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"I am nothing without pretend."

Turns out yesterday's panic at URI – which included police helicopters – was triggered by a NERF gun and a game of Humans vs. Zombies.

The news of Roger Ebert's death was sort of staggering. Such a strong and brilliant man.

I didn't write yesterday. The day was a howling thunderstorm of chaos and bad news and concern for those I love. I'm not going into all of it. And all of this turmoil around me is playing out against the background of North Korea's suicidal fucking saber rattling. Yesterday, I watched sober, straight-faced discussions of the likelihood of nuclear and high-explosive missile launches by North Korea against South Korea, Japan, and other east Asian targets. Round and round inside my noisy head: I've been watching this all my life. And it's only a matter of time, isn't it? And what the fuck is wrong with this species? Today, talk of evacuating foreign embassies in Pyongyang.

Me, I sit in my little book-lined room and make up stories, and the most disturbing of my fantasies cannot begin to compete with the world around me.

Yes, well.

Today, I just want to get my pages written. I'm falling behind, and I have zero time for falling behind. Less than zero. Yesterday, I managed to deal with some issues pertaining to Alabaster: Boxcar Tales 8, and got through a bunch of email, so at least there was that. Spooky and I left the house late in the afternoon, mostly just to get out, and we stopped by Newbury Comics, which was a bad idea. Because, you know, music. We picked up Wye Oak's Civilian, How to Destroy Angels' Welcome Oblivion, and Son of Rogues Gallery (rhino in a rowboat!). I am head-over-heels in love with Wye Oak, whom I'd never heard before until night before last. Oh, and I saw Dancy in a comics shop for the first time ever, in a copy of Dark Horse Presents #19.

And speaking of new music, tonight, at Met Cafe, is the release party for Brown Bird's new album, Fits of Reason:

fitscover

We want to be there, but we're both a little exhausted for a noisy, packed club just now. We'll probably stay home and do Kindernacht. Probably. Pizza a cheesy horror films are a poor substitute for Brown Bird.

We finished Season Two of The Walking Dead last night, and wow. Just...wow. Those final three episodes were, what's the word? Harrowing. The were harrowing. This series improved so dramatically.

Okay... yeah, I know platypus.

Fear and Loathing,
Aunt Beast

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thingunderthest
Apr. 5th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
I am still trying to process a world with no more Roger Ebert myself.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 5th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)

Yeah.
oldfossil59
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
Brown Bird's New Album
Hi, I'm sorry you can't make it to tonight's release party. I do have the new CD and T-shirts to ship your direction next week, so hopefully I 'll get them off to both of you on Monday, of course they'll be other fun goodies as well.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Brown Bird's New Album

Oh, cool. As always, thank you!!!!
handful_ofdust
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
As ever, I'm fascinated by how much your reactions to things match my own. I like Season One, but Season Two blew it out of the water for me, because it was about flawed human beings doing "stupid" things, loving each other badly and failing to distinguish themselves from the lurching husks around them. Apparently, all that was "crap", according to Received Wisdom.;)
greygirlbeast
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)

I like Season One, but Season Two blew it out of the water for me, because it was about flawed human beings doing "stupid" things, loving each other badly and failing to distinguish themselves from the lurching husks around them.

Yep.

. Apparently, all that was "crap", according to Received Wisdom.;)

This baffled me, and fuck "Received Wisdom."
handful_ofdust
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
With you there. Whenever people would complain about it being "boring" and "overcomplicated" and "depressing", I'd just think: What part of "We ARE the Walking Dead" did you not understand, going in?
dipsomaniac
Apr. 5th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
I am head-over-heels in love with Wye Oak, whom I'd never heard before until night before last.

I'd never heard of them until your post. Thanks for mentioning them. They are getting me through the rest of my day at work.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 5th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)

Very good.
corucia
Apr. 5th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)

The news about Ebert's death was the capstone to a truly horrid couple of days, beginning with the news about Iain Banks. I re-read a half dozen or so of my favorite reviews from Ebert's 'Great Movies' series in remembrance. Another beautiful voice gone.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 5th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)

The news about Ebert's death was the capstone to a truly horrid couple of days, beginning with the news about Iain Banks.

Yes. And Basil Copper, too, but he had a good, long run.
alumiere
Apr. 5th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad everything at URI turned out all right. And pizza/movies sounds good to me.
kiki60
Apr. 5th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
Today someone walked into a daycare in Gatineau Que. and started shooting up the place. The reporter on the scene said that it has been confirmed that the shooter was either a man or a woman. She kept repeating this. I changed the channel. Then I seen people hunting elephants from a helicopter. Most of the herd tried to run, as one mother elephant charged the hunters. They brought down the mother with about a dozen RPG's, which ripped her to shreds. As they killed the rest of the herd, and the mother elephant lay dying her baby came up and they held trunks. Still alive they started to cut off the mothers tusk for the ivory. For no reason, the man with the chainsaw emptied the gas from the saw on the baby elephant and burned it alive. Sometimes you just lose all hope.
esanko
Apr. 6th, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
There are worse places to be than in a lovely New England book lined room right now (my own is mostly filled with sculptures of prehistoric animals). Like anywhere in Seoul- which might be a smoking crater soon...

On a more positive note, check out the band Peatbog Faeries- high energy celtic music that sort of manages to spiral into hypnotic trance- good stuff-

Hang in there.
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