Priceless Quote of the Last Wednesday in January 2015 — Can You Believe the 1st Month of 2015 Is Almost Over

Trigger warning: Disturbing imagery (because real fairy tales just ARE) Remember Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”, how her every step after becoming human felt like she was stepping on knives.

For every girl who loses her mother and is persecuted by her stepmother, there will be a king who boils that stepmother in a vat of oil filled with snakes, toads and lizards. For every boy who is about to become dinner for a cannibalistic witch, there will be a girl who shoves the witch into the oven.

— Maria Tatar, from her Preface to The Annotated Brothers Grimm

Self Did Not Know This About Russell Crowe

The man knits! Honest! He knits!

Today, self went to the Fort Bragg Library to do some research on the northern California shipping industry.

A flyer above the check-out desk caught her eye:

The flyer in Fort Bragg's Public Library

She only noticed because Caroline, a member of her San Francisco writers group, is a fabulous knitter.

Her eyes traveled upwards, and her jaw dropped at this photograph:

Russell Crowe knits!

Russell Crowe knitting!

“Wait, that’s got to be a joke!” Self remarked. “Russell Crowe knits?”

“He does,” said one of the librarians. “He took it up as anger management therapy.”

OMG, will wonders never cease?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


Dear blog readers, self is trying her best to finish Silas Marner because it is getting quite ridiculous how often she feels the itch to post about this or that absolutely amazing sentence and oh BTW the last author she expected to be enthusing over in the first month of 2015 is George Eliot who has been dead quite a long time, and writes about rural England which is not exactly the most exciting territory (Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn which she hauled over all the way from Redwood City is feeling quite neglected in her suitcase, because it’s the next book on her reading list and she would hate to have hauled it all this way for nothing)

Without further ado, the sentence:

When we are treated well, we naturally begin to think that we are not altogether unmeritorious, and that it is only just we should treat ourselves well, and not mar our own good fortune.

See what she means?

Now do you see what she means?

It’s like every page is written by Ann Landers, but witty!

Oops! Sorry for drawing parallels between Ann Landers and George Eliot!

And then, one more:

Everything comes to light . . . sooner or later. When God Almighty wills it, our secrets are found out.

Back to the book.

Stay tuned.



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