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Just a typical Saturday night, eating ribs, watching football, knitting, and reading.

They had a ridiculous deal on ribs at the store, so we decided to try making them ourselves for the first time. Nomnomnomnom.

Ribs


I have a dubious amount of sock yarn, so I found an interesting enough pattern that is toe up and the pattern can stop or continue indefinitely (harder to find than you would think). This pattern is British or stupid or both, so I did my own toe cast on and wrote my own chart.

Traveler Socks cast on

Finished the night by finishing The Wastelands, but I have to read Lean In for book club before start rereading Wizards and Glass.

Today, a long run and a visit to the art Museum!

Books 2010

Jan. 27th, 2010 09:50 am
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January:

  1. Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
  2. Great Short Works of Herman Melville by Herman Melville
  3. The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks
  4. DMZ: War Powers by Brian Wood (author), Riccardo Burchielli (Illustrator), Kristian Donaldson (Illustrator), Nikki Cook (Illustrator)

    Fiction: 0
    Non-Fiction: 0
    Comics: 3
    Short Stories: 22

    Female: 0
    Male: 4

    February:

  5. Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates
  6. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (author) and William Nicholson (illustrator)
  7. Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin

    Fiction: 3
    Non-Fiction: 0
    Comics: 0

    Female: 2
    Male: 1

    March:

  8. In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
  9. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

    Fiction: 2
    Non-Fiction: 0
    Comics: 0

    Female: 1
    Male: 1
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Essay: There Will Be a Quiz
By JOE QUEENAN, The New York Times, April 6, 2008

Freelance writers are always looking for ways to scare up a few extra bucks, so recently I tried my hand at writing some of those “Questions for Discussion” that appear at the back of many paperbacks. I got the idea after reading Andrei Makine’s novel “The Crime of Olga Arbyelina,” the hard-luck saga of a Russian émigré with a hemophiliac son who pops up in France after World War II, hoping to put her life back together. Rumored to be kin to the luckless royals who ran afoul of Lenin and the boys back in the old country, Olga endures a life of uninterrupted misery and heartbreak.

The novel’s story line isn’t all that hard to follow, so by the time I reached the end, I had a pretty clear idea that Olga hadn’t gotten a fair shake in life. Be that as it may, I was startled when I turned to the back of the book and encountered eight questions prepared for book clubs that might be interested in discussing the novel further. Question No. 5 ran like this: “Olga has been driven from her homeland by the Bolsheviks, raped by a soldier, abandoned by her husband, treated with indifference by her lover, drugged, sexually violated and impregnated by her son. Does the novel lay the blame for Olga’s fate on the shoulders of the men in her world? Would you?”

At first, I thought this question might be a fluke or an oversight, but then I paged through a pile of other novels containing similar supplementary materials. Now it became clear to me that seemingly off-the-wall questions were a staple of the genre, deliberately included to shake up the musty old world of literature and force readers to think “outside the box.”

If Heathcliff were alive today, would he mention Cathy’s death on his Facebook page and change his relationship status to It’s Complicated? )
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Metonymy and Synecdoche

Synecdoche, where a specific part of something is taken to refer to the whole, is usually understood as a specific kind of metonymy. Sometimes, however, people make an absolute distinction between a metonymy and a synecdoche, treating metonymy as different from rather than inclusive of synecdoche. There is a similar problem with the usage of simile and metaphor.

When the distinction is made, it is the following: when A is used to refer to B, it is a synecdoche if A is a part of B and a metonymy if A is commonly associated with B but not a part of it.

Thus, "The White House said" would be a metonymy for the president and his staff, because the White House (A) is not part of the president or his staff (B) but is closely associated with them. On the other hand, asking for "All hands on deck" is a synecdoche because hands (A) are actually a part of the people (B) to whom they refer.

Those who argue that synecdoche is a class of metonymy might point out that "hands" (A) are a metonym for workers (B) since hands are closely associated with the work the people do as well as a part of the people. That is, hands are associated with work through a metonymy at the same time as being associated with the people through synecdoche.

An example of a single sentence which displays synecdoche, metaphor and metonymy would be: "Fifty keels ploughed the deep", where "keels" is the synecdoche as it takes a part (of the ship) as the whole (of the ship); "ploughed" is the metaphor as it substitutes the concept of ploughing a field for moving through the ocean; and "the deep" is the metonym, as "deepness" is an attribute associated with the ocean.


-Wikipedia
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January:
  1. Fables, Volume 5: The Mean Seasons by Bill Willingham
  2. Teenagers from Mars by Rick Spears and Rob G.
  3. Hot and Bothered: Women, Medicine, and Menopause in Modern America by Judith A. Houck
  4. House Thinking: A Room-by-Room Look at How We Live by Winifred Gallagher
  5. How Mumbo-jumbo Conquered The World: A Short History of Modern Delusions by Francis Wheen
  6. Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 by Elizabeth Anne Fenn
  7. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

    Fiction: 1
    Non-Fiction: 4
    Comics: 2
    Audio: 1

    Male: 1
    Female: 4

    February:
  8. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  9. The Amazing Joy Buzzards: Volume 1 by Mark Smith and Dan Hipp
  10. Zombieworld: Champion Of The Worms by Mike Mignola and Pat McEown
  11. Fables, Vol. 6: Homelands by Bill Willingham
  12. In the Shadows of Their Fathers (Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 6) by Thomas Andrews, Scott Allie, Adriana Melo, and Michel LaCombe
  13. Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

    Fiction: 1
    Non-Fiction: 1
    Comics: 4
    Audio: 1

    Male: 2
    Female: 0

    March:
  14. Possession: A Romance by A.S. Bryatt
  15. Supermarket by Brian Wood (Author) and Kristian Donaldson (Illustrator)
  16. Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home, The American Home from 1790-1840 by Jack Larkin
  17. The Whole World Over by Julia Glass
  18. Fables (Volume 7): Arabian Nights (and Days) by Bill Willingham

    Fiction: 2
    Non-Fiction: 1
    Comics: 2
    Audio: 1

    Male: 1
    Female: 2

    April:
  19. 100 Bullets (Volume 2): Split Second Chance by Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso, Grant Goleash, and Clem Robins
  20. The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures by Louis Theroux
  21. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 13: The End by Lemony Snicket
  22. Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read by Alan Goldsher
  23. Listen to Me Good: The Life Story of an Alabama Midwife by Margaret Charles Smith and Linda Janet Holmes
  24. The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston

    Fiction: 1
    Non-Fiction: 4
    Comics: 1
    Audio: 2

    Male: 4
    Female: 1

    May:
  25. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  26. The Wrong Side of the War (Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 7) by Welles Hartley, Davide Fabbri, Christian Dalla Vecchia, and David Michael Beck
  27. Ex Machina (Vol. 4: March to War) by Brian K. Vaughan (Author), Tony Harris (Illustrator)
  28. Fables Vol. 8: Wolves by Bill Willingham (Author), Mark Buckhingham (Illustrator), and Shawn McManus (Illustrator)
  29. Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
  30. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
  31. Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style by Tim Gunn and Kate Moloney

    Fiction: 1
    Non-Fiction: 2
    Comics: 4
    Audio: 0

    Male: 2
    Female: 2

    June:
  32. Taking on the Big Boys: Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business and the Nation by Ellen Bravo
  33. Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease by Dr. Sharon Moalem with Jonathan Prince
  34. 100 Bullets Vol. 3: Hang Up on the Hang Low by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

    Fiction: 0
    Non-Fiction: 2
    Comics: 0
    Audio: 0

    Male: 1
    Female: 1

    July:
  35. Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky (Sandra Smith, translator)
  36. Y: The Last Man (Vol. 7: Paper Dolls) by Brian K. Vaughan (Author) and Pia Guerra (Illustrator)
  37. DMZ (Vol. 2: Body of a Journalist) by Brian Wood (Author) and Riccardo Burchielli (Illustrator)
  38. The Inquest by Jeffrey Marshall
  39. The Walking Dead (Vol. 4: The Heart's Desire) by Robert Kirkman (Author), Charlie Adlard (penciler/inker), and Cliff Rathburn (Gray Tones)
  40. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
  41. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
  42. The Walking Dead (Vol. 5: The Best Defense by Robert Kirkman (Author), Charlie Adlard (penciler/inker), and Cliff Rathburn (Gray Tones)
  43. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

    Fiction: 5
    Non-Fiction: 0
    Comics: 4
    Audio:

    Male: 1
    Female: 3

    August:
  44. The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett
  45. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
  46. No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  47. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
  48. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
  49. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
  50. Perfect Daughters by Robert J. Ackerman
  51. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Volume one: Commencement) by John Jackson Miller, Brian Ching, Travel Foreman, and Michael Atiyeh

    Fiction: 5
    Non-Fiction: 1
    Comics: 1
    Audio: 1

    Male: 2
    Female: 2

    September:
  52. Runaways, Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan (Author), Adrian Alphona (Illustrator), and Takeshi Miyazawa (Illustrator)
  53. The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up too Much? by Leslie Bennetts
  54. The Terror: A Novel by Dan Simmons
  55. Y: The Last Man (Vol. 8: Kimono Dragons) by Brian K. Vaughan (Author) and Pia Guerra (Illustrator)
  56. Y: The Last Man (Vol. 9: Motherland) by Brian K. Vaughan (Author) and Pia Guerra (Illustrator)
  57. Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture by Annalee Newitz
  58. The Walking Dead, Vol. 6: This Sorrowful Life by Robert Kirkman (Author), Charlie Adlard (Illustrator), Cliff Rathburn (Illustrator)

    Fiction: 0
    Non-Fiction: 2
    Comics: 4
    Audio: 1

    Male: 1
    Female: 2

    October:
  59. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  60. I Didn't Do It for You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation by Michela Wrong

    Fiction: 0
    Non-Fiction: 2
    Comics: 0
    Audio: 0

    Male: 1
    Female: 1

    November:
  61. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
  62. 13 Moons: A Novel by Charles Frazier
  63. Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan
  64. 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles (author) and Ben Templesmith (illustrator)
  65. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

    Fiction: 2
    Non-Fiction: 2
    Comics: 1
    Audio: 0

    Male: 3
    Female: 1

    December:
  66. Ex Machina, Vol. 5: Smoke, Smoke by Brian K. Vaughan (Author), Tony Harris (Illustrator)
  67. Conan Volume 3: The Tower Of The Elephant And Other Stories by Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord, and Michael Kaluta
  68. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  69. Fables, Volume 9: Sons of Empire by by Bill Willingham (Author), James Jean (Author), Mike Allred (Illustrator), and Joelle Jones (Illustrator)

    Fiction: 1
    Non-Fiction: 0
    Comics: 3
    Audio: 0

    Male: 1
    Female:0
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January:
  1. That Yellow Bastard by Frank Miller
  2. Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson
  3. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, and Lynn Varley
  4. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
  5. The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket
  6. Star Wars Tales, Vol. 1 by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  7. Blankets by Craig Thompson
  8. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
  9. The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  10. Rx for Survival: Why We Must Rise to the Global Health Challenge by Philip Hilts
  11. Star Wars Tales, Vol. 2 by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  12. The Sandman: Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman
  13. Star Wars Tales, Vol. 3 by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  14. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire: A Visionary Naturalist by Herve Le Guyader (Marjorie Grene, Translator)
  15. The Sandman: Fables and Reflections by Neil Gaiman
  16. Star Wars Tales, Vol. 4 by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  17. Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles by Anthony Swofford
  18. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: Fall of the Sith Empire by Kevin J. Anderson
  19. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: Knights of the Old Republic by Tom Veitch, Chris Gossett, Janine Johnston, and David Roach
  20. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: The Sith War by Kevin J. Anderson, Dario Carrasco Jr., Variou, and Mark G. Heike

    February:
  21. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway
  22. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  23. Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader by James Luceno
  24. The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
  25. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith by Kevin J. Anderson
  26. Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
  27. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  28. Asa Gray by A. Hunter Dupree
  29. The Sandman: Worlds End by Neil Gaiman
  30. Star Wars: Infinities - Return of the Jedi by Adam Gallardo, Ryan Benjamin, and Saleem Crawford
  31. Sin City: Hell and Back by Frank Miller

    March:
  32. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
  33. The Sandman: The Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman
  34. Conan Volume One: The Frost Giant's Daughter and other Stories by Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates, and Dave Stewart
  35. Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 3: The Imperial Perspective by Dark Horse Comics (editor)
  36. Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol 5: The Best Blades by Dark Horse Comics (editor)
  37. Star Wars: Empire, Vol. 4: The Heart of the Rebellion by Dark Horse Comics (editor)
  38. Star Wars Tales, Vol. 5 by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  39. Conan Volume Two: The God in the Bowl and other stories by Kurt Busiek, Cary Nord, Thomas Yeates, and Dave Stewart
  40. Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol 6: On the Fields of Battle by Dark Horse Comics (editor)
  41. The Sandman: The Wake by Neil Gaiman
  42. Star Wars: Jango Fett: Open Seasons by Haden Blackman, Ramon Bachs, and Raul Fernandez
  43. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  44. In the Footstep of Mr. Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in Mobutu's Congo by Michela Wrong

    April:
  45. Forgotten Realms: The Dark Elf Trilogy Volume 1: Homeland by R. A. Salvatore, Andrew Daab, and Tim Seeley
  46. Star Wars: General Grievous by Dark Horse Comics (Editor)
  47. What Mad Pursuit: A Personal View of Scientific Discovery by Francis Crick
  48. Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream by Barbara Ehrenreich
  49. The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America by Daniel Kevles
  50. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  51. Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol 6: When They Were Brothers by Dark Horse Comics (editor)

    May:
  52. Serenity: Those Left Behind by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, and Will Conrad
  53. The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
  54. Ex Machina Vol. 2: Tag by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris
  55. Y the Last Man: Girl on Girl by Brian K. Vaughn, Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuka and Jose Marzan, Jr.
  56. This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland by Gretel Ehrlich
  57. The Walking Dead Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
  58. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  59. Sufferings in Africa: The Astonishing Account of a New England Sea Captain Enslaved by North African Arabs by James Riley
  60. The Walking Dead Vol. 3: Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
  61. Star Wars: Visionaries by Aaron McBride, Erik Tiemens, Mike Murnane, Derek Thompson, Alex Jaeger, Stephen Martiniére, Robert E. Barnes, Sang Jun Lee, Ryan Church, Feng Zhu, and Warren J. Fu
  62. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  63. Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

    June:
  64. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa by Adam Hochschild
  65. Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
  66. Wellspring of Chaos by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
  67. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
  68. Star Wars: Jedi Council: Acts of War by Randy Stradley, Davide Fabbri, and Christian Dalla Vecchia
  69. Star Wars: Jango Fett by Ron Marz and Tom Fowler
  70. Death: The Time of Your Life by Neil Gaiman
  71. Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi
  72. Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
  73. Star Wars Empire Vol. 5: Allies and Adversaries by Jeremy Barlow, Ron Marz, Brandon Badeaux, and Jeff Johnson
  74. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
  75. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

    July:
  76. The Weathermakers: How Man is Changing the Climate and What it Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery
  77. Ordermaster by L.E. Modesitt
  78. The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin
  79. See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism by Robert Baer
  80. The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson

    August:
  81. Braving Home: Dispatches from the Underwater Town, the Lava-Side Inn, and Other Extreme Locales by Jake Halpern
  82. Bad Twin by "Gary Troup"
  83. Crossing the Tracks for Love: What to Do When You and Your Partner Grew Up in Different Worlds by Ruby K. Payne
  84. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
  85. The Last Siege, The Final Truth (Star Wars: Clone Wars, Vol. 8) by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons, and Brad Anderson
  86. Ex Machina: Fact v. Fiction by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris (Illustrator), and Tom Feister (Illustrator)
  87. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

    September:
  88. Six Modern Plagues and how We Are Causing Them by Mark Jerome Walters
  89. The Collected Stories of Greg Bear by Greg Bear
  90. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  91. Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas
  92. Star Wars: Chewbacca by Darko Macan, Brent Anderson, Igor Kordey, Jan Duursema, Dave Gibbons, Dusty Abell, John Nadeau, Martin Egeland, and Kilian Plunkett
  93. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

    October:
  94. Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham
  95. McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Issue 13 by Editors of McSweeney's (Compiler) and Chris Ware (Editor)
  96. Beat to Quarters by C.S. Forester

    November:
  97. Fables Volume 3: Storybook Love by Bill Willingham
  98. Star Wars Tales: Volume 6 by Robert Williams, Thomas Andrews, Ian Edginton, Lucas Maragnon, Brandon Badeaux, Cully Hamner, Michael Lacombe, and Steve Pugh
  99. The Better of McSweeney's, Volume 1 by Dave Eggers (Editor)
  100. DMZ Vol. 1: On the Ground by Brian Wood (author) and Riccardo Burchielli (Illustrator)
  101. Cultural Conceptions: On Reproductive Technologies and the Remaking of Life by Valerie Hartouni
  102. Fables Vol. 4: March of the Wooden Soldiers by Bill Willingham

    December:
  103. Good-bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
  104. The Abandoned by Ross Campbell
  105. Dead West by Rick Spears and Rob G.
  106. 100 Bullets: First Shot, Last Call by by Brian Azzarello
  107. 100% by Paul Pope
  108. Escapo by Paul Pope
  109. Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughn (author) and Niko Henrichon (illustrator)
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I decided to start Robert Graves "Goodbye to All That" in honor of the start of war.
Graves was a poet, war hero, and anti-war protester (along with Siegfried Sassoon). He was a very angry man.

Poetry )

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