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Month: July, 2013

10 authors I think you should read

by mollykl

No, I don’t know everything, but yes, I do know some authors. Trust me, you’ll be better off having read these.

1. Madeleine L’Engle. She might sound familiar to you for A Wrinkle In Time (which, not coincidentally frequently finds itself on the list of most banned books). I’m a particular fan of An Unacceptable Time (the culmination of the time series) and A House Like A Lotus (which was actually my first exposure to M.L. )

2. Jane Austen. Oh come on, you knew this had to be on the list. Just read Pride and Prejudice. You won’t be sorry. If you’re one of the guys I work with who think Jane’s either too far above you/beneath you? Just read, and do everything D’Arcy does. Trust me. And then thank me.

3. Ian Fleming. Read the books. No, don’t say, “but I’ve seen the movies!”. Read. The. Books.

4. David Quammen. Want to know a little of the world you live in? Read David Quammen. The guy explains natural science in a way that any idiot can understand (and that’s this idiot’s opinion). You’ll have a better understanding of the natural world and a greater appreciation for the fact that you;re still alive in it.

5. J.G. Ballard. I’m a huge fan of The Drowned World, which is classified as sci-fi, but is really more about the psychological breakdown of the human mind. Also, it’s a chilling reminder that we never truly escape certain moments of our past – we just keep reliving them. (Oh, and please note that it’s about global warming – 50 years before there was such a notion as global warming)

6. Dorothy Sayers. What can’t that woman do? Her translation of The Divine Comedy is one of the most accessible ever done – it makes Dante’s concepts understandable (a feat, since most translators focus of the poetry rather and the context). Oh, and as mentioned to a couple of college guys I knew in 1987 who thought that Lord Peter was a bit of a ponce, “Hello, dumbasses? these girls are telling you, in detail, what they want. Shouldn’t you be taking notes or something?”

7. Mark Twain. The moment in Hucklberry Finn when Huck says, “alright then, I’ll go to hell” because he’s willing to sacrifice his soul just to be friends with Jim is probably the greatest moment in American literature we’ve ever seen. At some point, with luck, the country will realize it.

8. Robert Browning. Just read My Last Duchess. Read it several thousand times. I think I have. It’s beautiful and frightening and beautiful.

9. Antony Beevor . Stalingrad The Fateful Siege was a Valentine’s Day present from husband J. (Yeah, I know what you’re thinking…most girls get flowers or jewelry I get a book about 500,000 people dying in the freezing fucking cold). But it wa one of the best presents I ever got and one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read.

10. Arturo Perez Reverte. The Club Dumas is amazing. No. Do not watch the movie version. I don’t care of Johnny Depp was in it. It is awful and has NO RELATION to the movie. Oh, and pay close attention to Irene. Also, it helps if you’ve read Milton first, but is not essential. In hindsight, having seen Sherlock would help also. You’ll understand after you read. If you don’t, give me a call and we’ll have a drink and I’ll expound. At length.

If you feel like commenting add your two cents and tell me who I need to be reading.

10 reasons Oscar Wilde rules!

by mollykl

This post is brought to you by a truly horrifying story I heard today. I decided to turn it around and make something positive out of it – like enlightening those who need to be enlightened as to how awesome one Mr. Oscar Wilde is. My thanks to Matchbook Magazine for their story on the top 20 Oscar Wilde quotes.

1. Wilde sued the Marquess of Queensbury for libel. Yes, the Marquess of Queensbury of the famous “rules” for boxing.

2. Though affecting a borderline lazy stance, Wilde was not one to mess with. Once he was attacked by four men and kicked their asses – singlehandedly.

3. While very intelligent and fluent in several languages (including ancient Greek) Wilde was a horrible student at Oxford, but in his last year managed to pull off double first class honors in a B.A. of Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores.

4. If you read it on an inspirational site on Pinterest, chances are Oscar Wilde said it.  One of my favorites: “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

5. He survived 2 years of hard labor in prison. Two years probably doesn’t sound like much, eh? Well, now imagine it’s 1897, it’s an English prison, and you’re Irish.

6. He’s the patron saint of “to thine own self be true” acolytes: “When first I was put into prison some people advised me to try and forget who I was. It was ruinous advice. It is only by realising what I am that I have found comfort of any kind. ”

7. For a guy who was married, but then was thrown in jail basically for being gay, he has a brutal and charming understanding of women. Perhaps because he can look at women and wives with a clear eye. Read “An Ideal Husband” (actually just see the movie, it’s fabulous and cringe-worthy, for good reasons). Wilde once said, “Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”

8. He has three middle names, with his full name being (deep breath here): Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. Whew!

9. The same man who said “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best” also said “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”

10. His last words supposedly were “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go.”

My 5 favorite restaurants in Sacramento

by mollykl

In no particular order:

1. Waterboy

2. Mulvaney’s

3. Rolle

4. Plan B

5. The Porch

5 things to snag in the event of a zombie apocalypse

by mollykl

I’ve actually had this conversation with people. You know, the what to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse conversation. Guns are always mentioned. People always start with guns and then go on to everything that could be used as a weapon: golf clubs, shovels, etc etc. Here’s the thing: no ever thinks about the other stuff that REALLY MATTERS. So here it is, the list of the other suff you should probably remember when you’re raiding the deserted CVS (with an armed  lookout on the roof, just in case):

1. Hydrogen peroxide.  Even if you manage to avoid getting hurt by zombies chances are while you’re on the run and trying to survive accidents will happen. This shit is GOLD! What can’t it be used for?

2. Super glue. For wounds. Seriously, it’s awesome and holds better than liquid skin.

3. Doxycilin or amoxycilin. Break into the pharmacy. See the oxycontin and the vicodin? Keep moving buddy that’ll just make you slower and easier to catch and eat. But grab those antibiotics. Chances are you’ll need them at some point. (And pay attention to the expiration dates)

4. One of those compact sewing kits. One assumes you are not a 16 year old girl on her first trip to Europe and have not escaped the ravenous hordes with a car full of clothes. Be practical for god’s sake! Just repair things. Also, if there are extra spools of thread grab a few – they work on sewing up wounds that require more than glue. (Note: boil the thread first)

5. A map. Chances are you only know the major highways and streets of where ever it is you live. You’re going to want alternate routes. (Aack, remember the “zombie herd” scene from Walking Dead? Yeah, you’re gonna want to avoid that…)

Also, you might want to keep this on hand….you know…just in case.

For those of you who really plan ahead… Yes it’s a survival kit that fits inside an Altoids tin.

10 things that make a bad day better

by mollykl

I actually had a great day, but I know that is not the case for everyone, so here are 10 things that make a bad day better.

1. Yoga.

2. Shower (or bath)…(or water in general). Bonus points for saltwater.

3. “Thank you”  (this works if it’s being said to you or if you are saying it to someone else)

4. Food. Lousy food does not make you feel better. The poached egg salad at Plan B does.

5. Hitting something. People are wrong…violence does solve problems. Hitting a heavy bag makes you feel better. Sure your knuckles will hurt the next day if you’re not wearing gloves or tape, but your insides will feel better. (Driving range or batting cage also work)

6. This story about stray dogs saving a girl in Argentina from being raped. People frequently let you down. Dogs, not so much. Even if you don’t have a dog they make you feel better!

7. Trying something new. Book, sport, recipe, you name it. Yeah you might fail (see: me, knitting) but at least you gave it a shot.

8. Being grateful. Sure the day sucked, but at least it was above ground. My tomato plant actually has tomatoes on it. Husband J sent me a nice text.  The snarky meat manager bought me a latte.  Watermelon on sale! Son J tried to make me a Lego Bumblebee! (He knows B’s my fave)

9. Sex.

10. Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, Season 4, Episode 5. The New Orleans episode. Filmed 2 years post-Katrina, this is the best tv going. I watch, and watch again, and then watch again. This isn’t a case of “there but for the grace of God….”, and it isn’t “well, things could be worse”. This is the good, the bad, the worse and the horrifying all in one.  Sometimes life sucks.  Pick your ass up and keep going.

6 reasons why I love steampunk

by mollykl

1. The women all kick ass.

2. The coolest clothes ever.

3. Sex without hypocritical moralisation.

4. Did I mention that the women all kick ass?

5. Zombies, werewolves and zeplins.

6. Makes the Victoran age seem cooler than it really was.

My 5 favorite war movies

by mollykl

1. Stalingrad

2. The Dirty Dozen

3. Apocalypse Now

4. The Great Escape

5. Kelly’s Heroes

6. Where Eagles Dare

My 10 favorite guilty pleasures

by mollykl

1. Nickelback (don’t even have an excuse)

2. Miller Genuine Draft (in bottles)

3. the Reagan era (good vs. evil was so delightfully black and white then: America good! Soviets bad!)

4. J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. (I hide them behind the Jane Austen)

5. Jar of “queso” dip and chips at 7 in the morning. (Hey, when you start work at 3 a.m. 7 is essentially lunchtime. So, so bad for me…so, so yummy)

6. Gunne Sax dresses from the 80′s (because I never got to wear one to prom. Thinking of buying one just to have it)

7. the new Hawaii Five-O. (Yeah, I watch for the hot guy and the snarky guy, so sue me)

8. Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion (I know it’s made of crappy ingredients but I can’t resist the scent)

9. Nice stationary (shouldn’t be a guilty pleasure, but since I DON’T WRITE LETTERS and it just sits there…it is)

10. Having a cocktail while playing legos and watching Transformers with son j. (If I was a good mom I’d wait till later. I’m not. I’m having the damn drink. Also, I can make a better Bumblebee than you.)

6 things that piss me off

by mollykl

You should be happy that I’m limiting it to only 6 things….

1. Priuses in the fast lane. No. Just leave. I don’t care if you got that nice sticker allowing you to drive in the carpool lane, your car is holding everyone up (and, hello?, you do not do 50 in the fast lane).

2. E-book authors who don’t bother to hire editors. Aarrrggghhh! Stupid spelling errors are infuriating when you’re paying for something. And it makes me think you are an idiot, and that, by extension, I must be an idiot for reading your work. I do not like feeling like an idiot. (ppsss! it’s FIR tree not FUR tree! seriously?)

3. Reality tv. The ruination of America. Let’s pay people to be stupid and cruel and make them famous for their stupidity and cruelty!

4. The pretentious use of the word “foodie”. Congratulations, you know who Alice Waters is. Now shut up and eat. Or better yet, shut up and feed someone else.

5. Newt Gingrich anytime he opens his mouth to talk about “the sanctity of marriage”. You cheated on two of your three wives. You are the last person who should be discoursing on the subject.

6. Dismissing service people. The waiter, the busboy, the courtesy clerk, the checker, the guy who’s nice enough to help you lift the bark into your car at Home Depot.  Look them in the eye. You are not better than them you miserable fuck. They are what is keeping this economy still breathing. You might want to say thank you.

 

My 10 favorite things about Sacramento

by mollykl

1.  The American River Bike Trail

2. the weather (yes, even when it’s 105 and I’m melting)

3. Tule fog

4. Delta breezes

5. the Sacramento River

6. the American River

7. laid back attitude for a capital city

8. the California State Fair at Cal Expo

9. Old Sacramento at Christmastime

10. McKinley Park/ Land Park/ Southside Park