Also, can I add, it was absolutely crazy when I shared this and EVERYBODY, it seemed, saw it and had to comment on it—a little scary, even. It made me more wary of sharing stuff online—but hopefully it wasn't as traumatic on your end?
Thanks! I actually borrowed a book about eels from the library... perhaps a sign! So I will definitely check it out!
The Brain Scoop? It's a Natural History-themed series—anything from a bug-hunting trip in rural Illinois to the skinning of a two-headed calf to curiosities about the history of taxidermy.
I saw him once at the Globe Theatre in London playing Mephistopheles in Marlowe's version of Faustus—he was absolutely fantastic!
Back when I was studying Social Anthropology, I remember finding Counihan and Van Esterik's Food and Culture: A Reader very, very good. It covers a ridiculously broad spectrum of culture/food things.
The Wire, definitely. And Edward Gorey, and Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events. Roald Dahl too probably, though I haven't read his more autobiographical stuff.
I was thinking that too re: Series 6 up until "Tabula Rasa" (the episode after "Once More with Feeling")... but then things went rapidly downhill, and I decided to skip the rest of the series after Episode 14. The characters were behaving too strangely, and no Giles. Thankfully, series 7 is great.
This week I read Patti Smith's memoir of her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, Just Kids. The language was a bit pretentious sometimes, and some pages were just lists of names of famous or semi-famous people Patti Smith hung out with, but there were a lot of good moments, and reading about young people being…
Lots of trains and tubes and planes lately, so I managed to finish a biography of Gabriele d'Annunzio (Italian aesthete, poet, novelist, womaniser, preacher of war, war hero, cocaine fiend, etc. he did a lot of stuff), as well as:
I adored Joyce Carol Oates' The Accursed—yes, it does drag here and there, especially in the first 100 pages or so, but there's just so much cool stuff in it (death-by-jellyfish, a bizarre cameo by Sherlock Holmes, the Laoitian sleeping sickness, unstraightforward vampires, and "cannibal sandwiches", among other…
I read it a few months ago and I was NOT expecting all the making-out sessions, at all. So I think it will always be in my heart, if only because it was so bemusing half the time, and I had so much fun sharing the most ridiculous bits with my friends—a bit like a "so-bad-it's-good" kind of thing.
After a relatively slow first 100 pages or so, I LOVED Joyce Carol Oates' The Accursed. I mean, it features death-by-jellyfish, a bizarre cameo appearance by Sherlock Holmes, a deadly game of draughts, a couple of chapters that are a cross between a Hieronymus Bosch painting and a fairytale, bluestocking temptresses,…
YES! Yes, exactly.
INFJs = the best.
I've been thoroughly enjoying Dishonored—so much so that, for the first time ever, I actually started it all over again almost as soon as I finished it, so I could try being even more stealthy, and explore all the nooks and crannies I'd ignored the first time round. I think the DLC is next.
I saw the review of this on io9 the other day and it sounds amazing!
(Nothing particularly exciting or interesting I'm afraid! Just my inept posting of the same thing twice, and then inability to cancel one of the posts)
Yeah they have that at my library too... the idea appealed to me less than Zoo City's, but I'll add to The List, I think!
Halfway through Lauren Beukes' Zoo City. Really enjoying it so far—though I'm more interested in the worldbuilding and the mechanics of acquiring an animal than I am in the plot. Also I love the wit—"since [acquiring] Sloth I've been so monogamous I make the demonstration banana that Aids educators use to show how to…