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Rainy and cool today. Presently, it's only 72˚F here in Providence.

After about four hours sleep, I awoke to a pair of emails from John Bruton of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, who writes,

I am about halfway through "Red Tree" and am having a difficult time moving forward. I had read your short story Pickman's Other Model (1929) in the collection "New Cthulu" and found it engrossing. I liked your use of real places and names in the story (I started looking them up as I read), a device you also use in Red Tree. The problem I am having is that your main character is so unlikeable it is hard to develop sympathy for her as she deals with the various suicides and her struggle with the supernatural. Also, I'm not sure why Constance would want to sleep with her. Why would anyone? Anyway giving you the benefit of the doubt I will continue to work through the novel. Thank you for your effort and art.

Two hours later, he added,

Check that- Sara Crowe is a flaming asshole! Yes, even assholes deserve a voice, but...

This business of "unlikable" characters will haunt me to my grave. But given the degree of autobiography present in Sarah Crowe, I am, at least, amused.

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Today, I need to do A and B on The Chartreuse Alphabet.

Please have a look at the current eBay auctions. Thank you.

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Ten years ago today, Hubero came to live with us. Which seems utterly impossible, that so much time could have passed.

Last night, we watched Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), which is, of course, the director's remake of the same film from 1934. It isn't one of my favorite Hitchcock films, but it does have its moments.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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dipsomaniac
Sep. 1st, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
After about four hours sleep, I awoke to a pair of emails from John Bruton of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, who writes,

I have to admit when I read this on Facebook it amused me to no end. I can understand a reader wanting to identify with or at least feel sympathy for the main character but that's definitely not going to happen with everything we read. Different strokes for different folks.
ashlyme
Sep. 1st, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
*Yes, even assholes deserve a voice, but.*

Presumably that's why Mr Bruton thinks he can e-mail you this. Characters don't have to be likeable or sympathetic to me; just interesting. That said, I like Sarah a lot.
sovay
Sep. 1st, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC)
Ten years ago today, Hubero came to live with us. Which seems utterly impossible, that so much time could have passed.

Mazel tov, ten-year cat!

People are too hung up on their personal definitions of "sympathy." Whatever happened to empathy, interest, or compassion?
kendare_blake
Sep. 1st, 2016 06:00 pm (UTC)
Happy ten years to Hubero! Also, long live unlikable characters. We need more of them. Though I don't know what the hell he's talking about in regards to The Red Tree. I loved Sarah Crowe.
Kiki Lang
Sep. 1st, 2016 06:52 pm (UTC)
Remember Mecurochrome?
For thirty year I've wanted to go to this used paperback book store in the middle of nowhere. Every few years, a story appears in the paper about it. Originally, it was a restaurant, and used book store. Now it's just a used book store. A few weeks ago I rediscovered the joy of just driving, no reason, just driving for the fun of it. As luck would have it, my driving brought me to this out of the way used book store. Cool! Much is what you would expect, but nested between the best sellers was the other authors. Knowing if I bought to much, I would not read any of it, I resigned myself to two books. Who did I find? Kathe Koja. I remember reading something of hers, but what. I got the two books (Strange Angels, Skin.) I read half of Strange Angels on the way home. Kathe is good, not much better than that(Actually great), but I want to shoot myself. Some Authors are like strong booze, you have to sip them. Ah, no offense, but you remind me much of Ms. Koja, except without the hole in my head.
papersteven
Sep. 1st, 2016 07:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Remember Mecurochrome?
You read half a book while driving??
martianmooncrab
Sep. 1st, 2016 08:01 pm (UTC)
I dont like the use of the expression "unlikeable character", I have read a lot of books, and I would say a character is unbelieveable or I couldnt relate or understand .... I have found books engrossing but I can say I didnt like the characters, but I loved the story.

pisceanblue
Sep. 2nd, 2016 04:48 pm (UTC)
In my estimation (having read The Red Tree multiple times) Sarah is irascible, but not unlikeable. I suspect I relate to her (and you) so well that as a character I find it easy to slip into her fictional skin. I am equally irascible in my way, but then again I'm also too damn old to care about it.
Brett Davidson
Sep. 5th, 2016 03:49 am (UTC)
Check that- Sara Crowe is a flaming asshole! Yes, even assholes deserve a voice, but...
I've read far too much Burroughs not to think of that literally.
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