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LJ interests meme - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
LJ interests meme
I did this awhile ago, but I added an interest so it would generate a different list. Gakked from mamadeb:

LJ Interests meme results

  1. buffalo:
    Buffalo, NY is where I was born and lived until I was six, then lived again after college (Mom moved back as soon as I finished high school). It's a pretty used-up town in a lot of ways, but it has some surprisingly good stuff--some nice turn of the century architecture, particularly, and art galleries every third step. Birthplace of wings (and the best are still at the Anchor), and the only place you can reliably get beef on weck. And a shockingly good library. The last few years have been the first time since the 1840s that no one in the family has lived in Buffalo.
  2. characterization:
    The art of figuring out how characters will behave in given situations. Pretty self-explanatory. Figuring out what's IC, what's OoC, and why... it interests me.
  3. genealogy:
    I got bitten by the genealogy bug in the years after college, when I was desperate for a project that used my brain. It's really neat, and leads you down roads you might otherwise not go down historically. It really gives you a feeling of belonging to history instead of just reading about it like a stranger. I uncovered a line of the family that no one had known about, and it turned out that other distant cousins had traced it all the way back to the Viking invasions of England.
  4. illustration:
    I've always been interested in seeing different illustrators take on the same stories and the same scenes. How do they see them? What's the difference? How do I see them differently? I know there's an argument that illustration somehow detracts from the reader's imagination, but I've just never found that to be true. A good illo makes me think more deeply about a story, not less.
  5. letchworth state park:
    Letchworth is one of the major good things about Western New York. (Niagara Falls is good, too, but Letchworth is a lot less kitschy.) A seventeen mile gorge along the Genesee River, it has three major waterfalls, and over a hundred little ones as streams plunge into the river. (I found some pretty pictures at the inn site.)
  6. movies:
    Not much to say. I love going to the movies. The bigger and loudier and splashier, the better.
  7. perry:
    Perry is where I did my growing up--I lived there from age six to age eighteen. It's a small, burnt-out farming/textile town with some horrible economic problems, last I knew. But it's where my best friendships took place--mostly kids banding together with the thought of getting out, granted, but with the paradoxical effect of creating nostalgia! On the plus side, it has a very nice Carnegie library (and very well-funded, given the size of the town budget!) and parts of it are very pretty.
  8. remus lupin:
    HP character, obviously. I like Remus not so much because of the civilized man/werewolf dichotomy, which is interesting but a bit overdone, but because of his serious self-image problems that come out of it, and his scrambling to be liked and conviction that he won't be... he's an interesting person.
  9. stephen king:
    I can always count on Stephen King to keep me entertained on long train rides. Since I did a rather long post on him very recently, I won't elaborate too much, but he's definitely one of my primary writing influences.
  10. urban legends:
    I like all sorts of folklore, and I think the reason I like urban legends, particularly, is that they show we're just as prone to fall into the folklore trap now as we were in the middle ages. If a story is remotely plausible and presented as true, we're hard-wired to believe it, I think. Forget homo sapiens; I think we're homo narrativus. I can totally continue to enjoy them after they've been debunked, though. I wrote about talking ULs with one of my patrons one day, and the funny part of that conversation is that I prefaced telling the story with, "This is an urban legend... I'll tell it to you just like I heard it." (It was that weird one about "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the lights?") And the patron still totally freaked about the possibility of it happening. I had to remind him again that it was a common UL!

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author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: April 6th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Re: Urban Legends, I actually did a speech on them last semester.

And yes, we all do fall for them. I believed a girl's liver really had been fried at a tanning salon for the longest time!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 6th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I found the Ring Around the Rosie one in a serious book about plague carrying rats!
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: April 6th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, it's one of those "well known" things that probably isn't 100% true.

gehayi From: gehayi Date: April 6th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to ask...what does the interest "thirteenth generation" mean?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 6th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
For awhile in the early '90s, William Strauss and Neil Howe had a good gig going with a generational theory of history, based on the idea that the childhood environment people grow up in will have an effect on the way they behave as adults in history. They postulated four different generational types, which have repeated since the colonial days in America. We lucky folks born between 1961 and 1981 are the thirteenth generation, post-Boom, pre-Baby-on-Board. (Amazon link here.) I actually find it an interesting way of looking at history--I don't know that I'd accept it as, like, fact, but it's interesting, and so far, we have tended to be a fairly pragmatic generation as adults, which is what they predicted, while the next younger generation is more... hmm. Group-action oriented, I guess? Their website is here.
jd3000 From: jd3000 Date: April 6th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I have a friend who knows this girl who swears this is absolutely true: The thirteenth generation child from a couple who both arrived in a new land (in this case: America) will develop an amazing ability of some kind. Seeing the future, invisibility, telepathy. It's incredible, and a lot of people are looking up their family trees because of it.


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 6th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, that's interesting. Aside from the Howe/Strauss version, I am the thirteenth generation of Winchesters in America. Except that I'm not a Winchester by name anymore, of course.
jd3000 From: jd3000 Date: April 6th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, hopefully you haven't manifested your ability in public or the Quasi-Governmental Scary Suited Men will soon arrive to take you away from your home and family to possibly study you and/or force you to work for the Undefined Secret Organization. :-D

rikibeth From: rikibeth Date: April 6th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
With blue nitrile gloves?
rikibeth From: rikibeth Date: April 6th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
What amused me about "Aren't you glad you didn't turn on the lights?" is that when I was told it at MIT, it had allegedly happened to a Northeastern student; someone from Northeastern heard it as happening at BU; and so on aroud the list of colleges!
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