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May. 5th, 2016 07:38 am
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The Lady with the Borzoi, by Laura Claridge, tells an all-too-familiar story. Alfred A. Knopf put his name on his publishing company, and other media mostly treated it as a one-man operation, but his wife Blanche did a lot of the work and found most of the authors who made the company so good. Theirs was a lousy marriage but a successful operating partnership, kind of like FDR & Eleanor. This book tells the intriguing story, with guest appearances by their pal H.L. Mencken and other major writers they published.

Fanniversary

May. 5th, 2016 05:18 am
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On this date in 1977, I printed up and sent out my first zine, The Diagonal Relationship. Most of the good things in my life now come from that.

June challenge: 2016 version

May. 5th, 2016 08:15 am
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It's nearly June challenge time again! Who's joining in this year?

Here are the themes: theme I: buses, theme II: lines, theme III: doing something different. Here are reports from previous years: I.(a), I.(c), I.(d), II.(a), II.(b), II.(c), II.(d), III.(a), III.(b), III.(c), III.(d).

Note there are a couple of changes from previous years. In theme I (buses), I've removed the constraint that you have to start at a bus stop near your home or workplace. You can always choose to obey this constraint anyway if you want to. In theme III (doing something different), I've added a new option, III. (e), designed by [personal profile] secretlondon.

To complete the challenge, all you need to do is:

  • Make an attempt during June 2016 to follow at least one set of instructions from at least one theme.
  • Report back to the community, either via a complete trip report or simply by leaving a comment on this post stating what you did and how it went.

As before, various bits of [community profile] flaneurs swag will be offered to everyone who completes the challenge (we have stickers, badges, and postcards). The more themes you try, the more swag you get.

Eloquent appreciation

May. 4th, 2016 05:56 pm
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Michael Swanwick discusses Farah Mendlesohn’s Rhetorics of Fantasy.

This life thing keeps happening!

May. 4th, 2016 03:20 pm
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Wow... it's after 3 PM and I've done so little today out of so much I have to do.

But I got the kitchen cleaned and the dishwasher running and I'm starting on hanging up stuff in the bedroom. More of that to do before unpacking from whatever weekend it was that I was away and getting the car emptied out mostly from ditto.

Thank goodness G and N's flight is presently delayed approximately 2 hours (down from 2 and a half; will be interesting to see where this resolves... and I am tempted to let them land before heading to the airport, or at least get pretty darn close to landing. It's only 20 minutes away after all.

In other news, stuff with KC has imploded; potential for even deep friendship is -- very regrettably -- in doubt. Explorations with QK continue; we are taking our time figuring out just what this is exactly and how, when, where and why it fits into our lives.

In other other news, the GLBT Center here wants to hire an administrative assistant. But the list of job responsibilities is so long I'm afraid I get overwhelmed just reading it. Still, it would be an interview I could wear a shirt and tie to; might be worth applying just for that.

Oh and in other other other news, Major NonProfit announced their new CEO (note the change in title from Executive Director to CEO; word on the street is that they will be looking for a COO as well) so stuff will start getting shaken -- not stirred -- up there soon (including, I suspect, instituting closing on major Jewish holidays - always a good thing!).

Okay, back to it... must keep swimming.

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