Myth Happens - Di melodi'z an alte, nor di verter zenen naye

Sovay
Date: 2012-04-09 21:32
Subject: Di melodi'z an alte, nor di verter zenen naye
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Music:The Raymond Scott Quintette, "The Girl at the Typewriter"
I had a perfectly ordinary day, mostly comprised of work, errands, and discovering a new bus route, and then as of the last thirty minutes I suddenly felt like a week's worth of exhaustion dropped on my head. (And I know what having something dropped on my head feels like.) Wow. This will not be an elaborate post.

1. My poetry collection A Mayse-Bikhl has been reviewed by Amal El-Mohtar in the latest issue of The Cascadia Subduction Zone. It's a rave:

Here is a single warm voice that reads like watching a brilliant actor donning masks on a low-lit stage, a one-woman play of demons and dybbuks, angels and golems, ancestors and fools that will leave you breathless and uncertain of whether or not it would be appropriate to clap.

I have never found a good response to positive feedback of that degree, except to say thank you and try not to look like too much of an egomaniac when I glow. The entire issue's focus is poetry; there is work by Michele Bannister and Emily Jiang, featured art by Terri Windling, and a variety of poetry-specific reviews, including a very strong one of Rose Lemberg's forthcoming The Moment of Change: An Anthology of Feminist Speculative Poetry. The magazine is subscription-only, but I'd call it three dollars well spent.

2. Stone Telling #7 has been reviewed by Brit Mandelo at Tor.com. It's a rave for everyone involved:

Stone Telling: Bridging is a must-read for fans of queer speculative work—and if you aren't much of a poetry reader, I suspect you will be after giving this issue a try.

This is not helping with the whole not being an egomaniac thing. I can only hope rose_lemberg is suffering the same.

3. Shirl Sazynski has sent me a print of the illustration she did for my poem "Apocalypso" in Mythic Delirium #10 in 2004. It's a Shiva-Shangó poem, written while I was at Brandeis for two of the best teachers I have ever had, Luis Yglesias and Peter Gould. I've never had a copy of the drawing before that wasn't in the magazine. I'll have to frame it. I mean, it's not like I only got around on Saturday to putting up a poster I bought in 2009 . . .

There is nothing on TCM to stare at. I think I'm going to bake.

[edit: Experimental almond-marzipan cake with lingonberry jam, baked. Now to hope that someone other than me will eat it.]
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selidor
User: selidor
Date: 2012-04-10 02:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think this counts as a well-deserved set of reasons for celebration. May the baking be as rewarding!
(I have quinces in the fruit bowl. must. cook.)

And thank you for spurring me to write "The Problem of Two Bodies". Silly crazy wonderful meme-things. I still owe you the actually cheerful corollary!
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 02:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
I think this counts as a well-deserved set of reasons for celebration. May the baking be as rewarding!

Thank you! I seem to be making an almond-marzipan cake on which I am going to put lingonberry jam; I need something to bring to dinner with friends tomorrow. I hope they like being experimented on.

(I have quinces in the fruit bowl. must. cook.)

(I glazed a duck with quince once. It is not the craziest thing I have ever made in an oven, but it was a lot of fun. Also, stupidly delicious.)

And thank you for spurring me to write "The Problem of Two Bodies". Silly crazy wonderful meme-things.

I'm delighted a poem came out of it! It's a good one.

I still owe you the actually cheerful corollary!

Watch me complain.
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selidor
User: selidor
Date: 2012-04-10 03:34 (UTC)
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Lingonberry jam! O wonderful day.
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Dr. Kvetch
User: rose_lemberg
Date: 2012-04-10 03:12 (UTC)
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I liked your poems in CSZ very much!

Also, QUINCE.
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selidor
User: selidor
Date: 2012-04-10 03:32 (UTC)
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Thank you!
(Seeing Bird-winged again has got folklore going in my head. Someone needs to do something complicated and gnarly with patupaiarehe).

As for QUINCE om nom nom: there's a chicken tagine with quince sauce. Or autumn cake.
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Dr. Kvetch
User: rose_lemberg
Date: 2012-04-10 05:34 (UTC)
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Chicken tagine with quince sauce!!

I love quince.
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
I love quince.

We have a quince tree in the backyard. The birds always get to the fruit before we do, but it still makes me happy.
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ashlyme
User: ashlyme
Date: 2012-04-10 17:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't *think* I've ever eaten quince. (And I'd never heard of lingonberries before this.) Autumn cake?
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Sovay
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 17:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
(And I'd never heard of lingonberries before this.)

They're a Scandanavian-Slavic staple; I didn't know until steepholm mentioned that they are commonly associated outside those areas with Ikea. They're not very sweet at all, so I like them.
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Erik Amundsen
User: cucumberseed
Date: 2012-04-10 03:02 (UTC)
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Yikes!

Versification hasn't had anything new since I did ST6!

Okay, rolling up the sleeves. That's getting changed.
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 03:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
Okay, rolling up the sleeves. That's getting changed.

Yay!
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Dr. Kvetch
User: rose_lemberg
Date: 2012-04-10 05:59 (UTC)
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I was just thinking about this today. Looking forward to your update!
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Dr. Kvetch: geddarien
User: rose_lemberg
Date: 2012-04-10 03:37 (UTC)
Subject: s’farkisheft aykh di melodie
icongeddarien
This is not helping with the whole not being an egomaniac thing. I can only hope rose_lemberg is suffering the same

I am suffering, but I cannot say I'm suffering the same! :D
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 04:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
s'farkisheft aykh di melodie

Prrrt.

I am suffering, but I cannot say I'm suffering the same!

Oh, hell, I refuse to be the only one afflicted with sudden self-esteem around here!
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Dr. Kvetch
User: rose_lemberg
Date: 2012-04-10 05:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Prrrt

Semitic roots wrapped in Yiddish morphology - what could be yummier? (Verbs rule)

Oh, hell, I refuse to be the only one afflicted with sudden self-esteem around here!
You're more than welcome to inflict it upon me :D
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Josh
User: schreibergasse
Date: 2012-04-10 13:52 (UTC)
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s'farkisheft? I mean, I presume I know the ending, but I don't know enough Hebrew or Yiddish to figure out the whole.
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Sovay: I Claudius
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 15:44 (UTC)
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iconI Claudius
I mean, I presume I know the ending, but I don't know enough Hebrew or Yiddish to figure out the whole.

Yiddish farkisheft (פֿאַרכּישופֿט) means "enchanted"; it's from the Hebrew for "magic," kishuf (כישוף).
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Dr. Kvetch
User: rose_lemberg
Date: 2012-04-10 23:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I tried to comment earlier, but my computer ate it. In any case, what Sonya said, plus some completely irrelevant babbling about tri-consonantal roots.

ETA: Finally managing to disconnect from irrelevant linguistic geekery to say that this is a performance I found of this song on Youtube - it is not my favorite, but it is nice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02OvfhHqhfA and this is a recording I own at the moment: http://www.last.fm/music/Abraham+Ellstein/_/Der+Alter+Tsigayner+%28The+Old+Gypsy%29

Edited at 2012-04-10 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Sovay: Cho Hakkai: intelligence
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-11 03:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconCho Hakkai: intelligence
In any case, what Sonya said, plus some completely irrelevant babbling about tri-consonantal roots.

Triliteral roots are never irrelevant!
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steepholm
User: steepholm
Date: 2012-04-10 06:28 (UTC)
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Congratulations, o twice-beraved! (Lingonberry evokes happy days in Ikea.)
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 15:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
Congratulations, o twice-beraved!

Hah! Thank you.

(Lingonberry evokes happy days in Ikea.)

It was either cookies or invent something, and I felt like being interesting!
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nineweaving
User: nineweaving
Date: 2012-04-10 06:45 (UTC)
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Your reviewers? They're right, you know. (I wish I'd thought of "twice-beraved.")

Glow.

And that cake is inspired. Your muse is of fire, and her kitchen is a stage.

Nine
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 15:34 (UTC)
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iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
Glow.

Thank you.

Your muse is of fire, and her kitchen is a stage.

Well, it was what we had in the house . . .
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Josh
User: schreibergasse
Date: 2012-04-10 13:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
[edit: Experimental almond-marzipan cake with lingonberry jam, baked. Now to hope that someone other than me will eat it.]

Hey, *I'd* try it. I just made experimental marmalade this weekend.
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Sovay: I Claudius
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 15:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconI Claudius
I just made experimental marmalade this weekend.

Sweet! Out of what?
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barry_king: 8.5
User: barry_king
Date: 2012-04-10 15:06 (UTC)
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icon8.5
"The tune is old; it is only words"?
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Sovay
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 15:34 (UTC)
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"The tune is old; it is only words"?

"The melody's an old one, only the words are new."
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barry_king: 8.5
User: barry_king
Date: 2012-04-10 15:35 (UTC)
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icon8.5
Ah, thanks!
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Sovay: Rotwang
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 15:48 (UTC)
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iconRotwang
Ah, thanks!

It's from the intro to the Klezmatics' "Man in a Hat," but it seemed to fit.
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barry_king: Flying Jain Air
User: barry_king
Date: 2012-04-10 16:12 (UTC)
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iconFlying Jain Air
Ha! Fun stuff, thanks! The sound and spirit reminds me of "This City is Very Exciting" (3mustaphas3), which I only have on cassette, sadly.
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Lady Mondegreen: Food
User: ladymondegreen
Date: 2012-04-10 16:01 (UTC)
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iconFood
Experimental almond-marzipan cake with lingonberry jam, baked. Now to hope that someone other than me will eat it.

That sounds lovely, and just like the sort of sweet to go with the savor of so many lovely reviews.
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 16:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
That sounds lovely, and just like the sort of sweet to go with the savor of so many lovely reviews.

Thank you!
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ashlyme
User: ashlyme
Date: 2012-04-10 17:40 (UTC)
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Enjoy the glow; it's well-deserved.
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-10 17:55 (UTC)
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iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
Enjoy the glow; it's well-deserved.

Thank you.
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ap_aelfwine
User: ap_aelfwine
Date: 2012-04-11 05:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm very pleased for the rave reviews and the print.

I hope you've had some rest.

Experimental almond-marzipan cake with lingonberry jam, baked. Now to hope that someone other than me will eat it.

It sounds splendid! I would have done, had I been in a position to do so. I hope they did, because I'd be worried for people who wouldn't eat that, unless it were prohibited them on grounds of, say, allergies or a religious taboo on lingonberries.

I hope it's turned out just as splendid as it should be.
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Sovay
User: sovay
Date: 2012-04-11 14:35 (UTC)
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I hope it's turned out just as splendid as it should be.

I believe it went over well.
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