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37. Palladian Elizabeth Taylor f, virago ***1/2 (Virago per month)✔
38. Arjun and the Good Snake Rick Harschmemoir **** (LT author)
39. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever James Tiptree, Jr ss-sf **** (Tiptree gala)
40. Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace contemp F *****(TBR shelves)✔
41. The Wise Man's Fear Patrick Rothfuss ****1/2 (TBR shelves)✔
April Summary: 5 total. 1 nonfiction, 4 fiction. Further breakdown: 1 Virago, 1 contemporary fiction, 1 science fiction, 1 memoir, 1 fantasy. Gender breakdown: 2 women (Tiptree was a woman, Alice Sheldon and 3 men.
-The most important read of 2012 is Infinite Jest which is a book that stands alone. It is very likely to remain the most important read too.
-Although it appears I read very little, I completed two books either close to or over 1000 pages, the Wallace and the Rothfuss.
-I also read my first e-book Rick Harsch's memoir Arjun and the Good Snake. -I fell apart completely over the NYers, so I'm starting May with a serious handicap.
-My energies have been scattered all over the map this month and my reading reflects that fact. I have no idea what May will bring. Probably more chaos, I suspect!
"What's My Excuse" Books Acquired in April. This is just plain scary this month although I have a VERY GOOD EXCUSE - I bought most of these books as presents for the spouse who shares my taste for F and SF...... I'll mark those books with a *. 8 of the books were given to me for some work I did, more than a few were not bought new, and as for the rest? I beg for mercy!
This list is repeated in May - reflects total of the two months.
1. Up the Walls of the World James Tiptree, Jr. (for a Tiptree reading gala) SS-SF
2. Arjun and the Good Snake Rick Harsch read immediately. E-book. memoir
3. Say Goodnight to Insomnia Gregg D. Jacobs bought for my spouse. NF
4. City of Dragons Robin Hobb fantasy*
6. Dragon Haven Robin Hobb Fantasy*
7 The Crystal Variations Sharon Lee Steve Miller (three novels in one) SF*
8 Lens of the World - Book One R.A. MacAvoy *
9.Ember and Ash Pamela Freeman fantasy*
10. The Atrocity Archives Charles Stross sf*
11.Saturn's Children Charles Stross sf*
12. Warbreaker Brandon Sanderson fantasy*
13. Teach Us to Sit Still Tim Parks meditation*
14. The Pale King David Foster Wallace contemp f
15. Cream of Kohlrabi Floyd Skloot ss gift
16.Nothing Can Make Me Do This David Huddle contemp f gift
17. A God in the House Ilya Kaminsky essays gift
18. Babel's Moon Brandon Som Poems gift
19. Phyla of Joy Karen Lee poems gift
20. After Urgency Rusty Morrison poems gift
21. Intimate: An American Family Photo Album Paisly Rekdal gift
22. Ragnarok A.S. Byatt f *
23. The Ares Express Ian MacDonaldsf *
24. Fall of Thanes Brian Ruckley fantasy*
25. The Town that Food Saved Ben Hewitt gift
1. The New Yorker: December 2011, 3 issues (one double)
2. Coventry Helen Humphreys F *****✔
3. The Reavers of Skaith Leigh Brackett Book 3 SF ****1/2 for the trilogy
4. Ender's Game Orson Scott Card SF ****1/2
5. Ender's Shadow Orson Scott Card SF ****
6. Bad Magic Stephan Zielinski Urban fantasy***✔
7. The Moon Pool A. Merritt Adventure/fantasy/SF classic 1919 ****
8. Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte ♬/Reread F
9. The Name of the Wind Patrick Rothfuss ***** Fantasy✔
10.The Man Who Loved China Simon Winchester history ♬ ****
11.She Drove Without Stopping Jaimy Gordon F **** 1/2✔
12. One Way of Love Gamel Woolsey ****1/4 Virago fiction✔
13. The New Yorker: January, 5 issues
14. The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi Susan Ichi Su Moon***** humor
15. ♬ The Mistress's Daughter A.M. Homes memoir ****
16. The Pride of Chanur C.J. Cherryh Bk 1 SF ****1/2
17. Mrs Ames E. F. Benson F ****✔
18. ♬ Nation Terry Pratchett F (alternate uni)
19. Chanur's Legacy C.J. Cherryh Bk 4 SF ****1/2
20. The Thief of Time: Philosophical Essays on Procrastination Chrisoula Andreou, ed NF ****
21. Chanur's Venture C.J. Cherryh Bk 2 SF ****
22.♬ The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris David McCullough NF ****
23.God's Philosophers James Hannam NF ****
24.The Kif Strike Back C.J. Cherrryh Bk 3 SF ****1/2
25.Chanur's Homecoming C.J. Cherryh bk 4 sf ****1/2
26.The Magician King Lev Grossman fantasy ****✔
27. Dave Barry's Complete Guide to Guys Dave Barry ****
28. Iris John Bayley Memoir ****1/2✔
29. February New Yorkers: 3 issues
30. The Highly Sensitive Person Elaine Aron Pysch/Self Help ***3/4
31. The Hidden Life of Deer Elizabeth Marshall Thomas ****1/2 Natural History
32. Something Rotten Jasper Fforde mys ****✔
33. Packing For Mars Mary Roach space travel *****
34. Bossypants Tina Fey memoir ***1/2
35. ♬ Life Keith Richards autobio *****
36. March New Yorkers.
March Summary: 7 books in all, 1 fiction, 6 non-fiction. (Rest is NYers)
Breakdown: 1 mystery, 3 memoirs, 1 popular psychology, 2 science nature
Broader picture: 4 by women, 3 by men.
-As unusual as the mild March weather is the fact that I finished only one novel. This is a deceptive stat this month as I am, in fact, reading a very long and demanding novel, Infinite Jest and am over 3/4 of the way through it. There has been a lot of fiction reading, just not a lot of fiction finishing....
-Thus the skew towards non-fiction is a corrective to the intense fiction reading and I chose mostly shorter, fairly easy reads as far from the world of DFW as I could get - except - the Keith Richards which resonated. I can 'totally' see Don Gately (from IJ) as one of Richards bodyguards and buddies.
-I liked all the books I read, the Aron the least, but it was a useful book, didn't read it for enjoyment.
"What's my Excuse?" OR Books Acquired in March: (new category)
1.Mythologies Roland Barthes for group read
2.Troubles J.G. Farrell gift!
3.Her Smoke Rose Up Forever James Tiptree, jr I'm on a Tiptree binge.
4. The Safety of Objects A.M. Homes follow-up on the memoir, plus this book of SS has the famous Barbie story that DFW admired
5. The Bell Iris Murdoch Follow-up after reading Bayley memoir
6.Nobody's Angel Thomas McGuane -I've been loving his short stories in the NYer. (And believe me, I don't like very many.)
7. The Art of Time in Fiction Joan Silber recommended by another writer friend!
So I'm just keeping my nose above water, more books read than acquired, jes barely.
✔ Ilana uses her checkmark to indicate 'books off the shelf'. I find that an excellent notion, so I am adopting it. To qualify as a 'book off the shelf' or a TBR the book has to have resided on the shelf for at least a year.
Good morning, Lucy! Something Rotten as a mystery? I guess it is, after all, and that made it fit into the Mystery March category. Lovely new thread you have here, and of course, Posey to decorate it--how much fun are you having with her?
A very silly, literary mystery - I mean, she is a detective, sort of, right?
New thread - congrats! I like the new category "What's my Excuse?" I love to see what people are tempted by, but to see the reason for acquiring it listed is icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing!
2: Nobody's Angel Thomas McGuane
"What's My Excuse?" : I think maybe I could use this too... My excuse yesterday was I needed two books for future LT and RL group reads, so I added another seven to fill up the order, definition of "fill" entirely manufactured in my own mind.
I may have seen something like that (or close to it) on somebody else's thread and thought, oh, what a good idea!!!!!!!
I've gone bananas in April, I'm afraid, buying books for 2 family birthdays...... almost all books that I plan to read sometime or other.
Congrats on the new thread Lucy. I don't know whether you'll get to read Troubles soon, but I definitely recommend it. I'll be buying the next book in the trilogy, The Singapore Grip soon no doubt. You're doing well as far as book-buying. So far, I've bought four times as many books as I've read from my shelves, yikes!
I just watched the last episode from season 1 of Black Books a few minutes ago. I don't remember who was first to recommend it, but I want to thank all who did. It's a very funny show and has been making me giggle even through very bad mood days, which is saying a lot. I compromised and am watching it streamed on my laptop, which is better than paying through the nose or not being able to watch at all!
I'm late in saying this, but I like that you're counting your New Yorker reading towards your yearly goal; I think it's great that we all choose what counts and what doesn't according to our own preference, and if I can count children's books, then literary magazines should count for double!
Happy New Thread!
I wish that I really, truly believed that buying new books when you have a zillion unread doesn't need an excuse. I guess I'll just continue to sin boldly.
Lucy - congratulations on the new thread. Took me a little while to work out the photo at the top - good shot nd an unusual angle to say the least.
At least your "excuses" make literary sense and are completely valid!
My excuses would be... loved the cover, great condition and cheap, needed to spend another $15.04 to avoid shipping costs, think I remember someone rec this one, want to get another package in the mail, etc. Well, sometimes I do have better "excuses" that fall more into the "excellent reasons" category.
Silly, Posey! So cute!
I've been adding up the "excess dollars" spent on Kindle books in light of today's Justice Dept lawsuit & the partial settlement. I may end up being able to recoup a portion of the $500 or so above the $9.99 price Amazon contends it would have charged -- cool beans! Enough for a few months' worth of books....
Happy New Thread!
Ilana, I've just finished streaming the first series of Black Books too since I was reminded of it here. Although i knew the show, I'd probably only seen a few episodes ever. It's a very funny treat to be able to watch them all...
I love thinking of us all enjoying Bernard behaving badly! He certainly is good at it.
Suz - that is so great!!!!!!
Driving myself nuts this morning looking for a thread I read yest. that mentioned big white ducks in their own nearby waterway, I was reading in a rush, no time to write anything..... -- that would be mergansers - the females have lovely rust-covered heads with punky spikes.... in case you stop by and are still wondering....
Not sure what thread, but love Mergansers! And Buffleheads! Here's the Common Merganser:
Hi, just dropping in to visit the new thread and not get left behind :)
What I am supposedly reading:
April New Yorkers: 4 issues, 4 to go.
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever James Tiptree, Jr ss-sf
The Art of Time in Fiction Joan Silber writing craft
Mythologies Roland Barthes semiotics/philosophy
James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon Julie Phillips bio (early woman sf writer)
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace contemp F
Since I don't seem to be finishing anything these days, let me report on what I am reading..... or not reading as the case may be. i've got 3 NYers piled up, haven't even opened a cover, nor have I done much with the Barthes lately -- it's supposedly a group read (on another group) only I seem to be the only person actually reading and commenting on it, so I'm taking a break - it's quite enjoyable but off and on dated (essays about underlying significances and cultural memes, I guess, you could say, summarizing). The Barthes is relevant to the DFW I'm gallantly reading, Infinite Jest - so that's good - which latter book I've been playing catch-up in with the copious footnotes (they really are part of the text, have to be read) which are in fiendishly small print and even have their own footnotes.... even smaller..... I've no time, at the mo' for, the Art of Time in Fiction although I will get to it when I've finished Jest. Finally what I am probably turning to the most are the Tiptree books - the bio and the short stories -- Tiptree was an sf writer, who was really Alice Sheldon. Her life and her stories are compelling.
Infinite Jest should count as at least 4 books, but I won't be doing that. But that is the real equivalency in reading and committment. 4 densely complicated books of 350 pages each.
Oh, Lucy! You are going to be so proud of yourself when you get those done - that's a lot of "densely complicated" at one time. Perhaps you should throw in something just for fun - you need some brain candy!!
* Love those Mergansers above - I have never seen those before. They are so beautiful!
22: April New Yorkers: 4 issues, 4 to go.
Me too, though I'm maybe halfway through 1. Also, April has 5 Mondays...
Ellen -- ha ha!!!
Other Ellen, who is months behind on her New Yorkers :-P
I do think about canceling, but the truth is, I just like to whine about the NYer - I get something out of it - exposure.
Vacuuming the corgi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=y9y22VID_3w. The corgi has a blog too: http://corbinism.corgiaddict.com/.
Corgis shed A LOT! It's brilliant she managed to teach him to endure that! That is a deliciously funny clip! Thank you!
Unbelievable! May hates the suck monster worse than anything else in the world.
Just catching up after my few days away here and there. Went to Ireland, but sadly didn't meet Bernard Black, or Graham Lineham. I love how everyone is loving Black Books. I think it's fairly early in the show, but my favourite episode is probably the one with the wine for the Pope. Or, from a later series I think, the one where Bernard has gotten drunk and done something terrible at his friends house, but the next day can't remember what it is, and is desperately tryng to piece it together. Delicious silliness.
My cats hate the vacuum cleaner even more than I do. That's my excuse for not using it often.
I've seen both of those episodes now!!!!! Bernard has to be one of the most awful/delicious characters I've encountered.
Very little reading today - this house has a 'winter' and 'summer' aspect and I couldn't stand it (got near 90) - in the 'winter' set-up one has to use a light to read but everything is nicely clustered around the woodstove -- summer we move to the windows and the light..... anyhow it got very complicated as furniture moving tends to do. Then FedEx delivered my new harp. I'll take a photo of it and post it tomorrow. It sounds amazing but right now I mainly have to tune it every hour or so.
It was wonderful, concertina, though not harp. My teacher was this lovely person: concertina!
That was lovely! She seems charming - and talented. Do you play concertina, then?
Yep. I play harp better, due to maniacal obsession for awhile, but I love this instrument too. Not enough time in the day.
I used to play flute and piccolo, but that has been years ago. I'm not sure I would be coordinated to play the concertina!
Here it is. Of course, this is just how it looks. The sound is very clear and bell-like, really something.
She's a beauty, Lucy. Harp tuning sounds as intense as puppy training!
Played by someone really good this harp (made by the same person) sounds like this:
Lovely! Lovely! Lovely! How sensitive is it to varying weather conditions? I'm thinking I would never dare put a piano outside even if it were possible. And O'Carolan could quarrel with me through Grainne Hambly all that he wanted any time he wanted.
I haven't - I have MacAvoy on my wishlist though!!! I started playing because I wrote a story with a harp in it, THEN I thought, I should read about this instrument so I can describe it better, THEN I thought I have to listen to some of this, SO I got a CD of Derek Bell (Chieftans) playing Carolan (totally random, just what was in the store at the time) THEN I thought I HAVE TO PLAY THIS INSTRUMENT - that was oh, twelve or so years ago, never looked back. Grainne is my goddess. My concertina goddess (more than ever now I've met her as well as listening) is Mary McNamara.
I meant to say to anyone to skip to about minute one, as Grainne chats for awhile. I play that tune, but not like that!!!!!!
I LOVE that story, Lucy! WHy does that not surprise me? The music in the video was just lovely, and I listened to several others - I really enjoy the one of she and William Jackson playing together.
55: I started playing because I wrote a story with a harp in it,
So does the story hold up in retrospect?
Billy and Grainne are an 'item' - they have a darling baby, just about one year old. They were sent out on tour together by my former harp teacher (now often employer...) and to her amazement, Bingo!!! Billy J. is an amazing musician- he's composed some great stuff. Was in the band Ossian in the early 80's -- I wasn't into Trad music at all then, but I loved them.
OK I'm going on and on......
We love that about you, Lucy! We learn so much and all of it interesting.
Ooh, that's lovely! Now wouldn't it be lovelier if you could get someone to film you playing it, and then you put the video on YouTube, and then you posted a link to it here?
Oh yes, that would be lovely indeed. :)
.....doubtful..... there are so many embarrassing you-tubes of folks playing an instrument not all that well....... although I understand you can do an 'invitation only' clip. Maybe I'll look into it -- it certainly would get me practicing!
Brandenburg gave himself the season of winter to prowl the depths of Minnesota wilderness with a camera. Beautiful photographs mainly and a thoughtful heartfelt text. This is actually a reread. ****
OKAY! I've got a fun one, for anyone who likes Sean Bean.
(Most recently seen as Lord Stark in the first season of Game of Thrones, where his head is chopped off.)
I've been in NOLA so I've been away from the threads for a while, but I just had to comment on the long dead discussion of Keith Richards's book (which I have, and which your spectacular review has pushed to the top of the list). I was always amazed by how fast the music went from the Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" to the Stones "Let's Spend the Night Together." I have tons of their music on my ipod.
My family lived in London 1967-1969, the height of the "British Invasion." My sister's best friend lived in the same apartment building where Mick Jagger had a flat. Her mother told her NEVER to get in the elevator alone with Mick. So she got in the elevator with my sister and Mick. Big letdown--they were too tongue-tied to say anything, and he was quite reserved.
Re good tv shows to watch with your daughter--have you seen Parks and Recreation? We recently discovered it, and love it. You should watch from the beginning though.
I love that Sean Bean link Lucy, very funny!
Gorgeous harp! Why is it you need to tune it every hour? Is that part of the "breaking in" process? I think you'd sent me the link to Grainne Hambly playing that piece before. I'm glad you posted it again because it's lovely.
#33 my favourite episode is probably the one with the wine for the Pope. Or, from a later series I think, the one where Bernard has gotten drunk and done something terrible at his friends house, but the next day can't remember what it is
I've seen both of those recently and I believe the one where he's trying to put together the pieces is the last one I saw. I'm parceling them out in very small doses to make the pleasure last as long as possible.
#34 My cats hate the vacuum cleaner even more than I do. That's my excuse for not using it often.
That's the excuse I use to Katherine! Also, it's one of the few chores I can't really do while listening to an audiobook, and really, what's the point of doing chores if I can't be *reading* at the same time?
What lovely posts to find this morning.
In an elevator with Mick Jagger, not half bad! my spousal unit is reading Life now - hard for him to put it down and get to bed.
(Actually I wrote, in an elevator w/ Sean Bean first......you can tell where my mind is)
I'm very intrigued by Manny - he's a wonderful character, a bit different from the standard. We're somewhere in Season 2 -- v. busy lately so only a couple a week. We tried the Richard Aoiyade (that's not spelled right) movie (Moss in IT) movie - it's called Submarine - and while it was not bad for a first effort, it was slow and we ended up simultaneously agreeing we'd seen enough.
Trying to finish up a book of very intense and somewhat depressing SF short stories...... I seem to be delaying finishing Infinite Jest which is a bit silly - I've been tackling more 'heavy' stuff than usuall - plus RL has stepped up the pace, plus temptations like that harp.
Yes, w/ a new harp you have to tune it constantly -- mainly because of all new strings. I forgot to say also that I only took it outside for.....oh..... less than 5 min to take the pic - but you can play outside if the conditions are all right - harps are reasonably tough. It's not ideal to play any instruments out of doors, really, but sometimes when it's beautiful it's hard to resist. And harps look so good outside!
I did have a feeling I was reposting the Hambly.... glad you don't mind.
Wow, this is a nice thread to read this AM.
LOVE the harp! Perfectly posed.
Wish you would do a video for us :)
It's so exciting to get a new instrument.
Hope you get many happy years out of it.
Sean Bean link - LOL!
Grainne Hambly - so very lovely!
As a winter lover, I think Brandenburg's book deserves a library search :)
Need another Posey fix, pls... She must be growing so big.
LOVED the vacuum video! If only it were that easy ;-)
Lucy, the harp is lovely. Just what a musical instrument should (also) be: a work of visual art.
And, not to nag, but I'm joining Cee in wondering if there are any new pics of our favorite Corgi?
eta: LOVE the video! I do wish Abby would take to that ----
Alice Sheldon wrote under the pseudonym James Tiptree, Jr and for a short while, seven or eight years in the late sixties and early seventies, when 'he' burst onto the scene, he made quite a stir. Most everyone was utterly convinced that Tiptree was a man. I am reading older science fiction by women writers, the pioneers, if you will, and Tiptree is an important member of that elite group. These are angry and bleak stories for the most part. Sheldon, I think, saw homo sapiens as prisoner (genetically) to resorting to violence in all its nasty forms at the drop of a .... well... hormone, men in particular. She had problems with women too, but that is another story. This does not mean the men aren't sympathetic - in fact - in some of the stories it is exactly the conflict between what the men know and dream for and what they feel they are driven to do, to women sexually and to anyone or any thing standing in the way of their ambitions that forms the story's vortex. She sees H.S. as driven wholly by our primal urges, despite our best attempts to the contrary, end of story, really. The stories approach this basic question "can we rise above our animal natures?' and the answer would appear to be 'no'. Arrogance, carelessness, lust, avarice, shallowness, cruelty to the malformed and unattractive, weakness. I'm making the stories sound terrible and unappealing -- TadAd has written a very thoughtful and useful review mentioning more specifics which I don't feel like doing. I will say that reading Sheldon has made me think hard about what it means to be a human being - most sf takes a more positive attitude about how, say, we will treat a weaker and pacific alien race, should we meet one, but Sheldon reminds us how easy it might be to take advantage of a sentient race that appears 'inferior' - That belief is still going strong, after all, in many parts of the world, and even right here in the USA. She is a fine writer and creates characters you care about which makes what happens to them hard to bear. An important sf writer, and a corrective one. ****
I've read so little in April! I do have a few days next week when dau. is on school vac. and maybe I'll get some more reading done then, but probably even less......In any event, I plan to finish Infinite Jest and also to choose some way more fun books for awhile, I'm a bit bogged down.
I guess you are a bit bogged down. I'm a bit bogged too just reading your excellent review. Hope you find several wonderful things to perk you right up - especially after you finish *IJ*, the funniest sad book in the world.
(The harp is beautiful with the view of the pond! I was interested in harps and outside because a harp salesman brought several of his models to our Highland Games many years ago, and I didn't even think of its being a problem at the time.)
(And what children's book is it in which the sitting room isn't big enough for the piano, so they put it on the porch against the window, and the pianist sat inside and played?)
Yes, Lucy, something fun is in order. Hope you have a great Friday! I checked out Life from the library. Sadly, they do not have the audio...sigh...
As ordered, a new photo which includes Hank, the cat, (named after Hank the Cowdog) who has appointed himself Posey's minder, rarely lets her out of his sight, let's her jump all over him, etc. You can see where his fur is all ruckled up where Posey had him pinned down...... Compadres.
That's a lovely photo. Our dog, Louis, wants so badly to be friends with our two cats but neither one will deign to twitch a tail at him, much less play... He always looks so bewildered when they stalk off, it's both sad and funny.
That is so sweet that they get along so well together. Thanks for sharing, Lucy!
These two run around the downstairs in a huge circle, then one will hide and pounce on the other. It's really something else. It took them awhile to evolve it, but it's all really because Hank likes her. Nearly impossible to vid. as it happens so fast when it does happen.....
>72: so cute! Our cats hate the dogs (admittedly our dogs are much larger). Each time we've added a new canine to our family, it's taken them 2 years to adjust.
I love the photo of Posey and Hank! I love that Posey and Hank are campadres! I love that Hank is fine with having his coat mussed up by his buddy!
Thanks, Lucy. Whew. Got my Posey fix just in time for the weekend.
#72 Our puppy Daisy would love to be friends with the cat but the cat is having none of it. Whenever Daisy gets too close she just hisses and raises her paw in warning (she's given her a couple of swipes across the nose with it previously). Daisy now obviously thinks that the raised paw is some kind of cat greeting and she's started doing it back.
Love the dog/cat friendship!! Admit I can't imagine it happening with any of the resident felines...
SandDune, LOL re the raised paw!! Cassie would definitely give any dog a belt across the nose. Sometimes if Cassie follows me into the bathroom, and Molly later wanders in and sees Cassie, Molly will freeze and then slowly, carefully, BACK out of the bathroom. There's too little space for her to turn around safely, she figures....
Carolan -- there is a statue to him in the town in Ireland where my 4x g-grandfather was born... apparently unveiled by the Taoiseach or someone important. The town itself is so small it only has one stoplight and one fish & chips shop. But about six pubs.
Yours is rapidly becoming one of my very favourite ports of call Lucy. I am a sucker for "traditional" music and the hair stands up on end listening to my roots defined so articulately as done by the special musicians you discourse about.
Have a lovely weekend caressing the strings of that gorgeous harp.
The Alice Sheldon sounds good, if rather gruelling. I'm having the hardest time tracking a copy down, as the local library system doesn't even seem to have heard of James Tiptree Jr, and it seems quite expensive to buy. I'm intrigued, but I think your thoughtful review tells me as much as I need know, for now.
And what town would that be, Suz? - 6 pubs and a statue to Carolan! Somewhere in Meath, near his birthplace? He is so beloved I suppose anywhere he stopped to play a tune might have a statue....
I'm happy Paul that you share that love with me - it's a special category of music, very disciplined and complex and rewarding. I love that the tradition itself requires that you learn by ear and that you learn directly from a person and that you don't just learn the tune, you learn about where your teacher learned it and anything that is known about it. Also that the music is best played with others. The values, if I dare use that misused word, are spot-on. Of course there is a bit of ego and silliness here and there, but it's not the rule.
When I was first playing I noticed that on many CD's there were these tunes called "Gan Ainm" and it puzzled me greatly that they were all different. There are a few more recent composers who won't name their tunes - so they're all called, say, 'Paddy Fahy's' - I thought 'Gan Ainm' was the name of a composer! Really, it means "No name" ! Luckily I was circumspect and never piped up "So who is this Gan Ainm?"
I'm supposed to be packing for our little jaunt.... the car is so full I'm not taking the harp, just the concertina as right now I'm in a class with lots of tunes to learn for homework. I have a wee harp but it's out on loan.... We're back Wednesday, so no harm in it. I might even get some reading done!!!!!! It's supposed to rain the entire time which is a bit depressing.
The raised paw story is indeed lovely - they do definitely imitate and learn from each other. Hank started the hiding and pouncing and soon Posey was doing it too, much to Hank's dismay!
Read a lot of the Sheldon bio last night - it is a riveting story. I'm sure it will be possible, in a year, after a pbk has come out to get it more easily and cheaply. I'll send you a copy if need be.
Also love the Hank and Posey picture, Lucy!
Finished Sheldon bio last night, and have two stories left in Her Smoke Rose up Forever.
I lost your thread... when I thought I was unstarring the old one it seems I confused it with this one here.
What a beautiful harp! It's an instrument you hear only very rarely where I come from (seems not to be part of our folk tradition, and doesn't really go well with the umpah music).
I love its sound very much, it's so calming.
Lovely new Posey pic. Great that she has made friends with the cat. They look quite happy together.
Lucy, I must've missed the part where you said where you were off to for your jaunt, do tell!
I'm another admirer of that photo of Hank and Posey. So great that they get along like that. I WISH my kids got along so well too. I keep hoping against hope that they'll eventually decide they're good buddies, but as it is they just tolerate each other.
Loved the little story about "Gan Ainm", precious!
We are safely arrived in Wellfleet on Cape (Cod) in Massachusetts for those of you from faraway lands. As we ate dinner at a restaurant (called, happily, "The Bookstore") we watched a huge fog bank roll in -- luckily earlier we took a walk (got some cute pix of Posey having her first encounter with sand, salt water etc.) while it was still nice. According to the forecast, that's it until Wednesday which is when we have to leave..... We left our daughter to stay w/ friend and aunt outside of Boston -- they were going in to shop in the garment district and then have dinner at a Dim Sum place her friend loves..... an adventure away from us which she could definitely use!
Hank, what a great name for a cat. And hooray for finishing some books!
How are those New Yorkers coming along ;)
eta: have a great trip!
Lucy - Cape Cod is so evocative of salt spray, good food and plenty of dollars in my mind...I do hope you share some images when you return satiated from great holiday.
Sigh... I love Cape Cod. My aunt and uncle have a house in Harwich, so I've spent many happy weeks there. Enjoy your getaway!
I have never been to Cape Cod...sigh...but I have worn a cape and eaten cod...does that count? It's probably the closest I'll get for a while since my husband thinks starting a new job and moving to a new state completely different from our own will be enough adventure for now. Have fun and take lots of photos so that I can live vicariously!!
Mamie - hahaha at least Lucy isn't going to Brest otherwise the discussion could lower in tone a little.
*disgusted with the lowered tone around here*
Tiens, mes enfants! I go away for a minute and naughtiness breaks out.
I worked here as a Library Director before moving to Vermont, so have a deep connection w/ the place! I sort of 'need' to come here regularly, for my fix of sea air, I guess.
I've never been to Cape Cod, but I have been to Brest. (that could be a good title for a song)
It's mot a particularly lovely city, with a huge naval port being the main thing in town, but some lovely villages nearby.
I understand the need for a fix of sea air Lucy. When I was landlocked in the centre of Europe whilst living in Hungary, one of the chief attractions of visits to the UK was getting down to a windswept seashore and taking a big gulp! My soul feels at peace beside the sea in a way it does in no other situation. I heard someone on the radio talking about it the other day actually. There's been some research done into it, and walks on the beach are officially just the thing to promote good mental health, so make sure you get your fill, rainy weather or not!
Lucy, I hope you are having a wonderful time on Cape Cod, and making good headway on the biography and Infinite Jest. Making good headway on the latter would be an accomplishment, on a cape or not. Is Posey with you?
Posey is here and my husband took a vid. of her first caper on the beach, but alas I cannot post it here. We have not yet put anything on youtube, but maybe now is the time to learn how to...... I mean, it's just a dog running around like a mad thing on a beach.....
I have 30 pages to go in IJ - coming up for air!
But Posey is an unusually precious mad thing on a beach, so YouTube would be graced.
(Hannah, I've Never Been to Cape Cod,... would be an even better book title. Any ambitions that way?)
I concur with my whole heart about the efficacy of walking on a beach for reviving and calming all at once. It's a treat to live within two hours of the coast!
72: It must be so nice to have a cat and dog that like each other! My cat barely tolerates my dog. Lots of hissing if he gets in her personal space
I don't know how we've achieved it but we've always had harmony between our cats and dogs, and a few really affectionate bonds, my mother's household too. I wish I could tell you how, but I have no idea. My first dog and cat used to sleep together in the dogbed!
>100: If Bandit the Corgi can have his own YouTube channel, so can Posey!!
I have read every page of Infinite Jest but I can make no claim to have 'read' Infinite Jest. I read the last page and immediately reread the first 30 or so pages...... one could easily simply reread the whole book at that point and then again and again..... I wouldn't know where to begin commenting on IJ, so I'm not going to waste your or my time. I can summarize and muse over smaller pieces of it which I have done over on a thread in Infinite Jesters, but that's it. It's not a book for the faint-of-heart. I won't recommend it in any casual way, but if you are an adventurous reader in the Joycean, Melville, Pynchon etctera vein, then you've probably already read it and I don't need to recommend it!
Great pic of Hank and Posey!
Glad you are having fun on the Cape, and a 5 stars read!
Such a lot going on here.
Loki pesters Woolly to play often. Rarely receiving much interest. When she finally whops him on the nose in annoyance, Loki thinks that is the signal to start playing! He races around and around while she sits and watches. Then they come back together - she boxing his face with no-claws paws and he trying to nip at her with no-teeth mouth. All in fun. Then Woolly pounces on Loki and off he goes again. Lots of hide-and-seek breaks. Great exercise for him - entertainment for her and us.
Have a wonderful get-away! I'm just a little jealous ;-)
#72 Lovely photo and story about Posey and Hank Lucy.
#77 Rhian, the story about the raised paw is hilarious.
Hope you're having a lovely time away.
Congrats on finishing IJ! And you're right - the ending just makes you want to start all over again. I also reread the first parts immediately. On the other hand I needed to read something nice and heartwarming as a follow-up.
Morning Lucy! Hope you are having a wonderful time on the Cape. Congrats on finishing IJ - I hope you did something to celebrate.
Lucy - great backhanded promotion of IJ. What you gonna do now - chunkster over - how's the beach, the seafood restaurants and the peace and tranquility - I'll try not to gnash my teeth sitting in the traffic on my way to the office in the morning!
#78 Daisy now obviously thinks that the raised paw is some kind of cat greeting and she's started doing it back.
I've just realised that she doesn't just think it's a cat greeting. Took her out for her first walk and a long-haired sheepdog, a german shepherd and three pedestrians all got the raised paw treatment.
Clearly she now thinks that is a general greeting signal, which is cool!
>105 I have read every page of Infinite Jest but I can make no claim to have 'read' Infinite Jest.
I totally know what you mean! I could name a few books where that's the case with me, Voltaire's Bastards is one of them, lets just say I bought that book over another he'd written as I wanted to get value for money, words per dollar etc. I got a lot of words, that's for sure. I cant even rate it.
Phew, VB is a million times harder to read, I am sure than IJ - lots of IJ is wickedly deliciously humorous and entertaining..... and highly highly irrational, as opposed to VB!
I admit that I'm intimidated by IJ, but it's sitting there on the shelf, so I'll probably give it a try sometime. I may have to give myself permission to invoke the Pearl rule in order to overcome my initial reluctance. I love your brief comments, Lucy.
OK so we're back home and I have to admit that while I was putting food away I looked out the window and there was a handsome young MOOSE sauntering around the pond. My dau. got a good picture which I will post THE MINUTE she sends it to me. I was too excited and all of mine are blurry.
Lucy- That is very cool. Make sure you post a picture. I love me a moose!
Welcomed home by a sauntering moose - does it get any better than that?!
What excitements! - a moose is not the sort of thing you find wandering round my garden! Hedgehogs, yes, occasionally. Neighbour's cats. The odd urban fox loping across during the night, barking. But no moose. Looking forward to photo.
Hope you had a great time at the Cape and feel deliciously relaxed :)
War and Peace threw me! :P~~~~ (didn't care for it- waaaay too long)
But I know I need to get right back up on a chunkster and ride!
Patiently waiting to see which is more cute...
Maine - vs- Vermont moose ;-)
Hi Lucy. A moose sighting sounds very exciting. Do you see them often? They're so big!
Oooh, a moose! "Moose" was my first word as a baby and I've always had a special fondness for them :)
Bleah - it is snowing out, 36. We took the covers off the blueberries last week, back on they have to go for about three days of temps at night in the 20's.
Daughter still hasn't sent me the moose photo.
Meanwhile I am plowing through the 2nd Patrick Rothfuss - what a good fantasy writer he is!
OK here is the MOOSE -- I may have to tinker with the size, so be patient with me.
If that's how big the moose looks beside the pond, it must be a big pond, or rather a lake...
That's a great picture Lucy. Moose always look so unweildy to me. A slightly misshapen body on spindly legs.
A meandering moose! Wow, is that highly unusual? It is here that's for sure! :)
Great shot of the moose! Yah! I finished Wise Man's Fear a few weeks ago. I enjoyed it and look forward to Book 3, when ever that will be.
Mark -- supposedly May 2013...... for the third volume.
We have a moose amble by the house about once a year. We see their prints and poo everywhere.....
Posey hasn't seen a moose. She did today rustle up a big herd of deer, she chased them a bit, but i was thrilled that she came right back when I called.
LOL! It's a tie... VT moose are just as
Good camera shot!
>126 - Mark, it was their fault it was my first word, so they couldn't be too upset (long story short: they bought me a stuffed moose on a vacation in Maine and used to hold it in front of me saying, "Moose! Moose!" so I was just parroting them :)
Hi Lucy!! Sorry for the hijack...
A MOOSE!!! Out your window! Lucy, that is so incredibly amazing and wonderful. Living in a city (and missing a more rural setting), I'm a teeny bit envious. And I'm so happy for YOU!!!
ETA: Oh. It's snowing out. And 36. No wonder there are moose around. :-D
Thanks for enjoying my moose! The only problem with the moositation is that after one, whenever I look out the window, it is is curiously and disappointingly bare of moose. And while I fully realize one can't have a moose every day, once you've had a sighting, it simply changes your landscape, so that mooselessness, despite the fact that it fills 364 days of the year, leaves a slight hollow, 'something's missing' feeling, which does, happily, wear off after a few weeks......
Meanwhile, I'm galloping through the 2nd Rothfuss - can agree now that it is a bit too long -- Kvothe's time with Felurian, for ex. just went on a bit - even though I can see how it fits in, and I suppose, given the overall length of the books, not that much. He's done a good job too, at having Kvothe be changed by it. I suppose the length too makes me feel how long he was gone - even if it is 3 days our time,.... (sorry anyone else who hasn't and won't ever read The Kingkiller Chronicles)
Moositation. Heh. Good one. I am also green with envy about about the moositation. I am reminded of the very funny skit by Woody Allen in his stand up days about the moose he takes to the fancy dress party. Bad quality visual, but you get the gist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4CKr1exX70
O.K. Someday, somebody must write a book The Mooselessness of Lucy A..
Oh, Lucy, do take care not to let your mooselessness get you down. Remember the magic of the moositation and keep it in your heart all year long.
JUST came from walk in da woodz where we SAW our young moose, muddling about in a wet spot we could see through the trees which are only just leafing out. Definitely a young 'un, a cow, me thinks, newly out on her own. Miss Posey spotted her (heard her really, stopped dead, all alert). We watched la moose for a little bit, but felt we should move on, so we did. Posey was extremely well-behaved throughout. I've never been that close to a moose outside the house or a car.
Cee - you've only just figured this out???????????
128: That moose was a pretty impressive welcome home, Lucy. Love the Moose Mania that follows your daughter's picture. If we had moose in the area, I'd be taking longer walks. We're lucky to see an occasional deer in the city.
She does look young, Lucy--not fully filled out yet, methinks. We get deer here but aren't wild enough for moose as there are too many farms and houses. We do have brush wolves though. Very nice pic!
Is brush wolf another name for coyote? - it's much nicer....... We've got lots of coyote, which is a good thing, or we'd have way too many deer. Our young 'un is, in fact, a bit vulnerable until she gets a little bigger - but maybe not - as long as she's strong and healthy the coyotes will leave her be. I hope she sticks around! We've got a gorgeous beaver pond up above our own land on a neighbor's - so there is at least one perfect moose habitat nearby. Plenty of boggy places too. Our pond has nothing for her as it is fairly 'clean' of vegetation.....
Anyhow, I am here because I actually finished something. This month I read two books around or over 1000 pages...... one took three months the other took a little less than a week.....
I don't feel a pressing need to review Book 2 fully. If you've read Book 1 and liked it, you'll be reasonably to very happy with Book 2. I've read and heard mutterings that it is a bit long and a bit less.... engaging or convincing... as Book 1, and those are fair criticisms. This is the 'apprenticeship' phase of Kvothe's life - where he goes out in the world and learns about sex and about self-control and Rothfuss takes his time with both. I found the Felurian interlude a bit dull, but I also thought it had to be that way in order to convey how long he was there and how it changed him - also his encounter at the end with the tree-being that knows the future was truly excellent fantasy writing.... anyhow.... I loved his time with the Adem learning their 'way' - he needed all that desperately. The stuff with the Maer and his wife.... oh.... that feels like plot dragging stuff. I mean..... if you haven't figured out who Denna is by now........ Or who the Edema Ruh are for that matter, I've got some theories. But I'm enjoying it all enormously and am sorry that I have to wait until May 2013 for the next book.
Lucy - I just love reading your reviews. Your musings over your reading material are always so insightful, and I enjoy how you think about things. It is always so interesting seeing what catches your attention. I have not read anything by Patrick Rothfuss, but I will have to check him out.
Lucy, there is some controversy about whether a brush wolf is a coyote by any other name. In my neck of the woods, it refers to the offspring of grey wolves and coyotes but it might refer to just a coyote elsewhere. Some think it refers to a red wolf. Interbreeding between wolves and coyotes didn't used to be all that common as they are two distinct forms of canus (each very territorial and clannish) but with human encroachment on their territories, I think it might be happening more often. We are on the edge of the Canadian Shield with wolves abundant just an hour north of us, but they are getting encroached on more and more.
Wish you a wonderful rest-of-Sunday! Love the moose story and the pic.
That's another animal not existing in my part of the world, so my life will, sadly, forever be mooseless.
Little Posey in pointing position (correct expression?) all alert with one front paw in the air must have been extremely cute.
We have a couple of good moose pictures from a holiday in the Cape Breton National Park a few years ago
Incidentally the first of these was taken on the path where a hiker was killed by coyotes a year or two ago. I'd read a brief mention of this in the newspaper but assumed that it was in a remote interior part of the park whereas this path was very well used. But then my husband started watching a TV program about the incident and we suddenly realised that the scenery looked very familiar and the hiker had parked in exactly the same car park as we had used and walked along the same path. The program did seem to be suggesting that the coyotes had inter-bred with wolves which had caused them to depart from their normal behaviour and also that they had lost their fear of humans as they were a protected speces in the national park.
Beautiful photographs - but that's sobering stuff about the coyote-wolf crosses.
Enjoying tales of another moose sighting - and photos of a different moose too. It's hard to imagine living in a place where such large creatures roam wild - not to mention wolves or wolf-coyote crosses. There is some talk of trying to re-introduce wolves into the wilder parts of Britain (Scottish Highlands, mainly, I think) - one reason being it would help keep deer population under control, but there is great resistance to the idea. Our wilderness has been so tamed, for so long - perhaps that's one reason why children and not only children have loved Joan Aiken's books with her alternative version of British history in which, among other things, wolves still roam the countryside. Deliciously terrifying, but safe inside a book!
You nailed it Genny - on the one hand the presence of wolves/mountain lions along with the big raptors represent the apex of a healthy system - on the other they are a handful and a half and dangerous to the casual user of 'nature' from suburban/urban settings and lifestyles. I have mixed feelings about it. I believe I'm willing to take on the responsibility - carry a stout stick and a knife, say - and possible get some serious lessons in how to not act like prey, but mainly because I figure the odds are incredibly slim I would ever actually have a problem, but most people probably aren't willing and might not even have a clue or any way of knowing they should have a clue in the first place.....
Last night I was talking with friends who live on Martha's Vineyard where the deer pop is insanely out of control - and where there is endless and inconclusive palaver about whether to introduce coyotes. There, however, they would be able to maintain a 'pure' coyote that would leave people alone. On the Cape, coyotes abound and they do 'manage' the deer pop - ticks, for example, and ruined vegetation are bad but not AS bad, in other words. We have them too, in great numbers, and they do keep the deer herds under control. Both of those places they leave us alone. One fear I'm sure is that at first the coyote pop would balloon, due to plenty - but after awhile, I'm sure some kind of balance would be achieved.
There are some terrific books out there about wolves -- Barry Lopez comes to mind - his book Of Wolves and Men is one of the best. Probably there are newer books now that I don't know about. I got interested in wolves in the 70's after reading Farley Mowat, of course.
Lucy, if you ever write a book, I promise that I will read it:
while I fully realize one can't have a moose every day,.... Heh.
I used to trail run when I lived in Oregon and there was one favorite 7-mile loop I did on an old logging road. I never ran the loop without seeing another person, but sometimes they were few and far between. I loved that. And - there was one section where I always felt like I was being watched by a cougar. I never saw one on that stretch, but the hair on the back of my neck would stand up. I often looked around and found a good-sized stick and just carried that with me for a mile or so, until I got to a section of the trail that felt less cougar-stalky. I always comforted myself by figuring (1) I have a really big voice and (2) I know cats so well, I would feel pretty comfortable knowing how to fight one off. Just like Abby, only bigger. :-|
>156 You may have the right idea, Roni. I'm going to have to reread many pages when the third book comes out...
Glad you enjoyed the Rothfuss book, Lucy! Btw, I picked up a copies of Doris Lessing's Stories at my library book sale today, primarily because of your comments as you read Time Bites. LT's oracle is predicting with high confidence that I probably won't like it, but I think that's just because short story collections are on the fringe of my reading. I'm looking forward to dipping into it!
I like proving that oracle wrong -- and anyway -- I've read many books I didn't like at all, but that I'm still glad I read.
>164 I get a kick out of messing with it (can I mess with an algorithm's head? hmm...). It's been on target with the books that it predicts with high confidence that I'll like, but I have a wide reading taste and only sometimes read certain things - like literary fiction or short stories - so it's less accurate when it tells me I won't like a book. I'm no math major, but that seems to make sense to me when it's based on the majority of books in my library. :)
>72. re: Hank the cat and Posey. I know I'm late to the party, but OMG how cute. And how absolutely clever of Hank to insert himself in such an important way into Posey's life--her "minder." Haha, I laugh at that every time I think about it. I'm sure Posey only thought she had Hank pinned down, because Hank let her think so. Such cute creatures.
Great Moose pics, they seem to be everywhere! With such lush vegetation, its no wonder I suppose.
I saw the moose in miniature on my phone while I was traveling. Now I'm back to see it in full glory.
Kind of absent from LT yesterday, a day which completely got the bit between its teeth. Starting with taking Posey to be 'fixed', the pace was fast and furious. I hope today will be calmer and that I'll be able to update to May - I'll start a new thread when I pass 200 and move it all there, but for now it will be posted up top here. Absolutely no reading, as in sitting down reading print, yesterday, but I did listen to a good bit of the McCullough on the Panama Canal. What a tale of woe and misery! I'll have more on that after I've gawked at pictures and so on. That is, as I have said more than once, the biggest drawback to the nonfiction audio book!
How is Miss Posey doing? Sorry about the mad dash day you had yesterday - fast and furious is not my preferred pace! We had deer in our yard this morning and it made me think of you and your moose. Not many people I can say that to. Wishing you a calmer day.
Part of the 'more on that' was in part confirming what I had a vague memory of someone telling me: that my grandfather was a lawyer in the firm Cromwell and Sullivan of NYC - the original founding Cromwell was the 'first' 'real' corporate lawyer and is credited, more or less, with finagling the deal completing the sale of the failed French Canal Co. to the US for 40 mil, then the biggest deal ever. I remembered someone saying that my g-fa's 'portfolio' was the Panama Canal..... The firm still has some interests too, even now! It's hard not to think ill of Cromwell - he also played fast and furious with the Colombian government, and between him and TRoosevelt, you could say the first major US betrayal/swindle of the modern era, was effected. We pretty much 'took' Panama, set up a puppet government etc. It's interesting to me to learn just how far back our self-serving dealings with Colombia go. And it more or less all begins here with Panama.
There is no hope of reading all the posts, but I hope to have more time when the semester ends.
I love the photos of the moose. We vacation in Northern Maine and it is always a treat to see these lovely creates. In addition, the sound of the loon out on the lake late at night is so hauntingly beautiful.
Hello to you. I vow to visit the threads more often in the next few weeks.
All caught up with you Lucy! I must say I've been loving all the tidbits about wildlife and your description of the moose blues, i.e. going mooseless for the better part of the year. We don't see a whole lot of them ambling along Ste-Catherine street, as you can imagine. As far as I'm concerned, we should let wildlife proliferate until the make us humans extinct. Would surely be better for the health of the planet!
Interesting to hear of your Panama reading, and the family connections. I guess we British also have complex and not very laudable history of canal-related interference with Suez and Egypt...
I tried to make that picture bigger and it just got blurry -- not sure why..... I'll have to find something better!
Love the moose pic! When I saw my first moose I was shocked at how huge they can be!
Hope Posey is feeling ok after the "fixing"!
Is the little pea home after her surgery? Gentle, understanding pats. I always did like corgies but I really notice them now, post-Posey.
Chelle, they are HUGE aren't they! It's as close as we get to an elephant here, I think. I remember coming around a point of land in a canoe and there was this monster standing in the water--back paddle, back paddle!
Tui, she is home and doing well - she just wants things to be 'normal' and is a bit puzzled that we haven't gone for a tramp. When we go out she heads for the way we usually go and then stops and looks back at me as if I've lost my head..... I don't know how I'm going to keep her quiet for ten days, nine to go. Five or six I think I can manage.
I'm focussed on the David Huddle - I love that it's set mostly in Burlington and at UVM, two places I know very well, although for me Burlington has always been the 'big city' and for the characters in the book, the country is 'out there', they fully and primarily inhabit Burlington, which is and isn't Vermont proper.
Moose are wonderfully huge!
I don't know exactly what 'getting fixed' means, but I understand it's some kind of surgery. Good to see she is doing well, and I have an idea what it means to keep a puppy quiet for 10 days.
Good luck with it!
Yay for more moose pictures. I just realize I have never seen a live one, not even in the zoo, only on pics. They are huge!
Dog hysterectomy! The keeping quiet is not going to be particularly feasible, I can see that already. Oh well, this is day 2 and 8 to go.
Oh dear - I didn't realise that you have to keep them quiet for that long. We've got that to come then - unless of course our son talks us round to his idea that it would be really nice for Daisy to have puppies! We met someone on a walk last week who had two staffies, and after he had inspected Daisy carefully and decided that she passed muster and was very pretty, he offered his male staffy as a suitable father for any future puppies. A little bit premature I think, as she is only 12 weeks old!
#183:Oh - I didn't know this is already done at puppy age. We only had two female dogs in our family, one was already 'fixed'. The other one got her surgery at about 8 years at our vet's (we got both adult dogs from an animal's asylum for abandoned dogs, so never knew the exact ages). She was confused and slightly miffed for a day or two, then everything was back to normal.
To tell you the truth, I think ten days is a bit ridiculous! I am shooting for 5 days with no serious running around, no walk over 15-20 min at a time, but after that? I think she'll be going bonkers!
6 months is pretty normal. As I understand it, it is preferable to remove everything before the first heat - and that can happen anywhere from 6 mos to 1 year. In our agreement with the breeders we said we'd do the deed around 6-8 mos.
It is a good bit of work to take care of a dog in heat - easier than it used to be as hardly any dogs run loose anymore. If you do choose that route one suggestion I have will be that during the first week you put Daisy in the car and take her elsewhere, away from your house for most of her walks so her pheromones won't be tormenting all the male dogs in the neighborhood! That's what I used to do. It travels an incredible distance! It's mainly in the urine, apparently, and I found that doing that really worked. I suppose you could dump something on it too - baking soda or something, not good for the lawn but it might kill the come hither.
Lucy, we've had both female and male labs 'fixed' as young'ns. No way did we keep them quiet for that long. A couple days, at most. The surgery is more significant for females and we certainly didn't let her run crazily about the woods, but we also didn't take too many extra measures either.
That's what I remember - I do think vets are getting more and more cautious......
#186 easier than it used to be as hardly any dogs run loose anymore
I'd been thinking about this when reading the puppy manual about all the socialisation that puppies are supposed to have. When dogs did run loose that side of things must have been a whole lot easier - they'd work out their own place in the hierarchy of local dogs and sort things out themselves. When I was a teenager we had two dogs living in (separate) houses opposite us. They'd sit outside together pretty much all day - mid-morning they take themselves off for a walk down the beach for half an hour and then come back and sit down some more. Didn't require much input at all on the part of their owners. I think this must have been in the 1970's which where I lived was when most people stopped letting their dogs roam around. We had a Welsh terrier who was allowed to roam around who died about 1970 and then a springer spaniel in the early 1980's who definitely wasn't.
I can't believe I actually finished something!!!!
Perhaps the most apt description of Nothing Can Make Me Do This would be that David Huddle has assembled a collage. You begin by absorbing the separate components , then step back to look at the whole, whereupon you discover another level of correspondences and meaning. The voices are drawn from three generations of a family. Six perspectives in all, three men and three women: the grandparents (born, I think in the mid-30's), their closest lifelong friend, their daughter and son-in-law, and the grand-daughter. The relationships described extend beyond simple man/woman into grandparents with their grandchildren, mothers and daughters, brothers. One of the great achievements is that what could be bewildering is put forward in small vignettes that work in harmony: brothers traipsing about a neighborhood at night spying through windows, a boy and a priest (not what you think), a childless older man discovering the joy of helping a child, a woman discovering she can't live with a man who can't care about a dog she loves - the revelations are like fiery peppercorns or sweetness bursting in your mouth. It works because the underlying purpose is steady. Boundaries, trespass, barriers -- might be useful descriptive words - not only the barriers that individuals put up between each other, and that couples use to keep others out, but those of knowing and not knowing, and the inevitability, if you let down your guard of revelation that leads to change: "The Eve Collins theory of self-discovery is that you sometimes just unintentionally break through to what you need to know." Trespass too, serves to describe the events literal and internal that lead to revelation. The granddaughter deciding which room in her grandparents empty house would be the right one in which to lose her virginity. Or the grandfather, when a young professor at his first college campus discovering that a place he likes to walk to and has come to consider 'his' is used once a year for a rite of passage ceremony by the students, one he finds so distasteful and upsetting that he is willing to spend hours cleaning up after it. There is also a close focus on sexuality and the boundaries, barriers and trespasses that define a marriage as well as friendships, and family relationships. So many ways to be, both bewildering and reassuring. I admire how different each of the voices are, and how I was eager to read about all of them - the most successful for me were the grandfather, grand-daughter, and Bill the son-in-law, but all of the characters had 'moments'.
Highly recommended! ****1/2
On a more personal note -- I loved that it was set in Burlington Vermont, a city I know very well!
I also hope to make some serious progress with the books (and NYers) that are on my 'currently reading' list, most of them for the entire month of April. Time to MOVE ON!!!!!
Congrats on finishing something! It looks like a good book. :)
Lucy - adding my congrats, and agreeing with Rachel that it sounds like a good book. I gave you a thumb for your review.
Sending Posey post-surgery hugs. Think about "moderate" for the next few days instead of "quiet.". She is a puppy!
My experience with my kitten was that if I tried too hard to keep her quiet, she just tried extra hard to do what she wanted. So I mostly left her alone and that worked a lot better. :) She DID manage to pull out one of her stiches though!
I'd say that Posey is pretty much healed -- we just gave up and did regular things today. The only thing we're trying to be careful of is how we pick her up and not letting her jump onto or off of things .....
I'm going to get in bed early tonight and try and get somewhere with the Sheldon/Tiptree bio and polish of another April NYer.
>190 glad for you having finished something, it can really feel an achievement sometimes cant it?
I loved that it was set in Burlington Vermont, a city I know very well!
I am finding that with the Bone People right now, the NZ fiction that I have read has never conveyed a sense of place so well to me. It's very comfortable to know the place you're reading about.
It is indeed -- one reason too, to be careful of not setting a story in a place you are not familiar with -- or not being clear from the beginning that you are making stuff up. It has to be one or the other or else the people who do know the place are going to go, hunh? One aspect of this book was mentioning many things in Burlington that are no more, very nostalgic-making.
Very fine review, Lucy! Thank you for it!
Happy to hear that Miss Posey is healing well. Enjoy your early night!
I'm trying to think how I would have preserved my own sanity while trying to keep cats calm for 10 days... Nope, wouldn't have worked. They just took it at their own pace, if I recall correctly. Although in one case, I was public enemy # 1 for a while.
The Carolan statute (sorry, I've been on a thread diet as I try to organize my life a bit) is in Mohill, Co. Leitrim. Oh, and I thought of you today -- I was walking along 17th St toward Union Square and had to stop outside Lillie's, an Irish Edwardian establishment, where about 8 fiddlers and other musicians were playing away sitting in a big circle in the window. I was almost tempted to go in, but it was full and I was running late.
Moositation and mooselessnes. Tee hee.
>105: Since neither Joyce nor Melville—each tried dutifully—are my cup of tea, I'm definitely going to give this one a pass.
>152: I'm continuing to be staunch in my intention not to re-start this series until/if/when he finishes it, so I skipped over this review.
>190: This one sounds interesting, though I still don't have a clear idea of the book...perhaps that's what makes it interesting. I'll add this to the Amazon list and give it a try.
I would say that anyone who wants to see a live moose should come and visit me - I can't guarantee it of course, but we definitely have a young cow living in our woods - many others have seen her. Should I hang out a shingle "Moose Watch" and charge a fee?
In other news, the tufted titmice who have a nest on my harp/writing hut above the door are back, nesting away.... probably the same family as the lucky ones live a decade or so. It's a bit of a pain - in a month or so while the babes are fledging I feel I have to stay out of there - one our cats follows me there often and I don't want him lurking about. They usually have two batches......
Also I think we have a skunk hanging about somewhere. We heard noise last night and now there is a heavy odor all around the house. Not nice.
I did a bit of reading last night, but alas, although progress was made, no completions.
Tad - I think you will like the David Huddle most of all my recent reads.
If you don't care for any of those writers DFW won't work for you at all, although, golly, when he's funny he's funnier than anybody and I hate that you would miss out on that. Maybe The Broom of the System would work - I haven't read it yet, but people say it is more accessible, mostly funny -
I don't play it outdoors as a rule, not unless conditions are perfect. It can't sit in any sort of sun, shade is essential. I just put it outside that day long enough for the picture! It was one of the weird warm days we had.
A harp has to be tuned constantly no matter where it is, unless the weather is astonishingly constant or you keep it in a room that is kept constant. Sometimes during the winter for a month or two we reach a kind of stasis, I keep water on the woodstove at all times and do a couple of other things for the various musical instruments we have strewn about at all times........
8 fiddles! Oh la! Suz -- that is a lot of fiddles all at once! Hope there was a piper or two to tone them down a little!
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