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Blue light special: haiku!

In the dead of night
Geese fly under the full moon
Will my soul fly too?


I think I'm flubbing by counting 満 as one syllable. Whatever. I'm just pleased I was able to think of a translation.

I've been having a lot of weird dreams lately--usually when I go back to sleep in the morning, for obvious reasons. Today I dreamed that I came home and the house had been vandalized. Yesterday I had another "speeding through steampunk town in Minnesota" dream, this time with the twist that I got pulled over for speeding. Bleh.

I thought yesterday, for the first time in forever. of the subplot in The Magician's Nephew--Diggory's desire to save his mother's life, which of course he eventually does with the apples from the tree in the garden. As I left this morning I thought that my mother resembled my grandmother in her last few weeks; not a comforting comparison.

I went to the Minute Clinic at a nearby CVS and my suspicions were confirmed--I do indeed have sinusitis. *headdesk* I thought that I might have finally broken the cycle of annual sinus infections, but no. Better luck next year? The visit was $59, but I got antibiotics for absolutely free at ShopRite. Score! Who says providence doesn't watch out for children and fools?

I also finished Roberto Bolaño's 2666 on Saturday night. It's a huge, sprawling book, Bolaño's masterpiece--not a coincidence, I think, that it's posthumous--and I can't recommend it highly enough. Bolaño was obsessed with fascism, so I wasn't surprised that the novel's mainly absent hero, Archimboldi, has an encounter with an imprisoned Nazi in a POW camp; I also thought that the real climax of the work, in a strange way, was when Archimboldi adopted his nom de plume; it was all downhill from there. I'm glad, too, that the author's heirs decided to go against his wishes and publish it all in one volume, since I think its unities obviously outweigh its fragmentations: it's a book about critics, writers, serial murder victims, Nazis, professors, journalists, unified throughout by strange, subtle deepwater currents, not least of which is the author's manifest sympathy for all the members of humanity (particularly the outcasts) who grace its pages, except of course for the national socialists.

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Date: 2009-02-10 14:45 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As far as I'm concerned, you can flub your Japanese syllabification all you want and I'll never know. I try to bend the rules in Greek sometimes, though I don't generally get away with it.

A guy here has had a nasty sinus infection for the last three weeks or so. They had to cauterize his nose, and now they're testing for cancer, too.

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Date: 2009-02-10 22:51 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, it was to avoid cauterizing the nose, brain liquifying, etc, that I bit the bullet and went in to the clinic.

I'm looking forward to regaining my sense of smell when I'm healed.

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Date: 2009-02-10 22:51 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I HOPE your sinusitys go out!! my mon always have that and asma so i know how it is !!!

About nightmares i don't see more news anymore because always some of my worst dreams happens in reallyty and i don't need more terribles things o want to see anymore!!!!

i hope you will be ok.. i keep fainting everywhere and yesterday they found me another disease so more pills i hate pills, but i want to live so i take it!!!

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Date: 2009-02-11 02:21 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yeah, i dislike pills too (and at least in this country, I think generally people rely too much on medication), but they are vastly preferable to death. good luck to us both!


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