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Nov. 25th, 2015

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Reading Wednesday

Reading gordonzola's book "Cheddar" this week. Yum.

Nov. 18th, 2015

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But Earworms Never Sleep

Wanna read about disco?


Or maybe Bond themes?


Your choice!
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Reading Wednesday is Taking the Week Off

I have been working (writing) more than I have been reading this week. Also G. has been home -- he's been laid off, holler if you have work leads -- and that's cut into my time. So I'm taking the week off. More soon.

Nov. 11th, 2015

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(no subject)

Also, while we're here:

"Yet rather than fade away with the rise of queer parenthood of all stripes, the tired binary that places femininity, reproduction, and normativity on one side and masculinity, sexuality and queer resistance on the other (Fraiman) has lately reached a kind of apotheosis, often posing as a last, desperate stand against homo- and heteronormativity, both."

I'd noticed.
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Reading Wednesday, in brief

Watch Maggie Nelson take down Zizek and pals with one swipe!*

"Honestly I find it more embarrassing than enraging to read Baudrillard, Zizek, Badio, and other revered philosophers of the day pontificating on how we might save ourselves from the humanity-annihilating threat of the turkey baster (which no one uses, by the way; the preferred tool is an oral syringe) in order to protect the fate of this endangered "sexed being." And by sexed, make no mistake: they mean one of two options."..."These are the voices that pass for radicality in our times."

The Argonauts is turning into one of those books that I have started to read very slowly because I don't want it to end.

*With special guest appearance by Dr. Carol Queen, not in Argonauts but in the Zizek article Nelson is rightly exasperated by; I hadn't realized she was quoted when I went in search of how "Masturbate-a-thon" became the entirely less euphonic "masturbathon," and don't you dare think I don't hear you deliberately echoing "disturb" there, beardo. In the end, The Center for Sex and Culture must be doing something right if it draws the ire of both Fox News and hetero Euro leftist philosophers. One little event in London and it's the end of civilization. Who knew?

Nov. 4th, 2015

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Plus the Earworm

Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" is a ghost story, and thus an appropriate Halloween earworm. No?

"Earworm Weekly: Wuthering Heights"
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Reading Wednesday!

Yesterday I received my copy of Princeless: Book 4. I will be done with it by the end of today, if only because keeping G. and the kids at bay for any longer will be futile. It features Sir Raphael the Handsome, the bad-boy vampire with the shoulder-length braids, as seen below. Simone wanted to be Sir Raphael for Halloween up until the very moment we watched Age of Ultron together, whereupon the kids switched to being Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch together (because twin superheroes!). This broke a three-year streak of Simone's costumes being vampire-related. I think that the arrival of Princeless 4 means that we're back to vampires for next year.

Oct. 29th, 2015

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And Your Earworm Weekly

This week in earworms, it's Johnny Rivers and Dion, welded together by the magic of music theory and matching time signatures, and despite their totally incompatible lyrics.

My mother, who earns a passing mention here, loved this column. So there you go.

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Reading Wednesday Loses Track of Time Again

You'd think that having a shiftwork job would fix the calendar more firmly in my mind, but nooo. Heavy deadlines at the beginning of the week plus preparation for important holidays plus an errant migraine yesterday morning means that I've slipped to Thursday again. Oops.

I'm about to embark upon Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts. I can't wait. It seems like half the bookstore is reading this book; we may be single-handedly responsible for the fact that we can't keep it in stock.

Also this week I had to answer the dreaded question, "what do you like to read?" This is easy to answer when the person asking knows little about books. It's impossible when it's someone who knows a lot. "What do you write?" is only marginally easier, probably due to practice.

(Also also this week, it seems that men younger than me completely trust my opinion on children's books. Yay!)

Oct. 21st, 2015

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Plus your weekly earworm

Earworm Weekly: Stevie Wonder's Puppy

Because I am a bad person. And because we need more love songs to dogs in pop music.

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