I don't know if I was just not tuning in until the last third of the book, but some of the last stories were suddenly hitting all the right buttons. II don't know if I was just not tuning in until the last third of the book, but some of the last stories were suddenly hitting all the right buttons. I particularly liked the weird and strangely heart-tugging "A Play for a Boy and Sock Puppets", the nicely creepy twisting a reincarnation-tale "A Taste of Wheat", the awesomely shudder-worthy "Cherrystone and Shards of Ice" (loved this one), and the Irish-sad-classic-tale reimagined "Seas of the World". ...more
This book is an excellent collection by women who create -- be it fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spoken word, pPOWERFUL. INSIGHTFUL. AMAZING. AWESOME.
This book is an excellent collection by women who create -- be it fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spoken word, photography, performance art, graphic novels, etc. These essays, poems, photo collections, performance pieces, etc. address the pervasive issue of women+self-destruction+creativity, whether or not they've lived through something awful or relate to something women experience in their lives. Every selection provided something profound, to me, and every author sparked my interest in their other works.
What can I say, I collect quotes like a lepidopterist collects butterflies, so here you go:
p.10 - Preface - "It seemed to me that the friends and artists I felt this magnetic resonance with all had this sort of fire inside. Like Icarus, we had this strange fascination with how far into the light one could go and still come back. But we rarely spoke of these things, because we didn't need to. We had done it. We had lost control of our lives at some point, and visible or not, it had left a mark."
p.31 - Lady Lazarus: Uncoupleting Suicide and Poetry - "I felt it [depression:] like a dark wave, its shadow looming from miles above. Sooner or later, the crest would curl like a fist, crushing me below."
p.33 - "A notebook is an amazing confessional, a breeding ground, a nonjudgmental wailing wall, a home to build with your brain for every gorgeous, glimmering thing that can slip into words. It can hold some of the ugly that spills out when it's all too much."...more
The idea of this book is awesome. Really, I love the travels to Bookholm -- a city devoted to books and writers and publishers, etc. I love the networThe idea of this book is awesome. Really, I love the travels to Bookholm -- a city devoted to books and writers and publishers, etc. I love the network of dangerous underground caverns, caves, etc. of long lost books and bookhunters scouring them for rare books. The idea of the creatures in these long lost caverns is fascinating ... I guess what bothers me is that I feel like the thread of the plot keeps dropping and I get lost, and I don't feel compelled to keep reading. Like now. I'm a bit over halfway through with it, but I can't imagine what I'm supposed to feel compelled to keep reading to the end ... disappointing : ( So I'm not sure whether I'll finish or not. I've been reading a lot in between, so we'll see. ...more