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3:48 am - AKICOLJ/DW: Tell Me About Open-Mic Poetry Readings
[personal profile] gramina has a birthday coming up. and she has asked me to research open-mic poetry readings as part of my gift for her. She's a good poet and an expressive reader, but she's more comfortable with a more traditional venue, rather than the competitive atmosphere of a poetry slam. Basically, the words are what matter to her, if that makes any sense.

So, here are my questions.
  • What experiences (good, bad, or unclassifiable) have you had at open-mic readings?
  • What should we expect of the sign-up process?
  • Is it first come, first reader, or are the readings structured in a different way?
  • Are there auditions?
  • What else should we know about poetry open-mic nights?
  • If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, can you recommend a relatively sedate open-mic night? We're in the East Bay.
Thanks so much for your help.
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Friday, March 18th, 2016
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Friday, February 19th, 2016
4:51 pm - IN MEMORIAM: Umberto Eco
Umberto Eco has died at the age of 84.

It's ironic; I've just added a book of his to my to-read pile: The Search for the Perfect Language.

I've read his literary criticism as well as his fiction, but it's a misreading that most sticks with me. I'm no Latinist, and there was no Internet in the days when I first read The Name of the Rose. The final Latin quotation, “stat rosa pristina nomine, nomina nuda tenemus," means "the original rose remains [only] in its name, we hold [only] bare names." But I puzzled it out as "when the rose is gone, only the name of the rose remains." A slight but significant shift in meaning.

Dr. Eco, your name remains. Your work remains, and the influence you had on a generation of readers and thinkers.

ETA: I know Harper Lee also died today, but it's going to take me a while longer to express my very complicated feelings about her death. Much closer to home.

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Thursday, February 11th, 2016
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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
5:08 pm - MEME: Ask Me a Question
Meme snagged from [personal profile] recessional : There are people on my reading list that I don't know very well. Want to trade information? You can ask me anything you want, as long as I get to ask you a question in return. (My questions are likely to be very, very random; my answers are always honest.)

Actually, no matter how well I know you, feel free to ask a question.
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Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
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4:52 am - How's Your Weather?
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we're having rainstorms that are supposed to bring us up to 4 inches of rain over the weekend. A blessing, because we're in a severe drought, but also an issue, because the ground is saturated.

Many friends back east are dealing with a snowpocalypse or as the Washington Post calls it, Snowzilla.

How's your weather? How many inches of snow do you have?

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Friday, January 15th, 2016
12:02 pm - My tweets
  • Thu, 15:34: Thunder over Hayward and Castro Valley.

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016
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5:19 am - IN MEMORIAM: Alan Rickman
Dead aged 69 of cancer.

He was a brilliant actor, and not just as Professor Snape. He played a betrayed husband in Close My Eyes, a ghost returning to his grieving girlfriend in Truly Madly Deeply, an embittered actor in Galaxy Quest, a wine connoisseur in Bottle Shock, a Yorkshire hairdresser in Blow Dry, an eerily convincing Ronald Reagan in The Butler, and so many other roles. Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility. The Metatron -- the Voice of God -- in Dogma.

I am so sorry he's gone.

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Friday, December 25th, 2015
1:27 pm - The Annual Christmas Poem

The Work of Christmas

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.

--Howard Thurman

Whatever holidays you celebrate, I wish you a time of joy, peace, and caring.



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Monday, December 21st, 2015
8:40 pm - The Solstice
In honor of the change of seasons, "Winter Solstice, Camelot Station," by John M. Ford.

May your line go on.

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
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Friday, November 13th, 2015
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3:41 am - Final Top Fives
From:
[personal profile] owlmoose: top five books for a rainy day.
I love the cozy feeling of reading on a rainy day -- preferably with a cat on my lap and a cup of tea at hand. Because I'm a fast reader and a frequent re-reader, it's easier to name five types of books I like on a rainy day than to choose a mere five titles.

  1. A good ghost story, perhaps by Barbara Michaels (Ammie Come Home, The Sea King's Daughter, The Crying Child, Houses of Stone) or Peter Straub (Ghost Story, The Throat). Shorter classic ghost stories by Edith Wharton, M.R. James, or a Benson brother are also welcome.
  2. An old favorite mystery novel. Almost any Dorothy L. Sayers is good. So are the classic P.D. James novels from the 1970s or early 1980s. I've come to love Dick Francis, too, although the recent ones by his son have sadly fallen off the former high standard. I'm hoping Nicola Upson's novels will join them; they feature Josephine Tey as a character, and they're well-written, lyrical, and emotionally generous. Last year I read all the Louise Penny Inspector Gamache novels, but I doubt that they will make the cut. I enjoyed them, but they don't feel as rereadable to me, I'm not sure why.
  3. Something by Georgette Heyer. My favorites are Venetia, The Talisman Ring, and The Foundling, but almost any of her books will do it for me -- except the ones, like Arabella and April Lady, where there's a lot of financial stress.
  4. Terry Pratchett. The Discworld novels are not uniformly good, but there are so many superb ones, and I love them so much that I could get through a whole rainy season just on Pratchett.
  5. Unexpected nonfiction: Nigel Slater on food, Judith Flanders on Victorian houses or Victorian murders, John Keegan's The Face of Battle, Priscilla Robertson's An Experience of Women. Or something new and fresh from the library.

[personal profile] mamagotcha: Top five music albums? (Not songs or artists, but entire albums.)
This one changes a lot. These have all been in heavy rotation recently.
  1. Janis Ian, God and the FBI
  2. Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life
  3. The Modern Jazz Quarter, Blues on Bach
  4. Richard Shindell, South of Delia
  5. Indigo Girls, Retrospective
juliansinger Also, top 5 ways to relax.
I'll answer both your questions, because my ways to relax may be the most conventional thing about me.
  1. Read
  2. Pet a cat
  3. Have a cup of tea
  4. Listen to music
  5. Take a walk
Or, top 5 things you like to bake.

I don't know if roasted vegetables would count.
  1. Oatmeal bread
  2. Any kind of pie
  3. Rye bread
  4. Cookies
  5. Cheese bread

rightkindofme: What are your top 5 favorite dishes that other people cook for you?
  1. My mother's oatmeal raisin cookies
  2. Winter panzarella with butternut squash by [personal profile] wild_irises  and [personal profile] pokershaman 
  3. Grilled cheese sandwich as made by </a></b></a> pokershaman or </a></b></a> gramina
  4. Mrs. Korszen's farmer cheese pierogies
  5. My family's homemade ice cream

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
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Sunday, November 1st, 2015
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Saturday, October 31st, 2015
11:33 pm - My Top Fives: Melons and Crime

I wanted to get all these answered at once, but it makes more sense to me now to post what's finished.

From </a></a> amaebi: Top five melons?
This is a great question. I wish I could answer it.

  1. Cantaloupe. Just as it comes or in a salad made of cantaloupe melon balls mixed with blueberries – serve with the option of vanilla yogurt. It’s beautiful as well as tasty.
  2. Whatever melon it is that </a></a> wild_irises sometimes gets in her CSA box.
  3. A truly ripe honeydew.
  4. Not watermelon. Even the best watermelon doesn't do much for me.
  5. A cucumber, I guess. Are there even five melons? I know for sure I haven’t tasted that many.

</a></a> wild_irises: Top five true crime stories?

I'm interpreting the question as top five stories about true crimes, as opposed to top five true crimes. That list would have to include the Lizzie Borden case, but there is no single book on it that's accurate and unbiased enough to recommend. These stories are fascinating partly because of the crimes themselves, but also for the way each story is told.

  1. Evidence of Love, John Bloom and Jim Alkinson. Adulterous, ax-murdering Sunday School teachers. No, really. And it's not sensationalized. The authors offer a nuanced look at the factors -- personal and societal -- that brought together two women in a violent confrontation.
  2. Echoes in the Darkness, Joseph Wambaugh. An inside look at the Karen Reinert murder case. The case itself was complex and is still mysterious (her children's bodies were never found), and the story is told with verve and black humor. Wambaugh, a former cop, may have influenced the case itself with his research into the book, and his tone is enlightening about how cops deal with violence.
  3. Savage Grace, Steven M.L Aronson and Natalie Robins. A great example of the screwed-up family murder case. Moral of the story: Money doesn't make people happy, or even keep them close to sane.
  4. Strange Piece of Paradise, Terri Jentz. The story of an attempted double murder, written by one victim. Long, detailed, beautifully written story not just of what happened but of her years-long search for who tried to kill her and why.
  5. Erased, Marilee Strong. Examines not just a single case, but a whole type of murder: when men kill their wives or girlfriends. Sometimes several different wives or girlfriends.

 

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Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
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Thursday, October 1st, 2015
12:01 pm - My tweets
  • Wed, 17:55: We've had gentle rain off and on all day. May winter be the same.

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Saturday, September 26th, 2015
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Friday, September 25th, 2015
12:59 pm - Thinking about Mike Ford
I was looking up a quotation from Mike Ford (John M. Ford on the covers of his books) and noticed that today is the anniversary of his death in 2006.

In his honor, one of my favorite poems of his:

“The worm drives helically through the wood
And does not know the dust left in the bore
Once made the table integral and good;
And suddenly the crystal hits the floor.
Electrons find their paths in subtle ways,
A massless eddy in a trail of smoke;
The names of lovers, light of other days
Perhaps you will not miss them. That's the joke.
The universe winds down. That's how it's made.
But memory is everything to lose;
Although some of the colors have to fade,
Do not believe you'll get the chance to choose.
Regret, by definition, comes too late;
Say what you mean. Bear witness. Iterate.”


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Thursday, September 24th, 2015
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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
7:12 pm - Top Fives: Top 5 Breathless Experiences and Soothing Songs

Still answering questions about my top 5 whatevers.

[personal profile] sine_nomine:Top 5 experiences that left you breathless.

"Breathless" covers a lot of ground. These experiences all share high intensity, but they were very different in feeling.
  1. Finishing my first book. The process of writing the 300-page manuscript took 15 working days spread over less than a month, but I'd been thinking over the ideas for years and pondering the outline for eight months. Writing that book was one of the peak experiences of my life.
  2. Seeing Muir Woods for the first time. I'd never seen a full-grown redwood before, much less walked through a forest of primeval giants.
  3. Going up into the mountains. This always works, especially high enough that I have a little oxygen deprivation.
  4. Falling in love, particularly with [personal profile] gramina.
  5. Pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, and anaphylactic shock have all left me breathless at various times, but I don't suggest that you try them.

[personal profile] belleweather:Top five songs that go straight to your lizard brain and calm you down.
  1. Almost any competent version of the glorious "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." I'm particularly fond of the Peter Schickele instrumental arrangement, but that version is not available on YouTube (or CD, even). Yes, Schickele is best known as P.D.Q. Bach, but he did other things as well.
  2. Stokowski conducting Bach's "Mein Jesu," from BWV 487. (Not to be confused with the previous entry.)
  3. Tomas de la Victoria's O Magnum Mysterium.
  4. The Kingston Trio singing "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" A song from my childhood.
  5. Carly Simon's "Haven't Got Time for the Pain." This one is from my adolescence.
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Monday, September 21st, 2015
12:01 pm - My tweets
  • Mon, 02:51: What's up with the helicopters over #CastroValley? Sounds like it's near Eden Hospital or the Castro Valley Y. Been hovering a while.

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Sunday, September 20th, 2015
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Saturday, September 19th, 2015
8:29 pm - My Top Fives: Love Stories and Comfort Items
[personal profile] executrix asked me for my top 5 love stories (can be fan or pro).

MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS FOR STORIES MORE THAN TEN YEARS OLD.

I really struggled with this, because there are so many Seriously Problematic love stories. I'm so tired of the dominant paradigms. But these love stories -- books and film -- work for me. In no particular order:
  1. Georgette Heyer, A Civil Contract. An impoverished aristocrat marries rich girl to save his estate, Yes, it's lily-white, heteronormative, and not the most feminist love story. But. But. It's a love story with both people trying their best to be decent to each other, sometimes failing, and trying again. Also, farming.
  2. Marge Piercy, Gone to Soldiers. There are several love stories in this long novel about World War II, but my favorite is the romance that Bernice Coates finds. Genuine love in very trying circumstances.
  3. Barbara Hambly, A Free Man of Color.This mystery set in 1830s New Orleans stars Dr. Benjamin January, surgeon, musician, and title character. His romance is discussed in subsequent books, but I adore the love story subplot in this first volume. Augustus Mayerling is a fencing master and a genuinely romantic hero.
  4. The movie Moonstruck. I'm thinking partly of the love between the 37-year-old widow Loretta Castorini Clark (Cher) and Ronnie Camerari (Nicolas Cage at 23) , who is "not a freaking monument to justice." That's operatic passion, but the movie also treats the tenderness and passion and day-to-day issues of long-married couples.
  5. The movie Shakespeare in Love, because wit and snark and Romeo and Juliet. And because of the ending.

From: </a></b></a> tam_nonlinear: Top five comfort items other than books.

Other than books? That's harsh. But I do, in fact, have other kinds of comfort.
  1. Music. The iPod is essential equipment for me.
  2. A cup of tea and a cat.
  3. Doing crafts and/or stash-stroking. This includes doing counted cross-stitch (preferably while a favorite movie plays in the background) and playing with pretty stones, beads, etc. -- which may or may not actually include making any jewelry with them.
  4. Baking bread. Playing with dough makes me inexpressibly happy.
  5. Cuddling with one of my partners.
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Monday, September 14th, 2015
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