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Brought to you by the letter M! [Apr. 13th, 2016|07:26 pm]
Young Geoffrey
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silverflight8 gave me the letter M.

Something I hate: Mortality. See "Someone I know", below.

Something I love: That's easier. Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, a series of novels that puts the E back int eh word epic. And more, a story that is forever noting a reader's expectations, then giving them something very different. Robinson kills three of his most charismatic players in the first volume and has the heir apparent simply ignore his "destiny" in the subsequent two. And what's not to like about a series that features middle-aged (and then old women among its prime movers, as well as not one, but two, constitutional conventions as part of its action?

Somewhere I've been: Montebello. A very small town on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River/Rivière des Outaouais, about halfway between Ottawa and Montreal. It features a hotel that is (I think) the world's largest log cabin, and is a 10 or 15 minute drive from Parc Omega, a drive-through animal "safari" in which moose demand carrots at your window, wolves loll about only metres away and wild boar engage in public sex acts without so much as a by-your-leave. Great snow-showing, too.

Somewhere I'd like to go: Manzanillo, Cuba. Why? Because it starts with the letter M and 9 days was not nearly long enough a visit to that country.

Someone I know: Maria. Well, I don't know her well, but we went out once for a pint, to talk books and publishing two or three years ago. She's a Serious Christian and it turned out we didn't share much in common philosophically or aesthetically, but what made it memorable for me was that (a) she was an attractive woman who was (b) roughly my age and (c) a fucking grandmother. See "Something I Hate", above.

A film I like: My Own Private Idaho, which is in part a really ideosyncratic modern-dress re-telling of Shakespeare's Henry IV diptych, with Prince Hal as a narcoleptic rent-boy. I showed it to an ex-girlfriend whose response — "That's the dumbest movie I ever saw!" — probably set the stage for that relationship's demise.

A book I like: The Motion of Light In Water, Samuel R. Delany's 1980s memoir of "sex and science fiction writing in the East Village, 1957-1965." Part literary memoir, part social history, part personal recollections of a sexual life that, by now (according to the author himself) includes sexual encounters with something on the order of 50,000 (yes, 50K) different (almost all) men. Fascinating on all kinds of levels and, of course, brilliantly-written.

A (actress in a) television show I like: Tatiana Maslany. Because she plays something like 8 different characters on Orphan Black, and Orphan Black's 4th series starts tomorrow night, and she's brilliant and I am hoping against hope that the writers know where they're going with what is so far a brilliant show. Another Battlestar Galactica will break my heart.

Comment if you want to get a letter too! (You can cheat too, if you want to.)

ETA: I am shocked, appalled, and kind of disgusted that, given the letter M, I was unable to remember just how much (a lot) I love the work of Hayao Miyazaki. *Young Geoffrey hangs his head in shame*

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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2016-04-15 12:47 am (UTC)
The Mars trilogy, now that's a few books I hope I will get around to reading one of these days. Unfortunately I'm studying other things and they're lower priority but hopefully that will happen soon. I have only heard good things...
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2016-04-17 11:58 pm (UTC)

Probably too much on your plate ...

... but since you commented, I assign you the letter E</em>, though on a strictly voluntary basis.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Mars books if and when you get to them. But i understand how busy you are. In truth, I've been under the impression that you don't have/make a lot of time for fiction at all. True or false?
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2016-04-22 11:26 pm (UTC)

Re: Probably too much on your plate ...

Haha it is true but I trying to get back into fiction on strictly other than English language basis. I love reading but I have noticed that I feel more excited reading poetry or nonfictional writing more than fiction.

I am excited about this letter. Who knows it might happen. I don't know if I necessarily have too much on my plate or if I'm too much in my own world to get things done.
It's always nice to think about ourselves in such an arbitrary rubric way. ;)
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[User Picture]From: jade_noir
2016-04-22 11:27 pm (UTC)

Re: Probably too much on your plate ...

I really do appreciate your appreciation of fiction, science fiction, etc. by the way. I used to read it a lot more but now not so much.
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