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    Sunday, September 28th, 2014
    5:30 pm
    "jane eyre" at lifeline theater
    lisa h. and i went to see this saturday night. since it's running through october 26th, and folks might be inspired to go to it, i'll make this a public post.

    first off, as with any adaptation, large chunks of the book had to be cut out in order to fit it into a reasonable evening of theater. which means that jane's childhood is told in a fairly brief series of flashbacks--most of that is cut and then implied. however, three ghosts from her past follow her around through much of the adult action--her cruel aunt, the abusive director of the school to which she is sent, and the little friend, helen, who dies. (not a spoiler in this context since helen is already dead when we meet her.) i am not sure that i liked the three ghosts constantly reminding us of the crappy childhood that jane had, not because i disagree that they influenced who she became, but because at a certain point they become distracting and i felt like we got the point.

    and that's about my only complaint. i've read "jane eyre" more than once, but not recently enough to tell you other bits that were left out or glossed over--it seems to me that they included everything that was essential. is there anyone who doesn't know the story? after a terrible childhood completely devoid of love, jane is fortunate enough to find a place as a governess to the ward of the mysterious mr. rochester. when she finally meets her employer, he is intrigued by the plain girl who speaks her mind and does not seem afraid of him, and she is intrigued by the man who treats her like a person with thoughts and ideas worth paying attention to. but there are secrets in the house that finally catch up with the two of them. of course, hijinx ensue.

    lifeline always makes interesting use of its small stage--slats are pushed in and out to create rooms and halls and interior and exterior spaces. the acting is all good--jane is not really plain, but she seldom is in plays and movies. the casting was colorblind--that is, people of different colors play people who are related to each other, and such. most of the cast plays more than one role. there are two child actors playing helen and adele (jane's pupil)--they did a very nice job, though i think the role of helen is particularly thankless in this production. most importantly, the chemistry between jane and mr. rochester is good. lisa and i really really enjoyed it, though of course now i want to reread the book.
    Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
    12:24 pm
    i was at the jewel, yesterday
    jewel grocery store, that would be. the one with the huge kosher department, near where i live. along with every other jewish person in the county, as best i could tell.

    which is what reminded me to tell you: l'shana tovah!
    Monday, September 22nd, 2014
    5:56 pm
    dust and light by carol berg
    there is a huge problem with books that are really not standalone books. you don't want to recommend that people read them until the second half is published, but if there are no sales, then there might not be a release of the second half. and that's what's missing here, the second half. (i assume it's a duology, like the first two books that she wrote in this world were.)

    so i guess i'd recommend that you read flesh and spirit and breath and bone and if you like the world, buy dust and light and don't read it until the second book comes out. because this book ends on a huge cliff-hanger, with nothing resolved.

    people have complained about the main character--he didn't bother me--i got the hang of him fairly easily--more easily than the main character in the first duology, and i wound up caring a lot about what happened to him. lucian is a privileged member of the magician caste--a pureblood. his magic is art, but he is in a fairly low level position because he consorted with an ordinary--a person without magic, and got caught. before too much time, even this position is taken away from him--an enemy or enemies are trying to disgrace and maybe destroy him. he's trying to find out who and why--by the end of this book, he'll have a much better idea but that doesn't mean anything feels resolved.

    by the way, i hate the cliffhanger at the end of this book. i'm going to read the second one--i know that the author will extricate him or what's the point--i just hate it.

    this book takes place at the same time as the first duology, looking at another corner of some of the same events. you don't at all have to have read those other books--i don't think that anything referred to here will be confusing if you haven't read them. but i think it might have helped me to take lucian in stride.

    i usually put these reviews up on goodreads, as well, but i'm not going to do that yet because i honestly don't know how many stars to give it--it's not complete in itself and i really need to know how to feel about that cliffhanger's resolution. i know i like her writing and the world she's built, though.
    Thursday, August 21st, 2014
    3:21 pm
    _postern of fate_ by agatha christie
    i mostly don't review books that are on their third reread by me and were published decades ago, but the experience of reading this book was so tedious, that i feel compelled to say something so that i'll remember.

    i don't know why i didn't recall this book being this way, from reading it before. third reread might be an exaggeration--maybe i usually skip it when i reread christie? i know i've read it before because i remembered the hiding place of the key information. i had enjoyed rereading all the miss marple books, a while back, rather than rereading all of christie, and i thought a little mini reread of the tommy and tuppence books would be fun. the other four were fun indeed. _postern of fate_ is the last book she ever wrote, though not the last published. (she wrote the final poirot and the final marple books sometime, i think in the 1950s, instructing that they be held back, i guess? i can't verify this since i am writing this in a notepad file, having no access to the internet--my modem at home has died.) all i can say is, she was way off her stride, by this time. there is maybe 50 pages worth of plot (and that is being generous) thinly spread across however many pages in the book. the beginning is all right and then at least three times we get a cycle of one or the other of them meeting up with someone, that person referring back to one of their earlier cases (usually _N or M_) and asking if they are sleuthing in an official capacity and being told no, they are not, and then they are told that the person to whom they are speaking can't help them, really, but some other person might have a bit more information for them but except for the new name, we have learned nothing new at all. and since that new name will lead to this exact same sequence yet again, don't get too excited by it. or they go off with someone to hear old stories and the old stories that they hear are the exact same old stories that they have been hearing since the beginning of the book.

    what might be the highlight, when they find some missing information, is sort of wasted--they don't open the packet and we will never learn exactly what was in it. the final scene when everything is to be explained is vague with hinting about the sorts of people who have been implicated but we don't know anything about any of these people specifically. tommmy and tuppence might be satisfied at the end by what they learned, but your faithful reader was just glad that it was the last page--i can't tell you how many books i let interrupt me before i finished this and i think i only did finish it because i didn't remember the payoff--maybe i'll slap a post-it note to myself that there isn't one so that i can skip it, if i'm rereading tommy and tuppence again.
    Monday, July 14th, 2014
    9:25 am
    my brain moves in mysterious ways
    off and on, through the years, it has occurred to me that freddie mercury's singing (not his voice) reminded me of someone else. this morning, it finally came to me. there are things about the ways that he phrases things--sometiems pushes the tempo on a bunch of words in places only to ease up later, that remind me of bette midler.
    Sunday, July 13th, 2014
    4:39 pm
    germany wins!!!!!!`

    only really saw all the overtime, but i saw the goal!
    Monday, July 7th, 2014
    10:45 am
    "the qualms"
    went last night to see a play at steppenwolf and thought i might give it a bit of a boost (to the huge readership of this LJ ;-) ). mind you, i don't think it's for everyone, but read a bit to see if it might be for you.

    it's by bruce norris, who won a pulitzer and a tony for clybourne park, so we're in good hands as far as the writing. it takes place in the home of a couple who are hosting a regular gathering for swingers. a new couple has been invited. will they fit in and be accepted? will they be able to relax and join in? will anyone ever drink some of that cabernet?

    this play is full of humor, awkwardness, uncomfortableness, more humor, and cringing. it contains a LOT of profanity, no nudity, lots of talk about sex, sex acts, sexual politics, and penis sizes. it is guaranteed to have something that will offend you--it is almost certainly written to offend everyone at some point. but it is really funny--or at least i found it to be so.
    Monday, June 30th, 2014
    10:18 pm
    there's no other words for this
    the rain is lashing at the window. the thunder claps are so close together, they're overlapping.

    this is amazing. and a little scary.
    Monday, June 16th, 2014
    7:29 pm
    game on
    hey, brotherelf--our teams are tied to come out of the group of doom!

    of course that's not going to last very long but i'll enjoy it for the day or so that it's true....
    Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
    5:00 pm
    the filkiest song?
    is there a song that lends itself more to filking than "maria" from "west side story?" something about those three beats just lends itself to singing other little songs to it. which is why i just found myself singing "pepitas. this snack mix is full of pepitas...."
    Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
    10:16 am
    there is no surer way to lose a half an hour of your life than to try to install updates onto your computer.
    Monday, May 12th, 2014
    3:57 pm
    michael sam gets drafted

    this is the video where michael sam kisses his boyfriend when he gets the news that he has been drafted by the st. louis rams. which is the smallest part of the video because what you see is a man reacting with such enormous emotion to the news. the kiss is incidental.

    it made me turn into a pile of weepy mush.
    Friday, May 2nd, 2014
    12:32 pm
    emilie and the sky world by martha wells
    a sequel to emilie and the hollow world, and i think i may have liked this one better, though i liked both. emilie has returned from her adventure in the hollow world, and she barely manages to catch her breath before she is whisked away on another adventure as there is a disturbance in the aether current, and when the marlendes are called upon to investigate, she goes along, too. we meet more new cultures, one of emilie's brothers (as well as her cousin), and various relatives of other people. again, this is pitched to a YA audience, or even a little younger than that, perhaps? but it can be read with enjoyment by older folks. wells isn't afraid to have tough choices for her young protagonists.

    the reason that i feel that it's pitched a little younger than YA is that i'm used to YA having more ... angst and emo, maybe? even though there are tough things that happen, it doesn't have that same sensibility. like the first one, it's a rip-roaring yarn--just a tad steam-punky. i'm on board for the third one, when it appears.
    Thursday, May 1st, 2014
    11:59 pm
    another link

    the ever-interesting body impolitic blog discusses an experiment where a woman decided to try to keep her pregnancy a secret from social media and the further implications of how difficult that can be to do.
    Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
    5:23 am
    for the love of god don't read the comments

    obama, biden, other famous men make a video decrying rape. how this can be a bad thing is a mystery to me.
    Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
    11:06 am
    signal boost: the cloud roads, by martha wells, is a kindle daily deal
    i've written about martha wells (one of my favorite authors) and her raksura series. now the first book in the trilogy, the cloud roads, is a kindle daily deal today, meaning you can snap it up for $1.99, if you have a kindle:

    Friday, April 4th, 2014
    10:44 am
    i hope i do this anyway, but it never hurts to have a reminder

    What blew me away about this email was that it wasn't tied to anything. Roger wasn't responding to something I'd said in an earlier email or to a particular video essay I'd made or a particular piece I'd written. He was just thinking of me, and dashed off a note telling me that my existence meant something to him.
    That my life had value.
    This is a lesson we're all taught from birth, if we're lucky: if you value someone, tell them. Don't wait for their birthday or an anniversary or a holiday. Tell them when the thought occurs to you.
    Don't worry about choosing the perfect words. Just say it.
    Sometimes we get wrapped up in our own private dramas and forget to tell people that we value them. During those stressful and distracted times, it helps to get a little nudge from somebody who hasn't forgotten—a practical reminder that if you put good energy out there, it'll come back to you.
    Maybe we should commemorate Roger's passing by doing what Roger did, not just for me on that particular, difficult morning, but for many people he valued throughout his life: tell them you care about them.
    That you love them.
    That their work has value.
    That their life has value.
    That they matter.

    i feel that way all the time but i don't always think to say it. but i feel lucky to have all of you as part of my life. i appreciate that you let me into your lives and let me read your thoughts and what's going on with you. and i appreciate that you take the time to follow along with what's going on with me, and tell me what you think. i am incredibly rich in friendship, and i owe that to all of you.
    Monday, March 31st, 2014
    4:05 pm
    either my mind or my sense of taste is going
    i just had the idea to add dr pepper cherry to my limeade. i am drinking my limeade as quickly as possible to avoid falling prey to actually doing it...but i should try it, right? for science?
    9:31 am
    Monday, March 24th, 2014
    10:04 am
    this is like a scene from a movie

    the reason that this caught my eye in particular is that i have friends who ride the el train for fun--no one expects a reenactment from "the blues brothers" or something :( .
    Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
    4:26 pm
    i am listening to a spring training game on the radio
    perhaps spring will come this year, after all?
    Monday, February 17th, 2014
    12:37 pm
    i just made the mistake of looking out a window
    the snow is snowing up. apparently there's so much snow on the ground, it decided to go up, instead.
    Sunday, February 16th, 2014
    6:40 pm
    how i spent my summer vacation
    as many of you know, i spent the summer helping my friend, cassielsander shoot a version of hamlet that he intends to release as six episodes. he's going to be releasing the first season (the first three episodes) on youtube and he's worked up a trailer for them:


    they'll be appearing other places and i will keep you posted as they are released. it's really exciting to see it all come together.
    Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    6:44 pm
    heard on the radio
    if you covered the shirtless torso of the head of russia with brown gravy and melted cheese sauce, could you call him vladimir poutine?
    3:50 pm
    you've got a squirrel in your printer!
    Poll #1956619 you've got a squirrel in your printer

    do you know anyone else who has flung a printer with a squirrel in the paper feeder tray out the door into a snowdrift?

    funny you should ask!
    Sunday, February 9th, 2014
    7:35 pm
    here's a really brave kid
    michael sam, one of the top defensive players in the SEC college football league, has just come out as gay, before the professional football draft. he would be the first openly gay football player in the NFL. he was projected to get drafted in the third round. i hope he gets drafted, i hope he plays well, and i hope he has a fantastic football career. and i hope that his sexual orientation is a complete non-issue for him.

    O brave new world, That has such people in't!
    Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
    12:09 pm
    this is pinned to our bulletin board, at work
    hitting the gym to release stress is not nearly as effective as hitting the people who caused the stress to begin with.

    i haven't tried that solution, but it sounds attractive.
    Saturday, February 1st, 2014
    4:33 pm
    i just succumbed to the dark side
    ...and set my panix account to respond *above* the quote rather than below it, as it has been set since its inception. i yield to majority rule and e-mail on people's phones. mind you, i'm still a luddite with a phone that can't do anything but make phone calls and accept text messages.
    Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
    11:13 am
    a life well-lived
    pete seeger has died at age 94. there's a really good, really extensive obituary here:


    i think that my folks played me weavers music while i was in utero--certainly there were albums and albuns of it around as i grew up and i played them endlessly. i've been fortunate enough to see pete seeger in concert with arlo guthrie--probably when he was in his 60s and look how long he kept going after that. he was an amazing presence--not flashy but shining with sincerity and love. he's someone who genuinely made the world a better place. i miss him already.
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
    4:03 pm
    the silvered by tanya huff
    this is not the review i promised you a few posts back, which would have been of kingdoms of dust by amanda downum. which was the third in a trilogy and a perfectly fine book, though i think it would be a terrible starting point in the series (i read the second book first, which worked okay--this book seemed to refer back to the other two every third page). but i don't think i'll review it any more than that because it pales in comparison to the book i just finished by tanya huff: the silvered.

    i was scared by the cover descriptions which seemed to indicate that this was going to be about werewolves, which are, may i say, as ubiquitous as vampires and zombies, these days. but i have liked a lot of other books by huff and it was a library book so i figured i'd give it a try. i loved it.

    we are looking at two cultures. one is a mix of the hunt pack and mages. the hunt pack are shapeshifters who can become wolves or humans at will, unless they are in contact with silver, which is poison to them. mages have flecks in their eyes to indicate what element they work with: air, water, earth, fire, metal, or healing--the color of the flecks tells you what you are dealing with. these two groups get along and marry and have children and all is well.

    meanwhile, back across a few borders, the new emperor is making a land grab. he is all about science and has declared the hunt pack abominations--not people, and the mages are also not people, since they mate with the hunt pack. he gets a prophecy from his soothsayers (one can't rely on science all the time) that six pregnant mages might bring down his kingdom or might cause it to rise above its current dominance, so he sends captain reiter out to capture the six mages. he captures five but the sixth one gets away so he sends the five back to the emperor and goes after the sixth.

    so we follow the thoughts of four groups: captain reiter, danika, the head of the five captured mages, mirian, the escaped sixth mage, and tomas, a member of the hunt pack who rescues and is rescued by mirian so they start to travel together, in an effort to rescue the other five mages.

    lots of complicated characters--almost no one is completely evil or completely good. interesting world-building and cultures. quite a bit of violence--there is a war going on. when i was done, i wanted another in the same world, please.
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