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Huh.

19 June 2015 04:36 pm
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According to Buzzfeed, it would seem that 'Grey' is basically just PWP...

I Read The New “Fifty Shades” Book, And It Is Absolutely Batshit (NSFW!!!)
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The Times (mostly paywalled): Tycoon gives up $600m for a monk’s life

One of India’s richest men has renounced all his wealth and taken a vow of celibacy to become a monk.

Bhanwarlal Doshi, a Delhi-based plastics tycoon with a fortune valued at over $600 million by Forbes, was initiated into a monastic order of the Jain faith in a three-day ceremony attended by more than 150,000 people.


I can't even. Here, have a quote from one of my favourite stories of all time (from the Second Jungle book):

Next month, when the city had returned to its sun-baked quiet, he did a thing no Englishman would have dreamed of doing; for, so far as the world’s affairs went, he died. The jewelled order of his knighthood went back to the Indian Government, and a new Prime Minister was appointed to the charge of affairs, and a great game of General Post began in all the subordinate appointments. The priests knew what had happened, and the people guessed; but India is the one place in the world where a man can do as he pleases and nobody asks why; and the fact that Dewan Sir Purun Dass, K.C.I.E., had resigned position, palace, and power, and taken up the begging-bowl and ochre-coloured dress of a Sunnyasi, or holy man, was considered nothing extraordinary. He had been, as the Old Law recommends, twenty years a youth, twenty years a fighter — though he had never carried a weapon in his life — and twenty years head of a household. He had used his wealth and his power for what he knew both to be worth; he had taken honour when it came his way; he had seen men and cities far and near, and men and cities had stood up and honoured him. Now he would let those things go, as a man drops the cloak he no longer needs.
The Miracle of Purun Bhagat

Pimping!

17 May 2015 09:34 am
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Two interesting articles about Fifty Shades of Grey:

Consent Isn’t Enough: The Troubling Sex of Fifty Shades. The blockbuster fantasy has become a big movie—and a bigger problem.
By Emma Green, for The Atlantic.

Sex, Lies and Fifty Shades. Millions have read the books. Millions more will see the movie. And everything you think you know about it—and women—is wrong.
By Leslie Bennetts for Entertainment Weekly.

ETA: And via [livejournal.com profile] shadowkat67:

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Review - The New Yorker. No pain, No Gain.

This is the beginning:

If the figures are correct, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James, has been bought by more than a hundred million people, of whom only twenty million were under the impression that it was a paint catalogue. That leaves a solid eighty million or so who, upon reading sentences such as “He strokes his chin thoughtfully with his long, skilled fingers,” had to lie down for a while and let the creamy waves of ecstasy subside. Now, after an enticing buildup, which took to extreme lengths the art of the peekaboo, the film of the book is here.
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Dan Brown's appropriation of Dante is (IMHO) something close to sacrilege, whereas Clive James has just finished a translation (after a lifetime's work). Interview here, but I've pulled out what is for me the money quote:

On working on his translation for 40 years: "In view of the likelihood that Dan Brown's Inferno novel will coin money like the mint and be turned into a huge Hollywood movie (Jeremy Irons as Dante perhaps, opposite the meltingly spiritual Beatrice of Angelina Jolie), it might be asked why I slogged away at a mere translation. The answer is simple: The Divine Comedy is a work of art so incandescently great that if you think you can convey some of its force and colored fire, you should. It was a duty. For 40 years, since my brilliant wife showed me what the lovers sounded like when they spoke Italian to each other in the fifth canto of hell, I knew it was my duty. I just didn't know how to do it. Somewhere in Dan Brown's new book, a professor says that Longfellow's translation does the job. But when I read that translation, and all the other translations, I still thought that nobody yet had quite caught the way that Dante's verse flies along, infinitely varied, infallibly vivid, totally brilliant. So I pushed on, and the effort brought me where I am today, competing head to head with one of the biggest-selling writers of all time. Smart move, eh?"
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Currently reading:

Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
Prayer: Letters to Malcolm by C.S. Lewis
Whedonistas by various fangirls

Under my bedside table: Read more... )

ETA: If anyone wants to copy this and turn it into a meme, you're more than welcome! :)
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Currently reading:

Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
Prayer: Letters to Malcolm by C.S. Lewis
Whedonistas by various fangirls

Under my bedside table: Read more... )

ETA: If anyone wants to copy this and turn it into a meme, you're more than welcome! :)
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My father in law has HUGE amounts of books. Now and again I go scouring through them, and today came across 'Goodbye to Berlin' by Christopher Isherwood, and picked it up out of curiosity.

And - I think I'm in love.

I'd forgotten what it's like to be seduced by writing, the way reading can feel like drinking a rich wine and you try to take it slow so it'll last, but you keep picking it up for just another taste...

Also - despite having only seen a couple of trailers - Matt Smith seems a wonderful choice, since I keep reading with his voice (and the inflections he uses) in my head.

(Now the question is, will I have to hunt down 'Mr Norris Changes Trains' before Saturday [when Christopher and His Kind is on]? Not to mention 'Christopher and his Kind' itself. Hmmm. *wanders off to amazon*)
elisi: (Book Joy by eyesthatslay)
My father in law has HUGE amounts of books. Now and again I go scouring through them, and today came across 'Goodbye to Berlin' by Christopher Isherwood, and picked it up out of curiosity.

And - I think I'm in love.

I'd forgotten what it's like to be seduced by writing, the way reading can feel like drinking a rich wine and you try to take it slow so it'll last, but you keep picking it up for just another taste...

Also - despite having only seen a couple of trailers - Matt Smith seems a wonderful choice, since I keep reading with his voice (and the inflections he uses) in my head.

(Now the question is, will I have to hunt down 'Mr Norris Changes Trains' before Saturday [when Christopher and His Kind is on]? Not to mention 'Christopher and his Kind' itself. Hmmm. *wanders off to amazon*)
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Please tell me that I wasn't the only one to hear of this story (a controversial American scheme wants to visit Bristol and pay drug users and alcoholics to be sterilised) and immediately thought of Miss Schuster-Slatt?

(Dorothy Sayers had the best names for her characters!)
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Please tell me that I wasn't the only one to hear of this story (a controversial American scheme wants to visit Bristol and pay drug users and alcoholics to be sterilised) and immediately thought of Miss Schuster-Slatt?

(Dorothy Sayers had the best names for her characters!)
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Miss M (12 in November), is currently reading two books: Jane Eyre and... Twilight. She found the former in her school library (SO MANY BOOKS! \o/) and - even though we of course have a copy - decided to borrow it. (The school one is, naturally, better.) She likes it very much and was telling me how exciting it was, since Jane liked Mr Rochester and Mr Rochester liked Jane, but neither of them was telling the other - and I realised that she's never really come across this trope before, and to have her first experience be Jane Eyre is pretty fabulous. :)

She also (since ALL her friends are into the series) decided to borrow Twilight off one of her friends, and I figured that if she read it alongside classical, romantic literature it might show itself up for what it is. And this has indeed been the case. Verdict so far? Terrible book, but she can't stop reading. Plus Bella focusses only on Edward and that got old pretty quickly. Also, of course, she's noticed how clumsy Bella is (which she finds pretty hilarious) and how she has all the other boys running after her (I explained how this was probably a reflection on SMeyer's desire to rewrite her own High School years...).

My girl has a well developed sense of snark, and I have a feeling it'll come out in force before long. Plus we can have lots of talks about what constitutes acceptable behaviour when it comes to relationships. (Not that she's there yet - boys are annoying and stupid and loud, mostly.)

Anyway, she's giving Jane Eyre a rest, since it's just become VERY SAD because Jane's left him, and Miss M is rather worried. ♥

OMG!

8 May 2009 01:18 pm
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I have 'Nameless'! Squeeeeeeeeee! It is all mine and it is *shiny*! (Really, it is. ::pets it::)

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go here. (In brief: Nameless is a novel by [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge (aka [livejournal.com profile] sam_storyteller), and I really, really, really ought to have talked about it before but... you know how something is really important and you want to talk about it *properly* and then you never can work out how? It's kinda like that.)

Anyway, screw doing it properly - I have my very own copy! :D :D :D

(You can buy it - or download for free - here.)

OMG!

8 May 2009 01:18 pm
elisi: (Book Joy by eyesthatslay)
I have 'Nameless'! Squeeeeeeeeee! It is all mine and it is *shiny*! (Really, it is. ::pets it::)

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go here. (In brief: Nameless is a novel by [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge (aka [livejournal.com profile] sam_storyteller), and I really, really, really ought to have talked about it before but... you know how something is really important and you want to talk about it *properly* and then you never can work out how? It's kinda like that.)

Anyway, screw doing it properly - I have my very own copy! :D :D :D

(You can buy it - or download for free - here.)

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