||[Apr. 10th, 2007|01:52 pm]
Today I have set out to be wildly productive and---|
learned about Joanna Russ, reread James Tiptree Jr's "The Women Men Don't See," trailed a debate between Mormon women about modesty in prom dresses, tracked the history of several less hardy saplings from the root of the Angel Moroni,followed some heartfelt arguments about how fandom in the 70s was, in fact, not boring at all, debated whether the "Me Decade" is in fact a covert attack on the blooming of female writers in the 1970s, read some biographical material on Joan Didion, learned about a Chinese activist named "Long Hair" who routinely wears a Che Guevara shirt and is sort of the canary in the coal mine in terms of the mainland's tolerance of dissent, and read Robert Silverberg's The Man who Couldn't Forget, followed some side debates about why Genjo Sanzo is referred to as "the kiddo who contains heaven and hell" and concluded that the faction which thinks it is a mistranslation of the names of his sutras are right, lusted over the descriptions of the scents at BPAL, thought about the connection between North Korea and China before the 1980s, looked at several pictures of Tilda Swinton in Narnia, read some George Macdonald and was surprised at the strange, precious-precious didactic tone of the Princess and the Goblin, which is not at all how I remembered it, of course, learned about a game called Mornington Crescent which, in fact, has no rules at all,
but is intended to baffle the spectator by giving the impression that it has an immensely complicated set of rules, and read all about Aung Sang Suu Kyi's house arrest.
Um. And now I have a bouillabaisse of irrelevancies bubbling in my head. One or two of the things bobbing around in the soup leave a nasty aftertaste, I might add. For example, I read the following quote in the Observer on Aung Sang Suu Kyi---
'I've been here three years. It's difficult to say what's going on,' one diplomat admitted. 'She's extraordinarily strong-willed. She's extremely sweet if she likes you but she can be tough too.
'She's sacrificed an awful lot for her country,' he added. 'We all think she's marvellous.'
felt it tasted slightly wrong, thought about Joanna Russ, switched the genders, and substituted Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, MLK, or Vaclav Havel for the portrait center. Darlings, don't you find that
"He's extraordinarily strong-willed. He's extremely sweet if he likes you but he can be tough too."
"He's sacrificed an awful lot for his country," she added. "We all think he's marvelous."
is a bit--well, a bit off?