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What I did

Made every effort to avoid my housemate.

Spent most of the day in bed reading, drinking espresso and writing.

I did make a quick run to the bookstore to analyze the difference between Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast as originally published vs. the so-called “restored” edition. I found out the restored edition is largely a sham, with uninteresting filler to aid in the marketing ploy. Filler included a long-winded intro, images of Hemingway’s handwritten notes and a section dedicated to his revision process, which was an absurd addition.

Made popcorn and grilled cheese, as well as an omelet with broccoli, onion & parmesan. Spent 5 hrs in the morning doing chores & errands.

Started a Goodreads account at goodreads.com/cassandra_k.

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Black coffee and saucer

Black coffee in espresso cup resting on saucer atop secondhand book purchased for 25¢. In bed I continue reading Allen Ginsberg’s Planet News. Morning outside: the sun struggles against the clouds. Reminded of Whitman while reading. Reminded of proclamations, with Ginsberg’s text stretching from end to end on page after page. Reminded of Ferlinghetti, with text drizzling downward in thin stacks.

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Edward Abbey saw it all coming

With leases being sold for gas and oil exploration and development on public lands, it seemed that author Edward Abbey saw it all coming. In his 1968 book “Desert Solitaire,” he wrote:

“Until a few years ago, a simple, quiet, primitive place on the shores of the Colorado, Lee’s Ferry has now fallen under the protection of the Park Service. And who can protect it from the Park Service?”

Of course when he wrote this, he was railing against what he termed “industrial tourism” and infrastructure development at national parks and forests. But it rings very relevant with the public lands sell-off taking place under William Perry Pendley, who, unfortunately, was reappointed by the interior secretary on Sept. 30 to oversee the Bureau of Land Management.

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An intro to pretty much every topic you can think of

This Oxford University Press book series is great for those of us who are curious about everything and want to know it all. I spotted them at a local bookstore.

My favorites:

  • A Very Short Introduction to Identity
  • A Very Short Introduction to Infinity
  • A Very Short Introduction to Nothing
  • A Very Short Introduction to the History of Time
  • A Very Short Introduction to the Antarctic
  • A Very Short Introduction to Plate Tectonics
  • A Very Short Introduction to Chaos
  • A Very Short Introduction to Genes
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Morning routine

I get up early, around 5:30, regardless of whether it’s a workday, and I’ll do some writing or I’ll do some reading, or else make some visual art. And I’ll have coffee.

I’ll also do some thinking. You know: Hmmm, how did I get into this situation? How do I get out of it?

We are all in situations to one degree or another: a job that makes us miserable; a toxic relationship; etc. My mind is fresh in the morning and more capable of tackling such things. I read better and I write better, too, ’cause I’m sharper and more alert.

But no, I am not one to wake up and bolt out the door in the morning. Anything but.

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Book notes

Today it occurred to me that a book should exceed a certain weight or size in order to be called a tome. Small, skinny books are not tomes. “Title” can be used to refer to a book of any size, however.

Today I saw a pamphlet-sized magazine in a magazine rack mixed in with the lit stuff. This, too, is erroneous taxonomy. Even worse was the fact that the pamphlet (or bulletin?) was $12 or so.

If you wanted to get really technical, then I will add to this list magazines that resemble paperbacks. Or are all paperbacks novels? The mind boggles.

Switching gears a bit, I’m tired of seeing Ansel Adams hogging up shelf space in the photography section at bookstores & libraries. And Picasso, too, in the art section. Although I like his work.

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some essentials

  • art
  • lit
  • poetry journal
  • army jacket

The lit being Gertrude Stein and the art being Robert Motherwell, and of course the journal & jacket being mine. Ha

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my poetry & art book wish lists

Is Santa listening yet?

POETRY

  1. The Collected Poems: Sylvia Plath
  2. New Addresses: Poems by Kenneth Koch
  3. Selected Poems: Frank O’Hara
  4. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein
  5. Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian

ART

  1. Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper
  2. Marcel Broothaers: The Complete Prints
  3. Georgia O’Keeffe: A Portrait by Alfred Stieglitz
  4. Pablo Picasso: The Lithographs
  5. Une Semaine De Bonte: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage by Max Ernst
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on reading

I like the mindlessness of just flipping thru a magazine or photo book. There is nothing to understand. Like Grace Kelly’s character Lisa Fremont at the end of “Rear Window,” i look at colorful photos of handbags, Versace ads and models looking amazing in their clothes. It’s comforting to me to have so many books around me, but i don’t necessarily read them, say, if I happen to be sitting near a couple of small stacks. Maybe they’re a ruse for laziness, tendencies to drift and dream, noseyness (when i’m in a public place). My cat hangs out or even sleeps sometimes near her toys, but she doesn’t necessarily play with them.