Feb. 4th, 2004

raybear: (cranky)
I awoke standing up.
I was sleeping, then my eyes were open and I was standing with no idea what was going on. I figured I must have gotten up to turn off the alarm since I was standing by a dresser, though I don't remember any of the steps between. I crawled back into bed to sleep off and on until [livejournal.com profile] dommeyourass left for court. I swear I had enough dreams last night and this morning that I feel like several weeks have passed since yesterday.

I had an unexpected morning train ride with [livejournal.com profile] louche which was almost like having a lunch date before the day began, especially since I'll be spending my real lunch hour running errands and eating canned soup.

I have to confess a prejudice I have. For absolutely no real reason, I loathe the book The DaVinci Code. I have no idea why. I haven't read the book, I haven't read anything by the author, I haven't even read any reviews of the book. You know how sometimes you get a strange unsettling vibe from a person and you don't trust them? I swear, I get that from this book. It seems utterly ridiculous which is why I haven't given it much thought, but last night my Denver friend mentioned having read it and suddenly it just came out of my mouth. Then of course I saw the book at the bookstore after dinner and I couldn't even finish reading the index card recommendation a store employee made. I'm not sure what would be worse -- to read the book and be proven wrong or be proven right. So I'm just going to go back to pretending my random visceral reaction isn't happening. I wouldn't even make note of it if I wasn't seeing the damn book everywhere.

Another literary reference currently haunting me is Henry James. He's come up numerous times from numerous sources and I have an opposite reaction to hearing his name. Since as I've never read anything by him, I think it's time. Any folks out there who know, please suggest a book or a preferred edition for me to start.
raybear: (Spike)
I tried very hard to not mention the whole Janet/Justin thing, because it's already so stupidly saturated and especially since I didn't even see it as I got bored during the halftime show and turned it off, but I have to mention two things.

1) I'm quite tired of the overt and subtle sexism and misogyny in all the talk about Janet when it comes to her body (the breast, the piercing, all of it). Snide comments about need for implants or whether she was "saggy" or how she's "old" or "past her prime", etc. etc. ad nauseum. You may think you're being cute and catty and clever, but really you're just playing the same note in this cultural song known as hating women's bodies.

2) From the photos and the replay, I'm extremely squicked by it. Not because of the nudity or the lack of creativity, but because whether the intention was fake or real, I'm triggered by a guy ripping off a woman's clothes, either without permission or implying it was without permission. Oh, and there's the racial element on top of it. But I forgot, most people don't think that's not okay, or at least don't notice.

I'm done with my critical commentary on stupid moments in pop culture.
raybear: (mr. lunch)
First off, big ups to [livejournal.com profile] dommeyourass for her assistance in walking my love- pup, as it's freed up much time for me this evening to get things done. Though several of my errands will end up benefitting her later, but I can say no more.

I'm online looking for the info on a specific edition of a book and this list on amazon.com catches my eye: Books I Hated. It was so fcking funny. Mostly "classic" books (with the exception of Stephan King's Pet Semetary and some posthumous Tolkien book) and the commentary is extremely involved like "I hated this book" or "I couldn't get past page two" or my favorite "I hated the movie too". Anyway, it made me think of my own lists, so I decide to create my own damn meme.

Books I Hated But Didn't Own Up To Hating at the Time I Read Them; OR, Books I Hated But I've Forgotten That Fact:
1. Meridian -- Alice Walker
2. Les Miserables -- Victor Hugo
3. Cavedweller -- Dorothy Allison
4. White Teeth -- Zadie Smith
5. Catcher in the Rye -- J.D. Salinger (well, maybe not hate, but I certainly don't quite 'get' it)

Books I Unexpectedly Loved After Having Low Expectations:
1. Tess of the D'Ubervilles -- Thomas Hardy
2. The Last Temptation of Christ -- Kazantzakis
3. Empire Falls -- Richard Russo
4. The Martian Chronicles -- Ray Bradbury
5. White Noise -- Dom Delillo

Books I Wanted to Love But Couldn't Get Into:
1. Lullaby -- Chuck Palahniuk
2. A Heartbreaking Work... -- Dave Eggers (maybe I shouldn't count this as I've never finished it)
2a. Infinite Jest -- David Foster Wallace (again, I got close to page 100 out of 700, but didn't finish)
3. Crime and Punishment -- Dostoevksy (I love his others)
4. The Waves -- Virginia Woolf (same as above)
5. anything by Jane Austen. Now I don't really care that I don't love her, but I went through a phase where I tried really hard.

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