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Hello my darlings, I did not mean to be so long away. I have been having ADVENTURES and also being busy. Which is better than being not-busy. I have read several terrible books and a few good books and binge-watched a lot of television ([livejournal.com profile] a4yroldfaerie, when you told me of Young Americans the first time why did you not tell me that Bella was AWESOME?).

For Valentine's Day I winged out my eyeliner and dressed in fuschia and Swarovski and went to hear Dvorak's Symphony from the New World. The performance was excellent and the program notes were snarky.

In early March, I went to KPOPCON to hear Javabeans and Girlfriday talking about idols in dramas.

For St Patrick's Day, I finally bestirred myself to go see Frozen, and you know what, I have A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT IT. Despite its massive narrative problems, I spent most of the screening with tears of joy running down my face. I am not exaggerating even a little bit. There were actual tears. ON MY FACE.

Finally, I convinced some friends to see the Veronica Mars movie with me last night. IT TURNS OUT I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THIS ALSO. I came home and lay on the floor with the expectation that the feelings would recede to a manageable level. They did not. The ONE THING that would have made it possible for SPOILER and SPOILER to finally SPOILER ACTUALLY HAPPENED ;ALSDJFLASKF;ALSKJFAL;KJDFAL;DKJA;DJKSF I cannot deal. I feel kind of like [livejournal.com profile] snowqueenofhoth after seeing Revenge of the Sith, only less SPOILER and more SPOILER.

It didn't work the first time, but I am so overwhelmed with feels that I think I will try this floor thing again. Dvorak is not helping either, because as it turns out, I have feelings about that too.
timeripple: (intellectual dilettante)
It turns out that my alter ego--or one of them--is an Oscar Wilde character. Why is nobody surprised?

September is over and I've been writing not enough, but taking in vast amounts of media. I've become addicted to Welcome to Night Vale and Elementary, watched most of Coffee House at long last, and attended the theatre. Of Sam Shepard's Buried Child, I say:

...an intriguing and infuriating work, in which contradictions casually occupy the same space and horror and comedy obscenely intertwine. Shepard's brilliant dialog serves less to convey information than to underscore what is not said. Perpendicular to the central mysteries is a disturbing gender and generational dynamic, in which the female characters exist either as plot points or as objects upon which the male characters enact the full force of their outrageousness. The text invites not analysis but speculation; the audience must reconcile itself to non-reconcilliation as the play's hideous absurdities both repel and fascinate.

I've also been blogging less opaque reviews at Clarissa's Bookshelf. And gardening (the arugula is spectacular) and attempting to better my piano skills and entertaining the cat Copernicus. I found a marvelous Ted Hughes poem the other day, but I'm saving it for winter.

And now I'm going to go procrastinate by reading Diana Wynne Jones, and you can't stop me.
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I’ve been meaning to write for weeks, but, you know, things happened: I read a picturebook about a highway-rat, complete with coat of claret velvet and lace at his little rat chin. I started reading I, Claudius because I picked it up off a dollar cart and got twenty percent off for identifying that week’s guess-the-quote (the Aeneid, Arma virumque cano etc). I finished watching Flower Boy Next Door and King of Dramas, and I was going to write last night, but then I thought, no, I’ll just check out the first episode of Answer Me, 1997, I probably won’t like it because I won’t get the ‘90s k-pop references but we’ll just see.

In retrospect, I should have known better. JUST TAKE MY HEART, I WASN’T USING IT ANYWAY.

Mind you, I said the same thing three days ago when I read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. (It’s Big News now that John Green reviewed it in the New York Times, and that review and my reaction are an excellent example of vastly differing reader communities. We both loved it, but wow, it’s like we read entirely different books. You should read it too: there’s an awkward, magnificent, Romeo-&-Juliet-hating curly redhead, an eyeliner-wearing comic-reading half-Korean, epic explosions of adorableness and angst, all set to a soundtrack of terrible parenting and the Smiths.)

Actually these two stories are very similar in certain ways: they so perfectly embody the awkwardness, the intensity of being a teenager in a not-so-long-ago age (Eleanor & Park takes place in 1986; Answer Me, 1997 takes place in, obviously, 1997). Both stories are about growing up—that long liminal moment between dependence and independence. They’re about family, first love (true love?), and—of course—music.

They’re about a time in life that—if we’ve had the privilege of experiencing it (and so many young people haven’t, or experience it differently than I did and the characters in these stories do)—we’re expected to leave behind. But that shouldn’t mean we ignore it completely, and I think a lot of people read YA partly because, on some level, teenagerhood informs the rest of our lives, and the things we start working through then don’t just disappear because we hit twenty. This doesn’t mean adult readers of YA are immature or incapable of handling adulthood. It means, perhaps, that we’re still in touch with our younger selves in a way that demands some level of engagement. That questions about identity, family, love, one’s place in the world—that these are universal and ageless, in narrative just as much as in non-narrative philosophy; in living YA just as much as in anything written by dead white dudes.

That’s not the only reason for adults to read or write or edit YA, of course. But it is one that I think deserves a little more credit than it generally gets. It’s more usually phrased as the self-deprecatory “Well, I guess I’m still a teenager at heart”—but I think it demands (and deserves) more examination than that.
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Yesterday I had Ravel’s Bolero stuck in my head and hummed it at work all afternoon.

The day before that, someone in my Korean class suggested watching dramas with Korean subs to practice reading. I decided to watch an episode of something I had already seen and thus did not need to actually watch again. While searching for something entirely different, I came across Big Bang re-enacting Coffee Prince. Well, that was an entertaining ten minutes, but a total failure for subtitle reading. Then I decided I just had to find something I had already seen and had absolutely no interest in re-watching.

Two episodes of Boys Before Flowers later... I’m not allowed to subtitle-watch anything with Lee Min-ho’s face in it. XD

In other news, now that I have a brand new stack of galleys, it’s time to post some reviews of old galleys!Murder! And more murder!: Grave Mercy, Paper Valentine, and Quintana of Charyn )

What’re you reading these days?
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NEWSFLASH

PERFECT COMING-OF-AGE ROCK MUSIC DRAMA IS PERFECT

;ALKSDJFL;ASDKJFALS;DJFAL;KDJS;DFKJ
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I've been trying to make my posts more thematically linked and less random, but I don't really feel like sorting through all the thoughts I've had since my last post, so you're going to get an old-fashioned rambly epistolary sort of thing like I used to write back when I had adventures and no job. Here you will find detailed descriptions of food, some talky bits about books, and the long-awaited return of that anchor of adventures, the staple of swashbuckling, the don of drinks--BUBBLE TEA!

First proper snow of the season. On March 1. )


Life: it's happening.
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I’m just gonna stick this post up here and edit it later, maybe with some pictures, because I have to run to work. Geez, work, why you gotta get in the way of the important things? ;P

This is a post about secondary characters! Okay, it’s about secondary characters in Secret Garden, because I have been faithfully re-watching it and not fast-forwarding to all the bits with the leads this time. *hangs head* What? The leads are a pair of bickering lovers played by Ha Ji-won and Hyun Bin. CAN YOU BLAME ME?

But this is not a post about Hyun Bin’s face Ha Ji-won’s awesomeness the leads. This is a post about the bestest secondary couple of all recent kdrama: Choi “Oska” Woo-young and Yoon Seul. (Yes, they’re even better than Dogboy and Art Girl in Coffee Prince. I even know their names!) I kind of wish they WERE the main couple--or rather, A main couple, because their journey is pretty darn interesting. In fact I would argue that it’s them, rather than Gil Ra-im and Kim Joo-won, who get an actualized emotional journey, both as individuals and as a couple.

The goofy pop star and the evil interloper: OTP! OTP! )


What secondary characters do you love, either OTPs or individuals? (Does anybody want to talk about Xiao Ma and Forsenics Lady from Black & White?)
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I’m just gonna stick this post up here and edit it later, maybe with some pictures, because I have to run to work. Geez, work, why you gotta get in the way of the important things? ;P

This is a post about secondary characters! Okay, it’s about secondary characters in Secret Garden, because I have been faithfully re-watching it and not fast-forwarding to all the bits with the leads this time. *hangs head* What? The leads are a pair of bickering lovers played by Ha Ji-won and Hyun Bin. CAN YOU BLAME ME?

But this is not a post about Hyun Bin’s face Ha Ji-won’s awesomeness the leads. This is a post about the bestest secondary couple of all recent kdrama: Choi “Oska” Woo-young and Yoon Seul. (Yes, they’re even better than Dogboy and Art Girl in Coffee Prince. I even know their names!) I kind of wish they WERE the main couple--or rather, A main couple, because their journey is pretty darn interesting. In fact I would argue that it’s them, rather than Gil Ra-im and Kim Joo-won, who get an actualized emotional journey, both as individuals and as a couple.

The goofy pop star and the evil interloper: OTP! OTP! )


What secondary characters do you love, either OTPs or individuals? (Does anybody want to talk about Xiao Ma and Forsenics Lady from Black & White?)
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I keep meaning to post! I have things to say! But really all I can say right now is thank goodness my Macbook has an ethernet port because wireless is so not happening right now. Old skool!!1!

...

One of these days I will watch all the episodes of The World That They Live In in a row in the order that God and the production team intended.

...Nope, this is not that day.

Aaaaaand now I need to sleep so that I can function at my super fun non-stressful job in the morning. Wooo!
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I keep meaning to post! I have things to say! But really all I can say right now is thank goodness my Macbook has an ethernet port because wireless is so not happening right now. Old skool!!1!

...

One of these days I will watch all the episodes of The World That They Live In in a row in the order that God and the production team intended.

...Nope, this is not that day.

Aaaaaand now I need to sleep so that I can function at my super fun non-stressful job in the morning. Wooo!
timeripple: (riko says buzzer beat!)
Apparently today is Georgette Heyer’s birthday? GAUDEAMUS IGITUR! I recently helped launch a campaign at work to carry more of her books, and I think it worked. I also dared my partner-in-mayhem to do a staff rec for a gay cop/demon romance crimefighting novel (Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale). FOR THE GREATER GOOD!

Look, it’s been MONTHS since our re-jacketing Young Miles stunt. I have to keep myself entertained somehow.

...

Sometimes you just want things that aren’t totally outside of the norm, but that you haven’t had in a while. Sometimes you just want a really good middle grade novel, even though you’re the, you know, resident YA expert. Sometimes you just want the damn Kraft mac’n’cheese even though it has no actual cheese content (normally a cardinal sin against food, but damn, it was tasty the other night).

Sometimes you just want a really good jdrama, one that reminds you of why you started watching them in the first place.

I am watching FOUR!

- Ouran High School Host Club (IT'S PERFECT)
- Hana Kimi remake (I miss Toma terribly even though reboot!Nakatsu is doing a great job)
- Ikemen Desu Ne (I figured it would be gloriously terrible. I did not expect it to be actually glorious!)
- Zenkai Girl (Our Heroine is so much like me in some ways that it’s terrifying)

All of them are currently airing. MY SANITY, WHERE IS IT?

What is it with remake dramas this season being more focused, more tightly written, and having less annoying characters than the originals? Mizuki has a brain and possibly life goals. MIO has a brain and possibly life goals (which is even more astonishing). REN has both a brain AND the emotional maturity of an actual person. Shu is kind of creepy (sorry Fujigaya) but whatever. JeremyYuki is adorable. We can do without Jolie, but Jeremy/Bus OTP! If there’s anybody who needs a bus song it’s him, not Moo Kyul. Maybe Jeremy inspired the bus song in Mary Stayed Out All Night.

ACTUALLY, THAT WOULD EXPLAIN A LOT ABOUT THE BUS SONG. XD

For the first time in about a year and a half, I’m not watching any kdramas. I was sorta keeping an eye on recaps of Heartstrings and Myung-wol the Spy, but Heartstrings is almost over and Myung-wol seems to have gone to hell in a handbasket with production drama, so who knows how that’ll even turn out. Hopefully better than Bad Guy, which faced a similar sudden problem of, uh, NO LEAD ACTOR.

What are you all watching? What are you reading? What do you think of Kraft mac’n’cheese?
timeripple: (riko says buzzer beat!)
Apparently today is Georgette Heyer’s birthday? GAUDEAMUS IGITUR! I recently helped launch a campaign at work to carry more of her books, and I think it worked. I also dared my partner-in-mayhem to do a staff rec for a gay cop/demon romance crimefighting novel (Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale). FOR THE GREATER GOOD!

Look, it’s been MONTHS since our re-jacketing Young Miles stunt. I have to keep myself entertained somehow.

...

Sometimes you just want things that aren’t totally outside of the norm, but that you haven’t had in a while. Sometimes you just want a really good middle grade novel, even though you’re the, you know, resident YA expert. Sometimes you just want the damn Kraft mac’n’cheese even though it has no actual cheese content (normally a cardinal sin against food, but damn, it was tasty the other night).

Sometimes you just want a really good jdrama, one that reminds you of why you started watching them in the first place.

I am watching FOUR!

- Ouran High School Host Club (IT'S PERFECT)
- Hana Kimi remake (I miss Toma terribly even though reboot!Nakatsu is doing a great job)
- Ikemen Desu Ne (I figured it would be gloriously terrible. I did not expect it to be actually glorious!)
- Zenkai Girl (Our Heroine is so much like me in some ways that it’s terrifying)

All of them are currently airing. MY SANITY, WHERE IS IT?

What is it with remake dramas this season being more focused, more tightly written, and having less annoying characters than the originals? Mizuki has a brain and possibly life goals. MIO has a brain and possibly life goals (which is even more astonishing). REN has both a brain AND the emotional maturity of an actual person. Shu is kind of creepy (sorry Fujigaya) but whatever. JeremyYuki is adorable. We can do without Jolie, but Jeremy/Bus OTP! If there’s anybody who needs a bus song it’s him, not Moo Kyul. Maybe Jeremy inspired the bus song in Mary Stayed Out All Night.

ACTUALLY, THAT WOULD EXPLAIN A LOT ABOUT THE BUS SONG. XD

For the first time in about a year and a half, I’m not watching any kdramas. I was sorta keeping an eye on recaps of Heartstrings and Myung-wol the Spy, but Heartstrings is almost over and Myung-wol seems to have gone to hell in a handbasket with production drama, so who knows how that’ll even turn out. Hopefully better than Bad Guy, which faced a similar sudden problem of, uh, NO LEAD ACTOR.

What are you all watching? What are you reading? What do you think of Kraft mac’n’cheese?
timeripple: (riko says buzzer beat!)
It is time to update the Monster Drama List! New entries are underlined for your browsing convenience, and I’ve updated my notes a bit.

Here we go again... )
timeripple: (riko says buzzer beat!)
It is time to update the Monster Drama List! New entries are underlined for your browsing convenience, and I’ve updated my notes a bit.

Here we go again... )
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH CITY HUNTER A;SLDKFJAL;SDJFALS;KJFAS;LKJFDSAL;
timeripple: (moribito: guardian of the badass)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH CITY HUNTER A;SLDKFJAL;SDJFALS;KJFAS;LKJFDSAL;
timeripple: (anenome)
It is officially spring here, and a rather cool and slightly damp one it has been this past week. I am pleased about this, and hope it continues for a bit. Things have been happening, but I have not been writing about them because there has been no tiiiiiiiiime. Going-away party for people: attended. Daquiris: consumed. Tiny socks for summer shoe wearing: acquired.

[livejournal.com profile] cadragongirl has left for a well-deserved vacation at home, leaving me alone to flail and have fashion crises in preparation for Book Expo America. I did not intend to see her off at 7:30 this morning, but I did because that damn alarm clock next door went off again at 6. REALLY LOUDLY. I compensated by going back to bed and sleeping until 11. At which point I got up, went grocery shopping, made a plan, and went downtown to look at purses and buy tiny socks. H&M’s spring collection is just sweet and lovely, and I really wish I were waiflike to pull off all the floaty layers in cream and pink and deep blue. Sigh. At least I got the socks.

The purse hunt was less successful, in that I hated everything that wasn’t too small or turquoise or over a hundred dollars. Having good taste in purses kind of sucks.

To compensate for my good taste crisis, I shall now make a post about We Got Married, which should put my Good Taste levels firmly in the red.

Otherwise known as The Variety Show Where KHJ Actually Has a Personality O_O )
timeripple: (anenome)
It is officially spring here, and a rather cool and slightly damp one it has been this past week. I am pleased about this, and hope it continues for a bit. Things have been happening, but I have not been writing about them because there has been no tiiiiiiiiime. Going-away party for people: attended. Daquiris: consumed. Tiny socks for summer shoe wearing: acquired.

[livejournal.com profile] cadragongirl has left for a well-deserved vacation at home, leaving me alone to flail and have fashion crises in preparation for Book Expo America. I did not intend to see her off at 7:30 this morning, but I did because that damn alarm clock next door went off again at 6. REALLY LOUDLY. I compensated by going back to bed and sleeping until 11. At which point I got up, went grocery shopping, made a plan, and went downtown to look at purses and buy tiny socks. H&M’s spring collection is just sweet and lovely, and I really wish I were waiflike to pull off all the floaty layers in cream and pink and deep blue. Sigh. At least I got the socks.

The purse hunt was less successful, in that I hated everything that wasn’t too small or turquoise or over a hundred dollars. Having good taste in purses kind of sucks.

To compensate for my good taste crisis, I shall now make a post about We Got Married, which should put my Good Taste levels firmly in the red.

Otherwise known as The Variety Show Where KHJ Actually Has a Personality O_O )
timeripple: (pig-rabbit)
Last weekend I said to myself, “Self, it is time to watch Dream High.” So I did. And I kind of love it MORE THAN ANYTHING. Who would have thought a drama about an idol factory high school--produced by a Hallyu star and starring, well, idols--would have solid writing, pitch-perfect pacing, nuanced character development, and...make so much sense?

Here there be rivalries, sabotage, and carefully plotted FLASH MOB DANCE NUMBERS )
timeripple: (pig-rabbit)
Last weekend I said to myself, “Self, it is time to watch Dream High.” So I did. And I kind of love it MORE THAN ANYTHING. Who would have thought a drama about an idol factory high school--produced by a Hallyu star and starring, well, idols--would have solid writing, pitch-perfect pacing, nuanced character development, and...make so much sense?

Here there be rivalries, sabotage, and carefully plotted FLASH MOB DANCE NUMBERS )

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