August 23, 2007

and you get seasick

Posted in books tagged , at 9:45 am by placeinthestars

I ended up finishing First Among Sequels last night. It was fun. Too clever for its own good occasionally, but I think that’s kind of the definition of the Thursday Next books, so that’s all right.



August 16, 2007

One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

Posted in poetry tagged , at 8:36 am by placeinthestars

Have a poem. This one’s an old favorite.

One Art

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

–Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

~Elizabeth Bishop


August 5, 2007

saviors and all

Posted in books tagged , at 5:33 pm by placeinthestars

Last night, I finished Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman. Highly enjoyable and highly recommended. The ending is a bit of a let down, because I guess I wanted more for Fatale? Or I wanted to know more about her origins than I got, but overall, I enjoyed it immensely. It’s witty and clever and doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it made me care about the characters and what happened to them. I especially recommend it to people who like superhero comics, as it’s a sweet homage to them.