September 2nd, 2006

bear by san

"What really puzzles me about this book is that I'm not smart enough to have written it."

The thing I'm listening to on the radio right now regarding a new book by Edward Mendelson, The Things that Matter, which presents critical readings of Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Middlemarch, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and Between the Acts.

The alert will notice that these are all novels by women--which has something to do with the state of the novel in the 19th century, and something to do, I think, with the way great art haunts despised corners of the popular culture more readily than it does the rarified halls of aristocracy or academe.

Art needs claws and wit, like an alley-cat.

bear by san

Ain't got no mother, ain't got no culture, ain't got no friends, ain't got no schooling--

Progress notes for 2 September 2006:


New Words:  1869
Total Words: 12593
Pages: 54
Deadline: September 5
Reason for stopping: End of scene, and very tired.

Stimulants:  pomegranate tea
Exercise: does walking around the v. small farmer's market count?
Mammalian assistance: It's chilly and rainy, and Mebd believes that she has every right to hog the featherbed.
Mail: nomail

Today's words Word don't know: unhuman
Words I'm surprised Word do know: japery, dweomer 

Mean Things: a near-death, and Temptation
Tyop du jour: a mater of no more than thirty seconds
Jury-rigging: I still have to figure out and write a climax. :-P

Books in progress:
John Lindow, Norse Mythology;