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Augusten Burroughs and Tegan Quin

June 27, 2010

I saw this view a couple of months ago, but when I read Running with Scissors recently for the Book Challenge, I didn’t make the connection to this song until now. It’s a great song, but a bad quality video. Still, enjoy.

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Summer 2010 Book Challenge

June 10, 2010

For this summer, my best friend and I began to compete in a slightly exciting head-to-head reading competition. Whoever reads the most books this summer will prove herself to be the ultimate bookworm in our circle of friends.

Right now, I’m in the lead with 9 books stacked against her 4.5. Here is my current completed-books list:

1) Running With Scissors by Augsten Burroughs

2) Miss Marks and Miss Woolley by Anna Mary Wells

3) No one belongs here more than you by Miranda July

4) The 6th Lamentation by William Broderick

5) Blink by Malcom Gladwell

6) Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

7) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

8) Jerusalem 1913 by Amy Dockser Marcus

9) Little Bee by Chris Cleaves

I think it’s funny how fierce and competitive this challenge has become. It’s nothing like an athletic event, where a lot of training has to take place, and strength and endurance are the key factors to winning. Instead, it’s just the sheer will of wanting to spend more time with a book than with anything else. But we have always enjoyed scholarly activities over atletics (her more so than me, an avid runner).

But it is still seriously scary to compete against her in a book challenge, or scrabble.

I Could Drive Forever

June 6, 2010

So today I finished reading Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I read my friend’s copy. I think he forgot that he lent it to me 4 years ago. Or maybe he didn’t foget that it’s gone, but forgot it was with me. It is all beaten up from use and love. I remember him telling me about this book, because he mentioned that The Smiths were in it, and he would have “There is a Light that Never Goes Out” as his away message online. And we would be on The-N.com and he would tell me about the people he met online, and I would tell him about the posts I made on music and books.

Anyways, the book reminds me of this song by Smog.

It’s the kind of song that you listen to while you’re lying in your room, and with a lamp that gives off a soft yellow glow. Or one of those spinning lamps for children that have different designs. I have one from when I was younger, with a spaceship and some stars. It spins from the heat of the lamp I believe. And once you turn it on, it gets faster and faster, and you watch the spaceship and stars move across the walls. For some reason, they never move across and away in space. Just from one wall corner to the next.

And you listen to this song, and think about absolutely nothing. Or maybe absolutely everything. I try to think of how the air smells. Nobody ever thinks about that anymore, unless there is a distinct change, like when somone is cooking, or burning a cigarette between their fingers, or spraying air freshener. But when I’m lying there, watching the rocket move around the room, I try to find out what the air smells like. And that’s hard. I do that until I fall asleep. Then I wake up, and there’s drool on the itchy carpet I’ve slept on, and that song is still on repeat. But I don’t care; I just crawl into bed and leave the lights as they are and the song as it is and fall back to sleep.

The Broken West

May 29, 2010

I must say, the best part about DJing at my college radio station is

1.Playing music that only you want to listen to

2. Pulling random cds from the shelves and discovering a lovely band.

And that’s pretty much my story for The Broken West. I was looking for more music to fill out the last 15 minutes of my 2-hour slot, and discovered a catchy song: “Auctioneer.” And now I’m hooked.

I’ll write a review for Now or Heaven soon, but for now, enjoy this cover of Tegan and Sara’s  “Back in your Head.”

Friday Dash: The Mary Onettes and Mary Woolley

May 21, 2010

The Mary Onettes and Mary Woolley really should not share the same post, but they are two subjects that are dominating my day.

To start off, The Mary Onettes is a band from Sweden on Labrador Records. They have recently released a new album and the single, “The Night Before the Funeral.” I was introduced to them sometime in middle school, when a friend of mine couldn’t get enough of them. The band emanates the same musical consciousness of other Swedish bands with shoegazing and dream pop influences (think Shout Out Louds, The Radio Dept). There is also that deep, melancholy voice reminiscent of Cats on Fire, The National, Joy Division… definitely not a bad thing for the ears.

Mary Woolley however is an entirely different story. She  was once the President of Mount Holyoke College, from 1900 to 1937, and in the book Miss Marks and Miss Woolley, Anna Mary Wells writes about the not-so-secret relationship between the two women, from the time of their meeting at Wellesley College, through their years at Mount Holyoke and until their deaths. I’m not too far in the book, but their story is very captivating, considering the era they lived in. They both were motivated to secure a place for women in education, in the midst of an atmosphere of chauvanism, social demands for domesticity of females, and scholarly writings that proved illness and insanity were parallel gifts to a degree.

Mary E. Woolley

Using letters and journals by Miss Marks and Miss Woolley, Wells interprets  their relationship as it stood in the public eye, and the privacy between themselves. It’s hard to imagine how involved they were–until you realize how they lived in the same house later on in life, and shared a few collies. Friendship or more, it’s a great story that many MHC students do not know about. If told however, most of them would probably understand why the LGBTQ cultural house is named after Jennette Marks.

First Post: Purpose

May 21, 2010

This blog was created on a whim, a product of the boredom borne at the beginning of my summer break after my first year in college.

There really is no clear purpose to this blog, other than possible cd reviews (old and new), tangential writing, and artwork.

It will however be a collection of how I will spend this summer, whether or not it proves productive.

-Dianne