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12 June 2009 @ 10:36 pm
memes just because + YAY STEVE EARLE + stuff  
1. Exam #2 done *phew* now if only I didn't have another three to go one of which in a week... but whatever, I'll manage.

2. Meanwhile I'm taking tomorrow off. And finally catching up with fic, I hope.

3. That said, you know why Steve Earle is one of the most awesome beings on this planet? Because while I'm sure that his sales in this country are nil (or at least not far from that since regularly you can find just his first record and a greatest hits), he still tours here. Two dates for the new tour! And one is in Rome, still low price venue, and one that you can actually reach without taking a taxi! I'm so there, fuck yes. How awesome can he be? ♥

4. Shitload of memes because I need to distract myself, lol. This one tagged by velvetprose.

Using only song names from ONE ARTIST/BAND, cleverly answer these questions. Pass it on to 15 people whoever wants to. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think.

Pick Your Artist:
Er. Uh. Difficult. Okay, I'll surprise you all and pick Warren Zevon.

Are you male or female?
A certain girl.

Describe yourself:
Looking for the next best thing.

How do you feel about yourself:
I'll sleep when I'm dead.

Describe where you currently live:
Transverse city.

If you could be anywhere, where would you be:

Your favorite form of transportation:
I need a truck.

Your best friend is:
Roland, the headless Thompson gunner (LOL, sorry, I couldn't resist).

Your favorite color is:
Ain't that pretty at all? (pink, of course)

What's the weather like:
Quite ugly one morning.

Favorite day:
The rest of the night.

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called:
I was in the house when the house burned down.

What is life to you:
Trouble waiting to happen.

What is the best advice you have to give:
Hit somebody! (LOL, sorry, too good again.)

If you could change your name, what would it be:
Suzie lightening (I mean, it's the only woman name he has in a song title apart from Jeannie, but I'm already a sorta Jeannie).

Your favorite food is:
Raspberry beret.

Thought for the Day:
Stand in the fire (er, okay, this one was thrown there but I couldn't find a fun one).

5. Book meme from wandersfound.

1) What author do you own the most books by?
Uh, Stephen King. How many exactly... uh. *stands up and goes to count* 30.

2) What book do you own the most copies of?
Er, I don't usually own more than one copy of one book. I guess the last three of the Dark Tower series since I have them in hardback and paperback.

3) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Secretly? Which doesn't mean Eddie Dean, right? Well, that one is barely a secret. Not going for the obvious ones I always say... uh. With the premise that I always get at least half a crush on one character if I read a book, I'll be a disgusting nerd and say Ivan from the Brothers Karamazov. It's more of I-don't-talk-about-it because I'm the only person I know who read that book, but I had it bad.

4) What book have you read more than any other?
The Diary of Anne Frank probably. My copy is so used up it's not even decent.

5) What was your favorite book when you were 10-years-old?
See point four. I think it was my favorite book until I was twelve or so.

6) What is the worst book you've read in the past year?
A book by an Italian writer which translated sounds like The Solitude of Prime Numbers or something. It one a very important award here and everyone was completely nuts about it, then I pick it up and... FSM, what crap. The story got old after three chapters and there wasn't a character I liked except for the protagonist's gay best friend who clearly didn't stand a chance.

7) What is the best book you've read in the past year?
If you count last year as June-from-last-year, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon which is just every possible kind of awesome. This year... duh, probably Good Omens. Or Orwell's essays volume one. Or The Blind Assassin. Or Tropic of Cancer.

8) If you could tell everyone you know to read one book, what would it be?
1984. There's a lot of other stuff I could recommend but it's one of the handful of books I read in my life that completely made start to see the world in a whole other light and I'm very disappointed that in schools here you never get to study it. English or Italian, whatever.

9) What is the most difficult book you've ever read?
Uh, depends. I could say Moby Dick because it took me two years to read it but that was my fault for always stopping at one point and starting again, because when I really put my head into it I finished it in two weeks and it wasn't difficult at all and I loved it. Er, I don't know, probably the Brothers Karamazov. It's not stylistically difficult, but conceptually it's kind of a bitch when it wants to. Not that I didn't love it anyway.

10) Do you prefer the French or the Russians?
FRENCH. Sorry, nothing against the Russians and I like my Dostoevsky book each year, I like Puskin and I liked what Chekhov I read, but... DUMAS ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥, Stendhal, Baudelaire and so on? FRENCH all the way. Not to mention that French as a language slays me. It slays me.

11) Shakespeare, Milton or Chaucer?
Er. Shakespeare. -nod-

12) Austen Or Eliot?
I figure that it means George Eliot and not T.S. Eliot, right?

Well, I hate them both. I couldn't even finish The Mill On The Floss and I gave it up after 350 pages (and I think I threw it across the room at least twice) for how boring it was, but Jane Austen for me is evil. Because, sorry in advance to Austen fans who I think are a lot on my FL, she's insufferable. I can't stand one character in the three novels of hers I've read, my nonexistent feminist pride suddenly starts existing again whenever I think about Emma, she has that style which I know is supposed to be ironic and subtle but just gets on my nerves and I just wish I never spent most of my time when I did English literature in high school doing Jane Austen when there are a ton of more interesting people. Crap, my teacher used to make remarks about my Austen dislike, lol, and they weren't exactly nice. I can only agree with Mark Twain re Jane Austen.

13) What is the biggest or most embarrassing gap in your reading?
Er, I didn't read Tolstoy. I never attempted Proust, but I should. Or Thomas Mann or a lot of German authors I really should read.

14) What is your favorite novel?
1984 for the above reasons.

BUT, I need to mention The Three Musketeers. ♥ ♥

15) Play?
A Streetcar Named Desire.

16) Poem?
The Waste Land probably. Or if you want a shorter one, an Italian poem which translated would be Death will come and will have your eyes. Wait, it's the last on this page.

17) Essay?
Duh. Probably Why I Write by Orwell, or Shooting An Elephant, or Inside The Whale, or the one in defense of English food. Pick any Orwell and I'll be fine with it.

18) Short story?
Stephen King's The Body. Hell yes.

19) Non-fiction?
Er, oh crap, I read a lot of non-fiction. Is my collection of whatever is left of Epicurus' moral writings worth as non-fiction? Because uh, yes.

20) Graphic novel?
Watchmen, duh. Or the Sandman issues. Not that I read that many because they cost a freaking lot, but still.

21) Memoir?
Well, if you don't count Anne Frank because really, it wasn't even meant to be published, Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas.

22) History?
Do they want historical fiction or non-fiction? Because while I usually am not one for stuff set in like, the Roman Empire, when I was fourteen or so I was completely into a series of books by I think Margaret Doody where there was Aristotles solving crimes in Athens and that's as far as I've gone. Non-fiction, probably a 600-hundred pages thing about the history of the United States which is probably the only one I actually own, too. My father is the one with the history books.

23) Mystery or noir?
If Sherlock Holmes counts, probably The Sign Of The Four. If not, Ten Little Indians.

24) Science fiction?
Slaughterhouse Five if you count it as sci-fi. Otherwise... The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, OF COURSE.

25) Who is your favorite writer?
Uh. Orwell, Dumas, King, Steinbeck, Forster, Stendhal, Chabon, and Emily Bronte. If I had to pick one on purely objective/stylistic reasons, I'd probably pick Steinbeck or Stendhal, but I'm not objective and I'm about plot too.

26) Who is the most overrated writer alive today?
Er, if I say Stephanie Meyer I'm not original, am I? Or Anne Rice maybe.

27) What are you reading right now?
Uh, er, photocopies re Kant, but that probably doesn't count. Dumas' The Queen Margot and the last Hornby, even if who knows when I'm finishing either.

6. Okay. Lost possible spoilers so I won't say anything and just send you where I saw that video and whatever, but if this REALLY happens next year I'm SO FORGIVING THEM A LOT OF CRAP. I don't really hope much for it, after all Ian is on Vampire Diaries, but if he says that there's a chance that he's back at least once... seriously. Please. I need it to happen. Even if it'd be better if he just moved on for good probably, but my problem isn't only that I like His Prettiness too much, the problem is that I-miss-my-favorite-fucking-character. *hopes*

7. Misha Collins' awesomeness is without-any-fucking-limit. And I don't think I've ever fangirled so badly someone as crazy, but that's just too good of a thing really. I mean. Maybe I shouldn't want to know how he actually did it, but I trust the shining force of his awesomeness.

8. I think I'm really done for now. I'll be answering comments and then I'll probably crash somewhere. *waves*
feeling: tiredtired
on rotation: Warren Zevon - Sentimental Hygiene | Powered by Last.fm
twixcoffeecrisp7 on June 12th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I thought you would like that Lost spoiler! It would be awesome...
the female ghost of tom joad: lost boone OMG THE PRETTYjanie_tangerine on June 12th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
Ha, am I that predictable? Seriously, if it happens you'll hear me squeeing for years. ;)
halfdutch: Ian by themoononastickhalfdutch on June 12th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Hi, hon! :)

It would be so awesome if Ian (or Dom or Maggie) came back. Perhaps all 3? None are doing anything really spectacular at the moment, are they? *hopes*
the female ghost of tom joad: ian somerhalder valentinejanie_tangerine on June 12th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Hi there yourself! ♥

And REALLY, it'd be SO good! As far as I know there are rumors for Dom, I don't know really about Maggie and Ian looks strange to me because he landed a new show on the CW but I figure he could guest star, so.. *crosses fingers*
Creature Of Hobbit: hearts and mindstellshannon815 on June 12th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
I hope that spoiler is true! I'm still half expecting 6x01 to start with everyone's fates assuming 815 landed safely then end with some kind of "er, actually, it didn't happen like that, they all went back to 2007 on the island" type thing, but who knows?
the female ghost of tom joad: lost boone/shannonjanie_tangerine on June 12th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
I doubt they'll go back to the 815 landing especially because it'd mean bringing the whole cast back and IDK if they could manage that, but who knows. I hope it's true!!! *crosses fingers*
pnr on June 12th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
I kinda want to know how Misha did it... well he sure is crazy and awesome XD

I think I shall do that music meme... just need to pick an artist. Maybe his holy Muffiness would be easy enough.
the female ghost of tom joad: bruce muffin manjanie_tangerine on June 12th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
LOL, I hope he tells at some con. I can't believe all these people are all friend of his as crazy as he is who put up with it, lol.

Oh, do it! I picked Zevon because he has fun titles and everyone would have expected Bruce but yay Muffiness!!
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Zelda: Was there life before Misha?zelda_zee on June 12th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
Sounds like they might be bringing back a few of the departed for bits in the final season. I guess that makes sense and it may even make the show more watchable.

Agree 100% about Misha. :)
the female ghost of tom joad: misha collins is awesomejanie_tangerine on June 12th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
YOUR ICON! It's so true, lol. Life before Misha was certainly more boring. ;)

And yeah, word there. I doubt they'd be regulars but if they resurrect someone I won't be complaining. I mean, hell, talking Boone I haven't seen his face for three seasons, I'd like it to be rectified. -nod-
Amanda: ca → catch me when i fallisis2015 on June 12th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Misha Collins is such a nutter. I love him like cake. ♥
the female ghost of tom joad: supernatural crackjanie_tangerine on June 12th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Hell, <yes. He's so nuts. And I love him for it. He just outclassed everyone. ♥
Bettina Dawes: Nick Androsmothergoddamn on June 12th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
3) What fictional character are you secretly in love with?
Secretly? Which doesn't mean Eddie Dean, right?

Nick Andros for me. Even with missing teeth and an eye patch!
the female ghost of tom joad: dark tower roland/eddiejanie_tangerine on June 12th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
NICK!!! NICK IS AWESOME! ♥ But I couldn't say him because re Stand characters Larry took my heart and it's everything but a secret around here. ;) Even though the entity of my Eddie crush is way, way more worrying. *cough*
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Emma: tower junkieflying_colours on June 12th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
Taking the book meme. I think we probably agree on a lot of things, excluding Jane Austen...
the female ghost of tom joad: booksjanie_tangerine on June 13th, 2009 09:33 am (UTC)
Take away! And ha, sorry about Austen. I just don't get the appeal. ;)
bullet to the beast: lawlsthevinegarworks on June 13th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
BOOK MEMMMMMME. I am a total bookworm, so this is awesome. *cheezes*

1984! Yes!

Nnnngh, French slays me too. Baudelaire=♥, also.

Oh thank god someone else shares my eternal disdain for Jane Austen. I live in a household of three other females who are all ga-ga over her books (and the movies that were based off of said books), and I'm just like... really?! I've always found her characters to be so pretentious and boring, I don't understand how anyone could suffer through any of her novels without being either bored to death or just plain offended.

Omfg The Wasteland. Yes. Yesyesyes. The Hollow Men still sends me into epileptic fits every time. (Semi-related fact: I'm using the last few stanzas of Hollow Men as a blanket intro quote for one of my Cas/Dean stories. :D)

You are the first person who has ever agreed with me that Before Night Falls was all kinds of splendid. :)

Hitchhiker's Guide FTMFW.

I THINK IT LOVE YOU for naming both Meyer and Rice as overrated. I couldn't agree more. I pride myself on my determination to get through any book, no matter if I hate it or not, but I seriously just threw Twilight across the room before I finished it. Never went back either. Seriously, whoever finds me something that's actually original in that book/entire series - I will give them a million fucking dollars. BECAUSE IT'S NOT POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE BOOKS ARE HORRIBLE AND PREDICTABLE AND GAH. HATE. HAAAAATE.

*hops off my soapbox*

Oh Misha. How is he possible?

Also, why does no one else know who Warren Zevon is? I am bothered by this.
the female ghost of tom joad: warren zevonjanie_tangerine on June 13th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
Heee, I totally am too. ;) Yay for being bookworms together!

1984 is just... gah. There's no limit to how good it is.

And YES, BAUDELAIRE! I think I'm more of a Verlaine girl but BAUDELAIRE YES, AND FRENCH. I ♥ French like woah.

YOU WIN. God, yes, finally someone else who dislikes Jane Austen too! I just can't get what the hell is so special about her. I just couldn't stomach her style or characters or anything and yeah, pretentious is exactly the word I was searching for. Apart from the fact that in the end the supposed independent heroine always falls at the hero's feet which seriously makes me roll my eyes, blah. And YES, YES, YES. Bored and offended is the perfect Jane Austen combination, lol.

(WHAT? I NEED TO READ THAT STORY!) I absolutely love Hollow Men. Actually I love Eliot tout court, but those two are just.. guh.

Before Night Falls is awesome! It's such a good book, I wish it was more known around.

HEEE, I COULDN'T EVEN TRY WITH TWILIGHT. I mean, I read excerpts online and such and I think I flipped it open at one library but her writing just hurts my feelings. I mean, fuck, I was better when I wrote fanfiction at sixteen years old, and I'm not one who prides much on her writing skills in comparison to published authors, lol. And Rice.. meh. I can't see the appeal. It might be that me and books about vampires never really clicked but Interview With A Vampire was one of the most boring things I read all my life, not to mention pretentious, too.

LOL, good question! But I guess he is possible since he exists, thankfully for us! Unless he's a fandom-induced hallucination, but that'd be too cruel of a reality.

Also, why does no one else know who Warren Zevon is? I am bothered by this.

Because the world has some wrong stuff in it, like no one knowing who WZ is and the guy not being a superstar of the Springsteen category when he was still around. *sniff* I ♥ Warren Zevon really.

Edited at 2009-06-13 09:21 am (UTC)
inthekeyofd: Foxy-leather-mediocrechickinthekeyofd on June 13th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
I have the most books by Stephen too.

If Ian comes back, even for one episode, it would be a very very good thing!!!

Steinbeck is in my top three favorite authors of all time, granted sometimes he would introduce characters that really didn't add much to the story and take up a lot of the readers time, still, I ADORE HIM, my second favorite all time book is a Steinbeck book, actually I used to get into long debates with one of my friends over which is his best book as well.

Streetcar is my second favorite play...Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is my favorite--Williams is my favorite playwright.

Rice is highly overrated, after the Vampire Lestat she totally lost me.

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the female ghost of tom joad: vampires are serious businessjanie_tangerine on June 13th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
If Ian comes back, even for one episode, it would be a very very good thing!!!

Word, sister, word. -nod-

I think I just have a few Kings lacking, but he also wrote a heap of stuff, so it makes sense that he'd be the one I own most books of.

Steinbeck is totally in my top three too. IDK why I didn't end up mentioning a specific book but I ♥ him like woah. My favorite is probably Grapes Of Wrath, as unoriginal as I am.

Aw, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof is great too!

Ha, she lost me after Interview With The Vampire, lol. I finished it and was so bored that I just couldn't see the appeal.
a geek in such the wrong way: slash-reading pornhaldoor on June 13th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Love the lyric meme! Zevon is perfect for it and you did well! Ha! Doubt I could find anyone as interesting to cover! And I'll have to skip the book meme... I'm a Philistine who didn't go to college, so I only read for pleasure, and that's kind of limited, so questions like 'French or Russian?' would only be answered with: WTF? Ha! I love that you're clever enough to know what it means! ;-)
a geek in such the wrong way: twin peaks-owlshaldoor on June 13th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Oh, and I dislike all authors from the period Austen wrote in that I've tried, so does that count as agreeing with you? How anyone can through more than a page is beyond my comprehension.
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the female ghost of tom joad: lost boone/shannonjanie_tangerine on June 13th, 2009 09:50 am (UTC)
I'm starting to believe Elliot's theory about Jack having a dream in which they are all in the plane in 6x0

Please not that. Or at least if they have to bring anyone back I just hope they do it for more than that. *sigh*
elliotsmelliot: bookselliotsmelliot on June 13th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I want to do the book meme soon! I love you answer about Austen and Eliot. The Wasteland is awesome and I share your love for Anne Frank so much.

I read that spoiler too and so thought of you! Yay! Yay!

You always get the best concerts!
the female ghost of tom joad: booksjanie_tangerine on June 13th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Heee, well, I get the best concerts because I like awesome people. ;) I am seriously thankful that he comes here even when he has even less distribution than Warren Zevon and that's saying it all. ;)

Do that meme, I'd love to read your answers! And ha, I probably should have ended the Austen/Eliot answer with 'and by the way, any of the Bronte sisters puts them both to shame' but I sadly forgot it. And yay for fellow Anne Frank loving!

Also, THAT SPOILER!! *dies*
velvetprose on June 13th, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
i'm boring so pardon me if i tagged you just because...whatever. :DDDv
the female ghost of tom joadjanie_tangerine on June 13th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Hey, no problem! I don't have any problems when I get tagged, I just have stopped tagging on principle because I'm too lazy to do it. ;) And you don't seem that boring!
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M: wild blue [lost]_chica02 on June 13th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
That music meme is so cool! *steals*

I think all the actors that have been killed off of LOST should jump at the chance to go back. I'm just hoping Darlton actually goes there. :)

MISHA!!!! /outburst
the female ghost of tom joad: lost -> generaljanie_tangerine on June 13th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Steal away! And HA, yes, probably they should. And I hope it happens.

MISHAAAAA!!!!!! *outbursts with you*