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07 September 2009 @ 08:49 pm
"I would feel guilty, but I'm too lazy."  
As Richard Shindell would have it.

There were many things I ought to have done today. Which is, of course, why I spent much of the day lazing about and (thanks to that whole "should I or shouldn't I?" re: Neverwhere) picking up that reread of Sandman I started over winter break. My volumes of the series are several states away, so it was lucky that the library had the correct volumes in a few days ago. Today was Fables and Reflections and Brief Lives. If my favorite single issue is probably "Sunday Mourning," my favorite volume is Brief Lives, hands down: apparently I have a thing for immortals on road trips (see also The Graveyard Game, in Kage Baker's Company series). I love that it's a story about families. And I love Jill Thompson's artwork, too (see icon): when I think of the Endless, especially Dream, it's most often as they appear here. Given that we see Dream at his most human fairly often in this arc--heartbroken (or something that looks like it), exasperated, apologetic, grieving--it's so nice that the artwork complements that, with its close attention to facial expressions, rumpled hair, etc. I wish I could be more articulate about why I like it so much, but it's hardly likely that I'm going to start now.

The other thing I did today was watch the latest Inspector Lewis mystery on PBS. Doctor Who alums: 1 (the reverend from "The Unicorn and the Wasp"); Merlin alums: 1 (Bradley James); History Boys: 1 (Andrew Knott). A fairly respectable showing.

This post brought to you by the fact that I don't want to go back to school tomorrow.
the love song of j. aimee prufrocke: memoire | steam whispers to mefaeriemaiden on September 8th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
Aww, you keep getting spiffinger -- quoting Richard Shindell! ♥

I want to read Sandman terribly, but alas, that will probably have to wait until I have got myself to a big city with proper libraries again. I hate to inter-library-loan anything that's a series as it takes three weeks to get a book in, and the local culture and by extension the libraries are so lacking in intellectual diversity that I worry they mightn't even have them. :( What kind of a Gaiman fan am I, I ask you?

Doctor Who alums: 1 (the reverend from "The Unicorn and the Wasp"); Merlin alums: 1 (Bradley James); History Boys: 1 (Andrew Knott). A fairly respectable showing.

Ahahaha, this is why I love British television (and films as well): it's rather like a cult. A very sophisticated, tea-drinking, story-loving cult.
tempestsarekind: death and dreamtempestsarekind on September 8th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, I find entirely too much reason to use that quote! But I went to a Cry Cry Cry concert once, because I love Dar Williams, and then got hooked on Richard Shindell too. A two-for-one deal. :)

I know what you mean about ordering series from the library; I was lucky enough to be able to order the Sandman series from a local university, back when I was in college, so I could get them fairly quickly. I'm sure there are plenty of Gaiman fans who haven't read Sandman--it's a commitment to purchase all the volumes (I got most of mine as presents, I think), and if you don't buy them, you're at the mercy of the library. Which is to say, I wouldn't worry.

It's fun to watch British television and movies, isn't it? You get to see old friends so often!
clean all the things!!!: cylon and garfunkelthepresidentrix on September 9th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
I didn't know you liked Dar Williams! Neat! I've been obsessing over Mortal City lately.
tempestsarekind: no party like a tudor partytempestsarekind on September 9th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Oh, I went through a period during which I was obsessed with Dar Williams! (Helped, I'm sure, by the fact that I went to college in a place where she toured fairly often.) I never could decide which was my favorite album, though. *Maybe* The Green World, but if I never got to listen to "Iowa" or "If I Wrote You" (or a bunch of others) again, I'd be quite sad. So I guess it's good I don't actually have to choose. :P
clean all the things!!!: hath your grace ne'er a brother like youthepresidentrix on September 9th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Hmm... I don't know which album is my favorite, either. (Mortal City is the newest to me, which is probably why I'm hung up on it. I love 'Pompeii' and the one about western New York, among other songs). The Green World might have the most songs I feel like I can't do without. (Both 'After All' and 'Happens Every Day' - or whatever it's actually called - could have been stolen right out of my personal history. At least on a purely emotional level). But The Beauty of the Rain has a couple of my all-time favorite songs.
tempestsarekind: hey nonny nonnytempestsarekind on September 9th, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
(Icon for your basic Northrop Frye "green world" allusion)

That's pretty much how I feel, as well: "After All" always makes me cry if I haven't listened to it in a while. And I was totally singing "It Happens Every Day" under my breath the other day as I walked to the library. It's my 'gearing up for school' song. But The Beauty of the Rain never fails to make me feel hopeful about things.

...Wow, I'd totally forgotten how much Dar was the major component of the soundtrack to my life for a while. I blame grad school (for the forgetting--and for lots of other things!).
clean all the things!!!: mostly dedlockthepresidentrix on September 8th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
You have no idea the inner conflict this post occasions:

1. 'Dear Lord, don't let her turn out like me...!'

2. Slackery LOVES company!
tempestsarekind: victoriana [bleak house]tempestsarekind on September 8th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, trust me, there is no conflict here: it is already too late for me. /melodrama

Seriously, I am already a consummate slacker. It's practically my only talent. :)