Regrets, Ian/ & Gratitude for the Following Reviewers

Self returned Saturday to the library today.  It was too slow, too plodding, too lacking in a certain je-ne-sais-quoi. (Oh my goodness! Self only wrote that because she read somewhere that Ian McEwan hates blogs and never trawls on the internet!)

Last night, she began reading the next novel on her list, Mary Gaitskill’s Veronica. And, oh! What a book it is. Self stayed up half the night reading.

How did she — ? Gaitskill, self means.

But this is self’s first Gaitskill as well.

Self is always playing catch-up, in her reading.

And before she closes out this Read the rest of this entry »

A Short Post on “Extract”

What would a weekend be without a movie?

At least, that is what self asks herself, every time a weekend rolls around. Judging from the previews just before “Extract,” which hubby and self watched yesterday at the downtown RWC Century 20, there are precious few action movies, but plenty of family dramas, like one featuring Robert de Niro as the dad of a wonderful brood: Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sam Rockwell. (Why do the three children all Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Gone, It’s Gone

Self means her post, the one she wrote about gardening just a few minutes ago.  All of a sudden, wordpress went ka-blooey.

Self hates to malign wordpress, for it’s such a great blogger’s site.  But, well, such things do happen.

Anyhoo, the post self wrote was about the end of summer, gardening goofs, nostalgia, etc etc

And now, all she can remember is:

  • She hates yellow (flowers, that is).  And why do all of her daffodils and narcissus have to be yellow?  Why did she get three yellow roses, and why are those the most profusely blooming of all her roses?
  • She hates spiky-looking flowers. She loves fat flowers: peonies, roses, even the blue buds on delphiniums.
  • This summer, self developed hatred of verbena and scabiosa.  Boo, they were over-run by snails, and in spite of copious watering, they never “took.”
  • Self loooves Home Depot!  All the Read the rest of this entry »

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