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Saturday, December 13, 2003

The wrath of Mighty Cthulu extends to the toybox... 

If you're less than bookishly minded today, may I suggest a visit to "Tales of the Plush Cthulu," a sort of slide show starring H.P. Lovecraft's famous Cthulu, some fluffy bunnies and a blue stuffed dinosaur. Somewhat suspenseful in bits, but it has a happy ending.

Why you haven't heard of Jonathan Carroll and why that should be rectified immediately... 

Another one for the authors list: Jonathan Carroll. A beautiful and eerie writer whose work is best described as being a darker version of the urban fantasy genre perpetuated by such writers as Charles De Lint and Terri Windling (bit link happy today, aren't I?)

Why have you never heard of him? Because his work is so very difficult to categorize. Deftly toes a line between fantasy and horror, but is far literary to be categorized as genre fiction. More like modern fiction with flexible boundaries. I suspect bookstores just have no idea where to shelve his stuff.

Anyway, if nothing else, read "The Marriage of Sticks", which is exquisitely written and most unnerving, and which I read in a single night when I discovered it a couple of years ago. One of those books that you can't put down at the time, but that does not lend itself well to rereading, as it sort of knocks the wind out of you the first time around.

Friday, December 12, 2003

Van Helsing's got nothing on Lambshead 

More about Thackery Lambshead and his fabled guide...

Again, I've joined the Friday Five bandwagon 

1. Do you enjoy the cold weather and snow for the holidays? Um, I live in Arizona
2. What is your ideal holiday celebration? How, where, with whom would you celebrate to make things perfect? Just being in the same town as my relatives is nice. And I like to bake things, whether anybody eats them or not.
3. Do you do have any holiday traditions? Oranges at the bottom of the stocking for good luck, and the traditional setting off of the smoke alarm at the grandparents' house
4. Do you do anything to help the needy? I am the needy, Just kidding, I might do something if I can afford it.
5. What one gift would you like for yourself? The Thackery T. Lambshead Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases. I keep saying this but no one believes me.

Fangirl gushes over Neil's succinct words of wisdom 

From Neil Gaiman's blog, a response to the question "which is more important, the writing style or the content?":

"I think it's like asking which part of a song you like best, the words or the tune, to be honest. In a perfect world, you shouldn't be able to take them apart. I like different styles of writing (and I like writing in different styles), but if the writing's being used in order to tell a story, then I'd rather it didn't get in the way of reading the story. But then, I like to be able to hear the words of songs..."

Why do there need to even be other authors in the world when we already have Neil Gaiman? She says in fawning adoration. And yet I must confess to being a little bit bored with the 1602 comic. Having become accustomed to better. And wait in agony for the new novel, which may yet be a year or two away from publication. Sigh...

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Coming soon to a downtown near you... 


SILVER SEA
jewelry, scents, candles and more…


137 E Congress
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520)745-0417

(On Congress St between Hydra and The OscarWilde Playhouse,
And across from The Chicago Store)
Open Monday through Saturday, 11am to 7pm.
Elizabeth Mead, proprietress



Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Forgive my lack of postitivity 

There were some technical issues as well as some babies sitting on the keyboard issues...

Monday, December 08, 2003

Remebering John Lennon 

It was 23 years ago today. Imagine if he'd lived. What would he think of what the world has failed to become?

The pastry recipe I've been meaning to post 

"Pasta Frolla" or Kick Ass Italian pie dough
Ingredients:
2 Cups Flour
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Ground Anise
1 stick Butter cut into 8-12 pieces
2 Large Eggs, beaten
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1)Blend flour,sugar, salt and anise until thoroughly mixed.
2)Cut in butter with your fingers or a pastry blender, unless you have the luxury of a food processor or a heavy duty mixer.
3)Gradually blend in eggs and then vanilla.
4)LIghtly knead into a smooth ball.
5)Chill or set aside 30 minutes. If chilled, let reach room temperature beforerolling out.
6) Roll out to a uniform consistency.
7)Line pie plate with dough and bake as directed for recipe.

Makes a very sweet, tender dough that stands up to very heavy fillings or can be used as an all purpose default recipe. Pretty much foolproof.



Sunday, December 07, 2003

Interesting Night... 

Most meaningless argument about the nature of god I have ever witnessed. Devolved into a battle of semantics.