rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Sep. 2nd, 2012 05:46 pm)
Free/nearly free Andre Norton books via Kindle, and apparently elsewhere.

Calorie science )
I didn’t build that: “Over the years, I’ve encountered a few successful people who believe they did it all themselves and achieved success because they are just better than their fellow human beings. Some were bankers; some were writers; some were lawyers. Some male, some female. Some rich, some not. Some were born into privilege, some weren’t. I guess they’re a pretty diverse crowd. They only have one thing in common, really: They’re all assholes.”

White dudely thinking:
The company was hiring more women in managerial jobs, and while he had no problem with that in general, he said that some of these women hadn’t started out hauling cotton as he had and didn’t know the business from the ground up. But the company felt pressure to hire them, Charles told me, “to keep up with the times.”… Charles was always pretty handy, so he considered starting a construction company [after he quit], even though he had never run a business. Working with trucks and piles of wood was a “humbling experience,” especially after having been a head of national sales. He said that he knew he would be competing with men who were in the business a long time or with younger men who once worked for him.
Now, this dude is not to blame for America’s economic woes. But JFC that’s some entitled, hypocritical bullshit!  

poetry by Dessa, apocalyptic policeman, shapeshifter love, Janis Ian's songs, gumshoe exorcist, robot zombies )
Sigh. I have a really, really good reason that I probably won't get to see Serenity in theaters in September, and the DC advance showing on May 26 is already sold out. Damn you, fellow obsessed fans! (If anyone knows where I might snag a ticket, let me know -- I'm willing to travel pretty much anywhere within a 5-hour radius of DC.)

Talking to [livejournal.com profile] harriet_spy made me realize I haven't actually said here that my visit in DC has turned into a non-visiting, tenure-track job, which is great. I miss NY for the friends (and the chocolates), but it turns out I go back on a regular basis and get to see the fabulous folks pretty often. Also, Mariebelle sells via the Internet, so the chocolate part is under control. A guy is coming to put built-in bookshelves in the Riv-cave tomorrow, so I guess we're here to stay.

Fiction: Rusch, Hamilton, Robinson, Baker, Butler, Mosley, Ruff, Crusie )
So, I was trying to get inspired to write and I realized that I really, really like a story of mine that nobody else seems to. There are good reasons not to like it: it lacks narrative flow and just sort of ebbs away at the end. But it works for me, in part because it doesn't have a real flow; it's a story of a breakdown, of a man who thinks so hard he destroys the natural course of his relationships. No link, because this isn't about trying to get you to read it -- what I wanted to know is whether other authors reading this have beloved monsters, stories that you like even though they didn't get a positive reaction, or as much of a positive reaction as other stories of yours.

What are your orphans, and why do you hold them close to your heart? I would like links, if you're willing to give them, whatever fandom. Readers, your thoughts are welcome too, if you've got them.

And now, a huge number of fiction books: Martha McPhee, Umberto Eco, Stephen King, William Gibson, Tim Cockey, The Mammoth Book of New Horror, Alan Dean Foster, Graham Greene, George Turner, Walter Tevis, Patty Dann, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer v. 2, Steven Brust, Kage Baker, Peter David, Hot Blood XI: Fatal Attractions, and James Maxey. I'm pretty sure that's a list that hasn't ever been put together before.

Read more... )
rivkat: Lex: don't you people know a metaphor when you see one? (metaphor)
( Aug. 5th, 2003 01:24 am)
We saw Gypsy tonight. Bernadette Peters had the promised star power, though the show didn't impress me much as a musical. It's a big Broadway week for us -- we see Avenue Q, the Sesame Street parody, on Friday.

I've read some books. Read more... )
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