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Ramble, ramble, ramble - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ramble, ramble, ramble
Well, I put up Chapter Four and the Interlude (which I decided to call Chapter Five, for the sake of simplicity in naming) of Shifts. Hedwig now pecks at Remus's cheek instead of sniffing him, and I let Remus go on a bit longer about Umbridge. (The expository paragraph has also been changed.) A few other tweaks as suggested were made.

I bought an obnoxiously overpriced skirt yesterday. (It was on sale; normally it's obscenely overpriced.) My new piece of advice: Do not enter a clothing store if you hate what you're wearing and want to change. It's like going to the grocery store hungry. Nevertheless, it's a cute skirt, with a straight-skirt style at the type and an asymmetrical flare at the bottom. Put more simply, it's all swooshy and twirly, which makes my inner six-year-old happy. (Straight skirts aren't fun. They don't flare and flutter when you spin around.) I know, women's clothes are still cheaper than men's decent suits, so I shouldn't complain that a skirt cost $50... it's better than $200 or more, and I'll get as much use out of it as any guy gets out of a Brooks Brothers suit. But still... decent clothes should all cost exactly what I can afford to spend on them, shouldn't they? :p And cheap clothes should all be stunning and well made. On the other hand, I should be paid extravagantly (maybe even enough to afford my own apartment!) for being such an exceptionally good librarian.

Logic of personal economy--gotta love it.

I started reading Jane Eyre on the way home from work today. It's one of those books I somehow missed in school. It took a few minutes to get used to nineteenth century prose--fiction is a field that's evolved a lot in two hundred years or so--but once I did... you know what? Excellent book so far. I'm really, really enjoying it.
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From: hvaharu Date: June 24th, 2004 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Personal economy is a fascinating field of life. I sometimes think that it wouldn't feel right if I wasn't in permanent financial crisis...

Love my skirts swooshy and twirly too. :)
leelastarsky From: leelastarsky Date: June 25th, 2004 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh. Jane Eyre was manditory reading for us in Yr.10 and I hated it quite passionately. But then my view of it was undoubtably clouded by the fact that it was compulsory.
All the French in it ticked me off too. Largely cos I knew enough French (at the time) to follow it and I couldn't skip over it for that reason.

Wuthering Heights became very popular among my girlfriends when the Kate Bush song came out, but I never read that. One Bronte was more than enough for me! ;~P
volandum From: volandum Date: June 25th, 2004 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
You really should read Agnes Gray. Care for a link?

I never liked Wuthering Heights myself. The introduction put me off somewhat.
cheshyre From: cheshyre Date: June 25th, 2004 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
After you've finished Jane Eyre you simply must read Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair [I've got a copy (somewhere) if you want to borrow it.] It's an AU where literature holds the role that movies and sports do in our culture (celebrity worship and the like) and it riffs on Jane Eyre something fierce.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 25th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, it was actually The Eyre Affair that made me decide to read Jane Eyre! Excellent book.
liebchen127 From: liebchen127 Date: June 25th, 2004 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, that's funny. Because I re-read "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre" a few days ago. I really like both of them. At the moment I am re-reading Edgar Allen Poe. And thanks for the tip, cheshyre, I will look for "The Eyre Affair". Sounds interesting.
liebchen127 From: liebchen127 Date: June 25th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, by the way: The link to Chapter 5 doesn't work (for me). It leads to Chapter 4 again. And did you ever put Chapter 3 of "Shifts" up to your Homongous Bighead Site? There is no link there for this chapter...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 25th, 2004 11:48 am (UTC) (Link)
The chapter five link was an oops here--it's fixed. Chapter 3 seems to be linked in the HTML; not sure why it's not showing.
volandum From: volandum Date: June 25th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
As far as economy goes, books like Jane Eyre should be available legally on the Internet.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 25th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or at one's local library in paperback. :)
volandum From: volandum Date: June 26th, 2004 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Though it may be a surprize [been looking for opportunity to say that for a while], I hadn't actually forgotten at time of posting. Admittedly, however, I'm used to my library's scant collection of Wilkie Collins' and Dickens' works.
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