Monday, October 01, 2007

Blog Chain Eleven

Ha ha, no worries there, Virginia! You left me with a veritable plethora of ideas to sift through and choose from. Let's see, Halloween and candy, scary movies and Rupert Grint (who I too think is the most adorable of the bunch, especially when he gets interviewed, yum!). There was "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and smoking, witches and movies that traumatized us as children. That's not all, let's not forget a bit of Anne Rice (A.N. Roquelaure) and erotic sex as well.

I'm tempted, but I'm gonna steer clear of that last one. Instead, watch this, the two elements I'm gonna pick to expand on are Anne Rice and Anne Sexton. Two Annes.

Ever since became my best friend, I've adopted this wonderfully fun and somewhat peculiar habit. I get into certain moods where I want to learn everything there is to know about a certain subject. The complete absence of libraries and bookstores with English written literature invariably sends me to Amazon to browse exactly the way they want me to browse. You know what I'm talking about, the "If you like that, you're gonna love this!" set up. I'm such a sucker.

So one day I think to myself, wonder what it's like to be a sniper. Ten books later and I can tell you all about drop, mil dot scopes and ambient air density.

After that I went through a female-writers-who-committed-suicide phase and bought everything I could on Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Anne Sexton. I came out of that with a healthy respect for Sexton and a stubborn disdain for Plath. Don't get me started.

Once I was feeling left out of the whole goth scene and picked up vampires. Ran through all of Anne Rice's"Interview with the Vampire" series, a few other no name writers, and ended with Bram Stoker's "Dracula". Some other themes I've gone through are: Monty Python and Lewis Carroll, Neil Gaiman and Ernest Shackleton. I thought time management and home schooling were good ideas for awhile and loaded up on books about both. Let's not forget Kafka, Twain, Nabokov, and Vonnegut.

A couple weeks ago I was at a yakitori joint and a friend mentioned how great a new show on TV was. He said it was "Dexter". I just finished that one and am almost done with "Silence of the Lambs", which is better than I would have thought. My finger is just about to click on "Monster: My True Story" and "Zodiac Unmasked". Oh gee, now I'm on an inadvertent "serial killer" kick. The good news is that I have a whole stack of science fiction books I've bought and borrowed and I think that will be just the thing to take the edge off the this current messy, gory phase.

Next up is Shauna Magill. Take it away!

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