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Wednesday Reading Meme 
23rd-Jan-2013 11:30 am
Escher Snakes
What I'm Reading: Elizabeth Wein's Code Name Verity. Because it has been rec'd and rec'd and rec'd, and when I got it from the library [personal profile] grrlpup said, "ooooo! I envy you reading that for the first time!" I'm only a few pages in, but I love the detail that she got made as a spy for looking the wrong direction when crossing the street.

What I've Just Read: Terry Pratchett's Dodger. It took me an age and a day to finish, despite enjoying it. Charles Dickens and Henry Mayhew RPF (guest-starring Sir Robert Peel, Angela Coutts, Joseph Bazalgette, Benjamin Disraeli, Sweeney Todd, and others), and is an extended riff on Oliver Twist and (I presume) Great Expectations.

[archiveofourown.org profile] breathedout's How the Mouth Changes Its Shape (Sherlock, 132K words), which is a 1950s butch/femme genderswap, set in the heart of the post-war London lesbian scene. Obvs, I came out forty years later and on another continent altogether, but this captures so very well so much of my emotional memory of how woman-intensive the lesbian community is/was (there are essentially no male characters in here, because that's the way lesbian society often is/was), of the delicious thrill of having your own spaces, of the fuckery of a whole new set of social roles and expectations, of how tenuous intergenerational cultural continuity is, of the way lesbian history and straight-women's history intertwines (hint: typically not in a good-for-lesbians way)... The author has done her research, too, with lots and lots of footnotes, for those who like that. At the seventy-page mark (out of 324, according to my ereader) I was already mourning the fact that I would, someday soon, reach the end.

Which, I have. *sniff* But hey, I can rec it to you, and so I am.

What I'm Reading Next: I might try to push through George Aguilar Sr. (Kiksht Chinookan) When the River Ran Wild! Indian Traditions on the Mid-Columbia and the Warm Springs Reservation, in advance of attending Celilo Falls Revisted at the Kennedy School next Monday, during which two tribal elders will be talking about Celilo Falls.

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Comments 
23rd-Jan-2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
This is a particularly useful time to be reading Verity because Monday is the big ALA award day and Verity's gotten so much buzz. Typically I have no guesses but this year if I had to lay down money (which thank goodness isn't a thing anyone ever has to do, because awards are so enigmatic, which also thank goodness for that, the enigmatic aspect), I'd put it on Verity and The Fault in Our Stars.
23rd-Jan-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
That Celilo Falls talk sounds like it will be interesting.
24th-Jan-2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Should be. Certainly, I'd rather hear them tell it than someone else.
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