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I completely gave up on my (usually meticulous) book list around the middle of October last year but here: the last four books that I can remember reading.

Maroon Societies, The Leaven of Malice, The Journalist and the Murderer, and Police at the Funeral )
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Hey, friends -- as some of you may have noticed, my presence (in both Internet-land and real-life social gatherings) has been fairly...fleeting in the last few months. Sorry! I've been busy! If I've left you hanging on anything (conversations, gifts, e-mails, kidney donations), you should probably nudge me about it, because I'm not very good about remembering social niceties at the moment. Also, I was raised by wolves! It's not my fault!

The Man in the High Castle, The Thief, and Tempest-Tost )

Haddaway, "What is Love?"
Sesame Street, "Left Me Cookie at the Disco"
proustbot: (everybody's crazy about a sharp-dressed)
"It was bad enough that Treasury Secretary Paulson came out of the gate, hysterical, with a flimsy two-page proposal asking for $700 billion, no questions asked, like some kind of bank robber 2.0."
--Jessica Pressler, "Why Did the Rescue Bill Fail?" New York Magazine: Daily Intel, Sept. 29, 2008

The New Cultural History, Huarochiri, and The Lyre of Orpheus )

Eurythmics, "Doubleplusgood" (stolen, I suspect, from [livejournal.com profile] jokersama)
Vampire Weekend, "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" (The Teenagers Remix)
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"Do you realize," said Greenlaw to Vincent LeMoyne, the other black Knight, "that Nutty gets letters from his dog? Yes, I'm not kidding, from his dog! The dog's in England, of course, but the dog writes twice a week. And in Cockney, what's more! 'Dear Marster, I miss you terrible, but Missus says we has to be brave and go walkies every day just as if you was 'ere. My roomatism is chronic but I takes me pills regular, and don't have to get up in the night more than a few times, which is an improvement, Missus says. Hurry back, covered with laurels and bring lots of lovely green bones. Love from your Woofy in which Missus joins.' Can you beat it! I've known dog-nuts, but I never met a dog-nut as nutty as Nutty. Why do you suppose the dog talks Cockney?"

"It's a class thing," said Wilson Tinney, who played Gareth Beaumains. "Dog must be loving and beloved, but
not a social equal. Certainly not a superior. Can you imagine Nutty with a titled dog? 'Dear Puckler, your wife is looking after me splendidly in your absence, and I look forward eagerly to August 12, when the grousing begins. Accept my assurance that I look upon you not as a master, but as a humble friend.' That wouldn't do at all."

"Do you know what I think?" said Vincent LeMoyne; "I think Nutty's wife writes those letters. I suspect the dog's illiterate."

"You astonish me!" said Greenlaw. "Do you suppose Nutty knows?"

--Robertson Davies, The Lyre of Orpheus (1988), pp. 386-387
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Two Dogs, Tahlequah, Oklahoma


The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes, Goblin Moon, and the Cunning Man )

And now I will run around like a beheaded chicken for the next two weeks as I try to get everything done.
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Our six-month-old dog likes to begin wake-up procedures by crawling into bed with me.

And breathing loudly in my ear.

At four in the morning.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Golem's Eye, and Murther and Walking Spirits )

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