Posted by: Mark | September 22, 2017

List of 90: the Final Post

Here’s how I did with the reading list from grad school that turned out to be for a different test.

61. Edwards, selections from The American Tradition (Random House, 6th ed.) I can’t remember if I read this or not. I read “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” but that might not have been in the selection.

62. Irving, A History of New York. Never found the book.

63. Franklin, The Autobiography. I read parts of it but not all.

64. Cooper, The Pioneers. No.

65. Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” I read all Poe’s short stories but only read Pym a few months ago.

66. Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter. I was never assigned it in high school and have never read it.

67. Thoreau, Walden. Parts but not all.

68. Emerson, “Nature,” “The Poet,” “The American Scholar,” “Self-Reliance,” and the Funeral Oration of Thoreau. I don’t think I ever found it. Pre-Internet woes.

69. Douglass, Life and Times. I found the book but then found out it wasn’t on my exam.

70. Melville, Moby Dick. I read the short version in high school and it turned out to be enough.

71. Twain, Huckleberry Finn. Read it in high school.

72. Howells, A Modern Instance. Never found it.

73. Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I drove by Stowe’s house all the time but couldn’t find the book.

74. Dickinson, selections from The American Tradition (Random House, 6th ed.) I think I have read all her major poems but I don’t know what was in the selections.

75. Whitman, original Leaves of Grass.  Pre-Internet days made finding the original almost impossible. Later I realized I could have just read one of the later versions but by that point it was too late.

76. Dreiser, Sister Carrie. I started it but I’m not a fan of Dreiser.

77. Adams, The Education of Henry Adams. It took me over six years but eventually I finished it.

78. James, Portrait of a Lady. I like Dreiser more than James.

79. Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. Read it a couple of times.

80. Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury. I bought the book then found out that I really needed to read AS I Lay Dying. It took me years to read Sound and the Fury.

81. Pound, Mauberley. Never found it. 

82. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Waste Land,” “Journey of the Magi,” “Gerontion,” “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” and “Four Quartets.” Read the first two.

83. O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night. Read it years after I graduated.

84. Ellison, The Invisible Man. I read H.G. Well’s but not Ellison’s.

85. Wright, Native Son. Found the book but it wasn’t on the list of 60.

86. Lowell, Life Studies. Never found it.

87. Plath, “Ariel,” “Daddy,” and “Lady Lazarus.” Again, read the first two.

88. Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God. One of the books I have always meant to read.

89. O’Connor, Wise Blood. Bought it but the list of 60 was just her short stories.

90. Williams, The Glass Menagerie. Didn’t read it at the time but have since then.

Posted by: Mark | September 21, 2017

Philosophy Class Four

I was hoping it would go better but tonight’s class on the existence of God, ethics, and morality went okay.

Not great but I’m not crying over it.

Posted by: Mark | September 21, 2017

Mini-Betta Report

Not tiny bettas, just not much to report on them.

Today a shipment of three male rose petals, two male bumblebee,  and two halfmoon plakat arrived. That was actually more reasonable than I expected.

No bettas died but two peacock cichlids and a ghost shrimp died. Three new albino Oscars were put in a tank with an older, big one. One was ripped apart this morning but the other two were okay.

Posted by: Mark | September 20, 2017

List of 90: Part 2

More of the wrong reading list I was given in grad school.

31. Samuel Johnson, “Vanity of Human Wishes,” Rambler No. 5, Idler No. 31, and the lives of Cowley, Pope, and Milton.” I read a few for a class but now I can’t remember which.

32. Fielding, Tom Jones. I read about 80% for a class.

33. Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice. As mentioned before, one of my shameful misses.

34. Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. God, I can’t remember if I read them or not.

35. Wordsworth, “Preface” to Lyrical Ballads, Books 1, 2, 6, 12, and 14 of The Prelude, and “Ode: Intimations of Immortality.” Again, can’t remember.

36. Coleridge, “The Eolian Harp,” “This Lime-Tree Bower,” “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Kubla Khan,” “Work Without Hope,” “Frost at Midnight, ” and “Dejection: An Ode.” I read the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan but I don’t think any of the others.

37. Keats, “Chapman’s Homer,” “When I Have Fears,” “The Eve of St. Agnes,” “La Belle Dame sans Merci,” “To Autumn,” “Ode to Psyche,” “Ode to a Nightingale,” “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” “Ode on Melancholy,” and “Ode on Indolence.” I know I read the first one but can’t remember the rest.

38. Shelley, “Mont Blanc,” “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty,” “Ode to the West Wind,” “England in 1819,” Prometheus Unbound, “A Defence of Poetry,” “To a Sky-Lark,” and “Adonais.” What, no “Ozymandias”? I know that by heart but I don’t remember the rest.

39. Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Introduction and Chapts. 2 and 4. Didn’t read.

40. Shelley, Frankenstein. Read it freshman year.

41. Bronte, Jane Eyre. Read it about four times.

42. Browning, Men and Women. Didn’t read it.

43. Browning, selections from Aurora Leigh contained in The Norton Anthology (5th ed.) and Rossetti, “Goblin Market.”  I read “Goblin Market” but don’t have The Norton Anthology.

44. Arnold, “Dover Beach,” “The Scholar Gypsy,” and prose selections from The Norton Anthology (5th ed.). I think I read some but not all.

45. Dickens, Our Mutual Friend. Not this Dickens.

46. Eliot, Middlemarch. Not this Eliot.

47. Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Never finished it.

48. Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest. Didn’t read it at the time but I have about six times since.

49. Freud, Dora. Nope.

50. Shaw, Man and Superman. Not this Shaw.

51. Conrad, Joseph, “Heart of Darkness.” Not at the time but have since.

52. Yeats, “No Second Troy,” “To a Friend,” “Magi,” “Easter 1916,” “The Second Coming,” “Sailing to Byzantium,” “Leda and the Swan,” “Among School Children,” “Byzantium, “Lapis Lazuli,” “The Circus Animals’ Desertion,” and “On Baile’s Strand.” I remember most of them but should look up Circus Animals.

53. Kafka, The Trial. Read “The Metamorphosis. ”

54. Woolf, To The Lighthouse. Read it. Then found out I had an entirely different reading list. But this was on it!

55. Beckett, Waiting for Godot. Not at the time but since then.

56. Lessing, The Golden Notebook. Never read it.

57. O’Casey, Juno and the Paycock. Never read it.

58. Churchill, Top Girls. Never read it.

59. Rowlandson, A Narrative of the Captivity. This sounds good bUT I haven’t read it.

60. Bradstreet, selections from The American Tradition (Random House, 6th ed.). And finally, I can’t remember.

Posted by: Mark | September 19, 2017

Lotta Tears

The concept of the ideal man has changed since the days of ancient Greece. For one thing, a man was proud to have a small penis and a man with a big one was ashamed .

For another, men burst into tears several times a day. Crying in public was seen as a sign of passion, not weakness. Showing emotions might be a change of pace but it even grated Greek women. At one point, Helen of Troy had to drug a dinner party’s wine to keep the men from incessant crying. Bottling up emotions didn’t become manly for centuries.

On a related sad note, Devilgirl found out Pikachu died. Would she have been better off knowing in April? I’m not sure about anything anymore.

Posted by: Mark | September 18, 2017

The Odyssey

Of all the works that I felt ashamed of not finishing, The Odyssey makes me feel the worst.

I should have read it in high school but resorted to Cliff Notes. I could have read it any time since then but never bothered.

I’m starting it as a new resolution. My copy isn’t the best translation but I’ll do my best.

Posted by: Mark | September 17, 2017

Two New Games

I had a short time at game day this afternoon but did get to play two new games.

Killer Bunnies has been around for a while. It’s a card/dice game with a large number of both. The cards are pretty funny and offer many options for play. Winning relies more on chance than I expected. Bunnies buy or win numbered carrot cards and at the end a random number is picked. One player might have 19 carrots and the other only one, but if that one number comes up, it’s an upset.

I didn’t enjoy it very much but that’s 99% because of a spilt can of Mountain Dew than anything else. I’ll try to play it again.

Miskatonic School for Boys is another card/board game. It’s basically a reverse version of Guess Who. It’s billed as a Lovecraftian game but the play doesn’t have much to do with Cthulu. Players are supposed to be Elder Gods possessing the bodies of school boys and have to figure which one through asking each other questions. No spells. No monsters.

The artwork on the cards is well made but it needs more Lovecraft, and I’m not sure how that would be possible in the current game. It definitely could use an expansion set of  some kind with a higher percent of cosmic horrors.

Posted by: Mark | September 17, 2017

Green Frog Keeps Eating

Looks like I was worried about nothing. Green Frog ate his worm after a few minutes of staring at it. My theories of amphibian behavior are out the window.

Posted by: Mark | September 16, 2017

Betta Report

The bettas have thinned out to a nearly manageable number. That means we’re due for a huge shipment.

9 female veiltail
9 male crowntail
8 male doubletail
6 male deltatail
4 male veiltail
3 female crowntail
3 male dragonscale
3 male elephant ear
3 male halfmoon
3 male king
3 male paradise
2 male butterfly
2 male halfmoon doubletail
2 male halfmoon doubletail plakat
1 male halfmoon plakat
1 female koi
1 male koi
1 male rose petal
1 baby boy
1 baby girl

66 tubs in all and nobody died since August 28.

Posted by: Mark | September 16, 2017

Resolution Update 39

Bad week for most everything. I had some sort of illnesa but I’m getting better.

1. Run 730 miles – Nothing this week – 454.4 miles overall.

2. 5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts –1,729 push ups and 1,877 leg lifts. Nothing again.

3. Lose weight – didn’t check again. Nothing.

4. Support 24 local artists – still two. Nothing.

5. 42 manuscript submissions – 25 submissions.Nothing.

6. Write 40,000 words and five new stories – 35,221 words and six completed stories. Something.

7. Read all the New Testament – Complete.

8. Read The Nature of Things — Complete.

9. Finish Finnegan’s Wake – Complete.

10. 300 blog posts – this is 182. 118 to go.

11. Read The Song of Roland — Complete.

12. Read The Poem of El Cid – Complete.

13. Read Dante’s Paradise – Complete.

14. Read The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym – Complete.

15. Read 100 Years of Solitude – Complete.

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