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December 19th, 2008
06:57 pm


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December 9th, 2008
10:53 am


New people aren't the only ones afraid to post on JHP
I was originally going to post this to a certain thread, but my comment was too long even after I started abbreviating, and I realize that I can't very well mention spelling and grammar while using abbrevs.

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July 5th, 2008
11:31 pm


Books! (meme)
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them ;-)
5) My mac still doesn't like lj cuts, so your friends page may be filled with my pretentiousness. Sorry!

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien HATED it.
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - J. K. Rowling Who hasn't?
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee Didn't like it
6. The Bible ...I've read...a lot of the Old Testament. Does that count?
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman. Since when is this a classic?
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare. No, but I've read Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and a Midsummer Night's dream, and I've acted parts of Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and others.
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks. Never even heard of it. Is it really a classic?
18. Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger. Eww. Never never never.
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger. Is this a classic?
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot Yes yes yes. I love Dorothea.
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald I didn't like it, except for that one paragraph at the beginning where Nick describes himself as the quintessential narrator/observer. I really related to it at the time.
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens. I really don't like Dickens, so I don't want to read it.
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (all seven books!!) I've read the first one. It was good, but not as good as people say. I may read the others someday.
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
28. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame I think so, when I was a kid.
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy I could go on for a long time about how good this book is, so I won't.
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. The Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis. I read the whole thing when I was too young to get that it was a religious allegory. I loved it then. I probably wouldn't like it so much now.
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis Um...you do realize this is part of 33. the chronicles of Narnia? For people concerned about literacy, the list-makers aren't so literate :P
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini That's a classic?
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres What's that?
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden Is this on the list because it was turned into a movie?
40. Winnie the Pooh - A. A. Milne I liked it when I was a kid...
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown This is not a classic, wtf? Who made this list?
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving. What's that? Never heard of it.
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins. I've heard of Wilkie Collins, but not The Woman in White.
46. Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maud Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding. I didn't like this book.
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan. I think this is on the list because it was made into a movie.
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert. The movies were great. I couldn't get into the book so much.
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon. What's this? Never heard of it.
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens Read it in school, hated it. Definitely the worst of times.
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon. Not a bad book, (I like the autistic kid's perspective), but it's not a classic by a long shot. My estimation of this list is going down the toilet.
60. Love In the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov. I don't want to read this.
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt. Never heard of it. What is it?
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold. Are. You. Serious?
65. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac I want to understand the Beats. I think I'd like them.
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding Okay, this is a funny book and probably the best chick lit out there, but seriously? Does it belong on a list of books that people must read? I don't think so.
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie. Oh? Not the Satanic Verses? I suppose that'd be too controversial.
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens My mom read part of it to me as a kid and I kind of want to finish it. I might actually understand it now. :P
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett Read it as a kid. Probably wouldn't like it as much now.
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson. Bill Bryson is not a classic, kthxbye.
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome. Isn't this a children's book from the 1950s?
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt. I don't think I've heard of this one...
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell. Haven't heard of this one.
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry. Haven't heard of this one, either.
87. Charlotte's Web - E. B. White OMG, I cried for like a day when Charlotte died.
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom. Not bad, really sweet, but definitely not a classic.
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton. Never heard of it.
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint Yes--the whole thing in English and most of it in French.
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks. Never heard of it.
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams I read it when I was like 10...it was a lot of fun, but I wouldn't call it a classic.
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole. Don't think I've heard of this one.
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute. Never heard of it.
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare. This goes under the Complete Works of William Shakespeare :P I liked it, but I like Macbeth better.
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Road Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

I've read 28. Not bad, given that I'm only 18.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Still-Foo Fighters

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December 26th, 2007
07:09 pm


Here's an article from the Onion that I think some of my Beatles friends will enjoy, now under LJ cut to protect the innocent..

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September 14th, 2007
05:43 pm


A Dangerous Game

Title:  “A Dangerous Game” (From the Very Secret Diary of John Winston Lennon “O’Boogie”)
Author:  Me
Pairing:  Multiple (J/P, J/G)
Rating: PG.  Warning:  Jerky!John is out in force.
Disclaimer:  I don't own the Beatles.  This is a work of fiction. 
Description:  John reflects on his relationship with Paul and George and the way he plays them off against each other.

 Kudos to 749_penny_lane for giving me the idea!

Author’s Note:  You can see the June 11 press conference at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjXzTYExSLU. 

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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September 3rd, 2007
08:44 pm


While reading the article about painting on johnheartpaul, I found a section of the interview that I can really relate to:

Paul: So I got this kind of very informal education which is how I like my education. I have never been good with the formalities -- in music or anything.

KW: There's no defensiveness in this comment?

Paul: Only in my mind, because -- yeah, it is just a sort of snobby thing -- because there are people who know more than I do. And I suppose the rationale is that therefore they ought to be better than I am. So I'm being defensive, and when I do an interview, particularly like this one that's not my main field, I want to own up first that if you're looking for exact names or titles... it's not a defence, more a disclaimer. I don't want people to be reading this thinking, bloody hell! That's completely wrong, he doesn't know. I like the primitive approach, so if I learn to sail I don't take sailing lessons. I get into a boat and I capsize a lot.

Heck yes. Formalizing what you learn and turning it into an assignment book or a practice book with three assignments to complete by next week just takes all the fun out of it. Learning is fun, whether it's learning to write an essay or learning how to play violin. And that serious approach, where you set goals like "I will practice x hours a week" or "I will earn an A on this test" or "I will improve y amount..." My music teachers have always guilt-tripped me into thinking that's the way to learn and I'll never improve if I don't. And then they wonder why over 90% of their students left them after the first year or two. That defensive thing? It's because most people don't get the "learning is fun, and you don't need a teacher to learn" mentality. I honestly don't expect that most people on, say, johnheartpaul will get it either when they read this, because it sounds...grandiose perhaps ("I'm so smart I can learn without a teacher") or spoiled ("I'm supposed to have fun all the time and never ever have to work!"), but the thing is, music is food for the soul, and how can you automatize that feeling you get when you hear, let alone play, [insert your favorite Beatles song here]?

I love you, Paul, for having the courage to tell the world all this, though you probably know they won't get it. I'm so glad you haven't let them stop you from doing everything "primitively."

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August 29th, 2007
05:58 pm


First time writing a George story, and I have some questions
I had an idea for a story to put on the drabble challenge, but I'm not sure if the timing is accurate, and if it's not, then the dynamic is all wrong and I can't use it.

Basically, it's inspired by this incident when George is talking to someone (I forget who) about this algae that just appeared in his pool and how miraculous it is that first there was nothing and then all of a sudden there was life.

(I can't remember what book this was from or when this incident supposedly happened, and would love to know).

I know George was embarrassed to talk about God before he started getting heavily into LSD, but what about other, more general spiritual things like the appearance of the algae? When did he get forcefed LSD at that doctor's party? When did he start taking LSD regularly? When did he start having conversations about spiritual things, to the best of the biographers' knowledge? Where does the recording of I Want To Tell You fit into this timeline?

All of this seems very random and to have nothing to do with firsts, but there is method to my madness.

Oh--and by the way--if this works out, I might just get a chance to describe George's amazing smile (y'know, the one from the Let It Be picture). Yay.

Current Mood: curiouscurious

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July 23rd, 2007
10:50 am


The Sociology of "Slash lite"

Recently, several people over at johnpaulslash were discussing some common conflicting attitudes about slash.  The prevalence of slash in fic communities that I mentioned earlier reflects a fairly wide acceptance of the idea that certain Beatles, especially John and Paul, were in love.  But a number of people within slash communities have voiced some discomfort with explicit sex in stories, preferring what I call "slash lite."  Basically, it's okay for two Beatles to have feelings for each other, but one must assume that they were too conflicted to ever act on it in any way, especially, gasp, having sex.  Not surprisingly, a number of people found these conflicting attitudes perplexing.  Time for some completely unfounded, unresearched speculation!

But before we launch into this discussion, I'd like to take a moment to define this term I've been throwing around everywhere, "slash lite." 

Okay.  So why is slash lite widely accepted, but regular slash not?

I've often seen homophobia cited as an explanation, but I think, at least among people who identify themselves as slashers, the attidues are more complicated and interesting.  I'm sure there are more explanations I've overlooked, but hopefully this'll provide a good starting point for discussion.  Any slash-lite afficianados (sp) or puzzled fanosaurs want to weigh in?

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative

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July 18th, 2007
10:56 pm


fandom on lj
749_penny_lane just informed me that there are now far more slash than non-Slash Beatles communities on LJ, which appears to be correct.  And most of the non-slash ones weren't active--the only active one I know of is beatle_review.  Is anyone else surprised?  What explains this massive shift in population/activity from het to slash?
Has slash become mainstream in Beatles fandom?

(I've got to stop putting up so many posts everywhere.  No one will be able to keep up with them all! XD)

Current Mood: surprisedsurprised

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07:13 pm


The Beatles as Shamans?

I've clipped a fascinating section from The Gospel According to the Beatles and posted it here.  Interesting way to explain the Beatles' role as countercultural prophets! 

(The italics given here are mine).

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Current Music: rain

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