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Apr 24, 2010 07:12AM

758 Heya long last friends - just saw that you are starting Oryx Crake this week, one of my faves. Cannot wait to join in! Have been reading a lot of LGBT YA fiction, especially by the astonishingly talented Ellen Wittlinger.
Sep 18, 2008 09:07AM

758 I SO agree with Michele - You don't want the blue box coming down on you. And they would.

What about Holly Golightly? (Fair Use, plus TC is dead). Or, if you wanted to amp up the reference, call the store "Cat". It only works, of course, if you have some immediate visual reference to BT (which you could have if you stole my icon, lol). Alternatively, "Think Yellow," which is a play on a song in Funny Face ("Think Pink"). I also really like Indie Yellow, but I am not sure what it conveys.

Point of order, however. Gigi was a Leslie Caron film, not Audrey Hepburn. Everyone always thinks it was Audrey because she looks exactly like her on the cover and the posters, but it was totally Leslie.
758 I love this conversation! I read this several, several years ago right when it came out - I got it, as a present, coincidentally, from my darling sister. So I will have more comments when I get back into it a bit more, but I loved it.

I especially loved the letters. My family has always been very very very close and completely nuts. So when I went away to college, I wrote letters to my sister. All I wanted to do was escape to someplace other than there, but these letters were the life line between me and my sister. I write them now, although, as Michele can attest, they are less grand than they used to be, more like, "Here's a cool card, sorry, must dash to send it to you." But I do still write them. And now, that both of my parents and grandparents have passed away (all 4 in 4 years) and all I have is my sister and my darling, wacky great Aunt Tudie, I have started writing them again. Just to share my world with her and remind her that no matter what, we still have each other.

Aug 24, 2008 07:38AM

758 From my perspective at least, a Boston Marriage is a very cool thing. It is not always a lesbian relationship, but can be or can be two women living together independent of male support (like choosing to live with your best girlfriend and do all your girl stuff rather than marry someone selected by your parents). It was the first hint in the US that a woman's life COULD be complete without husband and babies (although sometimes, they had those too and lived split between the two). Interestingly, one that was completely and fully accepted by northeastern society (hence the name), in some ways as much, if not more so, than now and occurred alongside and after of the northeastern abstention, abolition, transcendentalist, literary movements.

But, as best I can remember, at the turn of the century, when the second set of great revival movements began, religious leaders began to target Boston Marriages as part of a set of concerns regarding uppity women intruding on male domains and privileges (think separate spheres). Wicki doesn't have anything on this, so I would have to double check "Before Stonewall," which does a far superior job explaining. Sarah Orne Jewett and Annie Fields are generally the most oft cited example, although they were pretty obviously a lesbian couple (gorgeous letters between them).
Aug 23, 2008 10:49AM

1. The Lottery and Other Stories & The Handmaid's Tale

2. The Lottery & Other Stories/The Turn of the Screw

Aug 22, 2008 06:27PM

758 And I'm back. I also have:

(1) Man Crazy by Joyce Carol Oates
(2) Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates
(3) Knockaround Guys DVD
(4) The Justification of Johann Gutenberg by Blake Morrison
(5) A Virtuous Woman by Kaye Gibbons

Aug 22, 2008 04:24PM

758 Ok, ladies. I am offering:

"This Euphoria" by David Garza (audio cd).

"The Coup" by John Updike - hardcover

"Memories of the Ford Administration" by John Updike - hardcover

Aug 22, 2008 07:10AM

758 We might even throw in cds . . . although I converted most of our collection to digital ages ago, I have finally begun parting with most of my cds as well (although there are certain ones that I just have to keep). I have them backed up on both napster and iTunes, so they are just gathering dust.


Seriously, there are 45 crows/black birds in my yard right now (which is about a month and a half early) and I am having Hitchcockian horrors. Despite my pleading, none of my cats appear ready to jump in and save me should they begin flying in the house through the screens or the chimney.
Aug 20, 2008 07:01AM

758 Audrey, I agree with Joanie. I have read 6 or 7 of Picoult's books (huge phase my 3rd year in law school). While I think she is a bit overrated in some ways, she is actually really innovative with her narration techniques and her ability (mostly, sometimes she gets a bit judgy) to show the complete picture of each character. Her topics and themes are incredibly thought provoking in almost a Dickensian (or is it Dickensonian?) way and her plots are well-paced and suck you in.

Of all of her books, this is the one I would recommend the highest. I think its her most innovative and thematically rich. Unfortunately, some of her other books can tarnish the richness of Her Sister's Keeper, but if you read this first, as I did, you won't have that experience.

I have not read The Third Angel but adored Hoffman in the 1990s, with books such as Practical Magic and just have not gotten back to her. I'd be willing to say, pretty much everything written by her is worth a go. In fact, I think The Third Angel is going on my mooch list.
Aug 16, 2008 10:13AM

758 Well, initially I thought of recommending Ann Coulter's latest book as our non-Rory scary read, but instead I am going for a little non-traditional scary with:

1. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson.

2. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Aug 08, 2008 07:12PM

758 Carly - you are SO lucky!! St. George is GOR-GEOUS! My sister and I spent a wonderful long weekend in Apalachicola a few years ago. I remember the lunchy beach shack place -- Blue Parrot Oceanfront Café -- on the island having a wonderful Grouper sandwich. In addition, the island is connected with Apalachicola, via a long bridge, which has a WONDERFUL oyster restaurant -- Boss Oyster -- as well as the delicious Avenue Sea at the Gibson Inn (where we stayed and which has the best icebox lemon pie I have ever even thought of).

St. George has one of the top 5 beaches I have ever seen, but the sand is SO white wear 800 spf sunscreen. Have a blast!!
Aug 04, 2008 06:49AM

758 Emily - honestly, skip the first chapter, get engrossed and then come back to it. It gets WAY better, really fast.

Michele!!! S&S is definitely top-shelf! I re-read it by listening to it on audio tape last fall after we read Northanger Abby because I was starting to feel that my "adult" reading of Austen - apart from P&P, of course - was a bit overrated and not up to the Eliot/Bronte sisters standard. S&S was the book (and then the movie I rewatched) that reminded me how fabulous Austen truly is. I love all of the characters and especially the relationship b/t Marianne and Eleanor.

And Hugh Laurie + Imelda Staunton = total hilarity. So droll!

Speaking of who's who of British acting . . . has everyone seen the new HP trailer? Its coming out November 21. Although I should know better, I am convinced this movie will be almost as good as the book.
Jul 11, 2008 05:02AM

758 Michele, if you think of literature as your religion, then reading becomes your worship and you never have to feel guilty about reading again.

Seriously, when I get like that, I try to think of all of the generations before for whom reading was a serious and important pursuit. Sure, those generations tended to be privileged, property owner types, but still. We are by no means the first of our kind to spend all day reading.
Jul 03, 2008 06:45AM

758 NJ - 1846
CT - 1848
RI - 1840
NH - 1857
NY - 1827 (with EP for loophole)

Of the states surveyed, only VT and PA had banned it in their state constitutions at the time of the ratification of federal constitution. MA by judicial decision in 1784.

This is totally a mint julep conversation. Or rather a bottle of good bourbon on the table with an ice bucket and go at it conversation. Of course, it has to be near a computer or big library, lol

Ach! Must make room for treadmill (everyone, keep your fingers crossed that delivery people come at end of projected time, rather than beginning)!!
Jul 01, 2008 06:22AM

758 well, now I need to switch my icon to one of our Sabrina posters! Oooh, if Sabrina is on TCM (probably at 7 here), that likely means a little commentary by Robert Osborne. Which is paradise.
Jul 01, 2008 06:17AM

758 I thought Leaving Las Vegas was an incredible movie, but oh, my god, so much PAIN and so little kindness, or comfort packed into two hours. I definitely took a break and even thinking about it makes me a little ill.

yeah, I didn't make it through Seven.
Jun 30, 2008 03:36PM

758 Lol. Audrey is always Audrey for me. Kate is usually Kate or "the Hepburn" because she came first.

African Queen seriously rules as well.
Jun 30, 2008 04:37AM

758 If you want la Hepburn, we should ACTUALLY watch "Stage Door." Because it not only has the Kate, but also a VERY sassy Ginger Rodgers (who IS a blond). Plus, it is a movie completely and utterly made of awesomeness.
Jun 30, 2008 04:28AM

758 T,

I do not have time to fully respond to this now, but let's not confuse three words in a parens with my position on what the 3/5 rule did or did not do. I have problems with the entire construct, as would any liberally educated, thoughtful person at this time looking back at the errors of our forefathers. The 3/5 rule was not only a way to limit the power of the South, but also a statement of our Nation's position regarding slavery. Moreover, it is intellectually inconsistent with the spirit and meaning behind both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. And is symbolic, for many jurists and legal scholars of that inconsistency.

But, let us recall, that at the time of the drafting of the Constitution, the northern states were NOT non-slave states. The Mason-Dixon line had not been crafted and people in the north "owned" other people. Not to the same number and degree, but that had far less to do with many of the citizens opinion on the topic than with the nature of the North's different economic situation and activities than the South's. This division did not really "heat up" until into the 19th century, although many were rightfully concerned about the nature of slavery - both in the north and the south - at the time of the drafting.

Before you opine on my failure to understand the Constitution, perhaps you could give me more than three words to state my opinion and reasons for it? We are not on cable television and have time to discuss ideas thoughtfully and at length.
Jun 30, 2008 04:09AM

758 Unbreakable was amazing and my favorite thus far. He is the edge of what I can handle as far as scary movies, so I usually have to wait for DVDs (so I can take I'm scared breaks), but I love how he sets up a mythology for each film. Scenes from Unbreakable STILL haunt me.

Just watched "My Reputation" with Stanwyck and Brent last night. Love, love, loved it!
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