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Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.
     -Virginia Woolf

Monday April 9, 2012_The sky view from my walkway at 6:35am, by 6:40am, all was gray again.

Saturday April 14, 2012_Finally got a shot of ALL of us as usually one is missing and I'm never in the photograph. Left to right_Cindy, Katie, me, Janelle, and Eileen_My bookclub!!! The book we discussed was Take Me With You, Janelle's recommendation and a wonderful read about a San Francisco cab driver and his 100 day travel adventure.

the flickr of our lives

From David_a cool effect where Leo is apparently using Lauren to make a very important legal point.

AND from tumblr_two cool photos
Adam et al_this is my very favorite kind of concert shot

and_I heart this ALL up


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Apr. 16th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
Great set of new pics. I love the group pic!
Apr. 17th, 2012 01:28 am (UTC)
The Leo/Lauren pic is a hoot. And yay for book clubs! How often do you meet?
Apr. 17th, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
'The Leo/Lauren pic is a hoot.'
I know, right? David knows how much Lauren adores Leo so...!!

We meet every 6 weeks, on a Saturday morning, at 9:00am, at a local restaurant for usually a couple of hours. Is fun!!! And seriously, I've read books I never would have read otherwise and am the better for it.

Speaking of books, did you ever finish Paradiso or start Inferno? On my mission101, I'm thinking about dropping the New Testament and subbing Inferno instead. Have you read it yet, I know you were thinking about doing so?

Maybe I should drop the Torah as well and just read The Divine Comedy in total instead. Hummm?
May. 6th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
A much overdue reply:

Yes, I did finish Paradiso. I read Inferno first, then Purgatorio, then Paradiso. So all three and it took me about a year or maybe more. I want to re-read Inferno. I loved my translations and highly rec the one by Robert and Jean Hollander. The poem itself is not so long. It's the discussion after each Canto. 113 lines of poetry routinely got 26 pages of discussion. Sometimes a whole page on one line, but since I wasn't around in 13th century Florence, I most definitely needed the discussion, plus Hollander writes with verve.

As for subbing Inferno for the New Testament, I vote yes! But I am biased as I have read Inferno and loved it. As for the New Testament, I have yet to read it. I am still in the Old Testament just after Noah, so it will be awhile yet.

I vote for The Divine Comedy over the Torah as well!

I need to join a book club . . .
May. 6th, 2012 04:08 am (UTC)
I'm planning on reading Inferno and Purgatorio by October, seems doable by your timeframe, which is when my current mission101 ends and I have Paradiso on my next list. I'll have like 3 bookclubs books also to read by then, which will be enough. Lauren worries that I'll have problems with the poem(s) since without her teacher, she would have had. So, I'll read all the notes.

You should join a bookclub. I've been with mine 12 years and have enjoyed it immensely.
May. 6th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely get notes. In one line, he'll have puns or word play or mischievious observations that would go unnoticed without the notes.

Also, in Paradiso particularly, one of the things he does is invent new words. One word I remember was a new verb: to make oneself into three, to embody three at once. Intrinitize or something like it. I liked having the Italian side by side as often I would read the Italian sounding it out out loud, after a particularly beautiful or intriguing section, and because I am fluent in Spanish and somewhat-fluent (6 years of school) in French, much of it was familiar. I really enjoyed this aspect of the experience.

You also have to read about how he invented the style of poem he wrote - I can't remember now what rhyme or scheme, but it was revolutionary. It rhymes for all three books. There is a lot of math at work in the poem, how he structures his cantos, the number of lines per canto that ascent to a peak of number of characters and then descend. He was a genius. On top of telling a jaw-droppingly ballsy story, he does it in an intricate framework that is balanced on many levels.
May. 6th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
You scare me, but I will take it slowly, little by little, canto by canto. The version I had already purchased was just the poems, no notes, nothing else so, I headed off to amazon and now I have all three, singly and translated by the Hollanders, on their way to me.

I doubt I'll be sounding out the Italian, I'm not fluent in Spanish or French, not even English from what I can tell but I will read out loud which helps me a great deal.

Thanks for all the info :) Now I'm off to wiki to find out how he wrote it :D
May. 7th, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
I am really glad you bought the Hollander translations! Don't be scared, Hollander does a super job with the discussion. I found it really captivating.
Apr. 17th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
As usual I love your photographs. It's so nice to see you in a photo too. :) Like you, I am the one who takes all the photos so I am hardly in them. I have to put myself in them to prove I was there. LOL!!!

I am glad you got the shot of all of you and I bet you have fun with your Book Club. How often do you all meet?

Have a Great Night!!

Apr. 17th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
I do have fun with them, they're a nice group of women. We meet, at a local restaurant for breakfast, every 6 weeks, which allows enough time to work each new book around everyone's busy schedules. Works well and gets us all out of the house on a Saturday morning :D

Have a great day, sweetie, thanks for stopping by!!
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Apr. 17th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
I really love this kind of pulled back shots, Adam looks so iconic!
Apr. 17th, 2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Great pics, lovely group shot. :D
Apr. 17th, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
thank you!!
Apr. 17th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
That first photo is gorgeous but you will never see a photo like it from me:

1.) I am rarely up before 7:00 a.m.
2.) I am even less likely to be outdoors before 7:00 a.m.
3.) If I am outdoors at 6:35 a.m., I am never armed with a camera and ready to shoot.

Love the concett pic - the performer is mythologized by the shot. Wonderful.

And yeah, I ♥ the last pic with you.

FanSee, who will be getting out the vote this weekend for the Pennsylvania primary.
Apr. 19th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: Pics
I am almost always up before 6:30am and the first thing I do is get that damn paper, although I had to run back in to get the camera :))

I love tumblr, it is such a graphic sight, or at least my part of it, as you can see from the Lambert concert shot and the Obama shot.

Best of luck getting out the vote for PA, I know you'll do well.
Apr. 19th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Pics
There are several contested local rases on the ballot Tuesday that should help us get the vote out. In fact, I can't make up my mind which Democratic candidate I should vote for for the state House. Both have thier flaws. FanSee
Apr. 20th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: Pics
may whoever you do end up voting for win!!
Apr. 18th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
Concert shot is awesome! And the Obama one. :-)
Apr. 19th, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
Tumblr is a terrific place to find really cool photos like, as you point out, the Obama and Adam concert ones.
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