It’s October! So it’s time for my annual spooky read! I’m dumb and read The Shining like a month ago (that would have been a perfect read for this month!), so I’m stepping slightly away from the more traditional horror novels and have decided to read The Gates by John Connolly. From what I’ve seen, it’s a more humorous take on tropes found in horror novels.
If I finish it by the end of the month (which will probably happen, it’s not very long), I’ll be reading more of Connolly’s short stories, which I rounded out last Ocober with.
I don’t think this will be my spookiest October read to date (Amityville Horror, I’m looking at you!), but I think it should be a fun way to get into the spooky spirit. Anything’s better than last year’s House of Leaves, right?
apparently big bird isnt a real bird and has been a person in a costume this whole time. this brings into the question the authenticity of all other birds. are some of them also filled with tiny humans. do any birds actually exist
Thanks! I’m going to be an Associate at the Octagon Museum in Washington D.C. It’s a house museum owned by the American Institute of Architects. It was the house that the Madisons used as the temporary White House when the real White House was burned down during the War of 1812, and the place where the Treaty of Ghent was signed. It’s got a pretty cool history, but it’s been pretty neglected by the AIA for the last decade or so. The staff is currently just one person, so I’ll be helping out with pretty much all aspects of running the museum, and getting it back on its feet!
Jesus Christ, public transit sounds horrifying! BUT SO MANY CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
I will never again complain about the T raising prices to $75 a month this past July! When I came back to Maryland I was like, “Oh, yeah, I’ll just Metro in, no problem”, but it’s so expensive! Like $4.20 one way to get from the closest stop to me to the closest stop to my work, and $5.10 a day for parking at that station (which is a 45 minute drive from my house, so I’ll still be spending money on gas and stuff), and boy howdy does that add up quick!
But Thank You! I’m so excited to be starting a new job!! And to be done with the horrors of job searching!
A few years ago my mom was complaining about how we never make her mix CD’s even though we make them for our dad all the time. So I threw together a playlist in like 15 minutes and burned it to a CD for her, and it somehow ended up being one of the best CDs I’ve ever made even though I put no effort into it at all. And every CD I’ve tried to make for my mom since then has been terrible.
“You have your whole life ahead of you. Be smart. Study hard and be independent…You must rely on yourself. No matter what else people may steal from you, they will never be able to take away your knowledge. The world is changing. You must make your own life outside this home.”—Adeline Yen Mah, Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter (via wordsnquotes)
I just got my formal offer for the museum job! They’re offering me $10,000 more than I asked for, which is amazing. If I accept, my first day would be next Tuesday. I told them I’d let them know my answer by tomorrow. This is exciting you guys!
I’ve been on a Sherlock Holmes kick , and I just finished a re-read of Laurie R. King’s “Mary Russell” series, and have been rereading my copies of the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories, and today I reread “A Scandel in Bohemia” for the first time since probably early high school, and I just…
Irene Adler definitely wins in the end, but it’s not really like she outwitted Sherlock. She recognized it was him in disguise, and reached the logical conclusion that the King of Bohemia probably hired him to get the picture back, and left for America with her new husband before Sherlock could confront her and get the picture back. Like I realize that these stories were written in the late 1800s, and that women were facing a different type of sexism at the time, but why is Irene Adler considered a mastermind because of that story? I mean, it was one of Holmes’ dumber plans to begin with.
It’s Banned Books Week! But people are trying to keep great books out of libraries and schools every hour of every day, year round. And often, people’s reasons for challenging these titles are really, really… outlandish. Here are 12 SF and fantasy books that people have given incomprehensible reasons for banning.
Okay, some of these—most of these—left me flatfooted. To quote the medieval saying, Honi soit qui mal y pense (Evil to him who evil thinks). Or, It’s all in your own head, Jack. I think it was Mordred said that.
“Many women, I think, resist feminism because it is an agony to be fully conscious of the brutal misogyny which permeates culture, society, and all personal relationships.”—Andrea Dworkin, Our Blood: Prophecies and Discourses on Sexual Politics (via staininyourbrain)