Mirrordrum straggles in at last. Hah!

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Mirrordrum straggles in at last. Hah!

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Editat: abr. 16, 2015, 4:26pm

a favorite translation of Rilke's poem. did the montage 10 years ago. la, how time flies.


And you wait, awaiting the one
to make your small life grow;
the mighty, the uncommon,
the awakening of stone,
the depths to be opened below.

Now duskily in the bookcase
gleam the volumes in brown and gold;
you remember lands you have wandered through,
the pictures and the garments
of women lost of old.

And you suddenly know: It was here!
You pull yourself together, and there
stands an irrevocable year
of anguish and vision and prayer.

Rainer Maria Rilke

abr. 16, 2015, 4:26pm

space saver

abr. 16, 2015, 4:26pm

space saver2

abr. 16, 2015, 5:25pm

Welcome back, Ellie!

abr. 17, 2015, 6:41am


Hi, Ellie!!

Editat: abr. 17, 2015, 12:08pm

>4 kidzdoc: thanks, Darryl. i went over and had a wonderful time with your photo album.

>5 scaifea: *waving and jumping (lightly) up and down* lovely to see you, Amber.

abr. 17, 2015, 9:14pm

Welcome back!

maig 31, 2015, 8:20pm

"Quiet descended on her, calm, content, as her needle, drawing the silk smoothly to its gentle pause, collected the green folds together and attached them, very lightly, to the belt. So on a summer's day waves collect, overbalance, and fall; collect and fall; and the whole world seems to be saying "that is all" more and more ponderously, until even the heart in the body which lies in the sun on the beach says too, That is all. Fear no more, says the heart. Fear no more, says the heart, committing its burden to some sea, which sighs collectively for all sorrows, and renews, begins, collects, lets fall. And the body alone listens to the passing bee; the wave breaking; the dog barking, far away barking and barking."

From Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Project Gutenberg--Australia

one of my favorite passages from the book, superbly narrated by Phyllida Law. once i finish her narration, i'm considering starting on Juliet Stevenson's version.

ag. 13, 2015, 5:24pm

I finally read Mrs. Dalloway and loved it, Ellie.

Hope all is going well for you.

ag. 14, 2015, 1:30pm

i'm so glad you enjoyed Mrs. Dalloway. i can fall into it as you fall into Murakami. it's wonderful in audio.

i wish they'd put Between the acts in audio. i liked it very much and Clarissa appears in at as well.

fun to have a visitor. :-)

ag. 14, 2015, 2:33pm

Hmm. Clarissa appears in Between the Acts? Intriguing. That's a new one for me.

I'm having fun with an English cozy mystery my sister gave me, Marriage Can Be Murder by Emma Jameson. Then it's going to be on to more demanding fare, The Bell by Iris Murdoch, and Lonesome Dove. Have you read any Iris Murdoch? Thoughts? I'm a little worried about Lonesome Dove, as so many people expect me to like it. To me, there's a good chance I won't, but we'll see.

I'll bet it's beautiful in your part of Tennessee right now. Hope you're set up for a good weekend.

ag. 14, 2015, 9:23pm

i've read several by Murdoch including The bell. i like Murdoch very much in modest doses. my favorite thus far is The sea, the sea. she was very much both a philosophe and a philosopher and it comes through in the writing. tho nobody's mentioned it that i've read, i think her view was remarkably Platonistic; forms as reflections/shadows of some higher reality (the cave analogy, you know) and an inherent desire of the soul to strive for good. i'm probably wrong. i often am.

i wonder what you'll make of her. she's a bit detached but then so is Murakami, one of my difficulties with Hard-boiled wonderland.

Lonesome dove has no allure for me whatsoever. i wish you well with it and in dealing with your expectant throngs.

ag. 14, 2015, 10:21pm

I'm glad to hear that you liked The Sea, the Sea, Ellie. I won't get to it this month, for Paul's British Author Challenge, but I'd like to read it before the year is over.

ag. 15, 2015, 2:43pm

>12 mirrordrum: Thanks, Ellie. It helps to know that you're a Murdoch fan. If I like The Bell then I'll have The Sea, The Sea to look forward to. I'll keep an eye out for Platonistic shadows on the walls. Who was behind us with the light that cast the shadows? I've forgotten over the years - was it just sunlight or moonlight?

You're no help at all with Lonesome Dove. Jeesh. :-)

Sorry you're struggling with Hard-Boiled Wonderland. I'm probably just too captivated by weirdness. Murakami is detached, no doubt about it. Somewhat like an alien dwelling among the humans.

Have you read The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer? There's some simple, well done fun in that one. I loved it - but you have to be a bit patient until Sophy shows up.

Editat: ag. 15, 2015, 9:02pm

>13 kidzdoc: Darryl, you're here. oh how lovely. i do like Murdoch and, in fact, have contemplated a visit with her when i can get past Haruki's craziness and Alan Turing's genius, heaven help me. i dare not watch the movie as it will give me an easy out from the complexities of the book. pure math vs. applied? not a white do i give. i'm always interested in what bits and pieces of quantum mechanics, Heisenberg and that poor, benighted cat of Schrödinger's i can grasp but the math? feh, who needs it?

>14 jnwelch: it was a fire in the cave, liebling. we are looking at a wall in the cave and we see only our shadows cast by the fire. we take the shadows for reality but they are mere representations of truth. we must get outside the cave to see the real forms of which these representations are only poor imitations. it's been over 50 years since i read The Republic so my memory is quite faulty as i discovered when i visited it online. i'd forgotten all the stages that take place between being a slave in the cave and becoming enlightened and what happens if you see the true forms and then return to the cave.

in re:
Murakami, i am pressing on because you like him! now there's friendship for you. ;-)

oh, sorry not to be helpful abt Lonesome dove but there are so many books, and really, so very little time. and people will keep writing them. *sigh*

Editat: ag. 16, 2015, 1:09pm

>15 mirrordrum: *nerd alert* If I didn't have so much on my reading plate I actually would like to learn more about quantum physics, Ellie! My best friend from medical school, who also has a PhD in chemistry, and his wife, who has a PhD in physics, lent me Schrödinger: Life and Thought several years ago, as they both loved it. It's been well received on LT, with an average rating of 4.64 stars from seven reviewers, but it's a tome, so I doubt that I'll read it anytime soon.

ag. 16, 2015, 6:02pm

>15 mirrordrum: Ah yes, the fire! Thanks for the link - Jeez Louise, I'd not remembered any of that about going out and coming back. An awful lot of interesting stuff in there, including the initial ineptness upon coming back, and the reaction of the cavedwellers, and the duty to come back.

This one seemed quite Taoist to me: "the State in which the rulers are most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed, and the State in which they are most eager, the worst." I got elected to one position after saying I didn't want it, and one guy said he voted for me because I was the one who didn't want it!

Thank you, my friend, for pushing on with the Murakami. As a friend, I'll be quite fine with it if you decide enough is enough. We've got plenty of other authors we both like. :-)

I know, Debbi and I were just talking about the impossibility of reading all the good books we'd like to, plus, as you're saying, more good ones keep coming out. That's the blessing and the curse, right? Sometimes I think of being alive back when books were just starting to be printed and distributed, and having only a limited number to read over and over. This is better!

Editat: nov. 11, 2015, 11:30am

it's been a long, long time since i've posted here. i thought for my sanity it would be helpful to make a list of what i'm currently reading.

longest running: Alan Turing: The enigma. it has finally moved out of the realm of the totally incomprehensible into the actual, partly comprehensible, work at Bletchley using the bombe (the machine with all the thingies that go round). i hadn't realized his work was, or at least was in 1941, only concerned with decrypting German naval intelligence. only 17 hrs. to go. i'm getting cramps in my brain fingers from trying make my mental grasp equivalent to my intellectual reach.

The bone clocks by David Mitchell
Smiley's People by John Le Carré
Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro
My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry by Fredrik Backman
North and south by Elizabeth Gaskell

Editat: nov. 11, 2015, 9:30am

Hey, there she is! Hi, Ellie!

Our son is a huge Alan Turing fan, and some day I want to read a book about Turing and his work at Bletchley. This Fall we were outside where he was born (a hospital converted into a swanky hotel) in London's Little Venice area.

I can imagine following all the thingies-that-go-round discussion is tough to do at times.

What interesting books you're reading! I finished The Bone Clocks recently and loved Holly and the ambitious story. Not on the high level of Cloud Atlas for me, but still impressive.

Editat: nov. 11, 2015, 11:58am

hullo, Joe. lovely to see you. unless you're comfortable with math, physics and cypher-talk at genius levels, Alan Turing: Enigma is a mind-bender. i do believe it would've been easier to read visually, but mercy mercy me.

i'm enjoying Bone Clocks at last. i got into it and then hit the posh public school lads at Cambridge and found a lot of that very yawn-making.

i'm now with Brubeck (?) flashing in and out of Baghdad. good stuff but hard. have you read Fives and Twenty-fives? good. good good good.

oops got to go so zee vampires zey can take my bloodt. such nice guys they are. :-)

nov. 11, 2015, 12:29pm

>20 mirrordrum: The Alan Turing book sounds like one for our Google-coder son, Ellie. He tries to dumb down these kinds of things for his ma and me, and we've gotten good at saying, uh-huh, uh-huh.

The Bone Clocks is full of oddball stuff, and the posh lads definitely can be yawn-making, especially one section I wish he had just cut out. But the rest made up for it for me, and every Holly section perked me back up.

I'm so glad you mentioned Fives and Twenty-Fives. I had somehow missed this one, and it's now on my WL. Looks good x 4.

When I start to think the old guy body maintenance trips to the doctor are annoying, I should remind myself what you cheerfully go through. I'm glad you've got a nice guy vampires helping you.

nov. 12, 2015, 6:43am

I'd love to learn more about Turing - my physicist husband is a big fan. I'll perhaps add this one to my list...

nov. 12, 2015, 5:16pm

Nice to see you posting again.

nov. 14, 2015, 6:46am

Lovely to see you back on your thread, dear Ellie. xx

des. 24, 2015, 3:15pm

Have a lovely holiday, dear Ellie

des. 28, 2015, 4:22pm

Happy Holidays, Ellie!

Hope you're having a relaxing end of the year.

Editat: des. 31, 2015, 5:49pm

>25 PaulCranswick: thank you, my sweet Prince. the very same to you yourself. :-)

love the graphic.

des. 31, 2015, 5:47pm

>26 jnwelch: and so i am too.