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....my internet access is decidedly better than expected. So, ha - another post. Actually, this is mostly about something that has absolutely nothing to do with Vienna. I made my way through Terri Windling's The Wood Wife last night, and it was one of those books that made me feel like reality can, in fact, be askew in a completely lovely and dark way. (Yes, I realize that sounds terribly goth girl of me, but so be it.) It's been such a long time since I've fallen into a book that way - it was delicious. The ideas behind the book are very Charles de Lint, with dual realities existing. And there were quotes in the book that succinctly summarized things I've often thought. (Example: Something like "Talking about things you secretly believe in is like talking about sex - embarassingly personal.") It's one of the first times I've actually cared enough about a quote to stop reading and go write it down. (Of course, I haven't remembered it quite right, which is why I wrote it down in a noteook for easy retrieval later.)

I must now go find the various and sundry poets mentioned in the book, and read their work - Borges, Neruda, and Rilchte, I think it was. I'll have to go check to make sure, but I believe those were the main ones. But I actually have a book of Borges somewhere, and I know regyt has been properly enamored of him for quite a while now. So perhaps I shall seek recommendations for which bits are good to read first.

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regyt
Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)
I can even call you up and read you a poem about Pablo Neruda by Stephen Dobbyns, at some point.

I was thinking of you on Saturday night. Will ramble why at you later.
jalenstrix
Aug. 24th, 2004 02:50 am (UTC)
[laughter] How splendid!
I shall definitely take you up on that offer when I return from Vienna. And I shall also demand details of Saturday night.
thewronghands
Aug. 23rd, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
You mean I haven't thrown Borges's "Labyrinths" at you yet? I thought surely I must have -- fie upon me! Read that first.

I will try "The Wood Wife", which I haven't read. But I like lots of Windling's other work.
jalenstrix
Aug. 24th, 2004 02:52 am (UTC)
I think I actually have a copy of Borges' Labyrinths somwhere - so I shall see if I can hunt it down. [grin]

And I must find more things by Windling - other than her modern fairy tale anthologies, do you recommend anything in particular?
thewronghands
Aug. 25th, 2004 12:16 am (UTC)
You may enjoy any of the Borderlands stories. I think she worked on a couple of anthologies with Emma Bull that were good. "Sirens and other Daemon Lovers" was hers as well -- if memory serves, I threw a copy of that at you already. If memory does not serve, I think I have one still.
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