I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
One should be ready to dye soon; I'm just letting it dry out in the sun so it isn't too damp. Then to let another dry inside while I go out and run some errands. (Dry after a stinky vinegar bath, by the way. My hands smell of vinegar if they're in close quarters...)
I'll post pictures of the first skein and if it's horribly embarrassing, I'll encourage mocking. If I feel the mocking is too gentle, I shall self-deprecatingly mock it harder.
Still working on the excerpt of Lit Fuse.
"At another, the network insisted that a WASP lawyer be added to the cast to counteract all the Jews."
This is just gross - and something Ellison would have fought against, I think.
"...said of the six-year-old contestants on theWorld’s “Our Little Miss” Variety Pageant, “Mother of god, they all look like hookers!”"
Yeah, that is Ellison.
More than I thought I would. The problem with purchasing the book is that it is a $35 hardcover, I'm assuming it's huge, and I don't really think I'll reread this. I would read it if the library system had it, though.
So I will be basing my vote off the excerpt.
The library doesn't have a copy, and I'm unlikely to purchase this. The Hugo packet provided an excerpt, so I'll probably base my vote on that?
So far, I'm enjoying the introduction by David Gerrold:
"That was Authentic Harlan—not wearing his Harlan suit—just a little old Jewish man who could sit and type. "
Also, I hate it when people say this:
"He is my big brother from another mother."
I just cringe. Laaaame.
As much as I'm enjoying this, and hope to enjoy the book, I don't enjoy much nonfiction, biography included, as much as I enjoy fiction. And to top it off, I'm not invested enough in Ellison to buy a $35 dollar biography on him.
I started on the graphic novels - I want to read Monsteress Volume one before I move onto two and although I don't own volume two of Paper Girls, I do own volume one and want to read that before 3, and volume one of Bitch Planet before I read volume two. But mostly I'm trying to do this in order of the finalist list, if only because I like that kind of orderly process and otherwise I'll just pick up whatever I want and not really even try for the ones I don't think will interest me - and that would be a shame. I've read some damn find things, like River of Teeth, that I thought would not interest me from the description.
So, I went to see Noiserv (version backward, which is why he picked his stage name.) He used to be an engineer. He also plays all the parts - at the same time. We watched him live, where he would play on a loop, start playing another instrument over the loop, loop his voice, sing over his voice loop, play another instrument, and loop it.
It's the most impressive music I've seen live: he has to learn all the instruments, then loop them, and when I said that and that his timing has to be perfect, he laughed and said that when he didn't get it perfectly it didn't go so well. It all sounded absolutely perfect. I walked out with two CDs. His music is repetitive because of the looping, and may not be quite as impressive without seeing this live and just boggling at how he gets it all done, but I also find it incredibly mellow and relaxing while not being as cloying or annoying as I find, say, new age music.
He's billed as a one-man orchestra, and if you get a chance to see him, I suggest you take it. Beautiful music, and a it's a unique experience.
Also, here's his instagram: Noiserv on IG. You can see a little of his set-up there.
And I checked: there was supposed to be a sequel, but two years and I can't find one. I suspect that, sadly, it won't come to be!
"I wonder, if these had been the examples of cyberpunk that were held up to me as the best the subgenre had to o er—instead of Neuromancer, which may be the type and model of cyberpunk but that I bounced o like a ping-pong ball—whether I would still have come away with the impression that cyberpunk was a landscape of juvenile male anarcho-nihilism?"
Huh. All my favorite things are taking a hit here...
It's a review book for the related works category. I forgot Provenance at home and am at the summer house for the rest of the week.
Finishing Provenance and Crash Override will be at the top of my to do list, and this one as well. Another excerpt, and I'm enjoying it more than I usually enjoy nonfiction.
"Perhaps it is in the tradi- tion of cyberpunk, but it doesn’t have the garish obsession with its own cool shit, or the in-your-face swagger I associate with that subgenre."
So the garish obsession with it's own cool shit and the in-your-face swagger of cyberpunk? Liz speaks of them a bit dismissively, and that's okay: they're thing she doesn't like. But she nailed two of the superficial literary kinks I have. I think it's fair to point out because she lists her kinks and there's an argument for subjective reviews - like Liz's - to become conversations where other people point out what they like in the introduction to this book.
I also ordered this from the ILL and it will be my third priority, but right now it's Provenance, Crash Override, Sleeping with Monsters - although I've yet to finish the excerpts/books included in the packet in this category - and then moving onto more Hugo reading.
And I really enjoyed it. I've requested the book from the ILL already.
"For every community of angsty kids who pretend they are secretly vampires, there are seven different forums of white nationalists who sincerely believe that Jewish people are secretly vampires."
Me. The answer would now officially be me.
"Real actresses dodged not-so-real “vampires,” ate blood popsicles, and had their necks pierced by power drills in a display so graphic that it launched a congressional hearing over whether games were ru- ining tiny developing minds like mine."
At this point, I am completely and utterly charmed by this woman. And I wasn't sure I would be when I started.
One of the threats is that he'll behead her 'ugly face'. (By the way, I think she's really pretty, but part of that is her confidence.)
Also, do you know what beheading is, gross guy using this threat?
I knew a lot about the harassment she faced, and felt really badly for her having to endure it all. Reading her memoir?
It's heartbreaking. That poor woman.
And the thing is, she writes really well. She's humble, but brave and courageous, and she writes with a simple elegance.
In other words, this is on hold at the library now.