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By TheophileEscargot (Sun Aug 02, 2015 at 11:21:51 AM EST) Reading, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "Just in Case", "The Buried Giant". Links.


What I'm Reading
Just in Case, short novella by Chrissie Manby. Twin sisters with contrasting personalities and fashion tastes accidentally swap suitcases: now uptight Claire has to present at a conference in Rosie's low-cut bright maxi-dresses , while Rosie must attend a trendy wedding in black and grey businesswear.

Not usually the kind of thing I read, but I thought I'd give some chick-lit a go. Quite entertaining, a bit predictable but well constructed, as the sisters learn a bit more about each other and grow as individuals.

Would definitely give the Mefites a few fits of the vapours as male approval is the key to both sisters' eventual success.

Overall, pretty decent entertainment.

What I'm Reading 2
The Buried Giant. Kazuo Ishiguro moves into fantasy territory with a novel set in a post-Arthurian Britain under a curse that blurs memories.

Sometimes when an author moves into an unfamiliar genre it results in a painstaking recreation of overused cliches, but in this case it's the opposite. Ishiguro melds history, fantasy and fairytale in an a fresh and unusual way. There's good worldbuilding with some nice details.

The book has an elegaic feel and comes to a good conclusion. Well worth a read.

Links
Economics. Is the City right for once to fear Brexit?

Random. Parliamentary/ ghost trains, via. Spot the drowning child, via. NASA sound clips.

Pics. The Imaginary Network of fantasy art. The Numskulls watch "Inside Out".

Video. Man rides bicycle. Storms. Supreme court justice Sonis Sotomayor on Sesame Street. Star Wars auralnauts.

Articles. How to love a programmer. How criminal infiltrated the Bank of England. Giant Metafilter thread on emotional labour in relationships.

Politics. The schools privatisation project. Ai Weiwei denied full visa. David Graeber on the West Bank:

..., rightwing politicians in Israel have figured out that the settlements are a kind of political magic... Housing inside the 1948 boundaries is exorbitantly expensive... At this point the vast majority of settlers live on the West Bank for economic, not ideological, reasons... In the past, young people in difficult circumstances, students, well-educated young parents, have been the traditional constituency of the Left. Put these same people in a settlement, and they will, inexorably, even without realizing it, begin to think like fascists. Settlements are, in their own way, giant engines for the production of right-wing consciousness.
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Errybody NEEDS to watch the Auralnauts trilogy NOW by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Aug 03, 2015 at 03:28:33 AM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Al Weiwei by anonimouse (4.00 / 1) #2 Tue Aug 04, 2015 at 04:52:23 AM EST
 ...is all fixed up now

Amazing how fast the UK Visa system works if you're internationally famous.

Also, I can't say his name without wanting to go to the restroom.

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
# It's Ai Weiwei, by yicky yacky (4.00 / 2) #3 Tue Aug 04, 2015 at 02:27:47 PM EST

Small robot he weigh ...


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Vacuity abhors a vacuum.
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I wee wee by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Aug 05, 2015 at 09:10:45 AM EST
Is much more entertaining

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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