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(no subject) [Oct. 17th, 2011|10:53 pm]
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Alas, poor knick_knack
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(no subject) [Sep. 28th, 2010|10:00 pm]
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52 Books in 52 Weeks 53 Weeks, 2 Days
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Reading Challenge [Sep. 20th, 2010|10:07 pm]
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Inspired by protodisco's similar 50 book challenge, I'll be attempting (and in all likelihood failing) to read 52 books in as many weeks. I'll be starting September 20th, 2009 and updating this entry as I proceed.

Here's my tentative list... any suggestions or replacements appreciated:

Books! Books! Books!Collapse )
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Violently Ill [Mar. 31st, 2010|07:17 am]
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76 days, 3299 pages, 7797 footnotes, and 5 continents later... Time for some fiction!
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(no subject) [Feb. 28th, 2010|09:00 pm]
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My default livejournal icon is now out of date. The linen suit is now indigo.

PS Hot water dying is the secret to brilliant colors but also to shrunk sleeves.
PPS I've (somewhat) successfully let out the sleeves of said linen jacket using a needle and thread.
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(no subject) [Feb. 24th, 2010|09:22 am]
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Screaming into a void.
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Holiday Two-Fer [Feb. 13th, 2010|03:05 pm]
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1953 was another year in which Chinese New Year's Day fell on February 14th. To commemorate the coincidence, one of my favorite French poet/playwrights, Eugene Valene, composed a pair of short poems as double dactyls.

For those unfamiliar with the form, the double dactyl was invented two years earlier by Anthony Hecht and Paul Pascal and incorporates a number of formal constraints:

A) The poem is composed of two quatrains.
B) The first three lines of each quatrain are composed in dactylic (Stressed unstressed unstressed) dimeter.
C) The last lines of each quatrain must rhyme with one another and are composed as a choriamb (Stressed unstressed unstressed Stressed).
D) The first line of the poem is typically nonesense (hence the alternate title for these "Higgeldy Piggeldies")
E) The second line typically describes the subject of the poem.
F) One of the lines in the second quatrain (typically 6th or 7th line of the poem) must be a single word in dactylic dimeter.

Valene's poems adopted an additional, atypical constraint known as poetic sympathy wherein the first line of the first poem rhymes with the first line of the second poem, and so on, and so forth, all the way to the eighth. Valene is unfortunately under appreciated here in America: no published English translations exist, afaik, and his untranslated stuff is scarce even on the WWW (his celebrity was mainly limited to the 50's/60's). I transcribed these two from an anthology found in the library of Le Société Francaise de San Francisco. The translation is not mine, but was already penciled into the margin beside the original french. The poetic sympathy constraint isn't conserved, but the rest are followed pretty nicely. Without further ado:

"Saint Valentin"

Lovedy Dovedy
Pope Gelasius One
cannonized feasting for
Saint Valentine.

Martyred by Cladius
(decapitatively),
marriage without license:
oh what a fine!

"L'année du serprent"

Hissitty Sissitty
seprents slith out with me,
now is the dawn of your
sin fin d'année.

George will have naught to slay,
maidens can play, for tri-
decadragonian
moons wane today.
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Last night I was an explosion of colors, textures, and frabrics [Jan. 17th, 2010|01:07 pm]
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-Red silk bowtie with small white polkadots
-Faded blue corduroy jacket
-Tweed vest composed of a variety of plaids, checks, and houndsteeth (hung open, ala Martin Vanderhof's son-in-law Paul Sycamore)
-White cotton shirt with orthogonal blue lines (groups of three)
-Beige linen pants with a faint herringbone to the weave
-Mustard socks
-Tan and brown saddle shoes
And a purple silk umbrella, matching (coincidentally) the purple faux-silk of my jacket lining
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(no subject) [Jan. 6th, 2010|09:06 am]
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She granted herself a private viewing of the manuscripts and books, and had quite a shock when she came to the last item in the case, a copy of Un Cabinet d'amateur. The legend read:

HIS LAST NOVEL


Ann rushed to find Perec, to explain to him the difference between "latest" and "last" and to make him change the card. Perec did no like making mistakes in English. He looked glum, and then grinned evasively and said, It's too late now, anyway.
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(no subject) [Dec. 24th, 2009|11:41 am]
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Experimental Demonstration of the tomatotopic organization in the soprano. (Cantatrix sopranica L.)
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