Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Reading Choices

Lotus and Book, originally uploaded by littlemiao.

I'm having such trouble deciding what books to take along on my little spring break adventure. A hard-covered book might be too much of an effort to hold while I'm vacationing. A short book would be easier to hold, but not last as long. If I bring more than one book, I might not finish a single one and then I would have wasted valuable packing space. Ah, tough choices.

In other news, my camera case will most certainly not arrive in time. Perhaps I will have to wrap my precious camera in a fleecy pillowcase. It's only just shipping today or tomorrow.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

little study nook

little study nook, originally uploaded by littlemiao.

I miss little study nooks like this one. I miss being in a place where the library was open on Sundays during breaks.

Oooof, must get back to work.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Colorful poetry

Some of Saki's satirical poems are kind of funny. Like this one, composed by the recurring character Clovis - a color painting of "the dawn coming up over the Brahma-putra river":

"The amber dawn-drenched East with sun-shafts kissed,
Stained sanguine apricot and amethyst,
O'er the washed emerald of the mango groves
Hangs in a mist of opalescent mauves,
While painted parrot-flights impinge the haze
With scarlet, chalcedon and chrysoprase."

I did not know the hue of chrysoprase until I looked it up on wikipedia, though I had a vague suspicion that it was greenish.

And that is all I have to say. Though if I get my act together, there is one story I want to comment more extensively on... perhaps this weekend.

* "The Recessional" in The Complete Saki, p. 202

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thought for the day

"[W]hen once you have taken the Impossible into your calculations its possibilities become practically limitless."

Saki did not mean this in an inspirational, motivating sort of way.

* p. 189 The Complete Saki (Penguin)

The book is due back at the library soon. I am reading at such a languid pace, it may take me all year to finish. Only 700 pages to go.

Why am I not outside enjoying the beautiful weather and the late sunset? Because I am inside finding 1,001 ways to avoid studying for tomorrow's exam. My final final of the term. I just want to get it over with, but since I can't take it this instant, I am obligated to fill the intervening time with studying.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Glareful Prince Tantra punishes the unworthy

Glareful Tantra, originally uploaded by littlemiao.

Because it was ever so much more important to finish reading Sandman Vol. 4 than to study for one of the four exams I have coming up in the next three days.

My Miao Brothers are ever so disappointed in me.

(Actually, I expect that with the exception of the stern Prof Tash, they don't really care how much or little I study because it won't bring me home any sooner. Alas.)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

A book meme

A delicate balance

"Tell me a story... One just true enough to be interesting and not true enough to be tiresome."

--- Saki

From The Complete Saki, "The Story of St. Vespaluus (p.166).

I'm working my way slowly through Saki's short stories. I'm not entirely convinced that the book (Penguin edition) is complete, having seen references elsewhere to writings of Saki's that don't show up in the book. Or maybe they do.

A volume such as this, in my opinion, needs an introduction. The lack of an introduction leaves me feeling unanchored.

There is something fascinating and disturbing about these stories. Maybe it has to do with the variety of ways women can be killed by wild beasts.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Brighten your Monday with unicorns and rainbows!

Ping, cornified, originally uploaded by littlemiao.

King Ping gazes benevolently at the world through a wreath of rainbows and unicorns.

Click here to cornify your Monday too!

Friday, April 3, 2009

It was waiting for me all along

I finally have a copy of The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats Sell Out. It was sitting in the rental office for two weeks because I was under the impression that UPS couldn't deliver it, owing to the fact that I received an email from amazon.com to that effect. It took me two weeks to call UPS and ask what's up, only to find out that the book was waiting here for me all along. If only I hadn't been too scatterbrained to check the UPS tracking number online. Sometimes I wonder if I have any brains left to scatter.

I still need to ask for a signed bookplate, if there are any left.

The book is beautiful, to say nothing of the comics themselves, which are genius.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Goal for this evening

Mani's reading time, originally uploaded by littlemiao.

I'm going to finish reading The Wee Free Men tonight.

Mani is going to nap.

Fictive shelves

I find it intriguing that the Sandman comics are shelved under adult non-fiction at the local library.

The fourth volume is waiting for me. I'll pick it up tomorrow. yay!
The sandman : season of mists