Randutiae Whilst Transcribing. Or Whilst Not Transcribing. GROUCHY RANDUTIAE TO AVOID TRANSCRIBING

I seem unable to stop listening to Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore.” I think the mandolin has ensorcelled me. Send help. ****** The Cambridge Public Library recently changed their lending policies. Instead of a three-week lending period with the possibility of three renewals (12 weeks total), now they’ve got a four-week lending period with… Read more »

More October Randutiae — Including Something About Self-Exposure as a Writer

I like the funny political videos the folks at actually.org are creating. Rosie Perez sets Mitt straight on whether it’s easier to get elected as a Latino; Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead agree with Mitt that people aren’t people, corporations are people; and here’s W. Kamau Bell, who hates science: (Thanks, B.) *** Sometimes, after… Read more »

August Randutiae (Some Rather Cranky)

Every once in a while, I become overwhelmed by the crush of books I’m supposed to be reading (for research; as a favor for someone; because soon they’ll be due back at the library; because everyone’s telling me I should), and my soul revolts. I spend a week or so mulishly resisting reading anything at… Read more »

“Why must it be a truthiness universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of an existence must be in want of a mate?”

A friend wrote that delightful, Pride-&-Prejudice-referential question to me in a recent e-mail. She was frustrated with the assumption in our society that single people are incomplete. Are in search of another person. Are waiting. Have failed in some way. Have been unlucky. Have all kinds of happiness in their future, as long as they’re… Read more »

Randutiae for a Monday, Plus, a Bitterblue-related photo

First, I recommend the show “Ocean Giants” on PBS’s Nature. It’s about HOW AMAZING WHALES ARE. (It’s also about how adorable whale videographers are, but I think that’s accidental.) Did you know that bowhead whales, which are only found in the Arctic, are believed to be capable of living 200 years? They are extremely wary… Read more »

Monday Randutiae

So, when I posted about Winter’s Bone a few weeks back, I didn’t realize that the main actress, Jennifer Lawrence (whom I greatly admired), is our future Katniss Evergreen. (Edit: EverDEEN. Can I blame that on my voice recognition software? It’s clearly read Harry Potter and a lot of Charles Dickens, but The Hunger Games… Read more »

Randutiae and Housekeeping for a Thursday

A few people have asked me for my reaction to the Wall Street Journal article by Meghan Cox Gurdon called “Darkness Too Visible.” (Here’s the subhead: “Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?”) So, here’s my reaction: Seriously? That old complaint again? I… Read more »