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A Week

Back for a week, and I am fighting the urge to destroy everything and flee back overseas, pick up N., and become like Kane from Kung Fu. Except, y'know, without the kung fu (though I suppose there was never any in that show, either).

But, I haven't. Doing all that will only result in my regret a few weeks down the track. But it's a strong urge, I tell you. To help stave it off, I've been reading, mostly short fiction. While I was away I picked up one of those beautiful American Library editions of Shirely Jackson's work and I've been reading short stories from there. And, since I've been home, I've been flipping through an old copy of Howard Waldrop's Night of the Cooters, for reasons I can't truly explain. Beloved by many, Waldrop can be a bit hit and miss based on my mood, to be honest. Some days, some of his prose just gives me the shits--other days I reckon it's funny and deft, the complete opposite of what I think on the other days. I think I have a bit more appreciation for his work after being in America, this time round. Or maybe i'm just in a mood to read Shirley Jackson and Howard Waldrop. It seems to be kind of helping.

But, y'know, you tune into the world. A massacre in Norway. The slow whittling of a carbon tax into nothing. A bad human trade deal by the Australian government. The media scandal over the News of the World, where the media conveniently walks around saying how bad those people are and no, no, of course no one else would do it. No. And there's famine in Somalia.



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Jul. 26th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
This doesn't really help the state of the world, but seems a good summary of it.
Aug. 2nd, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
I'm a Waldrop tragic, ever since he came to a Swancon a gazillion years ago and I heard him read. Great stuff in the book they did then - "The Sawing Boys" and "Flatfeet!" I still remember - as well as all the rest. Totally aspire to that ability to inhabit different idioms and patterns of speech. His novel is good too, time travel done well. And yeah, always good for a bit of nostalgia for the states.
Aug. 4th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
that was the eidolon collection, GOING HOME, yeah?
Aug. 5th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
Going Home Again - if you don't have a copy, I could probably be convinved to lend you mine, with sufficient collateral, of course. There's a bunch of other collections, too - Strange Things in Close Up is an old two-in-one, and there's some more recent ones from Old Earth. And supposedly, one day his Moon World novel will appear.
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