Monthly Archives: May 2012

Nothing-to-Do Puppy.

When I was little, my dad used to read me this book called "Nothing-to-Do Puppy." As far as I can remember, it's about this little dog who is so, so bored. The lesson is that boredom is just an illusion blablabla there's always something to do blabla. Only boring people get bored. That is not actually my current problem. 

I've graduated from school, which is exciting! And I'm working on a novel, which is more exciting! Except that a lot of the time it feels like nothing is happening. I have this enormous reading list of books that are for research, which aren't really fun to write about here. All my time is taken up with this silly project. Hmmm.

Anyway, I was looking through my phone today and I found the following list I made while at the airport a few weeks ago and then forgot about.

Some People You (I) Always See at Airports

1. People who cannot stop talking, ever. This is a disease exacerbated by whatever is going on at the airport.

2. Passenger who has never traveled before and is shocked by TSA's aggressive 'mope and grope' policy.

3. On the other hand, the guy who manages to walk through the checkpoint sarcastically. Oh, I'm gonna put my hands up now! Here they are! Oh, wow are they up! Whatever.

4. Girl suspiciously well dressed and made up for 4 am. ARE YOU A VAMPIRE? Please make me one of you.

5. One Latin American teenager with Louis Vuitton luggage.

6. Middle-aged Dominican man with mother who does not speak English.

7. Oddly accurate flight attendant who tells you you'll start boarding in three minutes.

8. A family dressed in pyjamas, carrying pillows. Almost always headed to foreign destination.

9. Some person making a weird list on her phone. God, wtf.

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld: some books that I love.

Discworld1This isn't going to be a proper review, because I'm not going to go into the particulars of any of the three and a half books I've read (because I'm line editing my thesis again again again before I hand it in this week), but I wanted to write them up anyway, because the series is so fantastical and I need a break from deleting commas. Why do I use SO MANY COMMAS?

One funny thing about me and I think about a lot of other people is that we don't always read / watch movies / listen to music to experience something completely new as much as to be able to recapture the feeling of discovering something we already love. That's why our tastes are pretty predictable. I'm always chasing the feeling described in that horrible song, "I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You". I am always wishing I could read "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" or Ursula Le Guinn's "A Wizard of Earthsea" over again for the first time. Like everything I already love, but also totally different and new: that's what I want sometimes. That's what Discworld totally is.

The Discworld books are parodies of the fantasy genre. The books I've read feature some standard fantasy characters (dragons, trolls, dwarves, undead people), but rather than, I dunno, fighting for the Iron Throne of Mordor or whatever, they live in an extremely dirty, capitalistic city-state called Ankh-Morpork, which owes more than a little to Medieval Florence (complete with its very own Lorenzo de Medici), and their concerns are totally normal, human ones. There's many dive bars and a lot of bad coffee. The characters are the sort that you talk about with other readers as if they were real people you both know. You should really, really read these books. You're going to feel so good about this decision.

Just like I'm going to feel good about my decision to tango with Mr. Thesis again, right? Right.

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This is what you come here for, right?

 

When I saw this, I wondered: didn't it use to be Santogold? Am I crazy? Yes, and no (well, not when it comes to this). She changed it.