Currently reading: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee. Partly because it's Hugo nominated, and partly because jack was excited to talk about it so I've borrowed his copy. I'm halfway through and enjoying it a lot; it's a bit like a somewhat grimmer version of Leckie's Ancillary books. It has too much gory detail of war and torture for my preferences but it's also a really engaging story.
Up next: Quite possibly Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer, since I'd like to read at least the Hugo novels in time for Worldcon.
Anyway we had some very interesting discussions, including around the use of language. Some of the Muslim participants said they didn't like what I had thought of as an otherwise neutral older spelling, Moslem. They said they associate that spelling and pronunciation with people like Donald Trump, and I can see that people who haven't bothered to update their language might well be assumed to be hostile. I don't particularly need to change my own language choices since I have been using the modern spelling anyway, but it's useful to note.
Then of course the conversation turned to the Jewish side, and the somewhat fraught issue of what we should be called. ( is 'Jew' a slur? )
Walking the Overland Track - Day 5
I shed my clothes like an awful first draft, splashing river
on my face and into places used to their own company.
In the sibilant rush, after so many days on the trail unwashed,
my mouth makes loud vowels of shock and appreciation
and my soles slip across the rocks’ skin like speed readers’ fingers.
I look down to find my body being edited, its pages
harshly corrected with black punctuation.
My hands slap at apostrophes and commas,
their possessives and contractions claiming my blood.
They engorg into dashes Emily Dickinson would covet
and fll of stolen content they race end for end
across my skin, challening my sensitive narrative
with their bold third-person revisions,
opening and closing quotes with wild abandon.
This poem was collected in Best Australian Poems 2015
I still don't have a good way of making an offline archive of DW; the program LJArchive is timing out because, I think, my DW is just too huge, and it doesn't have a way of downloading one bit at a time. Does anyone have any recs?
It's also coming up to the end of my 7th year of working at Keele – I've finished teaching and only have exams to go through before this academic year is over. It's a pretty awesome job in lots of ways. Our senior people like to point out that there have been over a million consultations when patients have been treated by Keele-trained doctors in the ten year history of the medical school, and I've contributed to the education of quite a high proportion of those doctors.
And it's the 20th anniversary, give or take, of my leaving school. I have signed up to attend the reunion next month; I'm not entirely sure that was a good idea, but I am at least somewhat curious to see if I can pick up some gossip from anyone who isn't on Facebook. I don't think anyone is going to be surprised that I'm an academic, that's what everybody was predicting when I was going around convinced I was going into school teaching. But they might well be surprised that I'm married and poly.
Anyway, now I'm going to catch a train from the new exciting local to my house station.
Ways to Give:
rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.
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I'm going to go with posting poems and linking back to the definitive source (if online) or to books by the author.
So, have a poem by R.S. Thomas. Here's a link to the wonderful glorious poetry archive, where R.S.Thomas reads this poem aloud and muses about assonance. Worth it just to learn how to pronounce Cwm Cowlyd
The Ancients of the World, by R.S.Thomas
The salmon lying in the depths of Llyn Llifon
Secretly as a thought in a dark mind,
Is not so old as the owl of Cwm Cowlyd
Who tells her sorrow nightly on the wind.
The ousel singing in the woods of Cilgwri,
Tirelessly as a stream over the mossed stones,
Is not so old as the toad of Cors Fochno
Who feels the cold skin sagging round his bones.
The toad and the ousel and the stag of Rhedynfre,
That has cropped each leaf from the tree of life,
Are not so old as the owl of Cwm Cowlyd,
That the proud eagle would have to wife.
And here's is a link to a short collection of his poems at wordery (which is not owned by Amazon). I like the Everyman poetry imprint, they're a good introduction and don't overwhelm.