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Thank you @BookmarkTavern for picking this interesting read for #LMPBC! I lost patience a few times with the alternating storylines and the pacing, but I ended up appreciating how the meaning of the story changes, mirroring the ever-evolving meaning of language. It gave me White Noise by Don DeLillo vibes.

psalva Late as ever, I should have this in the mail today/tomorrow @Bookzombie - as you can see by my suitcase, I‘m on the road, so it‘s a matter of getting to a post office. @Reggie tagging you for good #GroupQ measure! 2w
BookmarkTavern Yeah, I don‘t think the two timelines worked as well in this story as they could have. 👍🏻 2w
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A Guide to the Behavior of Common Birds | Donald W. Stokes, Lillian Q. Stokes
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This book has been an interesting addition to my recent bird-watching frenzy. It‘s the kind of thing that I probably won‘t read straight through but it makes a great reference. It covers 25 common birds and gives an accessible profile of behaviors relating to territory, courtship, nesting, breeding, plumage, seasonal movement, and social behavior. I have gained a new appreciation for many of the birds in my local area already. ⬇️

psalva Bird Depicted: fledgling American Robin. I spotted it while on a walk last weekend. It stood stock still. I was worried it was hurt, but I‘ve been assured that sometimes fledglings will freeze rather than fly off, particularly if they are not confident with their wings yet. I only stopped for a brief photo so I didn‘t scare it more. 1mo
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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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This is the pick for my local LGBTQ+ book club which is meeting tomorrow. The plot was twisty and the characters were interesting. While I felt a bit unsatisfied with some aspects of the story, I think the writing itself was strong. It‘s probably the first time I read a novel with a clearly defined neurodivergent MC. Aster‘s experience of the world is not treated as just a vague label. ⬇️

psalva It is richly explored but also not infantilized, which I appreciated. I‘m really looking forward to the discussion tomorrow! 1mo
Reggie I hope bookclub went well. I‘ve joined 2 since January and it‘s been very good going for me. 1mo
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“With both fiction and birds, I think about existence, the span of life, from conception to birth to survival to death to remembrance by others. I reflect on mortality, the strangeness of it, the inevitability. I do that daily, and not with dread, but with awareness that life contains ephemeral moments, which can be saved in words and images, there for pondering, for reviving the bird and my hear…”⬇️

psalva “When I see a bird that has died, I don‘t accept the sanguine saying, ‘It‘s the circle of life.‘ It is good to mourn and wish it weren‘t so.” 1mo
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I really enjoyed this read. It‘s one of those books that wasn‘t on my radar at all, and I‘m thankful to @Reggie for picking it for #LMPBC. The characters were all loveable, even the unlikeable ones/ones who had very little page time, and I found the ending so charming. I also found the writing extremely insightful about aspects of gay life, particularly the clash between “respectability” and public or open lifestyles. ⬇️ #catsoflitsy

psalva I think I may bring this to one of my local queer book clubs at some point. @BookmarkTavern 2mo
psalva @Bookzombie This is in the mail as of today. So sorry I‘m getting it out to you so late! My life these past two weeks has been messy. 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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Bookzombie @psalva That‘s totally okay. 🙂 Your cat is so sweet! 1mo
Reggie lol, I loved the part where Colin and Jock got in a fight and I just thought, right before the knife throwing show?!!! I‘m glad you liked it, Peter. 😊 1mo
Bookzombie I got the book a couple of days ago. 🙂 1mo
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My Saturday morning coffee read. I‘m about halfway through, and I‘m hoping to finish it this weekend. #LMPBC #GroupQ

Reggie Hope you like it! 2mo
BookmarkTavern I‘m so excited! 2mo
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This Greek comic follows Zoe, a baker, who decides to take time away from work to vacation with a guy she meets. My comprehension of what happens is a bit vague because some of the language was beyond my grasp, but essentially she ends up regretting her decision. The title refers to a scene where customers dreamily reflect about Zoe‘s absence from the bakery for so long. “The croissants are not the same…” I will reread this when I have more vocab.

Reggie I think it‘s amazing you can almost read in a different language 2mo
psalva @Reggie I am just as amazed! The more I learn the more determined I am to keep going with it. But to be honest it‘ll be a while before I can read without at least one Internet tab open and a dictionary next to me :) 2mo
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This graded reader in Greek had quite a melodramatic story. The title asks “Who is A.M.,” and the story follows Katerina, a radio producer, and Manolis, a record store clerk, as they try to solve the mystery of who is threatening the singer Anna Vardi with death if she sings in public again… woah! Anyways, the format of the reader/supplemental materials were great and I learned some useful new words. I will probably reread this for practice also.

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Song and Garden Birds of North America | National Geographic Society (U.S.), Alexander Wetmore
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Today‘s #weirdword is for the birds. Gorget refers to a piece of armor protecting the throat, but it is also a common word to describe the patch of feathers on hummingbird necks. Having lived on the east coast of the US all my life, I have never seen any hummingbirds apart from the Ruby-throated, but I discovered the Cornell Lab Bird Cams the other day and now I‘m obsessed with watching them zoom and hover in all their iridescent splendor. ⬇️

CBee Eek! My absolute favorite bird and I LOVE the webcams Cornell does ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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Ell?nika t?ra ena kai ena | D?m?tra D?m?tra, Marineta Papacheim?na
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Really nerding out for this #weirdwordsWednesday. While doing my Greek homework this morning I came across the word τσιπούρα. Having been to a Greek distillery before, I thought this was the word for what some people know as “raki,” an anise-flavored alcoholic beverage (which is apparently the national drink of Turkey!). The problem was it was on a list of things you can buy from a fisherman. (See comments for more explanation.)⬇️
@CBee

psalva Confused, I looked it up and was puzzled to see it defined as “daurade,” another new word for me. I looked that up (sigh) and learned it is a type of sea bream. Okay, all was explained. I‘m glad I learned the difference between τσιπούρα and τσίπουρο. Only one letter and a shifted accent between them. Now I won‘t order the wrong thing if I go back to Greece! 2mo
CBee Down a bit of a rabbit hole with this one, hmm? 😂🤓 2mo
psalva @CBee Definitely 🤣 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence Languages are so cool! 2mo
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Much ADO about Nothing | William Shakespeare
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A comedy in which tragedy is narrowly avoided by manipulating others into thinking that a tragedy has occurred. Hmm…quite interesting. Leonato‘s soliloquy in Act V, Scene I was the most effective part to me, full of seeming anguish despite the fact he knows his daughter isn‘t dead- the real emotion seems to come from her ruined reputation. ⬇️

psalva All the drama easily avoidable via a few simple conversations of course, but I suspended disbelief and enjoyed the ride in the end. It‘s been a while since I‘ve read a Shakespeare play and this was an interesting one to dip back into. 2mo
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This took me a long time to read, esp. for a graphic novel. Vellekoop uses the graphic memoir format to chronicle his life, growing up in a conservative Christian family, his growth into an artist and his coming out/dating experiences. Most of the second half draws on his long-term struggles with depression, as well as his journey to eventual self-acceptance and expression in middle age. There are long scenes lifted from counseling sessions.⬇️

psalva The depiction of his experience with therapy, despair, and depression are raw and chaotic- in other words, quite realistic to my eyes. This made for a drawn out reading experience. In the end there is happiness for Vellekoop but I almost didn‘t want to go through the airing of his trauma to get there. I‘m glad I read his- the art and color are outstanding- but I don‘t think this is for everyone. (edited) 2mo
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Gods of Want: Stories | K-Ming Chang
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More and more it‘s the feeling that a book gives me which is what I remember most. If it‘s a particularly powerful or emotional reading experience, I cherish it long after I forget the characters‘ names or other details. This is a book that will leave a lasting mark. Chang‘s imaginative, haunting writing really impressed me. I wanted to underline every sentence. ⬇️

psalva It was full of recurring imagery but it felt fresh throughout, always revealing new connections. I can‘t wait to hear what #GroupQ thinks! #LMPBC @Reggie @BookmarkTavern . @Bookzombie I‘ll have this in the mail tomorrow and hopefully it‘ll be with you in the next few days. Sorry for the delay! 3mo
Bookzombie No worries! I will have plenty of time to read it. 🙂 3mo
Reggie I‘m excited to read this. I spent part of my day with a friend and Barnes and Nobles going through the stacks saying this one destroyed me, this one made me cry for the last 200 pages, this one, I couldn‘t see through my tears. Lolol let‘s do this. 3mo
Bookzombie @psalva I‘m sorry I forgot to tell you I got your book last week. 🙂 2mo
psalva @Bookzombie No worries. Glad it arrived okay ☺️ 2mo
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I picked this book up for a bit of research on a short story I‘m writing and I‘m learning a lot (and becoming a bit more paranoid with each page). One cyber, or information, security term that came up is “zero-days.” These are flaws in software or hardware which make every user around the world vulnerable. They‘re named because the targets of attack have zero days to come up with a defense. These are scary! #weirdwords #weirdwordWednesdays
@CBee

Bookwormjillk If you‘re researching cyber I highly recommend the cyber wire daily podcast. So informative/scary. 3mo
psalva @Bookwormjillk Thanks for the recommendation! A lot of things are really over my head. I can use all the insight I can get. 3mo
Bookwormjillk @psalva that‘s why I like cyber wire. It‘s just a little bit a day and after a while it starts to make sense. 3mo
CBee Ooo, that is pretty scary 😨 Thanks for sharing! 3mo
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Recently I started volunteering one day a week at the history center for my county, hoping to glean some experience in archiving work. My goal, besides helping out, is to see if I like it enough to pursue a degree in library or archival science. So far, it‘s amazing and right up my alley! Anyways, this book is coming in handy as I begin indexing the history center newsletter for easy searching. Any Litsy archivists out there? #archives #history

Reggie Good for you, Peter! 3mo
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The Tin Flute | Gabrielle Roy
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I‘m bailing on this a bit more than 50% through. This was on a books to read before you die list, and I can see the merit of its place there. Unfortunately, several unlikable characters and the misery of the plot are just too depressing for me to continue. I‘m grateful for learning about the author and this book‘s place in inspiring the quiet revolution, and I‘m ultimately glad I picked it up, but it‘s just not for me right now.

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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Gods of Want: Stories | K-Ming Chang
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I‘ve settled on this for #LMPBC #GroupQ. I‘m in the midst of reading it, and loving it. I hope to be finished in the next few days so I can send it off.
@Reggie @Bookzombie @BookmarkTavern

BookmarkTavern That is such a gorgeous cover! 💖 3mo
Reggie Yay!!! Looking forward to it. 3mo
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People Change | Vivek Shraya
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I‘m a big Vivek Shraya fan, despite this being only the second book of hers I‘ve read (The Subtweet was the other and it was incredible). This collection of essays is a celebration of change and reinvention. I found the discussion about labels being “choices I make for the comprehension and comfort of others,” to be an interesting reframing. ⬇️

psalva There were some portions that got a bit too self-helpy for my taste, but the book as a whole gets at important questions of identity. I‘m sure it will lead to thought-provoking discussion at the LGBTQ+ book club I‘m facilitating tomorrow. (edited) 3mo
Reggie Yay for bookclubs. I‘m 3 months into this one where I‘m the youngest by 15 years and it gives me LIFE! Hope it went well. 3mo
psalva @Reggie This was only the second meeting of this one, and it‘s off to a slow start. Three people came, including me and my partner, but the discussion was great actually. I‘m hoping we get at least a few more next time but a small number feels cozy and more relaxed in a way. Does your book club have a theme? 3mo
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I haven‘t finished a book in a few weeks, but today I‘m celebrating my ever growing currently reading stack. I‘ve posted a bunch about the White essays and Walden which have taken a backseat to some library volumes. A common theme of some in this stack is refugee, migrant, and immigrant experiences. Tin Flute has been my melancholy bedtime reading, and People Change is my pick for the LGBTQ+ book club I‘m facilitating next week. Huzzah!

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A late night #weirdwordwednesday. A malaphor, or a mixed idiom is when two idioms are mixed with a comic result. They remind me of malapropisms. I meant to come up with a few of my own but didn‘t have much creative energy. Has anyone got any other funny ones? #weirdwords @CBee

CBee I‘ll have to think on this - never even knew it existed! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
BookmarkTavern Marvelous! 4mo
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“Readers and writers should not deceive themselves that literature changes the world. Literature changes the world of readers and writers, but literature does not change the world until people get out of their chairs, go out into the world, and do something to transform the conditions of which the literature speaks.”
This book is the community read for my town this year. So far I‘m finding it thought provoking and bracing.

Cuilin Fabulous quote. Great choice for a community read. Stacked. 4mo
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Dreadnought | April Daniels
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All right, Group Q. Here‘s what I‘ve got. The tagged is a YA trans superhero novel. Hola Papi is NF, sort of a memoir I believe (?). Brickmakers is tragic gay love I think. Manhunt is trans dystopian horror. Gods of Want is short stories in a fabulist style. I‘ve got other options if we‘re not feeling any of these. These are kind of the first that came to my hand. Let me know. @Reggie @Bookzombie @BookmarkTavern

Bookzombie Hi! Any of these would be great. It looks like I have had Dreadnought on my TBR for a while though. 🙂 4mo
Reggie I have read the Hola Papi and Manhunt BUT I loved both and wouldn‘t mind rereading either if you have your heart set on one of them. 4mo
BookmarkTavern I‘ve read Dreadnought a while ago, but wouldn‘t mind rereading it! And the rest all look great! 4mo
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Boys Weekend | Mattie Lubchansky
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This was a wild, strange read. It took me a while to sink into what was happening. I think the terror-filled, apocalyptic, other-worldly weekend away resonated with me in the end as an excellent metaphor for what it can feel like when queer people of many stripes are in extended situations when they have to pretend to be something they aren‘t and accept all manner of uncomfortable and inappropriate situations to survive. Was this over the top? ⬇️

psalva Yes. But in the end I enjoyed it and I feel like it has something interesting to say. That‘s a win for me. 4mo
Reggie I love that she was saved by her other self. Glad you like it! 4mo
psalva @Reggie I agree- I loved that ending! 4mo
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Swimming in the Dark | Tomasz Jedrowski
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This was a gorgeous book. Jedrowski manages to invoke the aura of Giovanni‘s Room without being tedious or derivative. The writing is incredibly sensitive to the complexity of the characters‘ relationships, and is full of poignant descriptions of the MC‘s internal life. The author chose to write in English, not his first language, because it allowed him to channel his own voice and not feel like his parents were speaking through him. ⬇️

psalva This works brilliantly. Jedrowski‘s writing is so rich! This might end up being a best book of the year for me. 4mo
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Saw some delightful news today that the 20th album of one of my favorite songsters, Chris Smither, is set to be released in May. I saw him live in November and he played one of his new songs called Down in Thibodaux. It‘s full of words that rhyme with the title: bateau, chapeau, crapaud, and fais-dodo, a typically Louisianan evening country dance. I had to share my enthusiasm for these delightful words on #weirdwordWednesday. #weirdwords @CBee ⬇️

psalva For anyone interested, a music video for the song dropped today as well. Here‘s a link: https://smither.com/news/ 4mo
CBee Oooo, very cool 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
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Swimming in the Dark | Tomasz Jedrowski
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“I thought of the photographer and his courage, imagining how the photo had made it out of the country: a roll of film smuggled into West Germany… Anonymous figures trapped on the wrong side of history, compressed and rolled up inside a stranger‘s pocket. No matter what happens in the world, however brutal or dystopian a thing, not all is lost if there are people out there risking themselves to document it. Little sparks cause fires too.”

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Starter Villain | John Scalzi
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This was a fun read, my first Scalzi. The only reason it‘s not fully a pick for me is my own mood. Normally, I would have enjoyed the snark, the Hitchhiker‘s Guide-ness of it. However, I just haven‘t been in the mood for the light tone that this delivers. Also, I‘m miffed that my own cats haven‘t delivered the way Hera does for Charlie. They haven‘t made it past the plotting stage as far as I‘m aware. Pictured-Jack, mid-plot. #catsoflitsy

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
Reggie Lol 4mo
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Another end-of-month DNF. This started off strong with a strange loop of a story about a cell phone, a voice mail, and a suspicious stranger in a mall. I set it down after a story about slaughtering chickens. Today I went back for another try and the story I landed on seemed overly tedious, a description of carvings on a sarcophagus. I feel like Sims tried for atmosphere and shock based on the stories I tried, and nothing is drawing me in further.

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Tracks | Louise Erdrich
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This is a bail for me. I just wasn‘t connecting with it this time around, but I will probably give it another chance eventually. Erdrich‘s writing is generally quite good. Under normal circumstances, I think I would have enjoyed this. Perhaps because this is a prequel and I haven‘t read Love Medicine, or perhaps because of the magical realism elements which made me feel a bit distant from the characters, I just wasn‘t feeling it.
#catsoflitsy

dabbe #hailthebail! 🩶🖤🩶 + 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Toe beans, belly floofs and beautiful big eyes 🥰🥰🥰🥰💕💕 5mo
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Saga Vol. 9 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I mean, the cliffhanger is real. This might be one of my favorite volumes so far, I think because of the intertwining of the various plot threads and their culmination. This series has so many memorable moments. My favorites are the emotional, reflective asides Hazel offers, and the ones in this volume really tug at the heartstrings.

psalva @TieDyeDude I‘m getting the other volumes from the library tomorrow. I can‘t imagine waiting longer! 5mo
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On Community | Casey Plett
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A low pick, but thought-provoking. This shorty is one of the newest in Biblioasis‘ Field Notes series. Plett does a good job of exploring possible definitions of community, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of communities. She explores online camaraderie, “third places,” Mennonite communities, queer spaces/groups, and much more. It raises a lot of questions without answering them, embracing ambiguity. ⬇️

psalva In the end, it was a bit scattered for me, but I am happy to have read it. I‘ve never read Plett‘s fiction but I think based on her writing here, I will want to go there next. 5mo
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On Community | Casey Plett
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“What if we had social media platforms that might eventually meld into the fabric of a life in a less inflammatory, more convivial way, in a way that one day might leave us going ‘Water, what the hell is water?‘”
In reference to a David Foster Wallace anecdote about fish. Some young fish pass an old fish who says, “Morning boys, how‘s the water?” One young fish replies, “What the hell is water?”

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Saga, Vol. 8 (Saga, #8) | Brian K. Vaughan
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Another solid addition to the series. My reading across the board has slowed down in ways. I‘ve got a stack of books on the go and I‘m dipping in and out of them all. As a result, there are some character names and minor details in this series that I‘m starting to forget. To combat that, I started keeping a note on what happens in each of the volumes, which is helpful. Not much else to say. Great writing and arresting visuals as usual.

TieDyeDude This was probably my least favorite volume so far. I binged the first seven volumes. This was the first one I had to wait to be released, and I remember having the same thought that it was a little harder to follow. Still great, just a little less great 😉 5mo
psalva @TieDyeDude Ah, that makes sense! I didn‘t put two and two together that this was the one after the break. That must have really been a dramatic cliffhanger! I‘ve got volume nine out from the library and I think 10,11 on hold and then I should be caught up (I think…). 5mo
TieDyeDude I had to wait for volume 8 just because of when I started reading. The break came after volume 9 (you'll see). But, yes, Volume 11 is the newest 5mo
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Essays of E. B. White | E. B. White
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There‘s been a few #weirdwords sprinkled throughout White‘s essays, but a recent one that I never heard before was the phrase “shoe hockeys.” I tried searching the term but it was unproductive. I‘m thinking he‘s either describing skates that you attach to the bottoms of shoes or, as he mentions later in the paragraph, a pair of skates. Anyone else heard this phrase before? Is it a retronym? @dabbe
#weirdwordWednesdays @CBee

dabbe Good question! I tried to research too, and the best I can see are in the “olden“ days, kids could put blades under their shoes. This has to be before official hockey skates. And I'd say yes to the retronym because hockey skates differ from skates, which differ from shoes on skates. Am I making any sense? I've only had 1 cup of coffee, so maybe not. 😂 5mo
psalva @dabbe That makes perfect sense. It‘s interesting because the essay this is from was written in 1958- admittedly I didn‘t check when modern hockey skates were invented but it seems late to me somehow. That‘s what made me think of the retronym :) words are twisty sometimes! 5mo
CBee @dabbe that makes sense to me 😁 @psalva 5mo
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I absolutely loved this graphic memoir! 10/10 The incredible artwork accentuates how Summers‘ pregnancy pushed her out of her comfort zone in so many different ways, challenging her perception of herself and the people around her constantly. I really appreciated the depictions of each stage of the pregnancy, from DIY home insemination, through birthing classes, to the birth of her son. Add to that a marvelous sense of humor. Just wonderful!

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“‘Actually Mr. Duggins, I have gained weight—the reason is that I‘m going to have a baby.‘ Does anyone else have conversations like this with your landlord? … My privacy was gone.”

In the intro to this graphic memoir, Summers writes about the positive shift in public attitudes towards homosexuality and trans people. ⬇️

psalva While the difference between 2003 and 2013 when the intro was written may have been net positive, I‘m finding myself thinking of the things that have been and can still be taken away, and the things left to fight for. 5mo
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Essays of E. B. White | E. B. White
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“Events carry us rapidly in directions tangential to our true desires…Perhaps success in the future will depend partly on our ability to generate cheap power, but I think it will depend to a greater extent on our ability to resist a technological formula that is sterile…There is more to these rocks than uranium; their is the lichen on the rock, the smell of the fern whose feet are upon the rock, the view from the rock.”
-1956

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Art after Stonewall, 1969-1989 | Jonathan Weinberg
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“Gober‘s closet is a hinge point, arriving twenty years after Marsha P. Johnson and company rioted at the Stonewall Inn and in the midst of the AIDS crisis. It opens to nothing, nowhere. There is no place to hide. Nothing in it, too- no collared shirts, no ties, no pressed trousers draped on hangers. It is empty because I have left it.”
from the essay “Robert Gober” by Andrew Durbin

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Roaming | Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki
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This dynamic graphic novel brought back many bittersweet memories of my own trips to NYC in high school/college with friends. The energy that the authors bring to the page with their artwork/story captures so much of what it‘s like to be in the city, the motion of the traffic and subway, the smells and lights, the unexpected connections/interactions with strangers. ⬇️

psalva The trip brings out insecurities in the characters and affects them and their relationships in perhaps unexpected ways. I love the way a short vacation to NYC can be a snapshot of a pivotal moment in the characters‘ lives and such a subtle portrayal of the ways friendships shift. 6mo
Megabooks Stacked! 6mo
batsy I found it so enjoyable too! And good on how messy those relationships can get. 6mo
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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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First book of the year! I found Jemisin‘s writing to be very precise and evocative on a sentence level. I love how she played with the characters‘ knowledge and how it is revealed. The urban fantasy elements were sort of reminiscent of Gaiman‘s writing but Jemisin‘s voice is unique. I can‘t wait for the sequels! P.S. I returned my copy to the library so the photo is a tessellation I folded appropriately called “Suction,” apropos of the antagonist.

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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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This morning I‘m trying to speed through the end of the tagged so I can return it to the library. Just in time for #weirdwordsWednesday, I found the word gormless, which I had never heard before. I guess it stems from a dialect noun “gaum,” which can mean understanding or attention. Throw in a spelling change and the current meaning makes sense. Still, I‘m surprised I‘ve never noticed it in British literature I‘ve read. #weirdwords @CBee

CBee New to me! Thanks for sharing 😊 6mo
Bookwomble This is a common dialect word in north west England, and sometimes I think it must be my true name, as I seem to hear it a lot when my wife's around😄 5mo
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Saga Vol. 7 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Following the reunion of the family, I knew everything would go downhill eventually. After all, that is the nature of a tragic war story like this. Nonetheless, I was not prepared for the gut punches in this volume!

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Saga, Volume 6 | Brian K Vaughan
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The series continues strong with great storytelling and compelling characters. There‘s never a dull moment!

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Saga, Volume 6 | Brian K Vaughan
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“…but anyone who thinks one book has all the answers hasn‘t read enough books.”
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Walden and Civil Disobedience | Henry David Thoreau
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For today‘s #weirdwordswednesday I wanted to share the phrase “superfluous glowshoes.” Thoreau is writing here about the futility of keeping more things than needed around one‘s house. I was simultaneously delighted and puzzled by this phrase, and glad for a footnote which clarifies that Thoreau meant galoshes. But come on! Who doesn‘t want a pair of superfluous glowshoes? What a delightful phrase! #weirdwords @CBee

CBee I would LOVE a pair of glowshoes. Superfluous or otherwise 😂😁 6mo
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On Community | Casey Plett
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“…if I hear the term the trans community without further clarifying context, it‘s impossibly abstract to me, even as tiny and specific a group as we are… One economical solution I use in my own personal life is the phrase my [X] communities. To say ‘my trans communities‘ or ‘my writer communities‘ implies something more accurate and specific yet leaves room for heterogeneity. There‘s an understanding of internal range built into it.”

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My morning activities today: lazy reading, coffee, and maybe some crochet, my newest hobby. My reading has slowed down a lot as the year progressed, but I‘m refusing to see that as a bad thing. It‘s been deeper and more meaningful in many ways. Still, it‘s a mystery to me that I tend to read less when I start having more time off of work for the holidays. This morning‘s mood is an anomaly.
#craftersoflitsy #crochet

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Frog Music: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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This novel, a historical fiction, takes a look at the figure of Jeanne Bonnet, a frog-catcher, cast here as a woman who cross dresses and, by doing so, lives the life of an outlaw in 1876 San Francisco. The novel is about Bonnet‘s murder but follows Blanche, a danseuse working as a sex worker/burlesque dancer. Donoghue‘s writing choices didn‘t always appeal to me. She writes in 3rd person present, and she alternates between the past/present. ⬇️

psalva The mix between time jumps and the use of present tense got confusing a few times. Donoghue often clarifies what the date is and that took me out of the story sometimes, trying to reorient myself. Also, at times I couldn‘t tell if this was trying to be a mystery. While the fictional solution Donoghue chooses for the murder is interesting, I was more interested in the characters than the who-done-it. ⬇️ 6mo
psalva In the end, however, I found this thought provoking. There will be a lot to discuss in the book club I‘m facilitating in January about this. The historical context of San Francisco in the 1870s, complete with anti-Chinese sentiment, a smallpox epidemic, riots, and bohemian characters is fascinating. And I like Donoghue‘s writing just enough to look for her other work. 6mo
TieDyeDude Sounds like very detailed writing; makes sense that time jumps would muddy the waters a bit. I feel like the troupe of alternative between two different time periods is getting a bit worn out. 6mo
psalva @TieDyeDude For me I guess it depends how it‘s done, but I think I agree. Reading this, I often had a hard time seeing why it was necessary. I think part of it was to create suspense about who committed the murder, but I think just having one flashback and going forward from there would have worked just as well. Too much back and forth just gets jarring most of the time. 6mo
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Frog Music: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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When I ordered my copy of the tagged, I didn‘t realize it was large print. At first, when it arrived, I was a bit annoyed- larger book, more unwieldy. However, now that I‘m halfway through I must say that it is much easier on my eyes. I‘ve always worn glasses, but with my work as a transcriber and using a cell phone, I have noticed my eyes straining to focus after too much screen time. The large print is a relief and has made me less strained. ⬇️

psalva Not sure I‘m at the point where I‘ll seek it out, but I‘m going to be more open to reading large print in the future I think. 6mo
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Essays of E. B. White | E. B. White
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“I have no sharp taste for acquiring things, but it is not necessary to desire things in order to acquire them. Goods and chattels seek a man out; they find him even though his guard is up. Books and oddities arrive in the mail. Gifts arrive on anniversaries and fête days…Under ordinary circumstances, the only stuff that leaves a home is paper trash and garbage; everything else stays on and digs in.”
#booksandoddities