't Delillo's novel about the music business have been an amazing work that i would want to read again and again? But instead I just found myself reading it in a detached way and not rushing back to it, and months later I barely remember what it was about. I would attribute this to my state of mind at the time I read it, but I felt very similarly about Libra. And End Zone.

And, now, Cosmopolis, which I just finished last night. As you may know, it is a novel about a wealthy tycoon taking a limo ride across a pre-September 11th Manhattan to get a hairvut. And it has some sequences in it that rival anything of Delillo's that I have read before. But altogether I found myself reading it in that detached way where you don't really care about any of the characters and you are just as happy to have the book end.

Of course, it was a fast read (200 quick pages in a small book), so I don't feel like I wasted a lot of time. BUt I'm not sure I reccomend it either.

But the point is that there's this author who I want to like and I feel like I should like and I have liked (a lot) in the past yet the last 4 or 5 of his books I have tried to read I just am uninspired by. Does anyone else feel the same way about him, or about other authors?
Saturday, July 12th, 2003
9:39 am
The BBC Big Read top 100 books
The BBC Big Read top 100 books, in alphabetical order:
(I have italisized the ones I have read - bolded ones one my list to read)

I would love to hear any recommendations or discussion of why or why not things shoul be on this list. And my goodness, who is Terry Prachett?

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Lots of children's books here. I think it's neat - I love children's books - but ALL of the Harry Potter's? Book 2 was awful, IMO.

Also interesting - a lot of my favorite authors are on there - (Frances Hodgson Burnett, Dickens, William Wilkie Collins) but not my favorite books by them. Other favorite authors are not here at all - Kafka, Louise Erdrich, Davis Foster Wallace, Pynchon..who is missing that surprises you the most?
Friday, July 11th, 2003
11:01 pm
My name is Katy and I'm addicted to books.
haha *ahem* So, right now I'm reading Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger and although I've heard many favorable reviews of it, I'm not too crazy about it. My favorite books of all time are Little Women, Catcher in the Rye, The Chronicles of Narnia, Les Miserables, and Fahrenheit 451. When I was little I read The Grey King and I remembered a couple of weeks ago that I used to love that book so much, so I went on my library website to see if they had it. Well, I figured out it was part of a series, The Dark is Rising Sequence and I reserved the whole lot. I have those to read after Nine Stories. Any comments on any of these books? I would love to hear them.

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