Archive for June, 2012


I wrote a sonnet about my ferns yesterday. It’s roughly Shakespearean, although I did wimp out and not write the whole thing in iambic pentameter.

Athyrium Niponicum Sonnet

Oh these, my six Japanese Painted Ferns;
How I dread your being killed by the sun.
I hope your roots are protected from worms,
And that you continue as you‘ve begun.
I promise to water you faithfully,
To always keep your bed so well-tended.
In return you must swear to grown for me.
Do not let my efforts be expended
In vain! I want you to grow and flourish,
To be strong, and become lush and quite green.
Your soil I vow constantly to nourish.
Finally I will have reason to preen.
For my yard generally is a mess,
And I wish all my neighbors to impress.

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Books read:

  • The House of Velvet and Glass by Katherine Howe. It was very different than her first book, and it took a while for the story to grab me, but in the end I really enjoyed it. I think what I liked best was how sneakily magic made its way into a seemingly straightforward story about loss and love.
  • Hades: Lord of the Dead by George O’Connor. I’ve enjoyed this series of GN about the Olympians, and each entry is as strong as the previous. It’s a really good way to introduce kids  to the basics of Greek mythology.
  • The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World: A True Story by Mary Losure. I knew the basics of the story, since it’s quite famous, but this is a very good book to hand to kids who have no idea that there’s more to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle than Sherlock Holmes.
  • Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers. Vampires and the Rossettis and saving the world. I like the firm grounding in history that allows for the incredible flights of fancy. I’m going to have to track down his earlier book that introduced Dr Crawford and the creepy world he inhabits.

Movies Watched:

  • “Alice in Wonderland” It was visually very interesting, as Tim Burton’s films always are, but the story was lacking. Clever effects and pretty costumes and good casting can’t make up for a weak story, and this film was rather disappointing. Weird and pretty, but not the great imagining of Alice that it could have been.
  • “The Avengers” Of course I saw this, EVERYONE saw this! It was fun, and made no pretense to be anything other than a summer blockbuster, and it succeeded admirably. I wish there had been more time for character development, and perhaps a few more females, but overall it was really fun. “Puny god,” hee hee hee.
  • “U.S. Marshals” Well I had a migraine and this was on, so I watched it. It’s not a great movie, but it’s not a bad movie. Obviously “The Fugitive” is better, but I only caught the last 30 minutes of that before this came on, so this is what I’m counting. I do really like Irène Jacob though, so it’s always nice to see her in something.
  • “The Dirty Picture”I really liked the first half, but the second half left something to be desired. Vidya Balan is amazing, I would watch her read the phone book, and Naseeruddin Shah clearly had a lot of fun in his role, but Emraan Hashmi’s character just didn’t work for me–his motives were weak at best, and then collapsed away to nothing. I’m not saying that people can’t have ridiculous motives and then realize them as such, but in this case it just wasn’t believable. (I don’t like Emraan Hashmi anyway, but he really was fine here.)
  • “The Three Musketeers” What a fun movie! Completely terrible, but really not making any pretense of anything else. It was quite true to the spirit of the books, and the costuming was amazingly good and rather period-accurate, but oh! The silliness was over the top. I loved it, and I’m quite sad I didn’t see it in the theater, because it totally would have been worth $10 to see it on a giant screen. I think I may have to buy this one…

Grand Totals:

  • Books: 19/50
  • Movies: 19/50

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