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A Reader is Me

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So, right after finishing my grad school apps, I decided to try to push myself to start reading more again. I've been out of the habit of reading fiction and poetry for a long time, and I don't read nearly as much academic stuff as I should.

DW has a community called [community profile] a_reader_is_me, that provides support and structure for setting yourself a reading challenge. I'm trying to hold myself to five novels and 20 academic articles or book chapters between December 21 and January 31.

I'm way behind on the articles-- 2/20, both for the EpiDoc guidelines push-- but finished my fifth novel yesterday, which feels pretty great.

Short reviews of Cather's My Antonia, Byatt's The Children's Book, Grossman's The Magicians, Donoghue's Room, and Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle below the cut.Collapse )

Coming soon: academic article reviews (yes, really), the year-end meme (a month late), and some updates. I'm on winter break (Şubat Tatil) finally, and posting from an overnight bus headed north to Edirne. Expect to see more writing on the blog, where I have actually started putting brief posts and pictures again.

Also: I ordered a Kindle, which'll get here with Veronica's family in February. Very excited about this.

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All Points Bulletin

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The internet has been out here since Monday morning (it's Thursday morning as I post this), in case you haven't heard from me.

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Good Things (status report)

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• All my classes this week have gone really well. (I still bitch-and-moan to some friends about management issues, because that's what you do, but really.) With the exception of Tuesday morning, which never goes well. Gonna work on fixing that.

• T-7 until [personal profile] roadrunnertwice gets here for a visit. That pretty much rocks.

• Got up at 6:30 yesterday to do Greek with chambersportia ; we stumbled through a bit of the Medea, half-prepped-half-sight, and have a date next week for more. I feel so much better the days that I get academic stuff done early; it's like it reminds me that I'm a whole person, not just a teaching drone.

Cappadocia this weekend. Going to luxuriate in some painted Byzantine cave churches and do some adventure studying work on graduate school apps.

Things happen.

Confidential to classicists: should I go ahead and buy Denniston's Greek Particles?

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Well, shoot.

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Because I wrote that blog post in offline gmail on my own computer, and I´m currently on the actual internet on my host´s computer, of course I can´t access it. Well, dur. You´ll just have to wait for news.

They just finished the noon call to prayer. The mosques use this PA system that echoes off all the enormous apartment buıldıngs here-- I´d show you a picture, but of course those are ınaccessible, too-- and so the calls from all the nearby mosques reverberate and repeat in this long cascade. It´s so good to hear it again; the call to prayer is still one of the most beautiful sounds I´ve ever heard.

Writing and such.

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I'm trying to set it up to post over here automatically, but in the meantime, here's a link to some end-of-season gardening thoughts on the "real blog".

Right over here.

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Nothing to say here tonight except that

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I just finished reading Swallow Me Whole about an hour ago, having picked it up from the library holdshelf this afternoon and started it while eating dinner.

It feels like my view of the world (and of myself) has been changed in some subtle, fundamental, earth-moving way.

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Jun. 8th, 2009

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My copy of Stoppard's Arcadia has the most hilarious markup I've ever seen in a second-hand book. Somehow I missed it when purchasing it from Goodwill originally (there are some large blank sections), or probably wouldn't have acquired it; it does make the text difficult to read smoothly. However, it's well worth it for the hilarious incongruity of some high schooler's thoughts on the play.

Current favorites:

Bernard: "Oh, you're going to zap me with penicillin and pesticides. Spare me that and I'll spare you the bomb and aerosols. But don't confuse progress with perfectibility. A great poet is always timely. A great philosopher is an urgent need. There's no rush for Isaac Newton. We were quite happy with Aristotle's cosmos. Personally, I preferred it. Fifty-five crystal spheres geared to God's crankshaft is my idea of a satisfying universe. I can't think of anything more trivial than the speed of light. Quarks, quasars -- big bangs, black holes -- who gives a shit? How did you people con us out of all that status? All that money? And why are you so pleased with yourselves?" --> marginalia: me too! That's how I felt during cosmology unit sometimes



Valentine: ..."But gradually you'd start to see this shape, because every dot will be inside the shape of this leaf. It wouldn't be a leaf, it would be a mathematical object. But yes. The unpredictable and the predetermined unfold together to make everything the way it is. It's how nature creates itself, on every scale, the snowflake and the sandstorm"... --> marginalia: speech-less!!!!!!!!


Yeah.

Just so's you know

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Oh my god I am in love with Ruby.

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On the status of this space

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So I'm in the process of moving my habitual writing over to a new, public space. Not that new, actually; I've had the domain and the half-finished site since November, and am only now getting around to working on it again. I want to consolidate my writing-- I think I'll be less likely to write if I need to worry about posting both there and here, and I want to write things (especially Travel and Interesting Life Experience things, now that I'm not just locked in the library all the time) publicly.

This will stick around, obviously, for silliness and nonsense and semi-private stuff, as well as to let me read you all. I'm also working on getting the blog to automatically repost here; thought I had a solution, but it doesn't seem to like the new version of Wordpress. (We'll see how that goes.) Until that works out, I'll just manually post excerpts or full things here.

So, yeah. Hopefully there'll be more writing there soon. Right now there's some vague introspective stuff about blogging and gardening and also rambling about the pronunciation of Turkish "v". You know, thrilling material, really.

Oh dear.

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President Obama has drawn not-infrequent comparisons to the Spock character. Do you see any similarities there?
I’ve met him twice. The first time was a couple years ago, very early on when he had just announced his candidacy. He was in Los Angeles, speaking at a luncheon we were invited to. There was a very small crowd — minuscule compared to the crowd that he gathered later — at a private home in Los Angeles. And we were standing on the back patio, waiting for him. And he came through the house, saw me and immediately put his hand up in the Vulcan gesture. He said, “They told me you were here.” We had a wonderful brief conversation and I said, “It would be logical if you would become president.”

via NYTimes ArtsBeat.

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