November 30, 2014
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November 20, 2014
Snippet 1: Ursula K LeGuin's speech at the 65th National Book Awards.
I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762
I can't make heads or tails of Rousseau. My first impression was that he needed a punch in the nose, but the more I read, the more I'm warming up to him. He's weird. I like that.
Dreams are the other side of life, everything has at least two sides, the moon, rocks, happiness, regret, and betrayal.
- Jón Kalman Stefánsson, The Sorrow of Angels, 2013
That's a heck of a sentence. Go back and read it again. This is a great novel, best enjoyed by firelight. But read Stefánsson's Heaven and Hell first; Sorrow is the second in a three-part series. (Full disclosure: I'm related to the translator.)
November 16, 2014
Damp and chilly this morning. We had our first freeze of the season Friday morning - 30 degrees; Thursday was close at 32.5. Looks like Monday night/Tuesday morning the low will be 23. That's pretty cold for these parts. It's supposed to warm up slowly into next weekend, maybe with a little rain along the way.