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Sun, Feb. 1st, 2004, 05:23 am
Peace on Earth and good will towards roosters

It is 5:50 AM. I am eating chicken strogonoff.

Michael Moorcock wrote an enthusiastic and incisive review of one of my favourite books of 2003, K.J. Bishop's The Etched City. If you haven't read it yet, then you should -- it's a profound and downright outstanding first novel by a very talented young writer from Down Under. Her site can be found here (warning, may contain dropbears).

Also, you can do a lot worse than watch Belleville Rendez-Vous, a very funny French surrealist animation with Jacques Tati influences and that may at times seem like a geriatric version of The Three Musketeers, but with evil mafiosi, the Tour de France and a few jabs at consumerism thrown in for good measure. If that matters anything to you, it's nominated for two Oscars, including Best Animation. Interestingly enough, the protagonist is a tiny Portuguese old woman just like me -- except that I am not tiny, or old, or a woman.

Sun, Feb. 1st, 2004 09:46 am (UTC)

Current music: Kandinsky's Composition 8

You have synesthesia now?

Sun, Feb. 1st, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)
goblindegook: Re:

Sorry, I can't smell you.

Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004 04:41 am (UTC)
susanstinson: Re:

I loved the Triplets of Belleville. (the title in the states) Loved it! But I missed that mighty, melancholy grandmother was Portuguese -- what were the clues?

Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004 04:49 am (UTC)
goblindegook: Re:

She's named Souza, for starters, that's a Portuguese name. And the song she, er . . . plays on the piano halfway through the movie is a well-known fado, titled "Uma Casa Portuguesa."

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2004 11:13 pm (UTC)
susanstinson: Re:

ah! very bad on piano, but great percussion...

Fri, Feb. 6th, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)
goblindegook: Re:

Yes. Reminds me of Stomp.

Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
hermitbird: how strange-

goodness! how on earth did you find me?

Wed, Feb. 4th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
goblindegook: Re: how strange-

You linked to Fantastic Metropolis, I believe. (Thanks, by the way!)

Fri, Feb. 6th, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)
hermitbird: Re: how strange-

I'm glad it was ok!

a weird coincidence, tho, as I was just waxing on vandermeer's books and portugal in the same place.

glad to "meet" you.

Fri, Feb. 6th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
goblindegook: Re: how strange-

That's funny, Lisbon doesn't look at all like New New London from where I'm looking. All I ask for is a bookshop in every corner like in good old Albion, but I'm afraid we're rather culturally-impaired in that regard.

But hey, if you happen to visit Lisbon in the future, drop me a message and I'll buy you a cup of coffee. Now, if only we could persuade Jeff VanderMeer to travel here too, that would be truly awesome, maybe I can convince him there are freshwater squid in the Tagus and that giant meerkats have taken up residence in the Roman catacombs downtown . . .

Fri, Feb. 6th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
hermitbird: Re: how strange-

heh... I was waxing cynical about the prospect of permanent cold in albion central. Lisbon is just right! It's at the top of my list of escapes, so perhaps I'll take you up on that coffee soon enough- maybe we can conspire to stage an english-language book fair to catch the meerkat crowd? Meantime, I must attack the portuguese lesson books...

as for culturally impaired, it's good to be backwater in a lot of ways, like New Orleans, but sometimes we're just TOO far behind (and too far ahead in some regretable aspects, in the way of walmarts). Our bookshop prospects are slim, as well. movies.... it's a compromise, considering that we're technically part of the US and still so very apart. we can get away with a decent collection of publishers in spite of our reputation for illiteracy- and there is an advantage in proximity when it comes to the vandermeers, even if there are no meerkats here! Still, you live in LISBON!