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31 October 2011 @ 07:56 am
"It swarmed the world like a great beast unseen, and the whole world heard it pass in a season of grief and lamentation, a dark celebration of the stuffs it carried to disperse, and all of it funneling upper Illinois.  In tidal sweeps and swoons of sound, it robbed the graves of dust from stone angels' eyes, vacuumed the tombs of spectral flesh, seized funeral flowers with no names, shucked druid trees to toss the leaf-harvest high in a dry downpour, a battalion of shorn skins and fiery eyes that burned crazily in oceans of ravening clouds that tore themselves to flags of welcome to pace the occupants of space as they grew in numbers to sound the sky with such melancholy eruptions of lost years that a million farmyard sleepers waked with tears on their faces wondering if it had rained in the night and no one had foretold, and on the storm-river across the sea which roiled at this gravity of leave-taking and arrival until, with a flurry of leaves and dust commingled, it hovered in circles over the hill and the House and the welcoming party and Cecy above all, who in her attic, a slumberous totem on her sands, beckoned with her mind and breathed permission."

-Ray Bradbury, From the Dust Returned
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24 October 2011 @ 09:47 pm
"It seems to me that man is equal of the gods, who sits in thy presence and hears near him thy sweet voice and lovely laughter; that indeed makes my heart beat fast in my bosom.

For when I see thee even a little I am bereft of utterance, my tongue is useless and at once a subtle fire races under my skin, my eyes see nothing, my ears ring, sweat pours forth and all my body is seized with trembling--I am paler than grass and seem in my madness little better than dead."

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17 October 2011 @ 06:55 pm
One of my co-workers is going through the same marital issues I am.  This is weird and reassuring at the same time.  And we're both in the awkward position of being sorry the other one is going through it, but grateful we now have someone to talk to who understands.

I don't know.  Weird, and cool, and sad at the same time.
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Current Mood: gratefulgrateful
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16 October 2011 @ 04:43 pm
from "Voyvodina" by Ivan Gadjanski (trans. Charles Simic)

and the locusts
pachytilli migrarii asiatici the storm carried
to this country where even the north wind blows from the east
pyrgomorphellae serbivae with legs like curved sabers
driven by the smoke of nargileh on the trail of arseny's cattle
with the fleece of the golden grass
having stopped momentarily on the top of some impassible wall
descended from flat tara to this flat terrain
light lithe dragonflies green locustae viridissimae
from the boeotian fields of teiresias
who sees in the dark and brings she-goats' udders with him
dragonflies sagae serratae mediterranea
on this sea parched like teiresias' breast
on these endless deserted desert fields
beyond the borders of the christian god
like those two brothers among the stars
where a living isan went with a dead isan
on this soil they eat round bread
dragonflies light lithe dragonflies viridissimae
grylli campestres and grylli domestici
swarmed here and caught here
with the music of their grass bows they keep domestic order
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16 October 2011 @ 02:40 pm
Fixed my conference paper topic so that it's on LGBTQ representation in graphic novels, how to integrate such material into the collection, and how to deal with challenges.  (HINT:  don't automatically put all graphic novels in the YA and Juvenile sections; not all picture books are for kids.  Do your research, catalogers.)

Also, I have seen for myself a future in which I publish guidebooks to multiculturalism in graphic novels.  This is disturbing.  Not the material, but that I think I really would enjoy writing those.  And academic librarians are typically required to publish, even technical librarians... 

Gonna ask my parents for The Librarian's Guide to Graphic Novels for Adults for Christmas, because they keep bugging me for a list and because I've used it now on two different projects.  Seems like a worthwhile investment to me.  However, I think I'll leave out Libraries, Erotica, and Pornography and Sex and Sensibility--they might not fully understand why I want those.

Slightly less good--had to call in sick for work last night because of an IBS flareup.  Ugh.  First sick day at this job, which I am not thrilled about.
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"Seventh Song" The Holy Mass for Relja Krilatica, Milorad Pavic (trans. Charles Simic)

Rejoice eleventh finger reckoner of stars
For you are the one exiled into the light
Your mind is made up with angelic speed
While the wings were given to you to catch him
We threw him on heaven's shores like a crown
To listen to the moon's breathing
Where he falls down we'll build a house
Go now and bring him back
In a sleeve full of moonlight
We are teaching you to bear God's beard
To crawl out among the stars
Like a worm from an iron walnut into the flesh of the wind
But you sit in your heart above all nights and fish
We teach you to spit at the point of galactic balance
Between the pull of the moon and the pull of the earth
But you've caught the mole of heavens
Sewed feathers in her back
And wait for wings to sprout
You teach her to tell time
Terrestrial time makes her hiccup
Neither your last name's name nor your first name's nickname
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14 October 2011 @ 02:14 pm
I always need to have noise in the apartment, and music actually takes a lot of concentration for me (singing along, thinking 'wouldn't this song be great for this character/scene/etc.') so I tend to watch familiar TV shows.  And since my taste in programing is pretty lowbrow, it's not like I'm wasting a whole lot of brain power on it.  Do some work, look up for thirty seconds to laugh at the funny moment I know is coming, go back to work.  And we get into really big ruts, Justin and I, where we just watch the same show over and over until we can't stand it anymore.

Bringing me to the point of this post.  I've watched all nine episodes of The Tick about six times now.  Why in the name of God!Edlund (writer and creator; also writer of some of the better Supernatural episodes) is this series not longer?  It really needs to be longer. 

And I really need to be reading Bless Me, Ultima for multicultural services and our discussion board that's due tomorrow.  Also, I have to watch a movie, which is always fun because the mediasite quality sucks. 
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13 October 2011 @ 05:12 pm
"All Hallows" Louise Glück

Even now this landscape is assembling.
The hills darken.  The oxen
sleep in their blue yoke.,
the fields have been
picked clean, the sheaves
bound evenly and piled at the roadside
among cinquefoil, as the toothed moon rises.

This is the barrenness
of harvest or pestilence.
And the wife leaning out the window
with her hand extended, as in payment,
and the seeds,
distinct, gold, calling
Come here
Come here, little one.

And the soul creeps out of the tree.

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Current Music: "bad company" bad company
My academic adviser just told me that I'll have a "diverse set of skills" when I graduate, in reply to the e-mail informing him that I want to take advanced cataloging and libraries, lit, and young adults next semester.  He added that it will give me good flexibility when looking for a professional position; my personal interpretation (not of his intention, just of the words) is that I lack focus.  Because I do.  I really, really do.

Still banking of cataloging being what gets me a professional position with benefits after I graduate.  Children and youth librarians--hell, regular reference librarians--are a dime a dozen.  No one wants to catalog.  Except me.  I go into libraries and mentally re-categorize everything while I'm browsing.
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08 October 2011 @ 12:37 pm
This is really good on chicken or fish (some kind of white fish like catfish; I haven't tried it with salmon or tuna).
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • spring onions (I used three; use more or less for preference)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice (to taste; I like a lot)
  • splash of dry white wine or cooking sherry
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • oregano (fresh or dried; again, I like strong flavors so I use a lot)
  • basil (see above)
  • coriander seeds
It might also work with balsamic vinegar instead of lemon juice, but I haven't tried that yet.  You mix everything together, then pour it over whatever meat you're using (I've used chicken breast and catfish) in a baking dish and bake at about 400 until the meat is done (or with fish, about 20-25 minutes so the vegetables cook too).  I don't know if this is a recipe I've seen somewhere and adapted, or if I made it up, or what.  But it's good.  Even Justin eats it, and he doesn't really like tomatoes.  Serve over rice, or maybe couscous if you prefer. 

It may be starting to sleet outside.  Ick.  I have to go to work tonight. 
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