I said i was amused that she was planning for in case she got laid in Mexico given that much of her Mexico angst has been re: the lack of dykeness there. She said it was better than coming back with some disease from Mexico. I pointed out that one could date someone without sleeping with them.
I saw this great button at Grand Opening: “No, you can’t buy me a drink, but I’ll take the six dollars.”
We ate at Quiznos, which i learned from Heather(thankstoShannon) comes from the gay part of Denver (Capitol Hill).
We came back to my house and watched Jesus Has Two Mommies. Heather said she enjoyed it even though the play quality was horrible. (It played fine on the VCR at my mom’s work, so apparently it’s just our particular VCR being temperamental. Hopefully it likes the Lamont VCR -- though i can probably find other people with TV/VCRs to watch it with if need be.)
My brother was complaining that on Tuesday the people he was working for came in late so since it was his first day he didn’t have anything to do. I asked if he could have turned on a computer and played TextTwist or something [b/c all the girls at the Teen Voices program have been addicted to it as of late].
My mother: Sex toys?
My brother: TextTwist
My mother’s mishearing me prompted me to share the story about how a friend of mine posted this so very not work-safe game along with a conversation she had just had with her gf. (I paraphrased, but for convenience, LJ gets a copy-and-paste. I assume she doesn’t mind -- and she can spank me if she does.)
her: i'm not used to this! seriously.. i mean.. i don't know about this hours of foreplay thing. gives me a headache.Yes, i told my parents and my 17 year old brother that story. Never said my family wasn’t weird.
[insert long pause here]
her: i mean, i could handle real hours of foreplay. watch me get myself in trouble now.
gf: just keep talking. i dare you.
I finally wrote thank you notes for the monetary gifts i received for my birthday. I also need to write to Steve Madden re: the shittiness that is my shoes. Contact info other than some 800-numbers re: ordering is nigh nonexistent, which is frustrating.
Poked around applyingtograd. Need to write to TheDivineLisa ( Heather) re: Brown’s cultural studies program, register for the GRE, and order my fall semester books from half.com
Reading The Real Guide to Grad School: What you better know before you choose humanities and social sciences (1997) i found a whole lot of cultural studies programs i hadn’t known about before b/c they’re subfields of Comparative Literature or English or whatever. This is good because it gives me more to choose from and thus better chances of ending up in a program that is really what i want, but it also means (duh) more to choose from and thus more work. Need to make sure of whether any require a GRE Subject Test before i register for the GRE. And of course i need to relearn math so i don't fail that section. Am hoping to take the GRE in Boston, but that only gives me a few weeks. (Still haven't found an actual schedule of when the GRE is offered.)
An excerpt from the book, for oyceter:
A landmark in reception studies was the publication of Janice Radway’s Reading the Romance (1984). Radway, a Duke University professor of literature, had a problem with how scholars have long dismissed popular-romance readers as philistines who uncritically lap up the genre’s treacly prose and misogynist plots. She argues that mass culture scholars could arrive at such a perception only because, like effects researchers, they assigned a passive role to audience members. Moreover, Radway showed that scholars have judged romance readers without ever having spoken to them. In order to address this dearth of research, Radway logged sixty hours of interviews with forty-two Harlequin readers, each of whom she also asked to complete lengthy questionnaires. Combining this material with literary analysis of the novels, Radway concluded that Harlequin readers are hardly the dupes they are made out to be. While they no doubt derive pleasure from reading the books, their pleasure stems as much from arguing with the books as from escaping into them.
Amusing anecdotes from Monday night:
“Fuck you,” i said to Terry about something or other when he was being a brat.
“When?” he replied, without missing a beat, as is his usual reply.
“When’s good for you?” i replied, also not missing a beat.
I looked up and cracked up laughing at the frozen stunned look on his face. It’s rare i manage to render him speechless.
My mother: “I think everyone I love is a squirrel. Except maybe George.”
Me: “George is special.”
My mother: “George is a different sort of a rodent.”
Tuesday night, A.R.T. (American Repertory Theatre) called for my mother. My attempt to take a message was met with: “Are you her theatre-going partner?”
Recently read Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale by Catherine Orenstein. Learned that Xander’s “Respect the cruller! Tame the donut!” in OMWF echoes Tom Cruise in Magnolia. (I haven’t seen the movie; so sue me.)
Speaking of movies... no one ever pipes up to defend movies when i mention in LJ being underwhelmed by one. I really am interested in knowing what people find valuable about things i’m underwhelmed by. Current (probably incomplete) list of such movies:
- Donnie Darko
- Y Tu Mamá También
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Lost in Translation
I enjoyed Dogma muchly, though. *hearts on the credits*
Oh, but back to the book. Most of it i already knew from Betsey’s class (and there’s a whole chapter on Freeway, which i watched for my UMass class and even wrote a short paper on) but there’s some new stuff.
Murder, mutilation, the anthropomorphism of the villain—“The Wolf King” seems like a lyrical version of Master Tyse Artyne’s testimony about the little girl whom Stubbe Peeter had mauled and killed.
Odd words also remind us of the wolf’s past. Some old English variants of “Little Red Riding Hood” refer to the villain as a “gaffer” wolf, or “gossip” wolf, a term also used in the Stubbe Peeter pamphlet to describe the werewolf’s mistress. The etymology of both terms indicate a close family relation. (The Anglo-Saxon term for a godparent, godsibb, being a compound of god and sib, “relative,” originally denoted a sponsor of a child at a baptism. From the same roots comes the modern “sibling.” Gaffer is thought to be a contraction of grandfather or godfather.) These terms might be used simply to mean an older person, but in folklore words inevitably take on multiple meanings. In this case they may be vestigal references to incest—also a common charge in the werewolf trials. This concept may help to clarify a puzzling aspect of the story’s plot. Why does Red Riding Hood speak to the beast in the woods? And how, later on, could she mistake his furry snout for Granny? What if, in the context of the werewolf’s known proclivities, the villain of the tale were understood to be Red Riding Hood’s grandfather? This would account for the girl’s total lack of suspicion and fear in virtually all versions of the tale. For who else would she expect to find it Grandma’s bed?
Whereas male heroes tend to become beasts by malignant curses, she points out, female protagonists across the ages often embrace their new skin—be it fur, fleece, scales, or feathers—and wear it willingly as a protective shield.