hey estela guess what

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jordan bought me carver's FIRST EVER mass-produced semi-chapbook (poetry): 'winter insomnia'

it's pretty rad

i'll show it to you next time we hang out

smoove operator, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 05:36 (fourteen years ago) link

oh hey can we just make this the all-purpose sandbox book thread

smoove operator, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 05:37 (fourteen years ago) link

i started reading "the toughest show on earth" at the bar last night and it is really poorly written (even with a ghost writer/helper dude).

tehersa (tehresa), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 06:14 (fourteen years ago) link

um ital not quotes lol

tehersa (tehresa), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 06:14 (fourteen years ago) link

that is great, ruby, oh! you married well.

estela, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 11:14 (fourteen years ago) link

the sandbox needed a book thread
except i haven't really been reading lately
except these two verrrrry slowwwwwly

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 11:23 (fourteen years ago) link

first one i started a loooooong time ago and i should be done soon, i just have to bring it back and check it out again because i ran out of renewals
second one is ok though author is a journalist and i can get tired of her style sometimes. i just like books about neo-nazis and stuff.

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 11:25 (fourteen years ago) link

i am reading 'after leaving mr. mackenzie' by jean rhys.

estela, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 12:10 (fourteen years ago) link

and 'friend of my youth' by alice munro.

estela, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 12:12 (fourteen years ago) link

this is not a "book" so much but the lorrie moore story in this weeks nyer was really nice outside of some sort of iffy dialogue and almost made me cry on the subway today, although im feverish

max max max max, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 13:54 (fourteen years ago) link

i am taking a break from gravitys rainbow which is beginning to drag for me a little bit and i just finished bolanos nazi literature which was interesting and beautifully written but im not really sure how i felt about it (tho the last story was a++++) and am currently in the first half of aleksander hemons the lazarus project which is really great so far kind of a sebald + nabokov steez which is like catnip to me

max max max max, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 13:56 (fourteen years ago) link

i'm about 600 (out of 800) pages into yoshihiro tatsumi's A Drifting Life. i'm not gonna finish it now though cuz i don't want to take it on the train today. too heavy. it's a graphic novel, autobiographical, about this dude's life making manga. i'm surprised how much i like it, since it meanders so much. "...and then i edited shadow number 11...then i switched publishers...then i remembered how much i missed making full-length manga." beautifully drawn though.

jergins, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 14:26 (fourteen years ago) link

i juat finished jamaica kincaid's A Small Place, her personal history of growing up in Antigua and hating the british. lotsa spite for such a thin book.

i wish lxy would post on this thread but i bet she won't. she has phases where she reads a trashy mystery a day

jergins, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 15:18 (fourteen years ago) link

oh lol i was just getting ready to post but maybe i shouldn't now so you're not proven wrong?

lxy, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 15:21 (fourteen years ago) link

i should try lorrie moore again - i read 'birds of america' awhile ago, but it was right after i'd read alice munro's 'open secrets' so i think it just couldn't live up to that.

(estela that carver book is limited to a 1000 copies! also, it has really cool prints)

i'm on a a.m. homes kick right now and about to start 'the safety of objects', and also joan didion's 'democracy'.

ytth tries every 2nd day to get me to read a graphic novel but so far i've resisted.

smoove operator, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 15:21 (fourteen years ago) link

i want to know what lxy is reading

smoove operator, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 15:22 (fourteen years ago) link

this thread probably!

max max max max, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 15:29 (fourteen years ago) link

i never tried these books by people like lorrie moore. maybe i should but not right now. still stuck in the 19th c. as far as fiction goes :o
intrigued by trashy mysteries though, because i like to watch trashy crime shows on the tv

spite n ease (harbl), Wednesday, 1 July 2009 15:29 (fourteen years ago) link


lxy, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 15:37 (fourteen years ago) link

estela how do feel about janet frame

saw 'owls do cry' in the bookstore and felt nostalgic so i bought it

smoove operator, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 19:00 (fourteen years ago) link

cmon lx

jergins, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 19:34 (fourteen years ago) link

yeahh lxy it's ok to post about trashy novels

i willingly admit i have read and ENJOYED
the da vinci code and other d.brown books
TWILIGHT - not just one but the WHOLE trilogy!

altho 'enjoy' isn't really the right word for twilight.... that shit is on some other level. i was totally conscious the whole time i was reading all 3 books that the writing was terrible, the storyline predictable, the characters boring and one-dimensional, yet i was totally compelled to read them

smoove operator, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 19:43 (fourteen years ago) link

oh, in no way am i embarrassed about my reading choices.

lxy, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 19:50 (fourteen years ago) link

i had a funny moment with a book an hour ago.  i must have read about it on ILB's best of the 00's and then read the back and it sounded good. Andre Aciman's 'Call me by Your Name.'. i started in on this summer love story in 1st person and it all seemed fine until the third page. that's when i had my "wait, this is a dude talking about another dude" moment. whoops. no indication on the back cover, whatever i'd read about it hadn't mentioned man-on-man love. ha, i guess i'll give it to kyle. not that he finishes books, but he'll get further than i will.

started SWAY: the irresistible pull of irrational behavior. it's y'know nonfiction 

jergins, Thursday, 2 July 2009 00:26 (fourteen years ago) link

are you saying you dumped a book when you realized it was about gays

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 2 July 2009 00:29 (fourteen years ago) link

about gays FUCKING

jergins, Thursday, 2 July 2009 00:31 (fourteen years ago) link

new info about jergins life: started book about dudes doing it, couldnt finish

max max max max, Thursday, 2 July 2009 00:32 (fourteen years ago) link

oh god that's awful! xp

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 2 July 2009 00:32 (fourteen years ago) link

that must have been the irresistible pull of irrational behavior

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 2 July 2009 00:35 (fourteen years ago) link


spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 2 July 2009 00:35 (fourteen years ago) link

kyle might finish that one. xp.

lxy, Thursday, 2 July 2009 00:36 (fourteen years ago) link

xp also: is it about the musical artist SWAY?

cuz i would be surprised if you read a book about that guy.

lxy, Thursday, 2 July 2009 00:37 (fourteen years ago) link

okay people, here it is:

Illicit, Moisés Naím
Maisie Dobbs, Jacqueline Winspear << there's your trashy mystery
Leaving Tangier, Tahar Ben Jelloun
The Day of the Owl, Leonard Sciascia

lxy, Thursday, 2 July 2009 01:10 (fourteen years ago) link

that's the last 4 books i read.

it took me months to read illicit because i suck at reading non-fiction. so instead of reading, i was doing crossword puzzles.

the winspear i read in about 6 minutes, that's how trashy it is. i chose it to remind myself that i can actually read more than 10 pages in a day. it's true, i do <3 trashy mysteries. mainly british ones.

jergins gave me leaving tangier. he bought it but then didn't read it, i guess on account of it is about the gay. (it's also about a lot of other stuff, btw.)

the sciascia is reportedly the first fictional account of the sicilian mafia. written in 1961. even though it's a murder mystery, it doesn't count as trashy because of its historical significance.

that enough for now?

lxy, Thursday, 2 July 2009 01:20 (fourteen years ago) link

the day of the owl looks like i would like it as long as no gays are fucking

spite n ease (harbl), Thursday, 2 July 2009 01:22 (fourteen years ago) link

does mary higgins clark count as trashy mysteries? i used to be into her after a bunch of her books were at this beach condo we rented, but it's been years.

tehersa (tehresa), Thursday, 2 July 2009 01:26 (fourteen years ago) link

no gays fucking, nor straights fucking either. at least not yet. only 12 pages left, so i doubt it'll come this late in the game. xp.

dunno, t, i've never read her. i always had the idea that they were sort of supernatural phenomena based? maybe not correct?

lxy, Thursday, 2 July 2009 01:29 (fourteen years ago) link

the only one i remember well was about a girl with multiple personalities that i think was murdering people and also did a lot of weird sex things maybe?

tehersa (tehresa), Thursday, 2 July 2009 01:31 (fourteen years ago) link

haha and ai yi yi! i think i have been wise to avoid mary higgins clark!

lxy, Thursday, 2 July 2009 01:33 (fourteen years ago) link

oooh for good and not-that-trashy mysteries you should try maeve binchy

smoove operator, Thursday, 2 July 2009 02:24 (fourteen years ago) link

i read one by her a long time ago but i don't remember it as a mystery, more like a romance?

lxy, Thursday, 2 July 2009 02:32 (fourteen years ago) link

oh no way, defintely psychological thriller styles

smoove operator, Thursday, 2 July 2009 02:42 (fourteen years ago) link

ok u are right i just checked wiki

i must be confusing here with someone else??

smoove operator, Thursday, 2 July 2009 02:43 (fourteen years ago) link

hmm, wonder who you're thinking of

lxy, Thursday, 2 July 2009 02:44 (fourteen years ago) link

the writer i'm thinking had a lot of her thrillers turned into mini series and she's british. goddamnit i can't remember any of the titles!!

smoove operator, Thursday, 2 July 2009 02:47 (fourteen years ago) link

was ordered to come to this thread. I just finished Alice In Wonderland and am like 5 pages into Through the Looking Glass. I've been boring lately and have also been re-reading my favorite bits of Calvino's Cosmicomics instead of seeking out trashy summer thrillers like I should be doing.

unregistered, Thursday, 2 July 2009 02:57 (fourteen years ago) link

i started reading that janet frame book today but couldn't get into so instead i'm gonna read another a.m. homes

oh lxy you might like muriel sparks??

smoove operator, Thursday, 2 July 2009 02:58 (fourteen years ago) link

xp: thank you, unr. i'm sorry i didn't say please, i meant to but then i had to go make a drink.

thanks for the rec., ruby!

lxy, Thursday, 2 July 2009 02:59 (fourteen years ago) link

something about reading unreg's post made me choke and then i spit wine everywhere which was not so classy but kinda trashy so maybe it fits.
anyway, i was gonna say i should read those this summer, unreg. why bc <3 them.

tehersa (tehresa), Thursday, 2 July 2009 03:05 (fourteen years ago) link

you're drinking spitz!

lxy, Thursday, 2 July 2009 03:08 (fourteen years ago) link

happy birthday dear mookie (if it is)

yay ruby, that is a good haul. i haven't had any revived chocoades yet but my sister sent me some mackintosh toffees this week which are my current favourite thing from there.

nz seems to have gone souvenir tea towel mad in recent times, i have received a few (and given none).

estela, Sunday, 23 September 2012 00:37 (eleven years ago) link

macintosh toffees!!!!!!!!!!!

smoove operator, Sunday, 23 September 2012 04:57 (eleven years ago) link

estela i am reading "summer of hate" by chris kraus. i think i might actually finish this. it's good!

spite n ease (harbl), Sunday, 23 September 2012 22:29 (eleven years ago) link

aw thx <3

mookieproof, Sunday, 23 September 2012 23:54 (eleven years ago) link

estela, i made FIVE rice/bean/veg salads from that cookbook tonight, for ytth's lunches this week... hope they taste good!!

smoove operator, Monday, 24 September 2012 05:04 (eleven years ago) link

aw<3 so do i, it would be woeful if you effed them up.

estela, Monday, 24 September 2012 23:00 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

ruby, so, so glad to hear your sis is doing better <3

lxy, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 05:15 (eleven years ago) link

i am too, it is a great relief. <3 you.

estela, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 05:29 (eleven years ago) link

thank you, my dear<3s

she is hello-kitty diehard so i ordered a bunch of hk junk off amazon for her, to cheer her up

it is truly amazing, the weird selection of objects in the hello kitty theme (including a dehumidifier)

smoove operator, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 15:59 (eleven years ago) link

hugs to you, j and glad to know your sis is improving. There's no object that can't be upped a notch by some hello kitty and you are a wonderful sister.

jaq, Wednesday, 10 October 2012 16:45 (eleven years ago) link

apparently my sister is convinced that ytth and i visited her already?!? and that she also went for a ride in a helicopter.

smoove operator, Friday, 12 October 2012 00:13 (eleven years ago) link

aw<3 lol, the wee darling.

estela, Friday, 12 October 2012 01:08 (eleven years ago) link

justin3, i know you don't especially care about rugby but tonight i am going to an all blacks/wallabies game in brisbane and i am so looking forward to it, the haka kills when i see it over here, and at games in brisbane half the fans are kiwis so it's like going home for a couple of hours.

estela, Saturday, 20 October 2012 01:27 (eleven years ago) link

upon reflection i think estela is too good to be real

she talks a good game, vin scully and all, but i demand to meet her in person

we haven't even gotten doggy pictures!

mookieproof, Saturday, 20 October 2012 05:02 (eleven years ago) link

i can vouch that our estela is even better irl.

xp i don't much care about rugby, but i enjoy a big-deal all blacks game if the situation arises.

smoove operator, Saturday, 20 October 2012 06:30 (eleven years ago) link

we are at a restaurant near the stadium surrounded by hordes of black-clad kiwis, all cheerful because we have already won every trophy going for this year: )

estela, Saturday, 20 October 2012 08:18 (eleven years ago) link

we by chance saw a haka on tv in nz. it was utterly thrilling.

lxy, Saturday, 20 October 2012 20:32 (eleven years ago) link

mookieprof, our estela is too good AND she is true. another reason to move west: she will surely visit again some day (i hope!!!!).

ps. amazon is hiring.

lxy, Saturday, 20 October 2012 20:35 (eleven years ago) link

i met a hologram of estela that insisted on calling me "sug"

t. silaviver, Sunday, 21 October 2012 06:11 (eleven years ago) link

maybe it wasn't really my hologram ;)


estela, Monday, 22 October 2012 02:35 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

our busy hotel keeper looks like ruby. she's spent the morning rushing around helping people with coffee and wifi, which always concludes with an "et, voilá." kinda funny since we're in spain.

lxy, Thursday, 1 January 2015 09:53 (nine years ago) link

does that mean she looks young, fun and awesome? or frumpy, boring and grumpy?

smoove operator, Thursday, 1 January 2015 19:08 (nine years ago) link

pretty, sweet, helpful, smart, funny, young, fun and awesome <3

lxy, Thursday, 1 January 2015 21:10 (nine years ago) link

look who's smoove, now!! <3

smoove operator, Saturday, 3 January 2015 06:59 (nine years ago) link

two months pass...

ruby there's a woman ranting outside my office window who looks just like you. are you here?

lxy, Wednesday, 1 April 2015 20:57 (nine years ago) link

i am a bit of a ranter but unfortunately (or fortunately??) it wasn't me!

smoove operator, Thursday, 2 April 2015 06:02 (nine years ago) link

i dedicated the cadbury caramello egg i just wolfed down to you, dearest ruby, if you had been outside my window i would have gladly handed it over.

estela, Monday, 6 April 2015 23:53 (nine years ago) link

hey estela guess what i heard about georgette

jergins, Monday, 13 April 2015 03:50 (nine years ago) link

that i love her, is my guess. i was having a very sad weekend and then she suddenly appeared in my thoughts so then f. and i looked at some pictures of her (including a couple with ted) and they were a genuinely cheering sight. i like how when you look at her face you can recall her voice and also her ridiculous fluffy hairdos.

estela, Monday, 13 April 2015 13:31 (nine years ago) link

estela, we were in portland on saturday and we stayed at the inn at northrup station<3

lxy, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 03:45 (eight years ago) link

yay, i <3 that place, i hope it was wonderful.

estela, Tuesday, 21 April 2015 08:37 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

hey estela guess what

there is now jelly tip chocolate and biscuits!! my sis got me one of each, i get to try them out in 3 days

smoove operator, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 05:02 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...


mookieproof, Saturday, 29 August 2015 02:36 (eight years ago) link

I would think that the mound at Dodger Stadium right now is the loneliest place in the world.


mookieproof, Saturday, 29 August 2015 04:25 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

miss u

mookieproof, Saturday, 5 December 2015 03:01 (eight years ago) link


esperantzen (p much resigned to deems), Friday, 18 December 2015 17:38 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

congratulations to the brisbane bandits for claiming the claxton shield

mookieproof, Saturday, 6 February 2016 20:17 (eight years ago) link


spite n ease (harbl), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 23:13 (eight years ago) link

cheers to the good guys

joy & joy (jergins), Thursday, 11 February 2016 04:51 (eight years ago) link

seven months pass...

the other day i was walking to the wine store and a little white dog was on the sidewalk running away from its owner and she said "can you catch her?" and i picked her up and she said she's 14 years old and going deaf whenever i call her she goes away from me and i gave her the dog and it reminded me of harry because it was small and white and a rotter

spite n ease (harbl), Saturday, 24 September 2016 15:12 (seven years ago) link

also i was like 1 foot taller than the owner

spite n ease (harbl), Saturday, 24 September 2016 15:12 (seven years ago) link

aw, harry is small and white and a rotter and also he is 14 and a little bit deaf now too:( but he is in good and sturdy spirits and he still runs around a lot and is greedy and cheerful so that is as much as we could wish for. i can't even imagine what sorrow lies ahead so i hardly ever let myself think about it.

estela, Friday, 30 September 2016 10:49 (seven years ago) link

some dog advice given to me by a dog lover:

when your dog is elderly, that's the time to bring a young pup home; sometimes having that youthful energy around will give more energy to the older dog and extend its life. and when your beloved eventually passes, you'll have another little creature that needs all that same love and care from you and will help you move on.

smoove operator, Friday, 30 September 2016 20:18 (seven years ago) link

that is good advice, it must be very quiet and lonely to suddenly be living in a house with no noisy little animal charging around.

estela, Saturday, 1 October 2016 09:35 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

i Double Dog Dare estela to post a poll of her 50 favourite albums

mookieproof, Thursday, 24 August 2023 04:21 (seven months ago) link


estela, Monday, 28 August 2023 22:50 (seven months ago) link

sorry i cherish you and everything but you've been double dog dared

mookieproof, Tuesday, 29 August 2023 06:08 (seven months ago) link

i am pretending to be very disappointed

but even so

mookieproof, Thursday, 31 August 2023 05:15 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

i’m working on this at my own pace, having noted on dare day that no deadline was provided. any postdated changes end this dare immediately and disqualify any new ones. sorry i do make the rules

estela, Friday, 20 October 2023 22:38 (five months ago) link

i am extremely patient, and indeed stipulated no deadline, and am certain that you are posting this interim notice in the best of faith(s) <3

mookieproof, Sunday, 22 October 2023 04:20 (five months ago) link

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