2019-03-11

sovay: (Sovay: David Owen)
Everything about the perspective in this picture worries me faintly, but here I am with my niece (and my niece's favorite wig) and my brother. My father entitled it "Bunny ears for three."



My plans for the evening involve falling over on the couch with this paperback of Aster Glenn Gray's Briarley (2018) that [personal profile] asakiyume has very kindly sent me. Have some links!

1. Given my general interests, I really feel I should have known that Anne Carson has written a stage work for Ben Whishaw and Renée Fleming about the myths of Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy: Norma Jeane Baker of Troy.

2. Roger Miller of Mission of Burma and the Alloy Orchestra is running a Kickstarter. I have donated almost entirely because I want to see his short film with music The Davis Square Symphony, which is intended in the same family as Dziga Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera (1929) and Walter Ruttmann's Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis (1927) and Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand's Manhatta (1921) and I've never seen that done with a place I actually live.

3. I felt very useful for having been able to point a friend on Facebook toward Mesopotamian ghost bribery: "If (you are) in Ulūlu . . . The 24th (is appropriate for getting) a ghost to afflict (a person) «not» binding (a ghost) to a person, «not» entrusting a person's figurines to a dead person (and) giving a ghost water to drink so that he will take (punishment for) a wrong away (with him to the Nether World)." (The extraneous "not"s appear to be apotropaic cancellations, not actually part of the instructions.)

4. The Tumblr part of this post is not so important to me, but the rest of it seems useful: "First thing I want to say is that it is not necessary for fiction to be good for people's mental health."

5. Courtesy of [personal profile] yhlee: queenofbithynia on separating the art from the artist. "an artist, since she is a human being, can learn, grow, repent, change, atone, and so on during her lifetime. but her art, since it is in fact separate from her, cannot and will not grow and improve alongside the artist."

I forgot to mention because the Lambda news knocked me sideways: [personal profile] selkie discovered that I am going to be the reading club book for August of the Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts, a queer book group based out of Annie's Book Stop of Worcester. I had no idea this was happening and am honored. Do I even know anyone in Worcester?
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