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Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] anaisembraced reminded me of a quote from one of Anaïs Nin's published diaries (1931-1934). It manages to say much more eloquently what I was trying to say yesterday about my need for a public persona:

"There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest."

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Yesterday was spent, work-wise, beginning the layout of Sirenia Digest #58. I have to set that aside today for the aforementioned Weird Tales interview, which I'm doing after all. Part of me is so done with giving interviews. Another part of me recognizes it's always going to be something I have to do.

If you want truly secure online passwords, create your own language. It works wonders.

The weather has turned warm again.

People have started asking me questions about the H. P. Lovcecraft Film Festival. What I will and won't be doing, my schedule, how many books will I sign, when's my reading, what will I be reading from, how long will I be in Oregon, am I going to Powell's, and so forth. I'm going to post my schedule for the festival and CthulhuCon here in the next day or so.

As for signing, I'm not going to have an actual signing session scheduled, I don't think, so you might want to plan on bringing stuff you want signed to my reading, or catching me before or after a panel, something like that. But not if I'm eating, or something like that. I'll sign as many books as you want signed. No limit. I'll personalize them. I won't write stupid shit like, "To my best friend" or "For a kindred spirit" or poetry or anything like that. I won't inscribe my books with passages from my books. I bring these things up because from time to time they've been an issue in my eBay sales. I'll sign books, and I'll sign books to you or to whomever you want them signed to, but that's about it. Sometimes, if the mood strikes me, I throw in a monster doodle, but the mood rarely strikes me.

Also, I am declaring this con "Be Nice to Spooky Weekend." Which means, well, be nice to Spooky, because if she weren't coming along, I wouldn't be able to be there. Please feel free to bring her doughnuts from Voodoo Donuts (I think she's especially interested in the bacon-maple bars, voodoo dolls, and apple fritters). Or a vial of Escential's "oak moss." These things will make her smile.

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So far, I've completely avoided seeing clips and trailers from Matt Reeves Let Me In, which is a remake of Tomas Alfredson's superb and perfect Låt den rätte komma in (both based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel, Låt den rätte komma in). I hate the things that Reeves has said, with a straight face, about making the story more accessible for Americans. I hate that he's gutting the novel and original film's gender issues by simply making Eli a genetic female. How can that not come across as pandering to homophobic and transphobic filmgoers? And this is all confusing, because I very much loved Reeves' Cloverfield, and want to see more from him. I'm not especially fond of American remakes of foreign language films, but I also don't hate them on principle, as some seem to do. Usually, I'll give them a chance. But this time, I don't see how I can.

Oh, and I'm very pleased to see that [livejournal.com profile] docbrite is finally reading House of Leaves.

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Some smart, moving, exquisite rp in Insilico last night. Lately, my rp has involved very few people, which I have found, through trail and error, to be the best approach. Two people is ideal. Four is usually my limit for a scene. More than that, there's too much chaos. This story began back in January and February, with a long hiatus from April into July. At this point, it's mostly the story of two people, one of whom happens to be an android. It's like the middle of a good sf novel, one for which I know I'll never get to read the beginning or ending (which makes it rather like a dream). It demonstrates the marvel that Second Life can be, but almost never manages to be. Anyway, my thanks to Fifth and Molly.

Earlier, Spooky and I watched the latest Project Runway (good riddance, Ivy) and the first episode of Season Three of Fringe, which I though was an especially strong episode.

And now, there's the interview (though internet porn sounds like more fun)....

Date: 2010-09-25 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spiritualmonkey.livejournal.com
The Bacon-Maple bars are out of this world. Srsly.

Date: 2010-09-25 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The Bacon-Maple bars are out of this world.

So I have heard.

That icon is freaking me out.

Date: 2010-09-25 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] olivia nishkian (from livejournal.com)
"There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest."

If that isn't me, I don't know what is.

I hate the things that Reeves has said, with a straight face, about making the story more accessible for Americans. I hate that he's gutting the novel and original film's gender issues by simply making Eli a genetic female. How can that not come across as pandering to homophobic and transphobic filmgoers?

I don't understand why Americans get outraged at inane, stupid crap, and don't get outraged when someone believes they're too bigoted, hateful, and empty-headed to handle the concept of gender identity. Maybe the whole culture really is just a pathetic, embarrassing shit-stain on the planet's surface that is under the illusion it's the greatest thing ever.

Some smart, moving, exquisite rp in Insilico last night. Lately, my rp has involved very few people, which I have found, through trail and error, to be the best approach. Two people is ideal. Four is usually my limit for a scene. More than that, there's too much chaos. This story began back in January and February, with a long hiatus from April into July. At this point, it's mostly the story of two people, one of whom happens to be an android. It's like the middle of a good sf novel, one for which I know I'll never get to read the beginning or ending (which makes it rather like a dream). It demonstrates the marvel that Second Life can be, but almost never manages to be. Anyway, my thanks to Fifth and Molly.

You are welcome. I feel the same way about scenes. More than three people is too much. I dislike RP "events" for that reason. It just becomes a bunch of people vying for attention over a virtual crowd, and the text scroll is nearly unreadable in some cases.

~B.

Date: 2010-09-25 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

If that isn't me, I don't know what is.

It's a grand quote for those of us with crowds inside.

I don't understand why Americans get outraged at inane, stupid crap, and don't get outraged when someone believes they're too bigoted, hateful, and empty-headed to handle the concept of gender identity.

Well, partly, I think, because Americans, as a whole, are too bigoted, hateful, and empty-headed to handle the concept of gender identity. At least with diversity and fluidity in gender. It's something they'd rather not think about, so they're not going to be offended by not having to deal with the fact that in Låt den rätte komma in we have to accept that Eli gender is a very complex and disturbing subject.

You are welcome. I feel the same way about scenes.

And I'm very glad to hear that.

More than three people is too much. I dislike RP "events" for that reason. It just becomes a bunch of people vying for attention over a virtual crowd, and the text scroll is nearly unreadable in some cases.

There's just almost no way, in those scenes, for everyone to be on the same page storywise, or to be rping at the same level, or have the same feelings about staying ic, and so forth. A catastrophically awful multi-person scene led to my leaving IS back in April, and now I just avoid them. I've only done a very few good scenes with a large number of players in the 3+ years I've been in SL. We're best off telling our little personal stories, and when they happen to intersect, fine.

Cocerning Fringe:

Date: 2010-09-25 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolven.livejournal.com
I agree with your casting of the gender and identity issues, in the remake, and I have to wonder if this was an absolute deal breaker for the studio. And, if it was, i wonder if there's any way we can get that public, because it's pretty deplorable.

the first episode of Season Three of Fringe, which I though was an especially strong episode.

I am especially looking forward to seeing how it plays out with "Our" Dunham in the Alt-Verse. The Trope of an alternate infiltrating "our" Fringe Division has been done, before, and I can pretty much see how they're going to play that one, but the memory implantation and exactly How Much takes, and how well? That seems like it should be fun.

Re: Cocerning Fringe:

Date: 2010-09-25 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I have to wonder if this was an absolute deal breaker for the studio.

Probably. Truthfully, it was so toned down in the original film that lots of people missed it.

And, if it was, i wonder if there's any way we can get that public, because it's pretty deplorable.

Who knows. I can never fathom how Hollywood politics and GLBT politics intersect. People protested Silence of the Lambs at the Oscars, claiming it was homophobic and transphobic, but I don't think it's either.

but the memory implantation and exactly How Much takes, and how well? That seems like it should be fun.

Yep.

Date: 2010-09-25 07:41 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Truthfully, it was so toned down in the original film that lots of people missed it.

I can't remember reading a single critic who mentioned Eli's gender; I couldn't tell if it was seen as a sort of spoiler ("I'm not a girl."—"So do you still want to go steady?"), or just if no one noticed.

Date: 2010-09-25 06:29 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Psholtii: in a bad mood)
From: [personal profile] sovay
I hate that he's gutting the novel and original film's gender issues by simply making Eli a genetic female.

Yes. I was already disinclined to see the remake, but that was the deal-breaker. And I wonder how many American viewers are going to know or care.

Date: 2010-09-25 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yes. I was already disinclined to see the remake, but that was the deal-breaker. And I wonder how many American viewers are going to know or care.

Same here. I was willing to entertain the possibility the remake would be worthwhile, until Reeves' disclosed this change. Now I'm pissed off, and really can't imagine seeing it. And yeah, I think it's targeting (pandering to) an audience that hasn't seen the original film, much less read the book, so they'll have no idea.

Date: 2010-09-25 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sadiane.livejournal.com
Bacon Maple bars are indeed delightful, as is mostly everything there. If you are just there for the doughnuts and not the whole crazy experience, Voodoo Doughnuts II out on SE Davis tends to be a less claustrophobic and stressful trip.

And if you are looking for places around SE Portland, Screen Door (http://www.screendoorrestaurant.com/) is my favorite "out on the town" restaurant, and I'm pretty sure it's new since Spooky headed east. It says "southern cuisine" on the label, but it's mostly just great food and always friendly service. Brunch tends to be insanely busy, but worth it for the praline-crusted, maple-glazed bacon. (there seems to be a theme here)

Date: 2010-09-25 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

, Voodoo Doughnuts II out on SE Davis tends to be a less claustrophobic and stressful trip.

Which is why I'm hoping the donuts come to us.

And thanks for the restaurant suggestion, though I think we'll mostly be stuck in northeast Portland.

Date: 2010-09-25 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kambriel.livejournal.com
I can't believe I haven't gone to Voodoo Donuts on either of my Portland trips yet. Third time's a charm! I did get to pop in Escential though, and plan to go again next year...

Spooky reminds me of C (in good ways!). I know what you mean about the importance of having someone at your side to help get you through various situations. It's good to have someone to lean on, and even better when love plays a big part in what's propping you up.

Date: 2010-09-25 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Spooky reminds me of C (in good ways!). I know what you mean about the importance of having someone at your side to help get you through various situations. It's good to have someone to lean on, and even better when love plays a big part in what's propping you up.

It's not an exaggeration to say she's kept me alive.

Date: 2010-09-25 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poesillchild.livejournal.com
Your thoughts about Let Me In are my fear. It's too bad many "Americans" will only see this version and blame it on a fear of subtitles.

Date: 2010-09-25 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Fear of subtitles probably does factor into this, which is sad.

Date: 2010-09-25 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fusijui.livejournal.com
...create your own language...

Really? Seriously? Then OMG please please you gotta sign a book for me with "to a kindred spirit"! ;)

Actually, more than once your subject lines made me think of private language in the Heideggerian sense. Pearls before swine! Don't be tired on our behalves.

Date: 2010-09-25 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Really? Seriously?

Yeah, and it's Nebari, which makes me some sort of fucking uber nerd.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2010-09-25 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fusijui.livejournal.com
I want to bear your narls.

Gender

Date: 2010-09-25 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
I think I will have to avoid Let Me In, though it may be a good film in some ways, as I feel that the gender of Eli should not be changed. I feel that if I did watch it I would be joining in with the homophobia and sexism that is way too prevalent in the world, and I do not wish to have that label stuck on me, even if it is in my own mind. It's my mind, and I can put what I want in it, thank you. The gender and the sexuality of a person is their own business, and if people are so small minded as to take some offense at the portrayal of such in any sort of art then I would not want to to stand alongside them. End of rant, and I think I will finally have to sit down and read Let The Right One In now, since I have finally managed to get a copy. Hope it is as good, if not better, than the film.

Re: Gender

Date: 2010-09-25 10:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I think I will finally have to sit down and read Let The Right One In now, since I have finally managed to get a copy. Hope it is as good, if not better, than the film.

Some like it more, some about the same, some less. Me, I liked it less than the original film, simply because I think the novel's too long and makes explicit a lot of things that the film only implied. But I usually prefer that sort of thing. Regardless, it's a good book.

Date: 2010-09-25 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jessamyg.livejournal.com
Yes, I agree, sometimes implied is better.

Date: 2010-09-25 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
'I hate that he's gutting the novel and original film's gender issues by simply making Eli a genetic female. How can that not come across as pandering to homophobic and transphobic filmgoers?'

It probably has more to do with not being able to show Chloe Moretz pantsless in an American R-rated film opening in 2,000 theaters. Truly, I expected that would be the first thing they'd drop. Although Reeves would've done better to say nothing, and allow fans of the original film to imagine Abby's gender. (Abby's her name in the remake, which sort of does remove ambiguity.) To be fair, the original didn't exactly bend over backwards to clarify what the deal was with Eli, either. For that you have to go to the book.

Date: 2010-09-26 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

It probably has more to do with not being able to show Chloe Moretz pantsless in an American R-rated film opening in 2,000 theaters.

Yes, I'm sure that played a role, but you know they're aware of much Eli's ambiguous gender would have squicked out the American audience.

To be fair, the original didn't exactly bend over backwards to clarify what the deal was with Eli, either. For that you have to go to the book.

This is true. Still, I was able to figure it out without having read the book or any reviews. Now, I know I'm sensitive to these things, and I also know a lot people who didn't get it. But at least the original acknowledged that facet of the book and didn't go out of their way to excise it.

Date: 2010-09-26 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
Could also be a damned if you do, damned if you don't. 'Matt Reeves' Let Me In says that all non-cisgendered youth are bloodsucking fiends who will massacre a bunch of kids and adults.' If they went after Silence of the Lambs for that, they'll go after this.

'They,' of course, being the overly literal, humorless, and eager-to-take-offense one finds in any sector of the population. A good many transpeople, you and I included, did not find Silence transphobic and did not find Let the Right One In transphobic, but you know there'd be protests if an American remake went there. I recognize that such protests arise from fear that people will go see Silence or a gender-ambiguous Let Me In and then go out and beat up a transperson, or, more likely, would make a young transgirl's life hell in high school, but those things happen with or without movies.

Also, we've got a risky movie to begin with — the basic story is still full of juicy targets for the easily offended, with or without the gender issue — and really does the studio need one more headache that doesn't even affect the story all that much (as told in the original film, anyway, not in the book)? I don't agree with it but I understand it.

To be honest, I'm looking forward to the remake, because I have seen the trailers and they seem to have nailed the tone of the original, and Richard Jenkins as the new Hakan is brilliant casting. So you've got the book, the original, and the remake as three different takes on the material. I'm okay with it.

Date: 2010-09-26 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

While I admit you make many valid points— especially as regards the damned if you do, and damned if you don't problem —I'll still be sitting this one out. At least until (and if) I can stream it free from Netflix.

Date: 2010-09-26 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robyn-ma.livejournal.com
Fair 'nuff. In the meantime, if you're looking for a good dark fantasy I recommend Phillip Ridley's Heartless.
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From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
...because I like boosting this weird little town...

Along my commute, on the east side of the Ross Island Bridge, is this building:

Image

It's the Sock Dreams (http://www.sockdreams.com) warehouse. That's where the magic is, well, shipped from. (The actual walk-in store is farther south in Sellwood, probably farther south than you're likely to go.)

Bits of Portland, Part 2

Date: 2010-09-26 02:25 am (UTC)
ext_4772: (Scorpio)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Also in SE is Movie Madness (http://www.moviemadnesspdx.com), a video store and movie memorabilia museum. Among its latest acquisitions is a Fu Dog, a prop made for the Xanadu sets in Citizen Kane.

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Bits of Portland, Part 3

Date: 2010-09-26 02:27 am (UTC)
ext_4772: (Default)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
And this is posted both for you and for [livejournal.com profile] robyn_ma: a Mugwump from the Cronenberg adaptation of Naked Lunch:

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Re: Bits of Portland, Part 3

Date: 2010-09-26 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I do wish we'd have time to see this in person, but thanks!

Re: Bits of Portland, Part 2

Date: 2010-09-26 05:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] humglum.livejournal.com

Oh, I miss Movie Madness.

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