This was an interesting read mainly due to it being set on Alaska and all the survivalist mumbo jumbo associated with calling it home. I initially thoThis was an interesting read mainly due to it being set on Alaska and all the survivalist mumbo jumbo associated with calling it home. I initially thought the story would be mostly focused on young Kusz's individual tragedy but it was really the story of a family bonds and strength. ...more
Although no Bourdain, this memoir remembered through food was an entertaining read. What's not to love about a story with food as it's vehicle? This iAlthough no Bourdain, this memoir remembered through food was an entertaining read. What's not to love about a story with food as it's vehicle? This is also quite the resource of English food...most definitley not the food of my mouth-watering childhood memories and wow what a sweet tooth, I felt like I needed to go floss and brush my teeth after every chapter....more
"Physical experiences, lacking the joys of love, depend on twists and perversions of pleasure. Abnormal pleasuresI should have this book 9 years ago.
"Physical experiences, lacking the joys of love, depend on twists and perversions of pleasure. Abnormal pleasures kill the taste for normal ones." She later writes "The love of only one man or one woman is an enclosure." Interesting.
"Afterwords I pointed out to him how he had prevented all of us from living, how he had caused a living moment to pass him by. I was ashamed of his optimism, his trying to smooth things out. He understood. He promised to remember. Without me he would be entirely shut out by his habit of conventionality." Optimism...Conventionality, annoying, boring.
"You are the only woman who ever answered the demands of my imagination." If we could all only be so lucky.
"I hate men who are afraid of women's strength." I agree but would say that women too have such fear.
"...their individualities are too strong. So they are at war; love is a conflict; they must lie to eachother, mistrust eachother."
"One morning when Henry was staying with us, after all his starvation, sloppy meals, cafe-counter slobbery, I tried to give him a beautiful breakfast...All he could say was that he longed for the bistro around the corner, the zinc counter, the dull greenish coffee and milk full of skin."
"Too much action to my mind. Undigested...No wonder I watch his life with a realization that my life will never resemble his, for mine is slowed by thought."
"June has no ideas, no fantasies of her own. They are given to her by others, who are inspired by her being." Does anyone really have anything solely as their own. Isn't everything a result of an influence in whatever form, concious or unconcious?
"The truth is, that this is the only way I can live: in two directions. I need two lives. I am two beings."
"It is good, for a pattern is not living. Now I am living. Im not making patterns."
"Do not seek the because-in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions."
"I was amazed at a child's confidence, once shaken and destroyed, should have such repercussions on a whole life. Father's insufficient love and abandonment remain indelible. Why was it not effaced by all the loves I inspired since then?"
"I have imagined a freer life would be possible to me as a lesbian because I would choose a woman, protect her, protect her, work for her, love her for her beauty while she would love me as one loves a man, for his talent, his achievements, his character." It is interesting to me that she feels that she can not receive this love from a man, or is that if it did come from a man it would not be satisfying because she likes to be loved by a man for what she says she would love a woman for. Seems a perpetuation of the degradation/objectification of a woman.
"You are still terribly afraid to be hurt; your imaginary sadism show that. So afraid to be hurt that you want to take the lead and hurt first."...more
Read this if you're going or have been to some law affiliated educational institution. It's funny but I think it'd be boring or lost on anyone withoutRead this if you're going or have been to some law affiliated educational institution. It's funny but I think it'd be boring or lost on anyone without knowledge of law and how it is taught/studied.
"As it turned out, I hadn't really left Wisconsin for the Big City. I had left Wisconsin for what turned out to be a place just like my small town all over again." Reduction of the new to the old.
"...those people from the 'lesser schools' had been learning actual, practical, useful, bar-exam relevant law...While I had been learning how to think like a lawyer, they had been learning how to be lawyers. And that put them in far better shape then me." Rankings are propaganda, American education is a racket. Congratulations you've earned a degree in regurgitation and that pays zero. Can you walk the walk? ...more
I read the Hungry Ocean after this and although I enjoyed both books, I prefer The Lobster Chronicles. It is refreshing and inspiring to read GreenlawI read the Hungry Ocean after this and although I enjoyed both books, I prefer The Lobster Chronicles. It is refreshing and inspiring to read Greenlaw's stories, a woman who identifies and lives her passion. ...more