[poem] The Accompanist

Apr. 18th, 2014 01:39 pm
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[The Accompanist]

Early nights and early mornings lend themselves to me
with a wry kindness about their eyebrows
tactfully not asking
what it is I'll have to sacrifice
to keep up with repayments.

I spend them
in cellars and in futile arguments
on crises of the flesh and of the faith
(not that either I or they discriminate)--
o, countless snatched hours wringing my heart dry.

And in exchange, the reasons why I do:
quiet contemplation, data fresh from the machine--
moments spent in sitting with the sunlight and the trains--
and most of all because the child I was, made brave
by learning that the wide wild world had space
even for them (even for them!),
prefers to pass gifts forward than to try to pay them back.

The music that we make in company's the richer
for the daring in the sharing of our lives.
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Ezra Pound’s Proposition
Robert Hass

Beauty is sexual, and sexuality
Is the fertility of the earth and the fertility
Of the earth is economics. Though he is no recommendation
For poets on the subject of finance,
I thought of him in the thick heat
Of the Bangkok night. Not more than fourteen, she saunters up to you
Outside the Shangri-La Hotel
And says, in plausible English,
"How about a party, big guy?"
Here is more or less how it works:
The World Bank arranges the credit and the dam
Floods three hundred villages, and the villagers find their way
To the city where their daughters melt into the teeming streets,
And the dam’s great turbines, beautifully tooled
In Lund or Dresden or Detroit, financed
By Lazard Frères in Paris or the Morgan Bank in New York,
Enabled by judicious gifts from Bechtel of San Francisco
Or Halliburton of Houston to the local political elite,
Spun by the force of rushing water,
Have become hives of shimmering silver
And, down river, they throw that bluish throb of light
Across her cheekbones and her lovely skin.

On this day in:

2013: Wistful sounds like a brand of air freshener, Bob Hicok
2012: Not Getting Closer, Jack Gilbert
2011: Written in Pencil in the Sealed Railway-Car, Dan Pagis
2010: The Moss of His Skin, Anne Sexton
2009: It’s This Way, Nazim Hikmet
2008: The Problem With Skin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil
2007: Serenade, Terrance Hayes
2006: The Old Liberators, Robert Hedin
2005: Morning Song, Sylvia Plath

✓ 2014-04-18

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:33 am
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Des Plus Brillants Exploits Timestamp

Apr. 18th, 2014 12:42 pm
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Title: Des Plus Brillants Exploits Timestamp
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] twentysomething
Reader: [personal profile] knight_tracer
Cover Artist: [personal profile] fire_juggler
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairings: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Rating: Explicit
Length: 15:56
Summary: Someone on tumblr asked if I had any thoughts about what this Sid and Geno would be up to in Sochi, and well. The same thing as last Olympics, of course.

Links: mp3 | m4b (Right-click, select 'save as')
Points: (5+5)x2=20
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Apr. 18th, 2014 06:39 am
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Got any Follow Friday-related posts to share this week? Comment here with the link(s).
Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.

Welcome to Portero

Apr. 18th, 2014 10:58 am
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Do you like Night Vale? Do you like inexplicable creepy shit in small-town southern US?

Go read Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves.

Seriously, I cannot understand why the first I heard of this was it rocking up as part of the Humble Ebook Bundle just gone.

It is smalltown Texas. The Mayor is creepy and wrong. There are hidden doors, and keys made out of bone, and a very high body count.

Your protagonist, Hanna, is sixteen. She describes herself as biracial, bicultural, and manic-depressive. She is bilingual in Finnish and English. Her mum's an island girl.

The boy she ends up hanging out with is Latino. He is also bilingual, in Spanish and English.

Together, they fight crime inexplicable creepy shit, and meanwhile the Bechdel test gets passed every few pages.

Meanwhile, it's a book about abuse and parents and families and critique of the medical-industrial complex from the perspective of my personal is political and teenagers negotiating (complicated, not always happy) sex lives and trust and duty and survivors' guilt.

It has content notes for mental illness, self-harm, suicide, public executions, abusive parents, discussion of child sexual abuse, rape and torture (off-screen), involuntary commitment to inpatient psychiatric care (off-screen), and drug use. It's probably also worth flagging up that a slur used for newcomers to the town is "transy": it's short for "transient" (and this is made explicit) but I still flinched at it.

And in spite of all that I read it in one sitting and want more now. I am this close to e-mailing the publisher and suggesting they get Cecil Baldwin to read an audiobook version, because that is the best way I can think of to get it a much wider audience which it deserves.
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[personal profile] minim_calibre had a terrible idea:

Or, why the hell did I decide to put on Acqua di Gio (pour femme)?

HELP, I SMELL LIKE 1995.

WHICH, APPROPRIATELY, WAS A YEAR OF POOR LIFE CHOICES.

I can't even review it. It's... a fruity floral with notes of Weezer.

Shenanigans, and also blood.

Apr. 18th, 2014 12:51 am
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I have handed off Indexing to Purple, as I think this will be a great introduction to Seanan for him. He's already been introduced to Mira's writing.

For some reason, Purple said "Hello Mudder hello Fadder" at lunch, followed by "I love that song." I brightened, and informed him that one of my very favorite literary formats was the non-reassuring letter home. He was briefly baffled, so I started composing: "Dear Mama: Don't worry, we're all mostly safe now, and the doctor says that the worst of the injuries will be healed up in a couple weeks." He brightened in his turn, and we spent a while trying to yes-and each other's allusions to horrible events past and arguably ongoing. "I like the way your brain works." "Likewise." We beamed at each other.

Did I say that my team now knows where we're going? We know where we're going. (Mostly.) Shenanigans. Also, blood. )

Confusion

Apr. 18th, 2014 02:14 am
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Ok, so I've been rereading Draco's and Hermione's (among others) journals, as well as past entries on alt_fen (because apparently that's something I now do when I can't sleep) and I came across something that confused me.

In this previous post, Draco's private message to himself was mentioned. Now, I'd presumed that he was talking about Rowena Robins here, but [personal profile] alt_player seems to say it wasn't her he was talking about.

Or am I reading that wrong? Was it or was it not Rowena? If not Rowena, then who was he talking about? And why would he think his father had something to do with it? Who might Lucius send Draco's way?

Anyway. I'm all Confunded over here. Help?

Podfic: Just Browsing

Apr. 18th, 2014 01:46 am
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Title: Just Browsing
Author: bendingsignpost
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: Explicit
Genre/Tags: Bookstore AU, Stranger Sex
Length: 34:24

Summary: 

“I’m a good kisser,” John says.

Another eye roll. “Everyone thinks that.”

“Everyone? Blimey, someone’s been kissing and telling. Had no idea I was so famous.”


MediaFire (mp3)

Pre/Post Music - Counting Stars (piano cover) - OneRepublic

Awww, Draco!

Apr. 17th, 2014 11:36 pm
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I'm gonna bawl soon, I know it.

He's just such a sentimental sweetheart! I think I like this Draco better than Rowling's Draco, and that's saying something.

Stupid Protectorate.

Edited to fix link. Stupid HTML.

Thursday, April 17

Apr. 17th, 2014 08:24 pm
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Season 4, Episode 15: Kaddish

Apr. 17th, 2014 12:01 am
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Posted by shaenon

When I went to draw this strip, I remembered the copy shop owner as having a child-molester mustache. Then I looked at the episode and it turns out he has child-molester glasses. That’s some good creepy-guy casting there, X-Files.

 

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Title: like you want me to
Author: [personal profile] radioaches and ellievolia
Reader: [personal profile] intransitive ([livejournal.com profile] exmanhater)
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Pairing: Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews (always-a-girl!Jonny)
Length: 39:33
Summary: So it's easy, when they're drunk and high on winning, and they've been dancing for a while, and Kaner is so so close and breathing heavily against her ear. It's so easy to say, "Wanna go back to mine?"

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Points: (5+5)x3= 30

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