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Hot Man Reading Things

It’s Sir Sean Connery’s 85th Birthday today!

As I speed toward library school starting in a hot second (next week), I think these images of the man, the myth, the legend–in various stances and states of undress and usage of reading materials–is just the right way to celebrate.

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My last 24 hours at 26 years

Started like this:


Bumping and grinding to the likes of Space Jam with my library loan on Ian Fleming while my friends judged and took photos.

That’s all me, ladies and gents. Perhaps the most accurate capture yet.

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Hey, don’t you know that we’re off…

If you completed that lyric with “to see the world” I probably want to marry you.

This is it, ladies and gents. I’m leaving for London today!

When things really get down to it, I start to need to do other, very important things–like paint my nails, type up passages from The Hobbit for my other blog, photoshop a new banner for this blog, then use it for Facebook instead, change this blog banner, then take a different photo for the Facebook banner, then watch Wings–instead of finishing packing. For reals, as I sit here, my elbow holds the page of where I’m copying text. It’s what I do when I’m in denial about how much time I have.

What I didn’t do, and should have done, was my annual “Sexiest Men on My TV” post that was due this weekend, or at least ONE of the new “Best of Bond” posts I promised. I didn’t do those things–although I did finish re-watching all the Bond movies in time for departure. Pops even bought me Quantum of Solace to round out my collection. He must be very sure that we’re going to like Skyfall.

Right now the weather in London is similar to here–coldish and rainy-ish. I ended up packing three pairs of jeans, a pair of jeggings, a handful of dresses, and three pairs of shoes. Into ONE TINY SUITCASE because I am a rockstar. It probably helps that I’m 5’2”and only wear a size 7 shoe. And that leggings are not really pants. But whatever. Mom and I are making a last-minute Target run in 20 minutes. Then I have to shower, paint my nails, finish packing my carry-on, decide if I can eat, and hit the airport.

I did pack an obnoxious number of books: a Dickens walking tour, an Austen walking tour, an Austen journal, a blank journal, and Bleak House (which is too big to fit in my awesome purse), and, of course, sticky notes and Sharpie pens for note-taking on said books. Actually, there were  five other books I wanted to bring, so this is pretty reasonable. After all, this is an adventure in my preferred country of literature.

I hope I can blog from Londontown (WordPress app has been added to this terrifying Droid I have to use), but if not, here’s a video to keep you tied over. The first sight–according to the song, not the video–is the Cliffs of Dover, which I will be seeing on November 2. I watched this movie religiously as a little kid. Kind of excited to see one of the places.

In other news… Today was the first time in three weeks I’ve used both hands to shower. You know what that means: The 007 tattoo is ready for its Bond in Motion closeup. See you on the flipside!

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night terrors

Things To Not Do
Read “The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm” as a bed time story. Doom-boom, doom-boom. It induces the opposite of fuzzy sleepy feelings. Doom, doom.

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First: Part Deux

Aids! Aids, aids, aids!

In an attempt to thwart the feeling of impending idiocy mentioned in my last post, I made impulse buys at Barnes and Noble. These included a snazzy new 2011 planner–one that doesn’t have monthly overviews, so I’m not sure how I’ll live–and The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism (a name that might ring a bell), and The Dictionary of Literary Terms & Literary Theory.

I’ve talked about this a lot, but I’m not sure I’ve blogged: I am beyond terrified of critical theory and terms. I took one class at Drake that focused on Franz Kafka and theory. I retained nothing from it except the words Deleuze and Guattari. I spoke with the TTU graduate studies director, incoming graduate students, and professors at Drake about my absolute fear and inexperience when it comes to theory, but no one could really stomp my insecurities. I mean, I truthfully have no nook in my brain secretly storing this information. Freud is all I have, which is because he talked about sex, and sex facts are stored in my “Sex and Sex Music” compartment. My underdeveloped cranial lobes (whichever ones are supposed to house this insipid information) are embarrassing and uncomfortable, not to mention possibly detrimental in the classroom.

So, I got all preemptive and snagged some perfect-bound knowledge to grace my bookshelves. You know, a little enlightened reading.

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My New Life

Twenty four books and $500 later… I’ve bought the reads for my first grad school semester.

  • Goblin Market and Other Poems – Christina Rossetti
  • An Autobiography – Anthony Trollope
  • Lady Audley’s Secret – Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Capital, Volume 1 – Karl Marx
  • Unto This Last – John Ruskin
  • Sartor Resartus – Thomas Carlyle
  • Vanity Fair – William Thackeray
  • Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • British Literature, 1780-183 – Anne Mellor and Richard Matlak
  • New Oxford Anthology of Romantic Period Verse –  Jerome McGann
  • Revolutions in Romantic Literature: An Anthology of Print Culture, 1780-1832 –  Paul Keen
  • Romanticism: an Oxford Guide – Nicholas Roe
  • Mysteries of Udolph – Ann Radcliffe
  • Selected Poetry – Byron
  • Don Juan – Byron
  • The Monk – Matthew Lewis
  • Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
  • Textual Scholarship: An Introduction – Greetham
  • A New Introduction to Bibliography – Philip Gaskell
  • MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing – Joseph Gibaldi
  • Literary Research Guide – James Harner
  • An Introduction to Book History – David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery
  • From Gutenberg to Google – Peter Shillingsberg

Stress. The nightmares started last night.

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A Reader’s Digest

I am going off to school in roughly three months. Three months. That’s both a long time and no time at all. It’s plenty of time for me to tackle my before-leaving TDL, and plenty of time for me to hang with all my friends here, but not enough time to tackle the stack of books I’ve had growing in my room this year. A lot of these are books I’ve convinced myself I need to read before grad school. The others are ones I want to read because I won’t have time once I’m there. And if the stack is already this big, how big can we anticipate it to be in two years? Ah!

A Study in Scarlet, Doyle
The Sign of Four, Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Doyle
The Valley of Fear, Doyle
Bar Book, Sheehan
Esther Waters, Moore
David Copperfield,  Dickens
Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Hardy
Middlemarch, Eliot
The Mill on the Floss, Eliot
Vanity Fair, Thackery *
Bleak House, Dickens
The Woman in White, Collins
The Lazy Tour of Two Apprentices, Dickens + Collins
Armadale, Collins
Villette, Bronte
Don Juan, Byron *
Paradise Lost, Milton
Little Dorrit, Dickens
Persuasion, Austen
Mansfield Park, Austen
The Crimson Petal and the White, Faber
Rabbit Heart, Hitchcock
My Sister’s Keeper, Picoult
Olive Kitteridge, Strout
The Shadow of the Wind, Zafon
Water for Elephants, Gruen
The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien
Blind Side, Coulter
Tipping the Velvet, Waters
Affinity, Waters
Dubliners, Joyce
Three Novels, Beckett
The Law of Dreams, Behrens
Odyssey, Homer
The Reverend Guppy’s Aquarium, Dodd
The Wild Irish, Maxwell
Retribution, Hoffman
We All Went to Paris, Longstreet
The Mysteries of Udolpho *

I have this dreams of being able to cross out all of these before school starts. However, realism is my default, so I’m basically posting ambitions that will only be partially realized. Eh, oh well. Publicly using strikethrough will hopefully bully me into making it through most of the list. Edit: 1. An asterisk means I need to read the book for next semester, too. Bonus! 2. Strikethrough won’t work! I’ve tried a million times. So, I’m now using bold to highlight my finished reads.


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