apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Nerd - Fanfic)
Pretty much all of the fanfic I've written. Well, more or less.

Here there be fic! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
I hope I get this up in time to keep you from panicking! :) It's been a minute since I participated in Yuletide, and I'm not much in the fandom rhythm anymore.

So! You've been assigned to write me a story, eh? Well, take heart: I am predisposed to be pleased by any amount of effort at all. I'll give you what guidance I can, whilst also offering creative license to do as please within the generous bounds of my request. There are things that I like, but most of all, I'd like you to write a story you're excited to write. That will delight me most of all. Thus, here are my Yuletide wishes: Read more... )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who...the hell cares?)
Sign-ups for [ profile] yuletide are closed, and my alphabetized spreadsheet of Yuletide fandoms (based on this official spreadsheet) has been updated.

SO MANY fics I want to see written! (By someone other than me...or potentially me. But definitely SOMEONE!)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
I know I missed it by about a mile, but I love you, k? And I miss you.

apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
Most people will not care at all about the contents of this post. Feel free to disregard! This is mostly for [ profile] eanor, who expressed some curiosity about how I do the matching for [ profile] sherlockmas's holiday fic exchange. It may be of interest to anyone else thinking about doing their own fic exchange. Or it might not. (As you all may have noticed, I am VERY SYSTEMATIC about certain things. This will be one of them. There are multiple spreadsheets involved. You have been warned.)

First and foremost, you should convince your friend [ profile] evilhippo to help you with the matching process, because she is a super matching genius with a savant-like talent for pairing people up to write fic. (She also makes a rather tedious task fun.) If you don't have an [ profile] evilhippo, I'm sorry: you're on your own!

Second, you need a deep and abiding love for Google spreadsheets. It is so much easier to organize these things with spreadsheets!

After that, the process is roughly this:

  • Spreadsheet all the info. At this point, I have three spreadsheets for this fest: a master, one for offers, and one for requests. The master is where I keep track of who has signed up, their email address, whether or not they've checked in, who they've been assigned to, who they are assigned to, etc. I like a spreadsheet, because I can sort by whatever category I like, to have the list sorted by participant, who has checked in/not checked in, who's offered to pinch hit, etc.

    The "offers" and "requests" sheets are what I use to do the matching. I put down participants' names, a link to the comment where they signed up to the fest, and the details of what they offered to write or requested to received: the category (slash, femslash, het, poly, gen), the rating(s) they're comfortable writing or receiving, characters, pairings, potential crossovers, and finally: a keyword summary of the kinks, tropes, and general details of fic they like to read or write. (Things like "casefic, domesticity, PWP, BDSM, fluff" etc.)
  • Once the spreadsheets are finished, it's time to do the matching! I don't match participants off just the spreadsheet: hippo and I use the spreadsheets to find potential matches, and then click on the link to the sign-ups to confirm that it's a good match.

    There's a general order that (I think) works for matching people up, as well as some things to keep in mind when matching:
    1. Try to match the difficult sign-ups first. In BBC Sherlock fandom, that's pretty much anyone who didn't request or offer slash.
    2. Plenty of people offer to write or receive gen, but few are actually enthusiastic about it. If someone is a gen-only writer, I don't want them to end up writing for someone who says they'll accept gen, but then only makes shippy prompts. It's just not fun if you feel like you're writing someone's last choice for fic. Same with people who request gen fic: I want to pair them with a writer who's happy to write gen.
    3. As for smut: about twice as many people will request smut as will offer to write it. It's a fact of life. So I want to make sure to match up people who want smut-and-nothing-but with people who are confident about writing porn.
    4. Beware the PG-13 cut-off. If a participant doesn't specify "any" for the ratings they're willing to read or write, they'll likely choose one side or the other: "G to PG-13" or "PG-13 to R". Since no one's actually sitting down with the MPAA guidelines and counting F-bombs to classify their fics, this is basically shorthand for "I prefer milder and fluffier" or "I prefer dirtier and/or more violent". Even though someone who offered to write "G to PG-13" is likely perfectly capable of writing a fic to please someone who requested "PG-13 to R", they might feel uncomfortable that their writing isn't "hardcore" enough to please their recipient. (The opposite can be true as well: a smut writer worried they can't produce a G-rated fic to please.)
    5. Certain tropes/kinks are super easy to match up: if someone says they like Mycroft/Lestrade and MPreg, and there's someone who's offered to write both M/L and MPreg, you're pretty much good to go. Same with crossovers: if participants have Molly/Moriarty and Good Omens in common, it's likely a match made in happen. It's good to put these matches together as you come across them.

  • [ profile] evilhippo and I talk to each in chat while we're matching. We tend to jump back and forth between sign-ups, and may have three or four matches we're actively seeking out at once. After awhile, you start becoming familiar with people and what they've requested.
  • When we make a match, we note it on both spreadsheets: on the "offers" spreadsheet under the "writing for" heading, and on the "requests" spreadsheet under the "assigned to" category. By sorting the list by these categories, we can see who has yet to be matched up.
  • It doesn't really get hard until you're down to the last third of participants, and you realize you missed someone who really, really wants Sally/Molly ageplay crossover fic with the Sweet Valley High books, and Oops! you've assigned the person who offered to write that to someone else.
  • Sometimes you have to re-match people you've matched up before.
  • Hopefully, you've left the easiest people (the ones who've made the broadest requests/offers) for last.
  • Somehow, despite best intentions, that doesn't always happen.

Once everyone's matched up, I send out an email telling everyone who they've got and provide them a link to their recipient's sign-up. I've only ever had one complaint about a match, and the complaint was totally justified: I don't know what I was thinking when I made that match.

Fortunately, the person I assigned myself to was a much better match for this person, and so it was a mistake easily fixed!

So, that's basically how I do matching. If anyone else has matched participants for a fic exchange, I'd be curious to hear about how you do it! (Also, if anyone else has made it this far: stories about matches you've been part of in the past. Horror stories. Matches made in heaven. Lay 'em on me!)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who - Ten Duck Hunt)
I figure it's worth noting, since so many of my days tend to go by in a blur. But today, I had the morning off, and the weather was gorgeous.

First, I had an eye exam, at America's Best. (This is where poor people without health insurance go to get glasses/contacts. For $99 you get three years of eye exams and a discount on contact lenses.) The first part of the exam is always done by a technician, who is (for some reason) always super bitchy. (Come to think of it: I can't remember if it's the same tech every time. Maybe that's the trouble. Maybe I did something to offend her on a deep and personal level at some point in the past, and now she's just irritated that every time I come in I never remember her.) Eye exams are weird. I'm pretty sure they just made up half those tests because people look funny when they're doing them. )

And that was my day!

OH: and I've signed up for NaNoWriMo. Hold me? D:
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Bomb Girls - Ensemble)
I'm glad I've finally gotten to the point where I can deal with customers being assholes, and just shrug it off like it was nothing. (Most of the time, at least.)

Although I do wonder if many of them just don't have satisfying personal lives. (I'm sorry, sir, that I was not able to gauge the correct level of outrage to express when you informed me that your chicken noodle soup didn't have enough chicken in it.)

And they fired my manager today, in a string of firings I am dubbing Operation Fire Everybody. At this point? I'd be happy to be next.

(Oh: and do you ever have a day where you actually find the time to get ready in the morning, and so you wash and properly blow-dry your hair and put on makeup and everything, and everybody tells you how pretty you look, which is really nice, but then you start to feel self-conscious about what you look like every other day?

apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Whatever Floats Your Boat)
Right here: me. I am a feminist. I am raising my hand, and opening myself up to questions, if you have any.

Recently, discussions about feminism, sexism, and the nature of privilege have been popping all over the place. (At least: in places I frequent. Anyone else noticing this?) And what do I see in each of those arguments? Straw men and misinformation.
A straw man argument attempts to counter a position by attacking a different position – usually one that is easier to counter. The arguer invents a caricature of his opponent’s position – a “straw man” – that is easily refuted, but not the position that his opponent actually holds.

taken from Top 20 Logical Fallacies at

Up on [ profile] fail_fandomanon right now, there is a thread where people describe what makes them a "Bad Feminist": things like wearing pink, liking men, being a stay-at-home mother, and writing slash.

A meta in the Sherlock fandom that offered to explain why the show isn't sexist made the claim that people call the show "sexist" because the female characters don't live up to a "feminist ideal". When I pointed out that the "feminist ideal" she described is absolutely not a claim made or supported by feminists, but rather a mischaracterization of feminist thinking by opponents and detractors: she said she used that argument because her idea of the "feminist ideal" is something that exists in "the popular imagination". (Why feminists should have to defend a claim they did not invent or advocate for and amounts to little more than a bigoted stereotype she did not explain.)

In a discussion on Twitter, someone told a member of my flist (who is from/lives in the UK) that the word "feminist" has a "different meaning" here in the US: basically, that feminism is something negative, and we just don't have a word that means "someone who advocates for equality between the sexes".

This could easily turn into a rant, and since I want people to actually read this, I will limit myself to a few bullet points:

  1. Feminism is not a monolith. It is not a closed doctrine of ideals and arguments. There is no governing body who decides what is and is not said about it. There will be people who call themselves feminists that you do not like; there will be people who make arguments about feminism that you do not agree with. There are many people who will stand up and make proclamations about what feminism is and who gets to call themselves a feminist. They will exclude this person or that person, this idea or that idea. Including me.

    This is where your own critical thinking faculties come in: you have to decide for yourself what you're going to believe about feminism. Is it what "everybody says" it is? Who is "everybody"? What purpose and what motive does someone have for making claims about feminism? Have they thought about what feminism means and what it can accomplish, or are they just repeating what "everybody says" because it supports ideas about the world they're not willing to examine or give up?
  2. Feminism is about equality. But no: equality does not mean "treating everybody the same", just like making a building accessible to people in wheelchairs and with disabilities does not mean they are "unequal" to people who don't need ramps or lifts.
  3. Feminism does not mean you can't wear pink. It doesn't mean you can't enjoy makeup or shopping or gossiping about boys. It doesn't mean you hate men. It doesn't mean you can't stay home to raise your kids.

    Yeah, I said there's no one definition of feminism, and to be wary of people who will try to define it to serve their own needs. I encourage you not to take my word for it and to look further for yourself.

    Feminism is not about limiting what you can do: it's about giving you more options. (Men, too.)

    There is plenty of societal support, recognition, and encouragement for women who choose and enjoy "traditional" female options/traits, and lots of hate, discrimination, and disdain for men who make the same choices. If someone wants to make you feel guilty/bad for choosing something that's "traditionally feminine", that's wrong. However, standing up for your right to make that choice shouldn't erase the overwhelming prejudice women can face for choosing something else.
  4. Feminism and fandom. The overwhelming popularity of male characters and pairings over women is a symptom of sexism and prejudice. (There are notable exceptions.) I know you've heard that said before, and I can imagine you might be tired of hearing it. Especially if all your favorite characters and ships are men.

    I'm not going to make the argument that you shouldn't like what you like: you should absolutely like what you like. Your favorite slash pairing doesn't make you sexist, and conversely, being into femslash doesn't make you a virtuous feminist saint.

    But I'll say it again: the overwhelming popularity of male characters and pairings over women is a symptom of sexism and prejudice. Mostly unconscious. Mostly invisible ideas about women, men, and their roles in society. Discussions about women characters in fandom are important. They may not always be kind, well-spoken, or tactful, but they are important. They shouldn't be shut down just because because they make people feel uncomfortable or guilty.

And that's it: the points I wanted to get across. Feel free to discuss! Openly and kindly, please. Despite my copious (and sloppy) use of the word "you", I am not talking about YOU. I just find this an important conversation to be had, and it's time I stopped being lazy and expecting other people to have it for me.

OH: and my link-fu is rusty. If you have links saved to what you consider to be essential reading about feminism, fandom, feminism and fandom: please share! I need to build up my resources. (Book recs are good, too!)

And if you want real-life examples of how everyday women (mostly in Western culture) are affected by sexism, try Everday Sexism, on their website or on Twitter. (@everydaysexism)


Oct. 13th, 2012 07:47 pm
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Cooking - Chef / pirate symbol)
I used to post a lot of recipes! I know I don't have as much time for cooking as I used to, but that doesn't mean I'm not coming up with new stuff.

First, a recipe I promised to share the last time I got together with the fandom girls.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

  • 6 oz. whole wheat flour
  • 2 oz. oats
  • 4 oz. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 8 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 4 ounces eggs (2 large eggs)
  • 2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 ounces peanut butter
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all wet ingredients in one bowl. I should probably note that I used pumpkin puree from my own pumpkins, so it may be more watery than canned pumpkin: add more liquid if you feel you need it. I also use all natural peanut butter. AND, I blended all the wet ingredients together with an immersion blender, so it was nice and smooth. I imagine a whisk would do just as well.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients, save the chocolate chips. Push the baking powder through a sieve if it's clumpy. You can use all flour if you don't want to use oats, but I love the texture oats give to baked goods.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. (Careful not to over-mix!) Stir in the chocolate chips. (Amount should be based on how chocolate-y you want it.)
  5. Pour into a loaf pan greased with butter, coconut oil, or whatever. Bake at 350 until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out mostly clean. (I always end up baking these things longer than a recipe says I should. 45 minutes is my best guess, but I'd check after 35 minutes, and wouldn't be surprised if it took an hour.)

Note: I adapted this recipe from the basic quick bread recipe in Ratio by Michael Ruhman. I love this cookbook! It breaks down many recipes into their classic ratios, leaving the cook to innovate as they will. So long as you keep the basic ratios of flour to fat to liquid, etc., you'll always have a tasty recipe. :D

Potato, Leek, & Kale Soup with Cheddar Cheese

  • Two large russet potatoes
  • One bunch leeks (about three good-sized leeks)
  • One bunch kale (about 4-5 stems)
  • Butter and/or olive oil for sauteeing
  • Vegetable stock or broth (3-4 cups)
  • Milk (1-2 cups)
  • Lump of white cheddar cheese (I used Excalibur) or cheese of your choice.
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Salt & pepper

  1. Wash & chop the leeks; peel & chop the potatoes into large-ish cubes.
  2. Add the olive oil, butter, or butter AND olive oil to a pan and heat. Add the leeks, nutmeg, and some fresh ground black pepper. Sautee until the leeks are soft, about 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. While the leeks are sauteeing, put the potatoes in a stock pot and cover with vegetable broth. (Should be about an inch above the potatoes?) Bring broth to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Add sauteed leeks to the potatoes and continue to simmer until potatoes are nice and soft.
  5. Roughly chop the kale and add to the pot.
  6. Add milk. Add grated cheddar cheese, a little at a time, stirring to combine.
  7. Simmer until kale is soft and cooked.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.

Another fall food I have fallen in love with is buttercup squash:

It is sooo good! Unlike butternut squash, whose flesh can be stringy and a bit watery, the flesh is very firm and smooth, almost like a sweet potato. VERY delicious roasted with butter and brown sugar!

Since I am ALL ABOUT squash lately, I want squash recs from the flist. What is your favorite squash/squash recipe?

And for friends who live outside North America, I'm curious about what kind of squash you have available. (If any!) Particularly of the kind that we in North America call "winter squash": that is, squash with a hard rind that is harvested at maturity. (As opposed to summer squash, like zucchini/courgette, which is softer and harvested when young.)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Sherlock - 221B)

Click to visit [ profile] sherlockmas, and give the gift of Sherlock.

Whether you want to participate in the exchange, or just sign on as a pinch hitter, I'd love to see more friendly faces from my flist. :)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Monty Python - Help I'm Being Repressed!)
Blatantly stolen from a post on [ profile] imaginarycircus's journal:
I get music playing in my head all the time and it's super random. I'm assuming everyone is like this, but I don't actually know that. (...)

What's in rotation on your mental playlist? Do you have one?

Why yes I do! In fact, at work I am known as "the one who sings a lot". (Both jobs. I have a student right now named Maria. Do you know how many songs there are about Marias?!)

I get very many songs stuck in my head on a regular basis, quite often the last one I listened to. But these are the hits that are on frequent rotation:
  • Someone To Watch Over Me (Gershwin)
  • Drop It Like It's Hot (Snoop Dogg)
  • My Country 'Tis of Thee
  • I'm Henery the Eighth, I Am (Herman's Hermits)
  • Cosmic Love (Florence + The Machine. It's currently the song I wake up to.)
  • Why Don't You Do Right? (Original by Kansas Joe McCoy, it's the Carolina Chocolate Drops version in my head.)
  • Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)
  • Obla-di, Obla-da (The Beatles)
  • Gangsta (Tune-yards)
  • Chances Are (Johnny Mathis)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen. Someone legit walked in on me belting this out in the bathroom at work last week.)

Those are just sum. (ETA: totally gonna let this typo stand. Math, FTW!) I'll have to try to keep track of how many songs I bust out with during my work day tomorrow.

As for the rest of you: mental playlist? :P

Please enjoy this YouTube video featuring Chances Are as sung by Johnny Mathis, and...a two minute film of a plate of grapes and meatballs. Followed by a slow fade to bags of oranges. And then an unidentified spiky fruit.

WTF? WTF indeed.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Black Swan - Natalie close up)
This is the "Who I Am" meme, snagged from [ profile] isisanubis, whom I have yet to properly say hello to. (HELLO!)

You save and post pics from the andthatswhoiam Tumblr that describe you. I skipped all the fandom-specific ones (well, mostly) and the TMI deep shit confessions (again...mostly!) The Tumblr is very focused on the feels of teenagerhood, and thus is likely to trigger a lot of self-conscious nostalgia. There were lots of "that's who I am" pics I wanted to find (I love science, I am confident, I am queer, I make stuff, I'm always on time, I do my best to avoid saying negative things about myself, I want other people to love me but not as much as I want them to respect me, etc.) and maybe I'll get around to making those some day.

In the meantime: a completely self-indulgent pictorial representation of various aspects of the person I call 'me'. )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Labyrinth (Sarah at the Ball))
Sign-ups for [ profile] yuletide haven't opened yet, but the "Dear Yuletide" letters post has already gone up. Oy!

Naturally, I'm curious about who's offering what. Luckily, [ profile] yuletide fans are awesome, and have organized all the letter information into a spreadsheet! (A huge task.)

I do find it a bit hard to navigate, though, as the sheet is arranged by user, in the order they posted their letter to this post. So, I made a new spreadsheet, which I can alphabetize by fandom.

It's basically the official spreadsheet (compiled by [ profile] adaptationdecay), but rather than list all of a person's requested fandoms with their username, each requested fandom has its own line (associated with the user and their posted comment). It's getting late and I have a feeling I'm making no sense.

BASICALLY: I got all OCD about [ profile] yuletide, and thought others would like to benefit from my obsession. So here's my spreadsheet. Use if you like. I'll keep it updated sporadically, as I have the time.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Bomb Girls - Betty)
*sings* It's the most wonderful time of the year...

And it is! I love Yuletide: it's like the fandom Super Bowl. There is endless fun to be had, and I hope writing for me is part of yours. Which is to say, if you find yourself stressing out about writing your assignment: DON'T! Seriously. My greatest wish is to receive a gift and say, "this author had a good time writing this." So go with whatever idea grabs hold of you and speaks to you the strongest. I am in it for the ride!

Getting to know me; getting to know all about me: )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Bomb Girls - Betty & Kate)
Dearest author: you have offered, out of the pure goodness of you heart, to write a lovely, femslashy fic for a complete stranger. And you have offered to write in one of my chosen fandoms! Clearly, you are a person of quality and impeccable taste. I'm excited already!

Within, find details of what I like in general, and some ideas of what I'd like to see for specific pairings.


girls who like girls... )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who - Amy "Oh Dear!")
I am perfectly capable of understanding--on an abstract, philosophical level--why other people might not like the same things that I do.

However, when confronted with the actual reasoning behind other people's opinions, well: my natural urge to argue takes over. (As far as I'm concerned, "agreeing to disagree" is something that happens to other people.)

Was reading this thread at [ profile] fail_fandomanon where someone asked Doctor Who fans to explain why people don't like the Ponds. (My initial reaction: "Wait, people don't like the Ponds?!" Fangirl denial is a beautiful thing.)

Now, there's a whole lot I could rant about over there, but I knew I'd get a better response here. And since I do need to go to work today (and I want to preserve my mental health as best I can) I'll only pick up one point raised there to argue here.

Anon said: It's supposed to be HOW MANY YEARS later and they didn't even wrinkle up Amy and Rory. Not even a little. And their hair didn't change. (NB: Anon is talking about The Angels Take Manhattan.)

About the hair: whatever.

About the wrinkles: Seriously?!

First of all: Arthur Darvill is 30, which is just a couple years shy of the age Rory presumably should be in this episode. Not so big a leap to imagine he's two years older than he is.

This was the reply I left there: I don't really find a lack of wrinkles to be that unconvincing. I don't mean to be unkind, but: have anons not actually met anyone in their 30s before? Sure, wrinkles start to show up, but they're tiny and easily covered by makeup. (This particular anon is 30, and though I can see faint lines in my forehead that were not there before, everyone else thinks I'm crazy. They're not even at the point where they show up in photographs yet.)

Just how wrinkly do anons expect a woman of 32 to be?!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Winter - Snowman)

(HINT HINT, [ profile] themostepotente and LJ friend whom I met last Saturday but whose username I can't remember, perhaps some other friend will be kind enough to remind me...)

apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
What's your favorite banned or challenged book?

This week is Banned Books Week.

In its honor, I have stolen this list of frequently challenged classics from [ profile] rachel2205. Each of these books is on Radcliffe's Rival 100 Best Novels List. For information on why each work was banned or challenged, the ALA has listed information here. (Apparently, The Lord of the Rings was "Burned in Alamagordo, NM (2001) outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels as satanic." Ok then.)

I have bolded the books I've read.

1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son, by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
38. All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren
40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Wait, what?)
45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
48. Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
53. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
55. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
57. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron
64. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
66. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles (What?? I read this in my 9th grade English class!)
73. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
80. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
84. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
88. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike


Sep. 29th, 2012 03:10 pm
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Beware Poison Gas?)
Was gonna post this on Twitter, but it's a bit long.

Just had a guy ring the doorbell, and when I answered, he was campaigning for a candidate running for County Clerk. As he started his spiel, I just pointed silently at the "No Solicitors" sign we have on our door. (A bit rude, sure, but that's why we have the sign: none of us are very good at finding polite, tactful ways to tell strangers to get the hell off our porch and leave us alone. He was warned.)

In response to my pointing, he said, "Generally, that doesn't apply to..." and then trailed off, either because he knows his argument is bullshit, or he's realized it's futile. "Do you want the information?" he asked, holding out a flyer.

I said "no", and he left.

My question: who does a "No Solicitors" sign apply to? Does it apply only to people who are selling something, or would it include anybody who knocks on your door and tries to "sell" you something? (Like a political candidate, or a religion. Come to think of it, I had a similar encounter with some Mormons who also thought the sign didn't apply to them. Now I'm coming off as a bit of a jerk. I should just sign off now...)


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