19. What is your favorite language to read in?
I have to go with English as it is the only language I am fully functional within. HOWEVER! I wish I could grab some French books. I have a French minor I rarely get to put to use. Maybe I’ll order a young adult novel in French and get cracking.
I remember reading the abridged version of Les Misérables in high school French. Me and my friend had a super dumb moment where we read “bateau de guerre” as “baton de guerre” and so we were all “War stick? Like… a gun? Is a gun a war stick in French?” For like fifteen minutes.
Critical Reading of Memoirs of a Geisha
Deviant Art user Fuyou-hime is doing a critical reading with fact checking in regards to the art of geisha as presented in Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
siren10101 asked: HI Linzie, just on your recent post about MOAG, and writing some notes on it once you've finished, look up Fuyou-hime on deviantart, she's doing a chapter by chapter coverage on the book, you might find it interesting ^^ (in her journal entrys)
I just looked it up and yay for critical reading and fact checking! This is especially important when it concerns an “exotic” culture. I remember one of my high school English teachers was all about Memoirs of a Geisha but in looking back she didn’t really have the background knowledge to regulate discussion very well. I’m sad to say the discussion devolved into whether geisha could be considered prostitutes. I was the only one arguing that they do not qualify as prostitutes, which is a whole different can of worms.
Have you heard of Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki?
I put in my two weeks notice to my part time job because I got the job I phone interviewed for, even though my asshole cat was trying to serenade me for the first fifteen minutes of it!
Misery Chick Reading
So, I’ve started reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I needed to return to my depressing topic reading after reading A Little Princess; I have a reputation to uphold. Seriously, at work I just have the most depressing information to talk about. I did the math and something like 1/3 of the books I’ve read this year could be interpreted as sad or depressing.
But yeah, to offset the uplifting hopeful tale of a spirited young girl who is struck down into poverty but upholds her sense of self and is rewarded by being uplifted from her dire circumstances to go on and aid others without such benefactors I am now reading the fictional delusional memoir of a pedophile. Huzzah. This is my second reading of Lolita.