June 2006


I had to read a Mills and Boon for one of my classes last semester, and I’ve just found it under my bed (I’m cleaning). It’s full of all the stuff you’d expect (“She felt the intensity of his rapture as he possessed her”, etc.), but my favourite thing in the whole book is the following paragraph (to set the scene: Jed and Elena [who is a successful horror writer] are desperately in love and on their honeymoon, six weeks after they met at Jed’s brother Sam’s funeral. Jed has begun to question Elena’s relationship with Sam and is feeling a bit jealous [this is before it comes out that Elena and Sam had a one-night stand and now she’s – gasp! – carrying his baby]):

Regret tightened [Jed’s] mouth. “I guess there’s a whole raft of things I didn’t know about my kid brother. Except, of course, how fond he was of you. When he came home on those flying visits of his the conversation always came round to you. He gave me one of your books and told me to be impressed. I was; I didn’t need telling,” he complimented coolly. “You handle horror with a sophistication, intelligence and subtlety that makes a refreshing change from the usual crude blood and gore of the genre.”

Is that not the most gloriously unnatural piece of dialogue ever written?

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Listening to: 22-20 Blues – Skip James

Sophie’s brother Toby was just on Spicks and Specks! So exciting!

I am reading my way through Cynthia Voigt’s Tillerman series – I started reading Homecoming for one of my essays and it was so good that I can’t let it go. I’m halfway through A Solitary Blue at the moment, and I love it – I can’t wait to see how this Jeff, who is so awkward and so eager to please and so vulnerable, becomes the Jeff in Dicey’s Song, with his guitar and his confidence and his people skills. (I read some, but not all, of these in high school, but not in order.) I love his parents’ characters (although I worry a little bit about mothers getting kind of a bad rap in this series), and it’s making me want to go and see the Chesapeake Bay area (and South Carolina) for myself.

I survived my first paid shift at the resource centre! No customers, which was a bit disappointing, but it did feel cool to be in charge of a whole library for a few hours.

I went to my first ALIA event this evening, a little talk called Interview the Interviewers where the idea was to pick the brains of library bosses about good job interview strategies.  It wasn’t very helpful, really – it just confirmed my fears that they’re looking for people who are competent (good lord, I’d better hold onto the job I’ve got) – but it was kind of cool to go to, anyway, and it was nice seeing people from uni and work outside of uni and work.

It has been freezing here lately.

I have just come back from seeing Belle & Sebastian! And they were terrific. Really, really, really good. The audience was a bit shit – some unintelligible calling-out, some obnoxious drunkenness (and no concept of personal space or standing-in-a-crowd etiquette), and oh, what the kids are wearing these days (does every boy have to wear a jacket now?)! – but the band were great, and it was a great night out. So danceable! They encored with an impromptu, audience-requested cover of Roxy Music’s Let’s Stick Together, to which they didn’t know all the words or chords. And because there are so many of them (eight, plus a roadie [?] who joined in at the keyboards occasionally), there was always someone interesting to watch. And there was a light display across the ceiling of the Thebarton Theatre that was just lovely.

They were supported by Even, who only played for twenty minutes. I went with Luke and his girlfriend, and we sat and bitched about the stupidity of having to wait around for bands to start all the time – why can’t they just tell you what time the bands are expected to start, instead of all that “doors open at 7.30” crap where you have to sit around waiting for two hours for the support band, and another hour for that for the main act? Argh. But Even were good (but such a weird choice, and of the five or six songs they played, most were from high school – Stop and Go Man, etc), and like I said, Belle & Sebastian were wonderful.

Apologies for the lack of updates. I wasn’t sure if anyone was reading this! (Feel free to respond here – I think you still can comment “anonymously” if you don’t have your own LJ.)

I have one assignment left to do this semester, and I feel so much less stressy than I did last week, when I had three due at once. I went out and interviewed a librarian this morning (with a dictaphone and everything! It was very cool, except that I didn’t figure out how to make it record until halfway through, and I have a week to write a report about it. I went for a bike ride this afternoon for pleasure, which I hardly ever do (I use the bike a lot, it’s just usually all A-to-B), and I felt so relaxed (but unfit – I’ll have to work on that).

I have a one-off paid shift at the resource centre next week, which is cool but scary – I’m on my own for the last few hours, and I’m not entirely sure I’ll know what I’m doing. But I’m looking forward to it.

Is anyone staying up to watch Germany v. Costa Rica tonight?