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Yesterday, Providence broke it's previous record for record warmth on February 1, by one degree Fahrenheit. It got to 65˚F, and it was glorious. Around here, we're lucky to get days like that in April. I finished getting the digest together so that it could be PDF'd, and then we left. Kathryn and I were not about the spend so fine and rare a day in this house.

Today, the weather's cooler again, currently 47˚F, with the windchill at 41˚F, which is still unseasonably warm. The sky today is wide and carnivorous, a butchery in blue.

Sirenia Digest #120 went out to subscribers late last night. I hope people are pleased with "Study for an Electronaut's Ovid."

Kathryn and I went to Paper Nautilus Books at Wayland Square, where we still have a lot of credit from the great book purge of 2013. I found a copy of the third editon of Borradaile, Eastham, Potts, and Saunders' The Invertebrata (1958, Cambridge University Press).* The third edition was revised by G.A. Kerkut, who was a very fine zoologist, but, sadly, also a creationist and something of a kook. Still, there are few more excellent textbooks on invertebrates. Spooky found an edition of Virginia Woolf's "Freshwater: A Comedy," illustrated by Edward Gorey. After Paper Nautilus, we made a quick trip to Eastside Market and the pharmacy.

I found "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster" absolutely delightful, thanks to the wonderful Darin Morgan, who also wrote "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" and, for Millennium, "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense," and who also played the Flukeman in "The Host." The episode was filled with Easter Eggs. To quote Scully, "Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder." Indeed.

My latest** Xmas present arrived yesterday, Exitmusic's Passage on vinyl. Jesus, this is a beautiful album. Aleksa Palladino's voice is a revelation, simultaneously sorrowful, jubilant, defiant, and apocalyptic. She sings like the sea taking apart a shoreline. This will likely be my favorite LP for some time to come. Currently, it's a the soundtrack I need for this stretch of life. By the way, Aleska Palladino played Angela Darmody in Boardwalk Empire. You listen to Exitmusic, and you'll hear the film that I hope The Red Tree will one day be.

I'm feeling worse than I'd hoped I feel this morning. Cold turkey is always a cunt.

Aunt Beast

* An inscription in the book reads "Ambrose F. Keeley, Leverett House, Harvard College, February 1960." Turns out, Ambrose Kelly went on the be the principal of Durfee High School in Fall River, Mass. The school's library was named in his honor.

** That is to say, the one that will be the most late.


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Feb. 2nd, 2016 08:03 pm (UTC)
I hope people are pleased with "Study for an Electronaut's Ovid."

Very much.

"Dreams ain't no place I wanna tread right now."
Feb. 2nd, 2016 08:03 pm (UTC)
I have always thought the Jose Chung episodes were brilliant writing and timing.
Feb. 2nd, 2016 08:06 pm (UTC)
"Mulder, the internet is not good for you."
Kiki Lang
Feb. 2nd, 2016 10:47 pm (UTC)
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
I've borrowed my nephew's X Files sets. Currently I'm at season five. The Jose Chung's episodes are one of my favorites. At the time when I first watched the episode, I thought, "Damn, Charles Nelson Reilly is still alive. Funny thing is, Charles had survived the 1944 Hartford Circus fire. For the rest of his life he would never sit in an audience, or stand in large groups. Let's hope they make more of the series.

Edited at 2016-02-02 10:48 pm (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2016 04:11 am (UTC)
I hope people are pleased with "Study for an Electronaut's Ovid."

I'm looking forward to reading it especially since I've been rereading Ovid over the past year. Hopefully I'll have time to-morrow, to-day was insanely busy.

To quote Scully, "Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder." Indeed.

Me too, and my Scully. I loved the subtle implications of the episode's concept which made its superficial comedy elements work all the better.
Eric Cantwell
Feb. 3rd, 2016 09:22 am (UTC)
Yeah, cold turkey does suck ass, but it's the only way to do it.

I have another movie recommendation for you if you need a distraction. It's a relatively violent but surprisingly introspective Korean gangster film titled "A Bittersweet Life". You should be able to find it with subtitles on youtube (at least that's where I saw it a few months ago). Great flick.
Feb. 4th, 2016 04:24 am (UTC)
X-Files- A lizard thing that was bitten by a human to become a werehuman. Awesome. "I... needed a job..."
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