28.2.05

Notable Quotes

A propos of the Oscars:

I'm gonna be a celebrity,
that means somebody everyone knows.
"Roxie", John Kander

24.2.05

Coco's meme

According to Coco, you should copy the list of 15 authors below. Remove the authors that are not on your bookshelves and replace each of them with an author that can be found within your stacks. Bold any REPLACED author. Pass it on and enjoy :-)

1. Iain Pears
2. John Irving
3. A.S. Byatt
4. L. Frank Baum
5. Elizabeth George
6. Nick Bantock
7. Ruth Rendell
8. Anne Tyler
9. Margaret Atwood
10. James Como
11. Agatha Christie
12. Marion Zimmer Bradley
13. Ann Patchett
14. Azar Nafisi
15. Donna Tartt

21.2.05

Notable Quotes

There are no *ordinary* people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisation - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

16.2.05

It made me think

Thursday I went to see Sniper (it's closed now, so you won't be able to experience this play yourself). The focus of the play is on "an honors student in a small New York town took a deer rifle to his school and killed neighbors and friends. Very loosely based upon this 1975 rampage, Sniper explores what has become an American phenomenon." Now, I grew up in upstate NY and I vaguely remember the incident.

What struck me about this play is that the question "why" kept being asked, and the answer wasn't easy. There was no Aryan Nation website that he went to, no "Twinkie defense" attempted - this was just a kid who snapped. He didn't want to place blame on his parents, his church, his friends - he just snapped and didn't necessarily know why he'd done this horrific act. It was much like the woman in Texas who "didn't like Mondays."

It was a confusing time. He was at a confusing age. I can understand the not knowing fully "why" because I've had those urges at times, without knowing why. I'm glad that the play didn't seek to present it as a tidy "here's why and how and don't you feel better about it all" package, because life isn't like that.

Next up on my theater going schedule: Gorilla Man. I'll be it makes me think, too.

UPDATE: Talk about wanting easy answers - apparently the sniper in the Hudson Valley Mall incident was "inspired" by Columbine. I'll bet a whole lot more was going on than just that but no one will care because now we "know".

14.2.05

Notable Quotes

If nobody speaks of remarkable things, how will anyone know they're remarkable?

Jon McGregor

If life were only moments,
Even now and then a bad one,
But if life were only moments,
Then you'd never know you'd had one.

Stephen Sondheim

10.2.05

What to do?

Aravis wrote recently about being given books to read by well-meaning friends. I, too, am reading a book that a friend recommended (taking a break from the new YA foothill).

This is a real conundrum for readers: what do you do when a friend "insists" that you read their latest fave (or a book that they think you'll really respond to)? I've been lucky, in that most of my friends that recommend are those that share my tastes. Sometimes, as in the case of Justine (Durrell, not de Sade!), I've had to struggle for a little, but then the beauty of the work has started to work it's magic and I've gulped the book down. But most of the time there's been no struggle - it's been pure pleasure from page one to the unfortunate ending page.

The books that people say I'll respond to, that I'll see myself (or family/friends in) are more problematic. A close family member told me that they saw our family in The Prince of Tides. To this day I don't see it, and I'm a little scared to find out exactly what was meant by that comment!

Choosing books wisely is important. Equally important is choosing your book buddies.

9.2.05

Notable Quotes

I'm giving up for Lent.
colleague at work