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The rise of Spider-Woman

I'm a paid member now. I can upload pretty pictures and make polls. And there is all these new pretty buttons and options to play with.

Yes, I am a sucker.

Went to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind yesterday- it is an excellent excellent film, as was The Calcium Kid - I love British comedy and I feel very superior about it.

Although I worship at the altar of Frasier on the whole I tend to much prefer British comedy to the Transatlantic offerings because I think Brit comedy is more intelligent, it makes you work harder and it is on the whole more subtle and witty.

Plus it has ugly people living in dingy housing- now that's what I call quality television. ;)

I've also read some excellent books lately:

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood is a post-apocalyptic masterpiece, elegant and simple and haunting, reminescent of her other *an alternative visin of future book* The Handmaid's Tale .

Currently reading Under the Skin by Michael Faber- creepy, disturbing, macabre and for me steadily more engrossing- it's a very dark piece but I tend to quite like that.

Perfume by Patrick Suskind- another rather dark offering but I thought it was very original and a twisted masterpiece.

The Troublesome Offspirng of Cardinal Guzman by Louis De Bernieres- I loved this book, as I did Captain Correlli's Mandolin even though the Mandolin is a much lighter read and I heartily reccomend both. The Troublesome Offspring is quite dark because essentially it's about a religious crusade and some of the awful consequences thereof.

Finished The Deep and Other Stories by Mary Swan (which I have dubaiyan to thank for), and I've loved every syllable. I think it is more of a girly book, because it's all about various feelings and relationships but I am a girl and I quite like all that, on top of which her prose reads like poetry.

Next on my reading list is Pride and Prejudice and something not too dense by Dostoyevski (I was in rebellion from having classical literature thrust on me as a child so I channelled my energies into reading comics instead, my best use for the Brothers Karamazov has been as a doorstop) but I feel I should at least read something since people keep going on about what a wonderful psychologist he is.

Courtesy of nanji and her need to foster some of her posessions I am looking forward to Dangerous Liasons especially as it has been a long time since I've read French.

And there's a spider that seems to have set up camp at my computer. He keeps running across the screen or happily getting on with arachnoid pursuits from on top of the monitor. He is very small (only about the size of my thumbnail) and he is missing one front leg. I've named him Joseph.

At the moment he is engaged in elaborate web eingeneering works between the top of the monitor and the blinds on the window.

Although initially our relationship got off to a rocky start (he ran across my hand and I screamed) I am now feeling increasing warmth towards him (I am quite benevolent towards creepy-crawlies, it's only things with naked tails that scare me)

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coalproximity
May. 6th, 2004 10:05 am (UTC)
as for the dostoevsky ... try A Gentle Creature and other short stories. White Nights is a favoite of mine, and short, an un-dense.
rainsinger
May. 6th, 2004 12:33 pm (UTC)
Cheers for the reccomendations and the pointers:)
I'll check it out.

This is slightly OT but...
I remember when I was little a fight my parents had, in which my father stumbled home at some ungodly hour to find my mother icily focused on Dostoyevski's *The Gambler*.

What are you up to? asks my father
Reading this so I can better understand your warped psychology replies my mother
In that case my love while you're at it, why don't you check out this from the same author in order to get insights into yourself says my father and hands her *The Idiot* off the shelf.
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rainsinger
May. 6th, 2004 12:27 pm (UTC)
Re: coo
You do realise I only really got Pride and Prejudice so I could write slash for you? ;)
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