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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
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May 15, 2012

really liked it

Smart, literate, engaging, uninhibited.

3..circus acrobatics where one person lies on the floor balancing another are called "Icarian Games". (Icarus)
Later, Daedelus, Nestor..gasbag
8..gothic revival house restoration
48..camus pic
49..sisyphus' joy....life is meaningless, but we should treat it with humor
92..proust describes lilac...spent & shriveled & discolored
106..86ed..started at Chumley's bar in the Village? (the address)
Refuse entrance by overcharging cover charge
wiki doesn't mention that as a possible origin. It says:
--Merriam-Webster opines that the term may have come from a rhyming slang substitution for "nix" ("no" or a more general prohibition). The first known use is from 1959.
--Whether it was the catalyst that propelled '86' into American culture, or just helped reinforce it, Gore Vidal's play Visit to a Small Planet[2] was a well-received comedy whose main character uses the command number "86" numerous times to destroy things.
109..Proust's original title: "a lombre des jeunes filles en fleurs" = "In the shadow of young girls in flower"
--The translation to "Within a budding grove" shifts the emphasis primly from the erotic to the botanical.
134..home like an artists' colony. We ate together, but otherwise were absorbed in our separate pursuits.
154..Wilde..Importance of Earnest...Lady Bracknell
205..colette..earthly paradise
206..Ulysses..Odyssey parallels
217..kate millett..Flying
last page...father in pool catching her diving...see page 3 entry

effective to include dictionary pages, highlight selections by not darkening their background

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