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We've got snow showers scheduled for today. There are flurries at the moment. For now, Monday's snow isn't going anywhere. It's currently 30˚F in Providence.

Yesterday, I made it to the Hay, and I also made it through four stories, proofreading Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales: "Pushing the Sky Away (Death of a Blasphemer)," "A Redress for Andromeda," "Nor the Demons Down Under the Sea," "Study for The Witch House," and "Andromeda Among the Stones." All that's left is another round of copyediting on Agents of Dreamland, and then the ms. will finally be ready for Centipede Press. I'll be doing that tomorrow. Toady I have other work.

“I really hate to write.” ~ Jack Kerouac

If children are no longer being taught cursive, how are they learning to sign their names?

I've been playing far too much Guild Wars 2. I think it's the main crutch I'm using to survive this winter and all the things within this winter that I have to survive. Since early October, I've level-capped five characters (levels 1-80). The most recent I did in only sixteen days, hitting 80 last night. I cannot help but think of all the books I could have read with all those hours spent gaming. I am very glad that MMOs didn't exist when I was young.

I have three photos from yesterday:

The John Hay Library, view to the northwest, from the gates of Brown University.

Inside. The Hay has become my sanctuary, what Emory's Matheson Reading Room was to me in Atlanta, what the Linn-Henly Research Library was to me in Birmingham. A place of quiet dignity. Civilization.

All photographs Copyright © 2016 by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Aunt Beast


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Feb. 10th, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
If children are no longer being taught cursive, how are they learning to sign their names?

I have a friend about my age who has always printed his signature. People used to give him a hard time about it but I think now it's generally accepted. I suppose it's better than the lump of digital grey my signature comes out as at the grocery store terminal. Or nowadays I've even signed digital papers that have actually had me type my signature. I don't honestly know how that can be called a signature.

That's a beautiful library. I wish we had one like that in San Diego. The old one downtown here was abandoned a few years ago in favour of a new building made of sharp, featureless glass and metal. Meanwhile, the old building has sat empty, its walls accumulating the urine.

Feb. 10th, 2016 05:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales
This collection sounds better every time you mention it. Do you know how many stories will be included? I hope you're feeling well. Good luck with the day's work, whatever it may entail.
Feb. 10th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales

As the ToC now stands, 31 stories, including Agents of Dreamland, plus an essay, plus an intro by Joshi and an afterword by Michael Cisco. It's a huge book.
Feb. 10th, 2016 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Houses Under the Sea: Mythos Tales
That sounds huge. Very, very cool. Please post a ToC when you can.

Edited at 2016-02-10 08:15 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2016 05:40 pm (UTC)

I also question if cursive is not taught, what are the kids going to do who grow up and can't read cursive? The grand nephews are 7th grade and it is all printing or using the computer to print out essays, depending on the class. They learned cursive in 3rd grade but do not use it now, they're required to print their names on paperwork and not use cursive.

Recently at the bank when we were signing the papers to pay off our house, there were two lines for our names - we had to print our names first and we had a space for cursive underneath. The spaces already had our names typed below the signature lines.

Another odd thing was when I was giving a check to be processed at a store the cashier said I could just sign w. an X on the keypad thing and not bother trying to write a legible signature since their system was being wonky that day. She said as long as there was any mark the check was accepted and processed.
Feb. 10th, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
That photo of the Hay Library's soaring ceiling (and those covetable pendant lamps) took my breath away; thank you for sharing. I'm glad you've established a new sanctuary.
Feb. 11th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
What a beautiful library, it outshines my Richmond library (the James Branch Cabell) tenfold on the inside...

And I feel so defeated by children not learning cursive. I grew up practicing my cursive signature over and over so i could do the lerfect autograph and now it might as well be a line since all anyone cares about is whether the machine will recognise that you wrote something.

Edited at 2016-02-11 01:02 am (UTC)
Kiki Lang
Feb. 11th, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
Silver linings.
There is this ring tone that is so high pitched, people over the age of thirty can't normal hear it. Generation whatever feels special because they have something on the rest of us. I can read cursive, which they can't. Think, all it take to keep a secret form them is to write in cursive. Special, my ass.
Feb. 11th, 2016 04:41 pm (UTC)
I was taught cursive but most of the time write in print. My signature has morphed into an unrecognizable interpretation of my three initials. It's been that way so long that I'm afraid to change it back to something more readable.

Thanks for the photos.
Feb. 11th, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm sitting in my town's public library at this moment -- built in 1901, small and concentrically circular and tucked in the western Maine foothills. I wish I could show it to you. It has a pair of old copper lightning rods on the glass dome over the reading room, a third-floor nonfiction section with a frosted glass floor and wrought iron staircase, and ceilings like the Hay's.
Feb. 12th, 2016 04:29 am (UTC)
I am very much enjoying gliding over Central Tyria; it was a delight to go soaring over the Wayfarer Foothills last night after having tromped all over them so many times.
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