When you see this post, post a poem to your LJ. She chose one of my favorites (Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art," a gorgeous villanelle), but here's another I quite like. YMMV.
"A Map of Love"
Your face more than others' faces
Maps the half-remembered places
I have come to while I slept—
Continents a dream had kept
Secret from all waking folk
Till to your face I awoke,
And remembered then the shore,
And the dark interior.
Donald Justice links:
"Men at Forty" (another favorite poem)
The Poetry Foundation
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag friends who might enjoy doing the note as well as the person you got the note from.
( Don't you want to play? )
Then you have to list ten things you LOVE that begin with that letter.
Afterward, post this in your journal and give out some letters of your own.
concordiaadieu gave me the letter S (I was sleepy).
- Silly memes!
- Silk (especially the smell)
- Scooby Doo (Old school only)
Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...
Conscientious, Fulfilled, and Spiritual
22 Renaissance, 15 Islamic, 14 Ukiyo-e, -19 Cubist, -34 Abstract and -2 Impressionist!
The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence affected literature, philosopy, religion, art, politics, science, and all other aspects of intellectual enquiry. Renaissance artists looked at the human aspect of life in their art. They did not reject religion but tended to look at it in it's purest form to create visions they thought depicted the ideals of religion. Painters of this time had their own style and created works based on morality, religion, and human nature. Many of the paintings depicted what they believed to be the corrupt nature of man.
People that like Renaissance paintings like things that are more challenging. They tend to have a high emotional stability. They also tend to be more concientious then average. They have a basic understanding of human nature and therefore are not easily surprised by anything that people may do. They enjoy life and enjoy living. They are very aware of their own mortality but do not dwell on the end but what they are doing in the present. They enjoy learning, but may tend to be a bit more closed minded to new ideas as they feel that the viewpoint they have has been well researched and considered. These people are more old fashioned and not quite as progressive. They enjoy the finer things in life like comfort, a good meal, and homelife. They tend to be more spiritual or religious by nature. They are open to new aesthetic experiences.
When you see this, post your favorite Fifth Element quote in your LJ.
She's already picked my favorites, but this Zorg line greatly amuses.
"I don't like warriors. Too narrow-minded, no subtlety. And worse, they fight for hopeless causes. Honor? Huh! Honor's killed millions of people, it hasn't saved a single one."
Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.
Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.
But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.
So, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?“
( What's on my shelves? )
For the Booking Through Thursday meme:
What was the last book you bought?
I had to actually think about this; I've been using interlibrary loan so much that I haven't set foot in a bookstore or ordered from Amazon in weeks. Note to self: get thee to a bookstore. And a yarn shop. Touch something shiny.
Anyway, the last paper book (a comic, actually) I bought would have to be the first issue of Doctor Who: The Forgotten, which arrived last week and was greatly enjoyed.
Name a book you have read MORE than once
Little Women | The Westing Game | A Wrinkle in Time | Crime and Punishment (my head can be a weird place)
Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? If yes, what was it?
Crime and Punishment really messed me up for about 4 years, especially after I'd read Thus Spoke Zarathustra. I'm still feeling the aftershocks 25 years later. Damn, I'm getting old.
How do you choose a book? eg. by cover design and summary, recommendations or reviews
Actually, I filter through all sorts of means, although I'm least likely to actually read a book someone has recommended to me, no matter how much I may actually WANT to read the book. My mood generally dictates my reading, and sometimes I want a particular texture in the reading which may be physical (color), emotional, or social.
Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
Fiction, definitely, although as I get older it's harder to commit to multiple worlds at once.
What’s more important in a novel - beautiful writing or a gripping plot?
I'm going to be a weasel here and say both; I like a balance between the two. Too much of the former feels self-indulgent and pointless, too much of the latter rushes me through too quickly and I get indigestion.
Most loved/memorable character (character/book)
Today, it's Meg in A Wrinkle in Time. Charles Wallace is a close second.
Which book or books can be found on your nightstand at the moment?
Robert Fagles' translation of The Odyssey. Cornelia Funke's Inkheart. David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. Homer's getting the most action these days.
What was the last book you’ve read, and when was it?
Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. I re-read it a couple of weeks ago to teach it.
Have you ever given up on a book half way in?
Yes, although I try to follow a 100 page rule on novels of 300 pages or more--if I'm not invested 100 pages in, I shelve it and hope that later in life it will appeal.