proustbot: (Mendou Shutaro)
It has been a week of intellectual literature for me.

(no spoilers, yada yada yada)

Rose Daughter, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and Mistress Pat )

I'm leaving for two weeks, Internet. See you mid-August.
proustbot: (but hearts are earned)
El Salvador

Last night, I dreamed that I was being pursued by Jeremy Northam throughout a 19th-century whaling ship. As far as dreams go, it was aces.

My Car in Managua and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix )
proustbot: (liz)
El Salvador

I had a lot of noble intentions for the very serious and important things I would be doing this week. On the other hand, I'm on page 459 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Can I read the necessary book and a half before Friday? Well, probably...but at the expense of very serious and important things.

Strong Poison, The Jane Austen Book Club, and Pat of Silver Bush )
proustbot: (liz)
ME: "Oh, look, an artbook came in the mail for me today."
MOM: "An artbook? That doesn't sound like you."
ME: "I also received The Massacre at El Mozote!"
MOM: "No, wait, that sounds like you."

(She was completely unimpressed by my copy of Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance.)

Nicaragua: A Decade of Revolution and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire )
proustbot: (clint eastwood)
I made an executive decision not to do something, and suddenly I am feeling far more sanguine about life.

I watched Twentieth Century with my sister today. It was surprisingly cynical: you keep waiting for some softer emotion to emerge from the flinty surface, for the male protagonist to reveal some redeeming feature, for the heroine to betray some willing complicity in her subjugation. But no! John Barrymore is exquisitely awful, but he's somewhat hard to stomach in the movie's first half, when Carole Lombard is still playing a trembling innocent. (Things go down easier in the second half, which reveals her to be just as theatrical and egomaniacal as he.) Given Howard Hawks' other screwball features -- Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, and Ball of Fire -- Twentieth Century is unusually unflinching. On a second viewing, I may find it refreshing.

Regency Buck, Whose Body?, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets )
proustbot: (liz)
I went to a family reunion this weekend.

BROTHER: "So, I'm torn between my desire to look respectable and my desire to self-medicate."
ME: "But everyone here has been self-medicating since this morning. They won't notice your respectability."
BROTHER: "True! Time for another Shiner Bock!"

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, White Apples, and The Time of the Ghost )


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