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No sleep until, I think, 4:30 ayem. Simply not sure. I waited forever to take the pills (which means they're still with me), and then Kathryn read to me until I could shut my eyes.

Sunny today, and I ought to be at Pride, but I'll sit here and write, instead.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,794 words on Blood Oranges. And considered changing the title of the book to Diary of a Werepire Dead Girl. Saner portions of my head prevailed. Last night, we watched Abrams' Star Trek for the bazillionth time – I love it more each time – and Selwyn made Level 48 in Rift.

I'm trying to figure out the dedication for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart. It was easy with The Ammonite Violin & Others. Diane Arbus was the only choice that made any sense. But this time I have a list, and I'm considering Henry Darger, Angela Carter, Francis Bacon, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Anyway, blah, blah, blah. I should brush my teeth.

Date: 2011-06-18 05:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
But this time I have a list, and I'm considering Henry Darger, Angela Carter, Francis Bacon, and Robert Mapplethorpe.

I approve of Francis Bacon.

Date: 2011-06-19 02:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
It's a hard call.

I'm having a flashback to the one episode of Taxi I ever saw: "Mental illness or narcotics addiction?"—"That's a tough choice!"

Date: 2011-06-18 05:21 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (Star Wars - Fly away...)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Maybe humans should have off-switches. Sleep mode, Hibernate mode, Rest mode, ooo! Lock mode! But then there's still the problem of how to turn back on...

"If you had an off-switch, Doctor, would you tell anyone?" - Data

Been having my own, far milder, bout of trouble sleeping. No advice, because I've also read Stephen King's Insomnia and already know how obnoxious that is, because you've already tried most of what people would suggest. Commiseration, instead.

Date: 2011-06-18 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Maybe humans should have off-switches.

I can not count the times I've wished for an off switch. And I'd be perfectly happy if no one ever turned it back on.

Date: 2011-06-18 05:48 pm (UTC)
ext_4772: (NCC-1701 Regula)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
Maybe humans should have off-switches.

Well, we sort of do, eventually...

(Shit. The Profound-Pronouncement Circuits aren't kicking in to make me say that in a profound way. I must need to activate it with more tea. Speaking of...)

Yesterday, I wrote 1,794 words on Blood Oranges. And considered changing the title of the book to Diary of a Werepire Dead Girl. Saner portions of my head prevailed.

Now I wish I could remember the list of joke titles [livejournal.com profile] docbrite once put on his journal. Off the top of my head I only remember the novel Alcohol. Or was it Booze?

Meanwhile, here's hoping Blood Oranges keeps you laughing.

Date: 2011-06-18 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Well, we sort of do, eventually...

No. Suicide is a hideous, painful, often unsuccessful chore. Death takes its own sweet time, or arrives unannounced. An off switch is instantaneous and painless.

Date: 2011-06-18 06:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
For what it's worth, I was trying to refer to death in general. Still, noted. (I've had to think more in recent years about what suicide is and what it means to people. Turned out I knew people who had tried it, and a couple of years ago someone I know succeeded at it. So, that wasn't what I was trying to mean.)

The suicide in Murder of Angels remains vivid in my mind. And is a reminder that I'm glad I haven't had thoughts of suicide.

Date: 2011-06-18 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

For what it's worth, I was trying to refer to death in general.

I know.

Date: 2011-06-18 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingthedark.livejournal.com
Henry Darger, Angela Carter, Francis Bacon, and Robert Mapplethorpe

I can't fault any choice or come up with a valid clear-cut reason for preferring one over the other. Darger stands out for being the weirdest. Carter stands out for being the only writer and woman, and also for her unique set of gifts. Bacon was probably the most talented when one thinks of all the painters that he's better than, though Carter's certainly exceedingly talented, just in ways that are more focused and less universal (take all this with salt, it's highly subjective). Mapplethorpe's perhaps the one who's most relevant to the world at large and who did the most to shape culture, but some of that popularity comes from being slightly more predictable.

In other words, someone with a bent enough brain and enough time on their hands could do Darger. Mapplethorpe's greatness is replicable despite its intimate nature. Carter had the most singular vision, but she's rarified, still somewhat unknown in the grandest scheme of literature (despite this being a hideous, hideous crime). Bacon's revered by almost all painters who really care about the craft, even people who would otherwise dismiss his work. [Everyone steals Bacon's tricks, only some people steal Carter's. Mapplethorpe's tricks are relatively easy to steal and Darger's one of a kind--but partially because who would want to have to do that much work?]

Given your impending novel, Bacon seems a wise choice, but I would also argue that Carter's your deepest personal connection.

Date: 2011-06-18 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Good points, but like I said, hard call.

Date: 2011-06-18 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
I have to put my hand up and admit I'd not even heard of Darger.

Date: 2011-06-18 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

This is why we have Wikipedia.

Date: 2011-06-18 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Yeah, I read the article on him. Fascinating. No idea what his fiction is like, but I'll try and hunt and down the DVD mentioned.

Date: 2011-06-18 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Yeah, the documentary is excellent.

Date: 2011-06-18 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Argh, that's expensive! YouTube time.

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