Apr. 23rd, 2016 02:03 pm
ricardienne: (york)
-I organized my books -- finally. I thought it might make me feel better to have them somewhat organized, so now it's: Greek roughly by date/genre and Latin roughly by date/genre, except that imperial Greek is stuck with high empire Latin at the end. And then, roughly, "Roman cultural history and lit-crit that I like/use regularly", "random other ancient history/literature", "reference" and "other novels/critical theory."

-My friend's pop-choir is giving a concert tonight, and I said I'd go and even bought a ticket but I *realllly* don't want to. Maybe I'll bring my knitting? Except that I don't really have anything that I can do without a chart right now. ARGH.

-The NYT is trying to explain Cassandra Clare. It's...well, I don't have much of an opinion about CC (except that I tried to read City of Whatever and thought it was boring and fairly facile: i.e. exactly like a billion other trendy YA authors. As far as the whole Harry Potter Fandom Plagiarism Scandal, I am actually somewhat sympathetic to no-it's-a-deliberate-web-of-quotations-to-be-appreciated defense.). HOWEVER, the profile makes her sound absolutely insufferable qua human being. Also, the NYT trying to explain fanfiction is hilarious. In addition to the fact that their hyperlinking manages to suggest that is the *only* place where fanfiction exists (this is probably for the best, honestly), they also imply that it was invented by the internet, which is probably why this happens:
Fan fiction is a boisterous community of online writers, many of them women, who reimagine existing stories and characters, often in the fantasy realm, and often with erotic overtones: Spock paired with Uhura, say, or Spock with Captain Kirk are popular imaginings.
ricardienne: (chord)
...passed my Dutch exam, and only lost 1 point each on spreken (which was a joke, really, since due to technological difficulties, we ended up with an hour to stare at the exam paper and scribble down answers so it wasn't extemporaneous at all. Otherwise I would have been much much worse) and schrijven (because I learned from the practice exam not to attempt anything fancy or creative but just to write simple sentences and spend the rest of the time quadruple and quintuple checking my spelling). So I can take B1 in September.

Now I just need to finish this paper... (it is really pathetically not anywhere near done).

oh great

Nov. 15th, 2009 04:30 pm
ricardienne: (augustine)
I seem to have the same sickness that I got at exactly this time last year -- mild queasiness, fatigue, general icky-feeling. And to go by last time, it will last a week. I DO NOT NEED THIS RIGHT NOW.

Also: it looks like UCLA and UC Berkeley have special codes for GRE scores that I didn't use when I had them reported when I took the test. So now I have to resend them, and that's $40 that I thought I wouldn't have to be spending.


Jan. 15th, 2009 11:34 pm
ricardienne: (augustine)
-Can't find pattern pieces that I want to use. Also, it turns out we are out of sewing machine needles.

-Watching HBO's Rome with parents (~10/12 for season 1). Am expected to provide historical commentary, natch (mostly making it up: I really need to read Last Generation of the Roman Republic). It's way too pro-Caesar (way to de-enoble the optimates, HBO) and Cicero=Mr Collins=WTF NO!. And it makes me depressed: poor res publica!

-Practicing today = 3 hrs. Work on Other Senior Project = 0.

-Read The Eyes of a King (YA, fantasy, Catherine Banner). I'm not sure what the genre is called: fantasy in a pre-WWI generic-European setting, complete with military dictatorship and recently deposed and massacred royal family. Plus vague magic, plus dimension-hopping and a missing prince raised by a loyal magician in our world until he is able to regain his throne. But the fascinating thing is that the story is told by the magician's great-nephew, who has a much more mundane life trying to survive and be happy as he grows up with his younger brother and grandmother in obscure poverty. Leo (= MC) hate the military training he has to undergo (and for which chance he is supposed to be grateful), quarrels with his grandmother, discovers first love in Maria, the young woman who moves into the apartment above with her infant and parents, and tries to protect his younger brother, the innocent, too-good-for-this-world Stirling. Meanwhile, a mysterious book provides him (and us) with the concurrent story of palace intrigue, brave rescues, etc. Unfortunately, the dialogue is often just awful: Banner has clearly not figured out yet how to write speech that sounds natural. But overall: I really liked this book.
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Pro: I successfully used L'Année Philogique tonight! And by successfully, I mean that I tracked down the citation for an article I think I need with only the author's name (the title, anthology, and publication year that I had been given were all wrong).

Con: The article is in German (okay, so I knew this). Also unavailable from my library, or any of the associated libraries.

Pro: But it is in the library at Giant State U, so my dad can scan it an e-mail it to me.

Con: It's still in German.

Pro: I can practice my German, yay!

Con: But it's 20 pages. Of academic German prose. And my German has faded away into from very poor to non-existent.

Pro: But maybe they will quote a lot of Latin. And I can always put it off and read it over Christmas.


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ricardienne: (angelo)
This eating thing needs to stop. Now. Either I am hungry or I am not. But it isn't okay to have a headache because I haven't eaten and feel nauseous at the idea of food.

After much effort and travail, I have finally got my copy of The King's Two Bodies via interlibrary loan. Of course, now that I have a paper to write this week that isn't even on Percival (making the book kind of unnecessary, or at least unjustified) I really don't need anything else to distract me. Which means that I have started it, of course.

It's nice to be back in the early Middle Ages again, particularly as I'm now able to recognize many of the heresies floating around. My brain is now pleasantly tied into knots over all of this duality, though (and its infectious: I started applying it to Tamora Pierce novels on Sheroes this afternoon), particularly the "Tiberius in his capacity as Ruler is greater than Christ in his capacity as Man" bit. It does make sense in theory, but… Tiberius? Although I suppose that the 'Anonymous Norman' was not up on his Tacitus.

I like having background knowledge. I completely understood the prof's reference to medieval theologians' conceptions of purely rational sexuality before the fall today, thanks to Augustine.

This morning I read a (disappointingly short) review of a Measure for Measure playing in New York. The list of Things Lydia Would do If She Only had the Time, Money, and Means to go Down to the City gets longer and longer. In that vein, I remember an introduction to Twelfth Night that I read once that made comparisons between Malvolio and Shylock. They're both outsiders -- a Puritan and a Jew -- who have to be humiliated before the romantic plot can be closed. I shall now proceed to make some very tenuous connections. Angelo is certainly neither Jewish nor an outsider at all (although perhaps self-proclaimed, a bit), and he isn't explicitly a Puritan. But he does have Puritanical characteristics, and he does, like M. and S. fall by his own choice/presumption into a trap that has been set up for him. And then, there is this money thing running all around Angelo (this is the tangental, very iffy, and probably coincidental Shylock connection). His name, and all that coinage metaphor, and that great line of Isabella's about bribing him "not with fine shekkels of tested gold." This is particularly cool because it looks back (and forward, I suppose) to the idea of good vs. bad vs. unknown-quality coin and underscores (as I see it) Isabella's Pagan judge-Christian virgin slant on the whole incident(s), and (taking 'shekkels' another way), almost gets at an Old Testament-y, even Jewish feel, although I am not sure whether this train of speculation is at all useful (cf. Susanna and the Elders, perhaps?).

So where is this going? I really am not sure. Nowhere, I think.

I really need to write that stupid paper on The Knight of the Cart. Dear Self, So shame cultures and Chrètien de Troyes may not be two of the most thrilling things in the world, but they aren't bad, and in any case that essay still needs to be written. Preferably sooner rather than later, so you can have something intelligent to ask about at the Dreaded Meeting over the Last Essay tomorrow.


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