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"- Rumi, Iqbal, Mirza Ghalib, and a fourth fellow whose name I always forget."

Looooooooooool [livejournal.com profile] brisneyland drama.

Anyway, moving on, because I in no way derive joy from that sort of thing, nope.

For one week, recommend / share:
→ Day 1: a song
→ Day 2: a picture
→ Day 3: a book/ebook/fanfic
→ Day 4: a site
→ Day 5: a youtube clip
→ Day 6: a quote
→ Day 7: whatever tickles your fancy

Honestly, I'm a little bit stuck on this one. Lately all the fics I read have been Speed Racer ([livejournal.com profile] oxymoronic has some excellent ones), yes, it's a disease/I am terrible etc. Got directed to atrata's heartbreaking The Princess Bride fic via [livejournal.com profile] newredshoes a while back, and I thought it was definitely worth a mention, because even though it is heartbreaking, it's truly fantastic, and you should read it if you haven't already.

My book list was not all that big of a help, because a lot of the ones on there are critically acclaimed (thank you, English lit course), and they really don't need me to laud their virtues when dozens and dozens of reviews have done it already. I am currently writing an essay on The White Tiger 200... more... words, however, and I can attest to the richness of that novel, especially if you're keen on dissecting its themes from a colonial standpoint. The quote up the top there is from that book. I lol'd.

Perusing my list, though, I did spot one that was fairly obscure, one that I'm sure not a lot of people have heard of - Pyongyang, by Guy Delisle. I first spotted this book at Borders a few years ago, but it disappeared off the shelf (nicely done, stranger who bought it. Nicely done) and it apparently didn't occur to me to look elsewhere. Say, a comic shop. Because it's a comic.

The next time I spotted it was on [livejournal.com profile] ittykat's shelf, and I pretty much immediately snatched it up. Now I have my own copy, and have been trying to flog it to Dad, to no avail, because he doesn't read. The subject is interesting – it documents the author's time spent in Pyongyang for work, and his various misadventures. It's nonjudgmental, and not at all politically skewered, just one man's experience in one of the most secluded countries in the world. The art is simple but incredibly charming, and I really enjoyed the matter-of-fact way events are presented, with (as far as I know), little embellishment.

Related, but not as compelling as Pyongyang was, is Delisle's Shenzhen, A Travelogue from China. I also would love to get my hands on Burma Chronicles, and will definitely be keeping an eye out next time I'm at the comic store.

I feel like I may be in need of a more book-y reading icon.
heywilma: ([ runaways ] oh my heart you guys)

Kathryn Immonen and Sara Pichelli, you have my heart, broken though it may be now, AFTER ISSUE 11.
heywilma: ([ fotc ] excuse for being emo)
Finally caught up with my comics yesterday and. Well. When BKV leaves my life it falls apart.

1. STOP BEING JOSS, JOSS WHEDON. I think the only reason I'm still getting Buffy season 8 every month is because I keep on hoping it'll get better. For a while it was looking up. And now IT IS WAY DOWN, JOSS. WAY DOWN.

2. Humberto Ramos, what are you doing to my Chase. Terry Moore's writing is pretty plain so far, but at least he's getting the issues out on time.

I need BKV back. Or I need to follow something by him. How is Ex Machina going. I know it's ending at fifty. What's it up to now. Is it too late to start from the middle. I just need to catch up from the third trade. It'll be do-able. Give me something, world.
heywilma: ([ fables ] black wig; what noir)
James Jean sent this message to the Fables team not so long ago:

This is a difficult email for me to write. Don't worry . . . as far as I know, I don't have any tumors or crippling neuroses, and my taxes are in order. But I feel like I'm breaking up with the prom queen on prom night, after having dated through grades 6 - 12. Feeble analogies aside, it has been an amazing opportunity to work on Fables these past 7 years (8 this October). But I feel that it's time to devote myself full-time to painting and personal work. Shelly and I talked yesterday, and my last cover will be 81, at the end of the story arc. It has been a true privilege to work on a team that has produced such great chemistry on paper, and to have been a part of such an important book that has entertained and drawn together so many people.

-- ProcessRecess, bringer of bad news.

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This is officially my faavourite picture of the month )

Gacked from Betsy Braddock, Le Site, no less.

I love that place.
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I've figured out the one thing that's wrong with the Xmen.

They angst too much. I am going to analyse all the Xmen series that I have read, and which characters angst about what.

Ultimate Xmen-
Jean Grey/Marvel Girl: I'm being taken over by an ET and I'm much more powerful now angst angst angst
Scott Summers/Cyclops: Wolverine tried to kill me and get my girl angst angst angst
Logan/James Howlett/Wolverine: I didn't get Jean angst angst angst
Bobby Drake/Iceman: No one takes me seriously angst angst angst
Charles Xavier/Professor X: My son is dead angst angst angst my students feel tortured angst angst angst I can't do anything about anything angst angst angst
Ororo Munroe/Storm: My boyfriend is dead angst angst angst
Henry McCoy/Beast: I am dead angst angst angst. Actually, that's quite a good reason to be angsty. Never mind.

New Xmen-
Jean Grey/Not yet Phoenix: I died then I got reborn then I died and now I'm going to get reborn again angst angst angst
Scott Summers/Cyclops: My wife died angst angst angst I'm having an affair with someone else angst angst angst I'm still having an affair with that person angst angst angst
Emma Frost/White Queen: I'm having an affair with a married man angst angst angst his wife just died YAY! I mean, angst angst angst
Logan/James Howlett/Wolverine: I finally found out what I was made for angst angst angst
Fantomex: I have lots of reason to angst angst angst angst
Xorn: I actually don't exist angst angst angst
Erik Lensherr/Magneto: I don't get to take over the world angst angst angst

X-treme Xmen (the original few)-
Tess Niles/Sage: I had to be a spy angst angst angst I have a tortured past angst angst angst
Anna Raven/Rogue: Ah don't get to touch people or they die angst angst angst Ah lost that power angst angst angst
Remy Lebeau/Gambit: I can't kiss or have sex with my girlfriend angst angst angst I amd blind angst angst angst
Heather Cameron/Lifeguard: I hate Sage angst angst angst I'm ugly angst angst angst my brother hates me angst angst angst
Davis Cameron/Slipstream: My sister is ugly angst angst angst
Lucas Bishop/Bishop: I am dark and brooding and thus I must angst angst angst angst
Betsy Braddock: I am dead angst angst angs- Wait. No, that's a good reason to angst. Feel free to angst all you like.
Neal Sharra/ThunderbirdIII: My girlfriend is dead angst angst angst
Ororo Munroe/Storm: Er. I'm the only one who doesn't really angst. But I'll angst for the sake of it anyway angst angst angst

Uncanny Xmen-
Warren Worthington III/Archangel: I'm not blue anymore angst angst angst my ex died 2 years ago angst angst angst
Jonothan Starsmore: Because of my lack of vocal cords I am not able to voice my angstings out loud, but I am actually angsting, very deep down angst angst angst
Bobby Drake/Iceman: I am turning into ice angst angst angst I hate gay people angst angst angst that gay person has a crush on me angst angst angst
Alex Summers/Havok: My ex is crazy angst angst angst I was in a coma angst angst angst
Lorna Dane/Polaris: I am crazy angst angst angst the writers gave me a spazzy new uniform angst angst angst
Paige Guthrie/Husk: I am all happy but I will angst for my new boyfriend angst angst angst
Jean-Paul Beabier: I look good when I angst. Maybe it will attract Bobby's attention angst angst angst
Annie the nurse: What's there not to angst about? Angst angst angst

But in the end, despite many angsting, we still love them very much.
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Twas a rather uneventful day at school.

Though, when I came home, I knocked over my nail polish, but luckily it was capped and didn't spill.

Then I knocked it over again. This time it was uncapped. And now my knee is all shiny and gleamy and smooth.

So! In other news. I read a Xmen comic today. It was funny. It wasn't like, funny- funny, but was strange funny. It was one of the Marvel Mangaverse thingies (vol.4), and all the characters are muddled up.

There were only 4 Xmen (Logan, Jean, Scott, Ororo), Logan and Scott were brothers, Logan had one 'energy' claw, and Scott's uniform is demented. Ororo has magical abilities (and calls Wolverine 'Logan-san'). Xavier is evil, and Tessa (Sage) and Emma Frost are his daughters, born to different women. Toad is an old man, and is refered to as 'Master Toad'. Betsy (Psylocke) is Toad's best friend (sort of). Jean Paul (Northstar) looks strange as an anime character.

The funniest thing is, Pyro in this manga is actually a girl. Redheaded, fire-making gothic chick.

And instead of Cerebro, there is Cerebra.

I think I will go post my fic now.

P.S. Behold the Finding Nemo display pic! Ain't it cute?


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