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more cats [Dec. 31st, 2002|03:27 am]
Roy Janik
Today saw me at work nigh until 1:00am. It's not as heroic as all that, though. On the way out the door, I found a package waiting for me. A book, to be precise. "The Continent of Lies", by James Morrow. It's his first book, now out of print, and the last remaining work of his I'd yet to read. So naturally I read it. All of it. It's interesting, because the novel is (among other things) about a psychotropic fruit that offers the ultimate form of escapism, and I was reading the novel to escape from impending deadlines. Only after finishing it was I able to concentrate on my ever loving design document, which still requires a LOT of attention. But let's not think of that. Let's dwell for a tad bit longer in the The Continent of Lies:

"I smiled at her. She smiled back. I hoped she somehow realized that I smiled not to be polite, not to express cheer, but simply because she was so painfully pretty."

"'Needle in a haystack,' he mumbled wearily. 'No, worse than that. I could find a needle in a haystack. Burn the haystack, that's all. Sift the ashes with a magnet.'"

"Neither of us felt much grief, of course, and pity was not a good word for our mood, either. What we really felt was a kind of bemused fatalism, a kind of 'Oh yes, and then there's Death.' Bad Old Death. Death, who will employ without prejudice any of a hundred modes, from lingering and expected to quick and surprising."

"I find the technical ingenuity wonderful, miraculous, thrilling, essential, aesthetic, erotic, fun. But when a machine turns against you, when it makes you tell lies, you have to be grown up enough, and awake enough, to get rid of it."
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[User Picture]From: mayzie
2002-12-31 02:30 am (UTC)
that is OWEN.
and OWEN is my cat.
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From: u34km3
2002-12-31 08:06 am (UTC)
I'm going to have to hunt that book down. It sounds really good!
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2002-12-31 09:05 am (UTC)
oh, no hunting required. I'll lend it to you. Are you going to the New Year's party at Josh Strong's? If so, I'll bring it.
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From: u34km3
2002-12-31 09:43 am (UTC)

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thanks- you rock! but i don't know no josh strong :) i'm going to a 20's themed party tonight.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2002-12-31 01:46 pm (UTC)
ah, Josh Strong's place is the same place that party was where we met and I slapped Cha-chee repeatedly. Have fun in the 20s!
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From: u34km3
2002-12-31 02:12 pm (UTC)
you: ah, Josh Strong's place is the same place that party was where we met and I slapped Cha-chee repeatedly.

me: Ahh, yes, the violence! It was lovely.

you: Have fun in the 20s!

me: Good idea, I think I will! Have Fun in the Thousands...
(pause)
me: you'll still lend me the book, right? ;)
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2002-12-31 03:12 pm (UTC)
me: you'll still lend me the book, right? ;)
Sure thing. Here's a quote from an interview I just read:

-I wrote "WINE OF VIOLENCE" and "CONTINENT OF LIES" at a time when I thought plot was the most important element of fiction. Those stories have lots of twists and turns. Now I think anger is the most important element of fiction . . . the stuff that drives you crazy. "THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS" is, among other things, a very angry book.-

So you've got a choice: anger or plot. it's your call.


Stop by if the 20s roar too loudly, or too softly.
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From: u34km3
2003-01-01 11:33 am (UTC)
Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I fought my way to the party beyond the Goblin City (hic). -No one makes it out of here sober.

Yeah, I wanted to swing by but um it was too far away and I was in no shape to drive (trapezoidal, shh, don't tell). Hope you had a good one- HAPPY FUCKING NEW YEARS!!!
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2003-01-01 06:08 pm (UTC)

my will is as strong as your's and my kingdom is as great

Well happy god damned New Years to you, as well.

I'm sure that by the time you would have arrived at the party I was in no shape to communicate with other human beings. So... much... cheap... champagne. I did have a smart suit on, though (that is, it looked snazzy. It couldn't actually think, and neither could I for that matter).
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