Monthly Archives: October 2007
I have a confession to make:
I have never read Northanger Abbey.
Ordinarily I would feel such great shame at so fundamental a failing that I would never reveal it to anybody, but in this case I have good reason for my omission.
Because as long as I don’t read Northanger Abbey there will always be more Jane Austen in the world for me to read. And the idea that there is more Jane Austen in the world to read fills me with hope.
My therapist spent today’s session trying to convince me that it’s okay to display anger at people. After I pretended to be convinced, he went further and tried to convince me that it’s okay to display anger at people even when it doesn’t make logical sense.
It didn’t really have much of an impact this afternoon, but at the moment my head is filled with visions of walking the streets of New York with a blowtorch, reducing people to ashes even when it doesn’t make any logical sense, all with my therapist’s approval.
I’m beginning to find myself persuaded.
A few years ago I wrote a post about the list of women for whom I’d turn straight. The list was lean, with a membership of three.
But I am now adding a fourth:
It’s sort of amazing what you can find on the Internet. Here, for example, is Chris Cocker as reinterpreted by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Six Apart (the company that runs the blogging platform Movable Type) is giving out free certificates to make $30 donations to any public school classroom project on the donorschoose.org web site. You can help a school pay for copies of Dorothy West’s The Wedding, art supplies for special-needs kids, a trip to Washington, D.C. to watch our government
inaction in action, and so on. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by noon today (I assume they mean PST, so 3:00 for us east coasters) and they will send you a code within 48 hours.
Go here to learn more about this (and to see that it’s not a hoax).
Since I am not really interested in others except insofar as they affect me, I waffled on this one, but in the end I decided that helping people for free would make me feel good about myself.