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"The dark cell, the pit of my soul."

I suppose I ought to start a journal entry now, having spent the last half hour instigating fights on Twitter and Facebook (but mostly on Twitter, from which I aspire to be banned for championing the English language, or any language, over that ZOMGWTFLOL shit). No, "lolspeak" isn't The End of the World®, but it does make you look like a moron.

Um...yesterday. Well, I'm still trying to get Sirenia Digest #64 out. By late this evening, for sure.

I wrote and edited, edited and wrote, formatted, wash, rinse, repeat.

There were very many wonderful comments, and I might have blushed a time or two. I think Martians blush, but I've lost the user's manual, so I'm not entirely sure. More wonderful kylecassidy photos to come.

Anyway...here we are on Tuesday, April 5th in the year 2011, and it's time to announce the next book in Aunt Beast's Book of the Month Club thingy. This month, it's Markus Zusak's The Book Thief (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007). I'm not going to go on about how very good it is. But it is. Even though we're not finished reading it yet. It's a good, and true, and important book, and there are too few of those. So yes, the official selection of the month:



I look at the few wind turbines we have here in Rhode Island, and I can't help but be amazed at how humanity has a sky full of wind and sunlight. But, instead, we drill holes in the ground for hydrocarbons and build nuclear reactors that release isotopes that will still be deadly hundreds or thousands of years from now. Instead, we dam rivers and destroy habitats.


paranormal (par·a·nor·mal): Beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation.

paranormal ≠ PR ("paranormal romance"), exclusive of all other applications of the word, no matter what "teh internets" might imply. For example, "reviews" on Amazon declaring that, say, Turn of the Screw isn't paranormal, because it isn't part of the current shitwit PR craze (even though it is, in fact, a novel exploring both paranormal and romantic themes).


Just the fact that people seem to be getting dumber and dumber. You know, I mean we have all this amazing technology and yet computers have turned into basically four-figure wank machines. The internet was supposed to set us free, democratize us, but all it’s really given us is Howard Dean’s aborted candidacy and 24-hour-a-day access to kiddie porn. People…they don’t write anymore - they blog. Instead of talking, they text, no punctuation, no grammar: LOL this and LMFAO that. You know, it just seems to me it’s just a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with a bunch of other stupid people in a proto-language that resembles more what cavemen used to speak than the King’s English.
— Hank Moody

Sad thing is, not many even blog anymore. Blogging takes too much time and energy, so there's Facebook and Twitter. You know, for kids.

Yeah, well. As Quentin Crisp said, "It'll get worse." And it has. And it will again.

Think Only Happy Thoughts,
Aunt Beast


( 21 comments — Have your say! )
Apr. 5th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
I admit I'm glad Sirenia digest is delayed, since I'd been meaning to re-subscribe with different email settings but was sidetracked until today!
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC)

Apr. 5th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Book Thief; I'll get that tomorrow. It'll make up for the dispiriting two hours I spent trawling round the city bookshops looking for something to read that wasn't about teen vampires or middle-class women who, y'know, only need love to make them complete. I'll confess that I never finished The Orange.

Further fessing. I've become prone to emoticons of late, but I can proudly say that I've never used that "term" LOL. Until now. Gods help me.
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)

A shame your didn't finish The Orange Eats Creeps. You should.

Avoid emoticons. I slipped once, but I'm all better now.
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
I don't have anything profound to say, other than commending you for a journal entry that includes quotes from both Quentin Crisp and Hank Moody.
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC)

It is an interesting pairing.
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)

Very strange. Was just at the library and there on display, at the very front was "The Book Thief." So I checked it out. Have read only a few pages so far but I can tell that this is going to be a book to really get under my skin. Thank you for the recommendation...I do not know how I had never heard of it before!
Apr. 5th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)

You're welcome.
Apr. 5th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
I will read the book!
In return, if you haven't yet heard "Fever Ray", you might like her music. There are good videos, too, both dark and bright.
Apr. 6th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)

Thank you. I have, and like her very much. I posted a couple of videos here.
Apr. 6th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
That would be me having problems accessing embedded LJ videos, sorry!
Apr. 5th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
I am ashamed to confess I didn't comment on your potential author photo since it was entirely different from what I expected. You look so...beatific. The sight knocked me for the cliche loop.

Quite lovely.

Take all the time you need for SD.
Apr. 6th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)

The sight knocked me for the cliche loop.

The worse kind of wolves are furry on the inside.
Apr. 6th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
You are furry in all the correct ways.
Apr. 6th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
Expectations are always our worst enemies.
Apr. 6th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
For example, "reviews" on Amazon declaring that, say, Turn of the Screw isn't paranormal, because it isn't part of the current shitwit PR craze (even though it is, in fact, a novel exploring both paranormal and romantic themes).

I just tried to envision The Turn of the Screw as a contemporary paranormal romance and my brain started to leak out my ears.
Apr. 6th, 2011 03:01 am (UTC)

Ouch. Sorry. You know, it's inevitable.
Apr. 6th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
Wonderful Hank Moody quote ... I didn't know you were a Californication fan until you mentioned it a day or two ago. Judd Apatow has gotten reams of attention and praise for figuring out a way for crude sexual humor and genuine emotional warmth to cohabit, but Tom Kapinos has been doing the same thing on his show for about as long (and probably better) and barely anyone has noticed.

Are you watching on DVD and are you thus a season behind?
Apr. 6th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)

We've seen everything new...and starting over.
Apr. 6th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
Excellent! At some point we'll have to have a conversation.
Apr. 6th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
Another great choice for the Book of the Month.

Also glad you didn't pick one I haven't read yet since my "to read" pile is a mountain currently.
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