February 26th, 2005


LJ is Back!

Yea, LiveJournal is back up! Unfortunately, it is now time for me to go to bed. Zzzz...

Movie: Mark and I and our friend Tom went to see Sideways. It's an interesting independent film that features a lot of stuff about California wine-growing country, though the story is primarily abut a road trip taken by a lounge lizard bridegroom and his rather nebbish best man the week before the groom's wedding.

It made me crave wine. *WANTS some Asti Spumante!*

Graves' Disease Project: I have written to Ken Graves and ordered a book about the disease from Amazon...along with one on forensic anthropology, for my own pleasure. Next stop, irish medical libraries and medical history books/sites.

The Project 2071: Kelli, I think I'd like to do some plotting with William and Mateo. Are you interested? I must also tweak William's sheet.

Snagged from the journal of: thomsolo

You Belong in the USA


People either love you or hate you

And you really don't care what anyone thinks

Big and bold, you do things your way

Hooray! The illustration is an astronaut! :D

Actually, I could be quite happy in England, Wales, or Ireland--anyplace where there are pubs, good music, and good friends. And tea.

But I have to admit, those countries would have to go some, to beat out Texas. :) *loves Texas*

Good night!
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Banned Books I Have Read

Lifted from xanath's journal:

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I'm amazed that some of these would be banned. I mean, why would anyone ban Flowers for Algernon? Why ban the Little House books?!

I can see that my 'classical' education is somewhat lacking. When I was a kid, I preferred to read science fiction and fantasy, because I found books in that genre to be the most interesting. They were different, showed me new places, new ways of thinking, new ideas. So I spent my time reading a lot of Tiptree, Sturgeon, Bloch, Heinlein, Bradbury, and Asimov, rather than reading more mainstream clssics of literature.

I have, however, read The Cloud of Unknowing, and I'll put that up against any of these books I haven't read, any day of the week.

I read Gulliver's Travels at a ridiculously young age because it was the longest book I could find at the library, and I wanted something that I couldn't finish in a couple of hours. Those days, alas, are gone. I now own a copy of Charles Murray's What It Means to Be a Libertarian, which is quite short, but I'll bet it will take me a week or longer to finish. :P

I am surprised that Ayn Rand's Anthem, which I read and very much enjoyed, is not on the banned list. I read it at the same time period as I read Brave New World, 1984, and A Clockwork Orange. I have also read her Romantic Manifesto. I tried to read The Fountainhead, but I couldn't get into it.

I haven't read most Dickens, but I did read Barnaby Rudge because he is mentioned in James Russe4ll Lowell's poem about poets of his day. I also read Bartleby the Scrivenor. I thought 'scrivenor' was a near word.