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sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2019-03-21 11:47 pm

It never hurts to give thanks to the local gods

Today was mostly not enjoyable because my brain imploded on me, figuratively but painfully, but it ended with [personal profile] spatch buying me a flower of pistachio-hazelnut-vanilla gelato in Harvard Square, so that was nice. I spent some time in the evening in a branch of the BPL and left with Benny Lindelauf and Ludwig Volbeda's Tortot, The Cold Fish Who Lost His World and Found His Heart (2017), an illustrated semi-fable about a cynical cook and a youthful half-soldier; it's funny, bittersweet—which is not YA code for crushingly depressing, although any story about the absurdity and horror of war is going to have some non-cheerful aspects even when the warring emperors are obsessed with gherkins and the climax in a besieged city literally takes the cake—and reminded me of Lloyd Alexander and Peter S. Beagle. Some important things happen in the pictures. I did not leave with Ruth Langland Holberg's Tomboy Row (1952), but I was interested that the protagonist's parents spend half the book trying to slim down and feminize their fat, baseball-loving, boy-punching daughter before realizing that they are doing nothing but making her miserable and spend the rest of the book letting her run around and eat whatever she likes and get into trouble all over mid-century Rockport, which she does happily. I loved the cover embossing. If Rowena Carey was a series character, I hope she made it through adolescence without ever having to take ballet lessons or Toni wave her thick dark hair.
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[personal profile] lilysea 2019-03-22 04:26 am (UTC)(link)
Today was mostly not enjoyable because my brain imploded on me, figuratively but painfully

I don't know whether that means headache, Migraine, Anxiety, or Depression, but either way, much empathy and solidarity.

May tomorrow be better.
Edited 2019-03-22 04:27 (UTC)
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[personal profile] thisbluespirit 2019-03-22 08:29 am (UTC)(link)
<3 I am sorry.

Yay for interesting books, however.
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[personal profile] moon_custafer 2019-03-22 01:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I did not leave with Ruth Langland Holberg's Tomboy Row (1952), but I was interested that the protagonist's parents spend half the book trying to slim down and feminize their fat, baseball-loving, boy-punching daughter before realizing that they are doing nothing but making her miserable and spend the rest of the book letting her run around and eat whatever she likes and get into trouble all over mid-century Rockport, which she does happily.

Sometimes the 1950s were not what conservatives would like them to have been.
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[personal profile] selkie 2019-03-22 03:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Gay, you left out the word gay about that embossing. I'm not even sure it subtles its way to queer. I think it's just RF Gay. And I love it.

*hugs* I was eaten, too, but it involved louses. 'Lice' begins to lose something in translation at this point in my parenting career.

May no louse come near you. (If only for logistics, Jesus Christ. )
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[personal profile] sporky_rat 2019-03-22 06:25 pm (UTC)(link)
And now I have sympathetic head itching. Yowzers.

Best of luck in Eradication.
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[personal profile] selkie 2019-03-22 07:20 pm (UTC)(link)
The psychosomatic itching is very real. Very real. Thank you!
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[personal profile] sporky_rat 2019-03-23 05:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I remember sixth grade and my below the butt hair getting shaved.

My current below the butt the hair is sympathetic itching in sympathy.

Fingers utterly crossed. (Here's to all the stuff still working.)
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[personal profile] selkie 2019-03-22 07:06 pm (UTC)(link)
They seem to be indifferent to cats, and the grownups do not have them, but my beautiful hair.
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[personal profile] selkie 2019-03-22 07:19 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes. Tightly tied back, and psychosomatically itching.
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[personal profile] asakiyume 2019-03-22 03:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Both books sound fabulous. I was thinking of Lloyd Alexander too as I was reading your description of the first one, and I'm very happy for the parents' change of heart in the second one.