And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Day Of The Coffee Machine- Day One

Did you ever just have one of those days... Like this morning, where, at five a.m. I was wandering purposefully, if groggily, around our apartment, frozen turkey under my arm, looking for a pair af glasses, so I could read the expiration date, so I could decide whether to pitch said turkey, since our refrigerator … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Day Of The Coffee Machine- Day One

And Gutenberg Lived Here: What Age Is My Architecture?

Several years ago our clique, picture "Friends" on a much larger scale, was discussing God and the world, like we always do, when the math and history types suddenly closed ranks, and decided the only thing to do was sing mathematical songs, followed by the courtly songs of the worshipful high Emir of some place … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: What Age Is My Architecture?

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Have We Moved From ‘Bonanza’ To ‘Three’s Company’ To ‘Sex And The City’ Only To Get To Vampire Filk?

When your field of study was comparative lit, your view of the world tends to be just a little different from most folks (Not that everyone else's isn't- Or have you ever tried to discuss a new film with a dentist? Sorry all dentists out there. Make that mathematicians. Oops. Mea Bobaqi, mea maxima Bobaqi.) … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Have We Moved From ‘Bonanza’ To ‘Three’s Company’ To ‘Sex And The City’ Only To Get To Vampire Filk?

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Yes, I Know Louis De Funes Is Just Swiped Donald Duck- Speaking French

And the topic for today is.... how many times can you swipe a plotline or a character, without someone catching on. Answer: Until you go to the theatre with one or more comparative lit/ writer types. Ie: I once was invited by friends to go see Amarcord. Five minutes past the ice cream commercial, the … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Yes, I Know Louis De Funes Is Just Swiped Donald Duck- Speaking French

And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Night Of The Great Cosmic Vampire Squid

Last night my husband and I watched a science fiction show- what else do you watch when you studied literature, and he is a scientist? And suddenly, while thinking that what I really needed, in this retro-scientific noir atmosphere- that was bigger on the inside than the outside- and that was the show- was a … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: The Night Of The Great Cosmic Vampire Squid

Dragons’ Breath, Writers’ Breath, Save Your Breath.

What is it about breath that makes people so flip out they haven't got any to spare? If you look at the Chinese medicine 5 element system:  wood, fire, water, metal, earth, add in the air from Earth, Wind, and Fire, and you get: our body's warmed-air-breathing plus blood circulation. aka survival. Cool. In, out, … Continue reading Dragons’ Breath, Writers’ Breath, Save Your Breath.

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Since When Is A BLT Mathematical?

Today, while typing away at a long piece I am working on, and getting a bit "Peckish"- Harold and I grew up on Monty Python- the derivation of which name I once had to explain to an English class of mine, to much amusement, and a whole lot of questions about the historical Monty (General … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Since When Is A BLT Mathematical?

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Welcome To 1968

Yesterday, while doing the usual "Midwestern Living" approved Saturday ride the trolley, shopping, errands bit, I had one of those sudden brainstorms- that's fancy talk for there was this flash of lightning, and a piece of the sky fell on my head. No, we weren't headed for Kansas in a balloon. I was in a … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Welcome To 1968

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Elementary, My Dear Watson.

Yesterday, while working on how to kill a protagonist I didn't really want to kill, (although said prot. surely deserved it, the way I have written it,) which therefore meant I probably just wasn't ready to do said prot. in, which definitely meant more background detail in a piece that already contains egyptian pyramids that … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Elementary, My Dear Watson.

And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Pace And Pacing

One of the literary theories I like most, and find most applicable to life, is that you can create an atmosphere by changing the pace of what you are doing. Umberto Eco was an expert at this- see the Name of the Rose. Real Life in those days, medievally-speaking, was considered a metronome marking (they … Continue reading And Gutenberg Lived Here: Of Pace And Pacing