Monthly Archives: June 2008

Protected: Annoyances and triumphs

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FOURSQUARE 2.10 and Vol. 3

- Unseasonably trailing 2.11, verdant FOURSQUARE 2.10 gathers together poems by Lee Ann Brown & Miranda Lee Torn, Kristen Orser, Mischa Erikson, and Jessica Bozek. Cover photo by Maggie Stein. Contributors and subscribers will receive copies, but if you’re not … Continue reading

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Protected: People who’ve never had pets

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Protected: Friday

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Protected: The loss

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Destroy, She Said

I’ve wanted to read this novel for a long time. It has such a wonderful name. You may recall that the first time I erased my blog, in October 2006, that was the title of the first post on the … Continue reading

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The Malady of Death

Last night I read Duras’s The Malady of Death. I didn’t think it was very interesting. I thought it was a shadow of her many much better works. Actually, it kind of felt like the abject, the fingernail clippings of … Continue reading

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Protected: Excuses excuses

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Finishing The Unbearable

Alix’s comment about how the people in Unbearable are shallow made me think harder about the aesthetics of the book, especially vis-a-vis Kundera’s interrogation of the value of the “light” (shallow) vs. the “heavy” (deep). Kundera seems to want to … Continue reading

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Tonight I started The Unbearable Lightness of Being. It was that or Everything is Illuminated. I realized on the second page of the book I started that the title of the book I did not start was probably an allusion … Continue reading

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“Something impossible– else I shall suffocate.”

Last night I planned to go to sleep early, but I ended up staying up until 4 reading Duras’s L’Amante Anglaise. It was fine. Not the best Duras but interestingly done, one of her novels that could just as easily … Continue reading

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Don’t fence me in

I ran out of Duras books so I moved on to Magdalena Tulli, a contemporary Polish author whose novels I love. She really makes me think, though, so it’s slow-going… I can only read 5-10 pages before I have to … Continue reading

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Foursquare

This afternoon I finally unpacked all the Foursquare materials which have been in boxes since I moved and folded, stamped and licked… so those two issues (January and April) should finally go out tomorrow.  Sorry for the delay!  … The … Continue reading

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Protected: Sales

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Something like this.

Then the girl spoke to the child. She told him she’d rather it remain this way between them. That she’d rather their story not move from this place, even if the child didn’t understand her; that it remain in this … Continue reading

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Reading

I told Adam that I don’t read anymore, which is mostly true. But tonight I read Duras’s The War. It was amazing. It gave me a lot of ideas about how to expand my scholarship on the politics of sound … Continue reading

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Income.

I can’t wait to get paid this week so I can pay the minimum on one of my credit cards, my car insurance, another bill, another bill, and do laundry.  If I have money left over I might get a … Continue reading

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Protected: 12

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Protected: It’s this sort of thing that starts epic wars

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Daily

Monday: 48 calls, 1 sale. Tuesday: 50 calls, 2 sales. Wednesday: 78 calls, no sales. Today: 132 calls, no sales. Very few people even answered the phone tonight, and those who did were quite uninterested. It’s kind of weird that … Continue reading

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What would your mother think?

Someone broke into my car! Which makes twice in six months :( … They did a much sloppier job than the people in Brooklyn too. In Brooklyn, everything in my car had been gone through, but nothing was broken. Today, … Continue reading

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“You got her number off an Aids Walk list?!”

It’s not unusual for people to hang up on us when we call from BPO subscriptions offering them tickets (at drastically reduced prices, as it is more important to have subscribers and get matching NEA funds than to sell individual … Continue reading

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Protected: A reading thereof

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“The Scorpio Woman”

First, the background: we’ve been talking about astrology in our house. This is hard to avoid when you’re living with a person named after his sign (Tawrin/Taurus). I am a Scorpio, Ashvin’s a Libra, and Scott is Pisces. As a … Continue reading

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Mrs. Dalloway’s Party, Alt. Take

It’s like Mrs. Dalloway but with an alternate ending (since Clarissa was lucky enough to have all her guests and Septimus was only an almost anonymous shadow of death.) Buffalo architectural history is really interesting but whenever Buffalo history intersects … Continue reading

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A Viennese woodpecker

I took advantage of my comp tickets and went to the BPO concert tonight. The program included Beethoven’s 5th, which is pretty great. When I sat down and heard the instruments tune, I almost cried. The tuning-up period is really … Continue reading

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Protected: My life is a Dickens novel

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Flatland commerce

derek beaulieu writes: if anyone out there is thinking abt picking up a copy of flatland, you might wanna let me know rather quick … there are 8 copies at Pages Books in Calgary, and i have 27 copies here … Continue reading

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Protected: Last night

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Too big… too small… just right.

Yesterday’s encounter (such as it was) with Martin bummed me out, but I still made 2 sales at work, for a total of 6 in my first three days on the job.  The first day I had a large sale … Continue reading

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Artists & Models

Last night I convinced all my roommates to go to Artists & Models, a yearly party/art show run by the major art gallery here, Hallwalls. As Chris described it, most of the art is “student work,” but I don’t mind, … Continue reading

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