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Finished watching The Dead but there doesn't seem to be a trailer on youtube. :(
Dead Man which I didn't enjoy as much as I did when I was 18;
Dillinger which is awesome and features Warren Oates running around screaming "I'm John Dillinger!" and sexually assaulting Michelle Phillipps of The Mamas and Papas fame;
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari which makes this post actually international; and
Tonight my leftie coalition group is holding a screening of Pride so I can finally cross that off my to-see list.
Finished Hardy two nights ago. Cried for an hour.
Finished Brackett this morning. It was highly enjoyable.
and Black History and the Class Struggle, No. 24: 150 Years Since the Emancipation Proclamation--Finish the Civil War! For Black Liberation Through Socialist Revolution! which isn't on the internet, I guess.
Next up, the trials and tribulations of Hester Prynne which I last read in Junior English. Or did I? I didn't read a lot of the books that were assigned to us back then...
In addition to the movies above, I watched way too much television on my vacation.
Saw more Supernatural then I would have liked, an episode of Game of Thrones which, comparing to the parts I've read, bores me, Buffy up to the introduction of Faith and Season 4 of 30 Rock which, with its episodes about striking pages, unionized South Asian janitors and its depiction of Boston as populated by nothing but drunken, violent hockey fans all named Sean, was a real hoot.
Started watching John Huston's adaptation of Joyce's "The Dead," but didn't get very far.
Books I'm in the middle of on the verge of another Brooklyn vacation:
A Game of Thrones--will maybe read some more today and then go to Brooklyn and read La Principessa's copy
The Halfling and Other Stories--still put down; I bought this one used at a D&D store in Cambridge where they advertised it as from the library of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sci-Fi Club. Binding's all wrecked and it's held together by a rubber band. I don't dare take it to Brooklyn.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles--Threw it away after it got soaked; hopefully La Principessa has a copy, otherwise, I guess a visit to the Brooklyn Public Library is in order.
Leaves of Grass--will accompany me on the bus.
I think I'll also bring More Soviet Science Ficiton edited by Isaac Asimov and, if after that, I need more reading material, I will throw myself on the mercy of La Principessa's bookshelves.
Monday Morning Jazz Brunch
Saw American Hustle the other day and realized I hadn't listened to this one in a long while:
The characters flirted to "Jeep's Blues," but in was "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" that (almost? I forget the details now) started a riot.
Lord Snow wrote:
Pfft. I got it at a library sale for fifty cents. Every other paragraph was underlined and somebody had conveniently written "VIP" (Very Important Passage?) with an * every fourth page.
Django Unchained again.
Latter, I had the pleasure to introduce to the Nigerian Princess who had written a paper on black masculinity in the film even though, she sheepishly admitted, she hadn't seen the movie.
Immensely enjoying going back and forth between Hardy and Brackett.
"The crooked lane leading from their own parish to Mellstock ran along the lowest levels in a portion of its length, and when the girls reached the most depressed spot they found that the result of the rain had been to flood the lane over-shoe to a distance of fifty yards. This would have been no serious hindrance on a week-day; they would have clicked through it in their high pattens and boots quite unconcerned; but on this day of vanity, this Sun's-day, when flesh went forth to coquet with flesh while hypocritically affecting business with spiritual things; on this occasion for wearing their white stockings and thin shoes, and their pink, white, and lilac gowns, on which every mud spot would be visible, the pool was an awkward impediment. They could hear the church-bell calling--as yet nearly a mile off."
"I shot Laura three times, carefully, between the shoulders."
"More's the pity."
--George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
One who was an expert on the humiliations incident to being a slave remarked, "Does a slave look dissatisfied?"
--Herbert Aptheker, quoting Frederick Douglass, American Negro Slave Revolts
She was so tired after her long day and her walk that she confided her trouble to him--that she had been waiting ever since he saw her to have their company home, because the road at night was strange to her.
--Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d'Urbervilles
"But we came."
--Leigh Brackett, "The Dancing Girl of Ganymede" in The Halfling and Other Stories
Thank you, I will pass the word along, Lord Dice.
He complained that Butler was the only black female sci-fi/fantasy author he could find at the Nashua Barnes and Noble and that Kindred was the only book they had by her. I then cuffed him for thinking that he could find a wide variety of books at the Barnes and Noble.
In the quest for intersectional sci-fi/fantasy, Mr. Comrade went out and bought the Nigerian Princess an Octavia Butler book. Kindred, IIRC. She reports that it's very good, but not too sci-fi-ish (although, I guess, it involves time travel).
On top of that, Mr. Comrade looked up one Valjeanne Jeffers, couldn't find any of her poetry, friended her on Facebook, and now, apparently, Ms. Jeffers keeps sending him messages which he then turns around and uses to woo the Nigerian Princess.
Nerds do it better!
In my own reading, just finished the chapter on Nat Turner in Aptheker. Man, he (the latter) might have been a ground-breaking historian, but a prose stylist he sure ain't. Thankfully, the book if full of footnotes making the book only half as long as the page count indicates.