gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Starry-eyed)
Welp, I'm mostly packed and almost ready to go...right now I'm washing up some dishes and trying to tidy up my apartment. Before I leave I'm going to hit the Burg for a substantial breakfast, drop off some books at the university and public libraries, make a bank deposit, then pick up some snacks for the road before I pick up my shit and head to the bus station. I'll have Net access at my brother's, so if anyone wants to leave their addresses on the last entry for a postcard, feel free to do so until, say, Wednesday night. (I'm not sure how early we leave Thursday exactly, but just to be on the safe side.) After that I will actually be out of touch for a while, but hopefully everyone has a great couple of weeks!

In related news, I'm currently at the inquiry stage for a ticket to the Globe production of Othello, which makes me giddy as a schoolgirl. My big regret is that Ian McKellen's King Lear ends three days before I get to England; I would sell a KIDNEY to see Sir Ian as Lear. (It reopens again later, I think, but in November.) ;_;
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Furry)
A meme from [livejournal.com profile] bemysty:
~> Go to Google.com
~> Click on Maps.
~> Click on "get Directions".
~> From New York to Paris
~> And read line # 23.

If you laugh, repost this.


I laughed my ass off. Oh, Google, how I love you.

Also, the English grad students on the flist should enjoy "I wandered lonely as a cloud," the rap version. I figured I'd post this for all of you who are fellow lit freaks, but even if you don't particularly like Wordsworth or know him that well, this version is worth checking out. (THE SQUIRREL, OH WHUT.) Did Wordsworth really need to be "updated for the YouTube generation"? I don't know, but the result is HIGH-LARIOUS.

...That last link was sent to me by my mom, which was kind of odd. I know she's hanging out a lot with the Latino Writers Collective, who are really nice people, but now my mom seems to be trying to be "urban" and "hip." The e-mail telling me of this (that also went to her LWC friends) opened with "yo, my peeps!" _O_

Those of you who know my mom, this will probably make you go "buh?" the same way it did me.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (WOES I AM SO HELPLESS AND EMO)
Dammit, it is so hot...the A/C in my bedroom broke a couple of nights ago, and so now if I want to get any sleep at all I have to sleep in my mom's recliner in the air-conditioned living room because if I try to sleep in my room I will BE ROASTED LIKE CHESTNUTS OVER AN OPEN FIRE. Then when my parents get up in the morning I generally catch a few hours of z's in their air-conditioned room, so I'm doing okay. But still, sleeping in the recliner is making my neck sore. >_<

From IMDb:
Sitcom About Gay Rock Star Won't Air
A planned ABC sitcom produced by Elton John and his longtime lyricist, Bernie Taupin, about a gay rock star will apparently never see the light of a TV tube. According to Fox News, the show, titled Him & Us, which was to have starred Anthony Head as Max Flash and Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall as his manager Samantha, was not picked up despite initial favorable reaction to the pilot. In an interview with The Stage magazine, Cattrall remarked, "It would have been a great series. Perhaps the subject matter might have been too much for some people."

...they were going to do a series with Anthony Stewart Head (a.k.a. Giles on Buffy) as a campy gay rock star being managed by Samantha from Sex and the City? And now it's cancelled? WOES

Anyway, what interesting stuff has happened this week...well, my parents have been having car trouble again (we took in their car Monday morning and just got it back this afternoon, and their bank account is $900 lighter), so I still haven't been out to get my learner's permit. I hope to do that and maybe go to the bank tomorrow, but God only knows whether that'll happen.

Also, yesterday I hung out most of the day with [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28; they had never had Jack Stack (oh deprived children! never mind that they're both older than me) so we went and they discovered the awesomeness that is the Fiorella family barbecue sauce. Then we played Vinnie's board game Ticket to Ride, which was pretty fun (and which I won, w00t).

And this evening my stepdad dragged me and my mom to Mike Burstyn at Kehilath Israel. (Here he is on the IMDb.) I knew about him because he's the son of Pesach Burstein and Lillian Lux, two of the big Yiddish stage stars (his father was the subject of the documentary Der Komediant) and he's been on the Yiddish stage himself (and later Broadway) since he was a child. And you can kind of tell he comes from the Yiddish stage, because his patter was quite close to what I've heard of those of the entertainers at the classic Catskills resorts (you may have seen them in movies like Dirty Dancing and Sweet Lorraine). A sample joke:

My father once told me the joke about the tribe of Jewish cannibals they found in Africa. Have you heard it? See, one cannibal says to the other, "I hate my meshugginah [crazy] mother-in-law." "Then just eat the noodles," his friend tells him.

Still, he seemed nice, and the jokes were funny (if groaningly horrible). And his singing was quite good as well, though it seemed like everything he sung was either in Yiddish, from like 1958, or from musicals he'd starred in that I'd never seen, like Barnum (in which Glenn Close was discovered as his costar); the only one I recognized was "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof (since apparently he finally got to play Tevye in a recent Mormon production in Salt Lake City XD). Still it was fun and I'm not sorry I went.

The synagogue where it was being held was pretty interesting in and of itself...I'd only ever been to Reform temples before, and KI is Conservative, so I was slightly taken aback at being presented with a kippah (a.k.a. yarmulke, for you Yiddish speakers) that I had to put on before I could enter the sanctuary. It didn't help that it wouldn't stay on my less-than-obedient hair. XD

I discovered on my way out that apparently there was a place you could get hairpins to hold it on that I just hadn't noticed. D'oh.

I was also not expecting folks to just be wandering around and chatting to each other during the event itself; I guess Conservative synagogues are laxer about that kind of thing, but it just seemed rude. Also, when I used the bathroom I counted no less than three old men who were talking on their cellphones as they used the urinal. Seriously, folks, if you can't detach the cell phone from your ear long enough to take a piss, you have a serious problem. >_<

Let's see, what else...Oh yeah! I also watched Ladies in Lavender with my parents earlier in the week. Our thoughts )

Let's Positive Linking!
- Hapsburgs retake Dracula Castle. It sounds like an alternate history plotline, but it's true. Those wacky Hapsburgs.
- Army refusing to put wiccan symbol on soldier's tombstone. Seriously, what the fuck. Just slap the frickin' pentacle on the tombstone instead of stonewalling, army!
- Running backwards apparently the new hot exercise. Freaky.
- And for any of y'all in the Chicago area who are interested in cake (and who haven't seen this already, which limits it to probably none of you), [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon has opened her Janaderia for business (metaphorically speaking, there is no actual building, just the opportunity to commission tasty tasty cakes).

...dammit, and I didn't even get around to my rants about the victim competition that takes place in postcolonial/feminist/race/gender theory, or about the Southern myth that everyone was either white gentry or black slave (and smear campaigns against folks like the author of God's Little Acre that actually wrote about poor white people and the downside of their circumstances) or the failure of feminist literary scholars to do anything with women authors like Pearl Buck (who I'm fairly certain was the first female to win a Nobel Prize for Literature, and certainly the first American woman to do so; but it took Oprah to even bring her books back into print). I guess those will have to wait for another day!

x_x

Feb. 27th, 2006 02:06 am
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (NO FUBAR JOB FOR YOU)
Honestly, why was I stupid enough to pick a poet central to my Victorian seminar professor's subject area for my presentation/bibliography? (It's not like I picked this poet for brownie points or anything, I just thought she seemed interesting.) But seriously, whatever brownie points it MIGHT earn me are nothing compared to the oh-so-possible possibility that I somehow leave something major out, and of course my professor WILL KNOW. D:

Anyway, I spent hours and hours at the library today gathering up the last of my references, and now for tomorrow I just have to finish writing annotations for them, make a biographical handout on Janet Hamilton, and then come up with some questions to ask on the poems I've assigned. orz

On the other hand, I'm really enjoying the novel I'm reading for my American Lit class - Hope Leslie (online fulltext is here). It's about (at least in part) a free-spirited young woman among the Puritans - kind of like The Scarlet Letter as written by a less witty and more earnest Jane Austen. XD

novel talk that will probably be boring to anyone who's not a lit major )

Anyway, in my next entry will be an in-depth review (with pictures) of the wackiness that is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles anime! (Yes, there is an anime. A sentai anime. Featuring Krang calling Shredder "Sawaki-chan." Look forward to it!)

Let's Positive Linking!
- AUGH WHY ARE THESE WOMEN LETTING A CAT NURSE? (Not worksafe.) D: D: D:
- Former gay prostitute runs for Texas legislature. Apparently he was a "power bottom, uninhibited hooker" who charged $200-600 a night. Hey, at least he'll probably be more honest that he'll screw you and take your money than most politicians are!
- Sudanese man forced to marry goat. My big question: if he has a goat barbecue, is that uxoricide? Or just tasty?
- Body snatchers sell stolen organs for transplants...including those of the Masterpiece Theatre host who recently died. (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.) D:
- Un-Pimp My Ride. (From [livejournal.com profile] jokersama.) Ah, VW, your ads are hit-and-miss, but when they hit they HIT. XD
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (Ban in happier days (by kirakins))
I love reading Freud. His world is so simple and hilarious, especially dream interpretation. Banana? Represents a penis. Eyes? Represent a penis. Car accident? Represents a penis. Methinks someone has a one-track mind. XD

I also love his hypocrisy. For example, in his essay "The Uncanny" he's talking about things that people find strange, and talks about how they're often assigning bizarre motivations to things with perfectly simple ones. Then like, two paragraphs later he talks about how once he found it uncanny that he'd wandered into a red-light district with a lot of hookers, and he kept TRYING to get away but omg, he kept finding himself back at the hookers! Imagine that! :O

Lack of self-insight is a terrible thing.

Anyway, since I've got a lot more money than I thought I would at this point (as of yesterday, I'd spent under half of my monthly total discretionary budget), I treated myself to We Love Katamari. It's pretty much what you'd expect - the most quirky fun I've had since the original KD. I love the King's swelled head (and his infamous Chin). <3 <3 <3

Royal Rainbow! )

Other video game nattering: I've almost finished Radiata Stories - the human side only, but I already have more characters in my friends book than Suikoden has IN AN ENTIRE GAME. (For the record, I think it's around 130/177.) At this point, I've recruited basically everyone I can on the human side, and I'm at the last dungeon. So now to get the ending, play through the optional dungeon to get Lenneth Valkyrie from Valkyrie Profile (YAY)...and then start over and lose all of my fun characters so that I can play through the nonhuman side. x_x

Er, what else should I write about...oh yeah! On Wednesday I went to a Prairie Lights reading by Whitney Terrell, a KC author. I hadn't read any of his books (though I'd heard that The Huntsman was good), but I figured I'd better go since I knew him secondhand - he's worked with my stepdad and I took classes with his wife Gayle Levy (French and Honors). Anyway, he was reading from his new book, The King of Kings County, which is set in Kansas City as well and covers the period in the '50s when the suburbs basically came to be, and is a pretty firm indictment of the realty companies and their construction of segregated suburbs (KC is actually more segregated, residential-wise, now than it was back during Jim Crow!) and their major role in making them that way through the use of racial contracts (e.g., agreeing not to sell your house in a lily-white subdivision to anyone black), et cetera. Anyway, from what I hear it's scathing when it comes to J.C. Nichols the "Boens" (creators of the Plaza "Campanile") and also of Johnson County "Kings County." He talked about how he's going to speak at the Olathe Public Library next week, and how he's going to have to give a different speech because "these are the very people I'm talking about!" XD

For those who don't know, Johnson County is KC-ese for "rich white assholes." (See: "Johnson County driver.") They're not ALL white (anymore), and they're not ALL assholes, but the exceptions are still the minority, and they're ALL rich pretty much (you've gotta be to afford a house out there).

But in addition to buying his new book and getting him to sign it, I also picked up Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys - they were selling the signed first editions, which made me go YAY. :D

LJ interests meme )

Also, I'm totally looking forward to [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28 coming to visit me this weekend (they're getting in tonight). :D

Let's Positive Linking!
- Horny farmer drops grain sack on boner, snaps ligaments (from [livejournal.com profile] surlykitty). OWWWW WTF
- Gay Boyfriend (from [livejournal.com profile] firestorm717). THERE ARE NO WORDS XD
- ... GASP HOLY SHIT Digital Devil Saga 2 and Romancing SaGa are coming out on the same day! And Wild Arms Alter Code F comes out a week later! *weeps for poor bank account* At least it's at the beginning of the month, so I'll be relatively flush. Also, apropos of nothing, the Resident Evil 4 chainsaw controller is the BEST PERIPHERAL EVAR.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (RAISE TEH ROOF WOOO)
This evening there was an event that I actually wanted to go to - Prairie Lights Bookstore (the local independent bookstore which is VERY GOOD) brought in Susanna Clarke, author of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, on the tour for the paperback edition of her book. For those of you who haven't read it, DO IT NOW - it's a wonderful fantasy novel set in regency England during the Napoleonic Wars. This is a period I've been interested in for ages, and there's not enough good fantasy written set during this time period, so I was pleased as punch to see this come out, and when Neil Gaiman recommended it strongly that just cemented the deal. I loved it, and just devoured all ~800 pages. If you've ever read Jane Austen and thought, "you know, what this really needs is WIZARDS," then this book is right up your alley. XD

More rambling about the talk and Prairie Lights' author series )

Let's Positive Linking!
- Inventor Turns Dead Cats into Diesel. From someone on the flist who I totally forget. x_x
- London's Daily Mail reports that NOLA doctors had to euthanize critically ill patients. I'd take this with a grain of salt - while the British tabloids do often break major stories, they're also notorious for, well, being a tabloid. Still, given the state of things this would not surprise me.
- This is actually kind of old, but if you didn't read Savage Love a few weeks ago, there's a woman who writes in concerned about her friend's Yu-Gi-Oh! fetish. XD
- Also, for you Bleach fans, Kubo Tite has done it again. Massive spoilers for the latest chapter of Bleach, but HOLY SHIT SHE'S BACK. AND SHE'S NOT ALONE. I currently have a colored version of that last pic as my wallpaper. :D :D :D
- And this is a great day for videogame news: a new Sam and Max game has been announced, as has Suikoden I+II for the PSP, and Nippon Ichi's Makai Wars has come out of development hell and been shifted from PSP to PS3. :D~

Edit: Oh, forgot to mention, I watched Final Fantasy VII: Last Order. Oddly enough, it manages to both confirm and deflate my "Cloud is gay" theory. XD

Edit 2: Dude, RPG Maker XP has finally been officially released in English. That's the first non-console Maker release EVER. :D

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