Saturday, January 4, 2014

All Shook Up

Taken December 10, 2013.

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  1. The weather forecast here has me all shook up -- 6-10 inches of snow on Sunday followed by subzero temps. Fearless prediction -- the kids in the schools around are not going back to school after the Christmas vacation.

    1. Just saw your forecast over at BT. I hope it doesn't last long!

  2. P.S. Following on Jen's questions about list of bests, if anybody would like to make a list of their favorite books of 2013, I'd love to have them.

    Here are (some of) mine, which are not in any kind of ranking order:
    Flight Behavior, Barbara Kingsolver
    Round House, Louise Erdrich
    When Women Were Birds, Terry Tempest Williams
    Gods and Beasts, Denise Mina
    View from Penthouse B, Elinor Lipman
    Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
    Maid's Version, Daniel Woodrell
    Book of Ages, Jill Lepore

    1. Are you doing any reading on your iPad these days, or staying with paper books?

    2. I read both on the ipad mini and regular books. I still like regular books better but the convenience of the mini is nice too.

      Bad weather is supposed to last till mid-week.

  3. Heh, nothing I read last year was written after y2k, it was all old stuff.

    Yesterday we got enough winter to have roughly half the city shut down/operating on alternate schedules. Today offers a slight respite but tomorrow brings a lot more snow, then plunging temps, subzero for a few days. It's like Minnesota or Wisconsin up in here.

    Warm wishes to you all for the weekend.

    1. It doesn't matter when it was published; I'd still love to see your list.

    2. I haven't been reading much fiction, even though I keep buying the books that interest me and making a pile of them. In the pile are a couple newish releases from Jeanette Winterson and Fannie Flagg, and an older novel by Clarice Lispector.

      Last year I re-read a lot of philosophy, and probably will again this year since I have to make several passes at the harder texts. My favorites of those were the Tao Te Ching and Spinoza's Ethics. I also finally got around to reading a biography of Nikola Tesla by Mark J. Seifer and an autobiography by Emma Goldman (Living My Life) that I'd been meaning to read for a while and I liked both of those.

    3. Book of Ages is non-fiction -- it's about Benjamin Franklin's sister (and her world) and is just an exquisite book.

      If the Winterson books is Daylight Gate -- I enjoyed (maybe the wrong word because it's not a happy book) it a lot.

    4. Found a pdf of Living My Life and will definitely be reading it. And the library has an e-book of Seifer's Tesla biography so that's one more book on TBR list too.

    5. If you're looking for new reads, I don't remember which year I read this book of essays, but it was a recent year, and as a collection it was very good, though sometimes difficult emotionally. I cried more than once. An Angle of Vision: Women Writers on Their Poor and Working-Class Roots (Lorraine M. Lopez, ed). Some popular authors contributed (Dorothy Allison and Sandra Cisneros among them) but my favorite pieces were from writers I'd never heard of before.

      Several inches of our snow now forecast to come in as rain, which is good, but we're still going below zero for a couple days, about which I may have to go into deep denial.

      Hope you're all enjoying your weekend.

  4. Winter #1 is on the dance card. When it drops below freezing Sunday night, with various forms of winter precip, it won't get back above before Wednesday. A low of 4 is slated for Tuesday Morning, coldest it's been here in over a decade.

    Last presents day today. Mason is excited.

  5. I just realized that I haven't updated my blog with what I've been reading in a couple of months. I'll have to remedy that. But here's my list of ten books I really liked this year (in no order) that I thought about long after I finished them:

    The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
    The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
    The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
    The Kingdom of Ordinary Time by Marie Howe (Poetry)
    Where'd You go Bernadette by Maria Semple
    A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood
    The Art of Fielding by Chad Hardwick
    The Round House by Louise Erdrich
    Last Friends by Jane Gardam

    I've been reading a lot of nonfiction the last couple of months - about WWI. But I keep moving back and forth between books and haven't finished one of them yet!

    We're also expecting the Big Winter Storm - to start tonight and continue into tomorrow and then sub-zero temps. it sounds like a good day to stay inside and read something. Everybody stay warm.

  6. They keep knocking our snow accumulation down -- we're down to 3-7 inches from 6 to 12 because the current temps are much warmer than originally predicted and we're getting rain instead of snow. But alas the cold temps haven't been changed. We're going from a high of 37 to a low of -11 today.

  7. My "favorite" weather, freezing rain, is coming in overnight. Then two days below freezing. I kind of doubt I'll be driving to work tomorrow. Oh well, I probably need to stick close & feed the firebox, especially Tuesday morning.

    Stay warm, y'all.

  8. I don't think I've ever seen a forecast so wrong -- we haven't had any snow. It's all been rain and it's still 36 and all the snow that was already on the ground has turned into slush (except where there's standing water on the frozen ground). I don't like to think what things are going to be like when the subzero temps finally get here.