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I do adore waking up and immediately discovering that the world is even more angrifying than when I went to sleep. Wait, no. That's not right. I don't find things worse upon waking. I'm not that goddamn naïve. I wake up, look at CNN.com, and get a face full of humanity. Which really puts the fault on me for looking, as humanity cannot be expected not to be angrifying. Like the woman on that Time cover (by her own leave). Attachment fucking "parenting"? Yes, Virginia, humans are the only mammals too stupid to know when to wean.

Or, worse still, the crazy shit black pastors are saying to defend the role they played in getting North Carolina's Amendment 1 passed and to justify their outrage at the President. For example, have a look at this article on the aforementioned CNN: "Is the Black Church Guilty of Spiritual Hypocrisy in Same-Sex Marriage Debate?" (I fixed the capitalization in the headline). The answer is "Fuck, yeah. Are you an idiot?" But the gem in this piece is, I think, Rev. Fred Robinson's (of Charlotte, NC) assertion that "It says in the Bible that homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God. How do you explain that one away?"

Don't explain it away. Fuck 'em. If I have to be someone other than who and what they would have me believe their god made of me (or made me weak enough I might become), if it's all that sick and twisted and sadistic, why would I want to dwell in the house of that lord? Maybe the truest mark of human intellectual evolution is giving our "gods" the middle finger. More and more, I think so. Circle back to XTC and "Dear God." Tell them to fuck off, then stop believing in them.

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I've been getting a decent amount of reading done, though a lot of its been on the technical side. Spooky and I have been finishing up The Two Towers (we'd have been long since done, but it's been a crazy spring). I've read, in Chiappe and Witmer's Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs (University of California Press, 2002), Witmer's "The Debate on Avian Ancestry: Phylogeny, Function, and Fossils," Chiappe et al.'s "The Cretaceous, Short-Armed Alvarezsauridae: Mononykus and Its Kin," Novas and Pol's "Alvarezsaurid Relationships Reconsidered," and Elzanowski's "Archaeopterygidae (Upper Jurassic of Germany)." It's a very good volume, if a little dated. The study of the evolution of birds is progressing so rapidly these days that pretty much any book's bound (hahah) to be out of date by the time it's published. This is how science works.

Anyway, I've also been enjoying a couple of graphic novel adaptation of Lovecraft. I. N. J. Culbard's take on "At the Mountains of Madness" (Sterling, 2010) is wonderful, and I'm equally enamored with Volume 1 of Self Made Hero's Lovecraft Anthology (2011, 2012). Neat stuff.

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have you pre-oredered your copy of Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart? If not, please do. I think I'm going to be sending a copy to Rev. Fred Robinson in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Also, there's the ongoing Alabaster auction. Letter "F" (is for Flammarion!), so don't forget to have a look. Remember, this is a one of a kind auction.

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Friday: Spooky had a migraine, and I suffered from a lack of focus. Sirenia Digest #77 went out in the ayem, and I answered a lot of email. But not much else, writing-wise. I washed some clothes and had another go at organizing my office. Spooky was feeling better by the evening, so we had a good Kindernacht. We watched Troy Nixey's "remake" of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010). Nixey's film isn't so much a remake, I'd say, as a masterful reimagining, and vast improvement upon, the original 1973 version (which, ahem, I saw when it was new). A very nice fairy tale inversion, and I highly recommend it (as does Guillermo del Toro, by the way). Right now, you can stream it from Netflix.

Saturday: I took a day off, because the weather had finally begun to warm up (now that we're halfway through May). We wanted to drive to the coast, but wound up at the Old North Burial Ground, instead. Which was nice. Spooky found the grave of an ancestor (on her mother's side). I found names for stories. A mockingbird sang to us, and then we sang to it, and then it sang back to us. Swapping songs with birds. There will be photos from the cemetery in tomorrow's entry. Also, Saturday night we saw the very fine Fringe season finalé (just one season to go!).

Sunday: Yesterday, the entire day was spent reading back over – picking back over – Alabaster: Wolves #5. I read the entire script aloud to Spooky. I'm actually about to do that thing I almost never do. A genuine rewrite. I'm gutting the script. I wasn't well when I wrote it, and it shows, and this series needs the best ending I can write. This script is not the best ending I can give it. So, now that I have it all in my head, and now that I've talked through various alternative takes, today I begin remaking it.

And, fuck, it's 12:52 p.m. Comment! Well, comment if you've read this far. And I doubt many have. I can spend an hour writing a blog entry, or thirty seconds on a tweet. I can spend five minutes reading a blog entry, or fifteen seconds reading a quip on Facebook. It's clear what most people choose. Their loss.

Grateful for Green,
Aunt Beast

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Steven Barritz
May. 14th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
I always read all the way to the end, I check this blog a few times a day and am always delighted when there is a new entry, and I savor it. I sent you a link to a YouTube video via Facebook, the trailer to Danny Boyle's Frankenstein, coming June to theaters nationwide. I'm not sure how many others read each other's comments, but I recommend it to everyone. Just Bing "National Theater Live".
sillylilly_bird
May. 15th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
I also check multiple times a day and always read every word. Confessions has been pre-ordered for quite a while and Alabaster is going swimmingly! I watched Don't Be Afraid of the Dark and quite liked it. I posted this recommendation on FB thinking of you and Spooky.
The Caller - streaming on netflix - I thought it was smart and different and very effective. I do wish Luis Guzman had had a larger role - I just love him.
alumiere
May. 15th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good day out, and that you've figured out what you need to do with Alabaster: Wolves to wrap up the series. I am enjoying it so-far and look forward to the final three (and a TPB I hope - I do not like single issues at all, and this is actually the first time I've bought any in a decade or more).
seph_ski
May. 15th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Attachment parenting gives me a serious case of the heebie-jeebies, but I'm not the breeding type so I've never actually done any serious pro- or con- research on it. My instincts tell me it's not the way of things, and I trust my instincts quite a bit, but like I said, this one is not my problem. It will be interesting to see how kids raised this way turn out though, interesting and, I fear, a little scary.
thecoughlin
May. 15th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Sunshine and song birds - could have a worse weekend.

Breast feeding past 1 year in the developed world and past 2 in third world just has no basis in *reality*... thanks for taking the premise to task....
foshokku
May. 15th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
I really love the line "Maybe the truest mark of human intellectual evolution is giving our "gods" the middle finger".

I'd even go as far as saying that the real challenge of maturity and adulthood is figuring out what to do with ourselves now that god is dead.

PS: Not only it is not a chore but also a personal point of mine to read every single entry you make here.
djoooona_b
May. 15th, 2012 06:28 am (UTC)
wickedly true and all fronts
esanko
May. 15th, 2012 05:29 am (UTC)
I enjoy all ilks of authors, all genres, either you're good or you're not, and the Ammonite Violin was what I consider good. Just awesome weirdness. Can't WAIT for Confessions... I read too fast, when I get it I MUST partition it over time, slow, relax, absorb...
Yes, I am still planning to move to NC, yes, I have overcome my selfishness and will defend to the last the rights of my peeps to pursue the folly that is marriage. F***ing NC. What the F**k. Is it white-trash rednecks? Is it the conservative black vote? Does it matter? Yes, it does. Rats.
ladyblue56
May. 15th, 2012 08:02 am (UTC)
I read your entry though late as it is now 3am.

My copy of Alabaster #2 awaits at Ye Olde Comic Shoppe. I've not been able to get by the shop but the owner is holding a copy for me.



robyn_ma
May. 15th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
Then again, there's this, which you probably already heard about.
broknmirrorgirl
May. 15th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
I am glad to know that someone else is filled with outrage at the amount of ignorance and hatefulness that exists without excuse in this world, especially someone I admire greatly, someone who is always able to articulate more eloquently the thoughts I am having. All I have is the dream of a space laser or a lab accident turning me into a sort of super antihero because it may be the only way to fix some people.
dipsomaniac
May. 15th, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
Angrifying, that's a good word. I may have to start using it.
catconley
May. 16th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
I just finished reading TDG for the second time and it was as amazing, and perhaps even a little more so, as when I read it the first time. Thank you. I'm going to get a couple of extra copies to mail to friends. Either that or show up at their houses and thrust a copy in each of their faces. Whichever. That could make for a fun road trip. Hmmm.
whiskeychick
May. 16th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about you yesterday while riding my bike and wishing I was at the sea. Then thought I should be writing. CRK is probably writing.

Hope the writing comes easily and you get sea time, too.
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