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Currently, it's 84˚F and partly cloudy here in Providence. Last night, I fell asleep to the sound thunder and to flashes of lightning. The high yesterday was 93˚F.

Yesterday, we drove over to the east side of town, to 41 Arlington Avenue. This is the house where Angela Carter lived during her year in Providence, while she was teaching a writing course at Brown. She occupied rooms on the second floor. Until I read Gordon's The Invention of Angela Carter, I didn't know where the school had put her up during her stay here. It's a fine house. I have a feeling it was a lot less fine in the early eighties. Carter complained that she almost froze to death that winter because the radiators didn't work. This is the house where she conceived and composed "The Fall River Axe Murders" and "The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe."

I had fun putting together the Spotify playlist for Agents of Dreamland. I'm tempted to do one for the Dancy Flammarion stories.

I've slowly been working my way through the latest Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, and in the past few days I've read "Expanded dorsal ribs in the Late Triassic pseudosuchian reptile Euscolosuchus olseni," "A new lungfish (Dipnoi) from the Late Triassic of South America," and "A new species of Opisthodactylus Ameghino, 1891 (Aves, Rheidae), from the late Miocene of northwestern Argentina, with implications for the paleobiogeography and phylogeny of rheas." The journal is one of the few long-term constants in my life, and that's one reason I cherish it. I became a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1984, thirty-three years ago. I was nineteen.

Aunt Beast

12:43 p.m., 41 Arlington Avenue


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Mark Orr
May. 19th, 2017 03:51 pm (UTC)
I pondered briefly upon the notion of following my love of dinosaurs down the paleontology path, but when I read C.W. Ceram's Gods, Graves and Scholars when I was about ten, I got redirected towards archaeology and, ultimately, history. Still looking forward to the day I make my first dollar off of my 33 year old BA in history. There are things in the works that might just get me that dollar before I pass on. :D

Very cool house. I've always been a fan of the Italianate style of that period. Historian, son of an architect - it sort of comes naturally.

Loved the last playlist, and looking forward to the next. I've been thinking of something similar, but a little different. For Elvish Has Left the Building, I'm sort of letting the character development be informed by some radio episodes of the CBC's Signature Series, in which they assign personalities to the various keys used in (mostly) classical music. I know, for example, which character would be well served by association with Sibelius' Violin Concerto in D Minor, which I heard the Nashville Symphony play a couple of nights ago. I'm not sure if I'll plunk references to what pieces should be listened to for this or that chapter or passage into the text, or what. It's all very interesting figuring this stuff out. :)
May. 20th, 2017 12:24 am (UTC)
This is the house where she conceived and composed "The Fall River Axe Murders" and "The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe."

I don't think I knew either of those stories had been written in Providence. Nice.
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