February 20th, 2004

angry - books

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Am feeling teh laem about writing for The Sophian this semester, like "Who the fuck cares what Smithies think about these issues?" but then i remember that i do it to put out a different perspective on things, but there's a lack of Sophian-able issues that i actually care about, and i already know that editorials are not my forum of choice, that i much prefer intense one-on-one discussion. Sigh.
not that innocent [purple_smurf]

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The newest kerfuffle is homophobic slashers. Of course i think it’s ridiculous to say “I want to get off on imagining this kind of sex, but anyone who actually does that kind of sex is bad for doing it.” Many people have pointed out that many slashers read fic with stuff like non-con that they definitely don’t think is okay in real life but still get off on in fic, and that argument gives me pause because it's something i have struggled with and haven't resolved. I understand people’s gut reactions against equating homosexuality with, say, rape, but i would still like to see someone actually take on the argument.

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I’ve had mostly-finished LJ entries of substance languishing on my computer, so the plan is to finish those tonight (so then i’m just left with the really unfinished ones ;) ) and write a Week Update and then go to bed so i can be hella productive this weekend in terms of school stuff. *eyes assignment stack warily*

[so of course i'm using my "fire" icon]

Wow, i had actually forgotten how loud the fire alarm is. This is a good thing given how often it has gone off in past years.

3rd floor microwave caught on fire. Good times. At least it was an actual fire alarm, though, and not just a spider or any of the stuff it's been in the past.
hermione by oatmilk

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[Yes i know this is weeks old. I haven’t seen anything about in a while, but it was sitting on my computer, so i thought i’d finish it and post it.]

Neil Gaiman wrote:
Sunday, February 01, 2004

Or dead again, anyway

You know, in a world in which Bush and Blair can be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, "for having dared to take the necessary decision to launch a war on Iraq without having the support of the UN" I find myself agreeing with Tom Lehrer: satire is dead.
I wrote:
re: satire is dead

I understand the objections people have to the action taken against Iraq, particularly the rationale given by the US government, but can we talk about what a cruel man Saddam Hussein was and how the world is unequivocally a better place with him out of power? I understand the arguments in favor of having UN support, but the UN keeps undermining its own credibility (Libya chairing the Commission on Human Rights, for example) and sometimes i think the real joke is that people keep insisting that one needs the backing of the UN to have legitimacy.

-Elizabeth Sweeny
I get that it’s bizarre to award a “peace prize” to people for a war, and if you don’t believe that Saddam had weapons or had programs in place to create weapons, and don’t believe that he was in any way a threat to the general international peace, then by all means oppose the nomination. (I’ve actually read things linking him to Al Qaeda, but i can’t put my finger on them.) Did some quick Googling and although i was half-expecting many many “Nobel Peace Prizes” awarded for mere human rights work, it appears that most of them do in fact relate to efforts toward international peace.

It’s far easier to be nominated than to actually win one of these things, and i would be astonished, given the general atmosphere of world opinion on the subject, but i would be far from appalled if B&B won. I feel like i’ve already talked this issue (the war) to death, but i’ll still gladly engage anyone in debate.

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hermione by oatmilk

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I saw this button on LJ a lot and asked my dad what the deal with the BBC was, as i hadn’t been paying attention and knew only that a lot of the bloggers i read had been displeased with the BBC throughout the whole Iraq thing.

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hermione by oatmilk

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Lileks slams Patrick Stewart for saying he thinks humans have no business traveling in space. Now, i agree that it’s a bit off-putting for someone who "did a good job of portraying a civilized, intelligent explorer who projected the values of Western Civ into the inky void while confronting the baffling nuances of worlds we have yet to imagine" (as Lileks says of Stewart) to say he opposes space travel (though this has slightly more to do with my insistence on only involving myself than with things i support [so i think it’s somewhat hypocritical to do a show all about space travel if you think space travel isn’t all that great a thing] than with a mentality closer to “don’t bite the hand that feeds you”) but as i’m not all that interested in space travel and tend to think the money spent thereon could be far better spent.

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you think you know...

"Does this remind us of anyone else we’ve encountered today? Besides Bruce Springsteen." -mt

Marian, Susan M., Stephanie, and Virada were talking about Star Trek at dinner on Tuesday. Virada had seen a Trekkies documentary and we were talking about the character of Uhura, and she said that at one point Nichelle Nichols had wanted to quit, because her role was essentially answering the phone or whatever, but she got a letter from a fan, saying that she had watched the show and it was the first time she had seen a black woman on screen “who wasn’t no maid.” It was signed Whoopi Goldberg, and that’s why Whoopi got a role on TNG. I thought that was cool.

I forgot that Rally Day (classes cancelled) means brunch instead of lunch. Hash browns make me happy. I went to work in the afternoon and mostly did homework, which was fine by me.

I went to the Rally Day show and was underwhelmed. Maybe it’s because it’s my 3rd year and the gist of the skits is always the same and i’ve seen them done better in the past.

Nora: “At least the people living with AIDS got my $2. That’s what keeps me going.”

[The proceeds from the admission price to the Rally Day show goes to a different cause every year, and this year it was people living with AIDS.]

Jenn IMed me at 7:13 tonight: "i would like to put a request in... that the norwood library stay open really late!!!" *g*

"Maybe this will become a cool thing... Living with your parents."
"Yeah, and then maybe baldness will catch on. Things will all be turning your way."
- George and Jerrie, in "The Raincoats"

She and Linda are going to visit Zubes in London for Spring Break.

Sometimes i miss being in ye olde loope.

This week seemed a lot more interesting while it was happening.

Oh, and there was the poetry reading Tuesday night.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers and Tim Seibles.

Honorée went first. Her introduction was like 10 minutes long. I hate effusive introductions like that, because no one ever lives up to them. I want to grow up to deserve such an introduction, but i never want to actually be given such a one.

Allie and i talked during this week at some point about favorite poets. I really don't have any. In part because when i seek out poetry i seek out themed anthologies. Also because even poets who write stuff i really like, also write stuff i am underwhelmed by. This is true of most everyone, but i haven't found many poets of whom i can say "I love almost everything they have done" as i can of some prose writers.

Anyway, some of Honorée's stuff was really good (though she did not live up to the many praises Ellen quoted) but i was mostly underwhelmed. Ditto Tim.

One of the poems Honorée started with was a letter from a man to his wife, during some uprising, and he writes "Ask our God for mercy -- ask for guns and bullets, too," and i liked that a lot.

She talked about the Brer Rabbit tales, and i actually remember growing up with those. She said the guy who recorded them (but who did not write them) got it wrong, said "Burr" when really it's "Bruh" (like the first syllable of "brother," duh). I remember it being pronounced "Brer," kinda like a slurring of "briar."

I really liked one of Tim's early (and longest) poems, "Vision." One of the best parts was the comparison of September to a friend leaning against your screen door, a friend you don't really want to see but who catches your eye and waves and lets themself in anyway.

One of his poems was entitled "To Handsome George" [here's a link, though it lacks the epigraph, which i neglected to jot down -- i want to say it was Kahlil Gibran, maybe Rumi, something about "the emperor is crowned" but i can't find it] and i admit i giggled at parts of the beginning ("I'm like a chipmunk snarling at an avalanche, like a dragonfly slamming its sharp beak into the wilding steel of an eighteen-wheeler. I hate to throw my weight around-- flipping trucks, turning back half a mountain of marauding stone") but i couldn't help thinking, as it went along, "Do you think there are no Republicans here? Do you think Republicans don't come to poetry readings?"

His poem "Natasha under a mellow moon" or whatever it was, is best cartoon!fic ever.
anime night

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Last Sunday night i finally read the lay sermons my mom sent me. [And yes of course you can borrow them.] Two are from 1988 (the year after my brother -- 4 years my junior -- was born) and one is from 1992. Interesting to be taken back to the way our church was back then (not that i personally remember much, of course, but i have something of an understanding of what it was like) given how much it has changed since then.

A lot of what my mom said made me think of you, lilithchilde, because I know how much you hate that idea that spirituality is supposed to be about “transcending” the bad evil dirty world. (Though you know of course that i’ll point out that the idea is that you are supposed to be focusing on God and godly things, not on sex and money and everything. Those things are good in moderation of course, but they should not be the focus of your life. Though of course i’ll argue the other side as well. Eden, for example. God created the Earth, and it was good. We have to toil in it because we are Fallen, but the Earth is still good. Adam and Eve were made to be stewards of the earth. It is ours, though we should honor it. And anyone who says down with the pleasures of sex needs to read Song of Solomon.)

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