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reading tiger

1. Helped make rainbow cupcakes at the kids' preschool today. This involves mixing up a white cake batter, dividing it into containers and adding food dye, then scooping the colors into cupcake papers, layer by layer. One of the reasons that I love this preschool is precisely because it's old-school enough to be unashamed about using cake mix and food coloring once in a while. I did not come home covered in colored batter, but it was a close thing. It was also super-fun. I am also also glad that they did this at school where I don't have to help clean up.

2. Re: the Sun-Times photographer layoffs - I mean this in a totally non-flippant way: I hadn't realized that there was anyone media owners considered more even disposable than writers until this story broke. Well, copy editors I guess. :P I am in solidarity with all of them. Reporters taking smart-phone shots? Bitches, please. If you've seen my Flickr stream, you might want to rethink that option.

3. Melville won. I haven't gotten to the chapter-long digressions about whaling particulars yet, but right now I am enjoying the hell out of this book. In part because the narrator is *such* a crankypants. I felt immediate sympathy. I am so looking forward to his bitching for a thousand pages.

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I've read Dickens without much trouble, but I don't read a lot of 19th century authors because it feels like such tough sledding. I've read some of Melville's stories but haven't been sure I understood them, for instance Bartleby, the Scrivener. I have a lot of trouble understanding novels, generally, and am trying to read more of it. (I mean literary novels, not things like mysteries.)

Anyway, thanks for that rec, that sounds like a good start.