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May 14th, 2011

05:01 am: Review of Jo Walton's Among Others by Elizabeth Hand

I usually just come bring the paper in this time of morning and go to sleep, but the WashPost mentioned the Among Others review would be today. Across the top of the "Style" section, there's "“Among Others” is a love letter to the literature of the fantastic and to SF fandom".

The review is not completely positive; however, I would say that she loves Jo's abilities but thinks the story itself is not strong.

She says "Too often Walton preaches to the literary fangirl choir" and talks about all the books. She provides a George Bernard Shaw quote that she believes would be a better motto for the book.

I disagree with a lot of the negative comments. Then again, I am a literary fangirl.

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08:11 pm: Semantic Aphasia

Last night, as usual, I watched TV and read the paper. I went to bed to read at 3:30am and stopped to come out and get the paper at 4:30am. I looked for the review of Jo's "Among Others", posted a review of the review and went to bed at 5:30am. I slept off and on until 9am when I actually slept until 4pm.

I'm reading the bookgroup book now, and it has quotes above each chapter. One of them mentions semantic aphasia. This is what I have when I can't understand words or can understand the words and can't understand the sentences. I'm wondering if I should tell the neurologist or if she'll just think I'm whining.

I made the grocery list for Monday and have had Junie following me around imploring me for Birdie. I keep reminding her that this is third Birdie and she's the one who was there when it got lost. I probably need to move the couch. When I have time, I plan to cut cardboard that will cover the little arches at the bottom of my bed end, chest of drawers, and secretary, and put double-stick tape on and stick it inside behind the arch. I would really like that to work. I'm careful and don't scratch the laminate and don't do it when I hurt too much, but I'd rather not have to do it at all. I'm still not sure what to do about the couch.

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