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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-03-27 06:42
Subject: [links] Link salad might let you sing
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Tags:culture, funny, links, nature, oregon, personal, politics, portland, process, science, washington
Where I write: Jean M. Auel works late in her Southwest Portland condo

Top 10 trails in Columbia River Gorge — This is a big part of why I live where I do.

Lady Gaga, steampunk vampires, and fair weather painters — Art guru James Gurney is interesting on several levels.

Scientists finish a 53-year-old classic experiment on the origins of life

Every Revolution Is Revolutionary in Its Own Way

Losing Our WayWhen the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely.

?otD: Mother do you think they'll drop the Bomb?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (revisions on Sunspin)
Body movement: 2 hour suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (solid)
Weight: 248.8
Currently reading: A Bard's Eye View, ed. Michael A. Ventrella; Honeyed Words by J.A. Pitts

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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2011-03-27 13:53 (UTC)
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No matter where Jean Auel writes, whether it's a folding leaf table with manual typewriter or fancy schmancy condo, it's still crap.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-03-27 16:17 (UTC)
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All I remember of her first couple books is endless paragraphs that sounded something like "It will please me to pleasure you, if it would please your pleasure that I pleasure you." Or some ridiculous amount of pleasing and pleasure, anyway.

That and something about how lucky our hero was not to starve to death. And keeping the fire alive.

But that's all.

I've never had any desire to revisit them.
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User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-03-28 20:30 (UTC)
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Yeah, besides the extreme cries for the Bad Sex Award, the whole idea of Young Woman Who Can Do Anything Because No One Taught Her She Couldn't is so second wave. There were some nifty details about herbal medicine in the first book. I skimmed about twenty pages of the fifth book and discovered that inbetween, the books had become less Can Do (American Mentality Assigned to People in the Pre-Great Awakening Years) and more Then This Happened and Then This Happened in the Ongoing Saga, which is the only thing more boring than An American Girl in Pangaea.
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User: mastadge
Date: 2011-03-27 16:15 (UTC)
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Bob Herbert's leaving the NYT to write a book? When it comes out I shall have to read it together with something by Thomas Sowell. I suspect the result'll be the economic equivalent of drinking soda while eating pop rocks.
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