Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cackling Pages, of course...

Right now there are just too many delicious things I want to read. Just yesterday I received my copy of Bull Spec #4, which turns out to be a truly amazing thing so far, every page worth reading, some of them worth reading more than once. Guess I need to keep sending them stuff so I get free copies:)

Right now on the way to me is Rothfuss's Wise Man's Fear. Naturally, I would just wait all day for the mail only to then devour it whole. I mean, seriously, The Name of the Wind left me speechless and sleepless and I kinda hate it when books do that because it conflicts with life in the real world. Duh. Naturally, there are few things better.

However, I am currently engaged in another captivating read. Catherynne M. Valente's Palimpsest is a wild and haunting thing, and rarely has a book managed to speak to me so clearly, so vibrantly, that I simply could not--would not--read it all in one session. Palimpsest simply is too big for that and I could not fully taste it all if I just kept on reading, so I try to make the pages last, like dark chocolate that you keep in your mouth without swallowing, I try to make it last.

Hence, things keep kinda piling up. I do live among stacks of books, have always done so and enjoyed it, but I hate it when there are books stacked up that I'm itching to read. How can there just not be enough time to read all of this, why do people even have to sleep (this is something I have long been asking myself, nocturnal as I am, doing almost all my writing at night)?

Would it not been something to find a sheet of timeless time that you can wrap yourself in, all cozy, and dive into the pages? I think I would like that.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Looking for Places that Yield Poems

So, lately I was thinking about mapping out the world a little more, poetry wise. That made me think that there is some amazingly engaging travel writing, but as far as I know little travel poetry. But I don't wanna side-track yet again.

I was basically thinking of places I'd like to go. At this point I'd like to mention that I'm happily considering suggestions.

Because lists are a great way of doing these things...(no order of preference here):

1. London
Have never been there. Figure there are loads of interesting places to see. Might be very touristy though.

2. Spain
Like, Barcelona or Madrid. I like the Spanish in general, I love the language.

3. Japan
Just my place. Temples, martial arts...seafood. Okay, just my place except for the seafood. I'd like to see Kyoto.

4. India
Elephants! And isn't India more or less the cradle of Buddhism?

5. New Zealand
Just because. New Zealand is old, and I like old things.

I did not put China on that list because I've been there. But! I would love to go back...only pity is that that would cut me off from Facebook and Twitter. Which reminds me, Egypt isn't on my list either. Oh dear, this shall not end in politics...


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy New Year 2011--Year of the Rabbit

Happy New Year to y'all!

Yes, I am doing the Chinese calendar thing again. If, for some reason, this does not agree with your sense of taste or propriety or whatever, you may bite me. And no, I don't think you have to be Chinese to use the Chinese calender. I'm a Taiji teacher who's been hiking the Great Wall for Buddha's sake, how much more do I need to adapt?

Anyway, I like the Chinese zodiac. It speaks to my vegetarian nature. I like animals and do, in general, consider them cute. The rabbit is unarguably among the cutest of the zodiac...which is totally why you should celebrate this year. Again.

Happy New Year all ye rabbit-born folk out there!

One question bothers me though. Why the hell are rabid and rabbit so much alike? Could there be a conspiracy there?