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April 26th, 2012


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10:22 am - Questions like Stars
At work I am drowning, at home I am exhausted, at all times I'm fussy....

Diversion! Diversion! I am seeking diversion!

So here's a plaintive request for you all -- Ask me a question or give me a topic, and I'll respond. (I do reserve the right to obfuscate, misdirect, or poss. lie if the question hits too close to home. [grin])

What would you like to ask? Or, rather, what would you like me to tell you?

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From:chase820
Date:April 26th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
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What are your thoughts on Michael Fassbender? Sal and I are currently infatuated, but some find him a bit creepy:

http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/2012/04/michael-fassbender-for-vogue.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvXKN5Fz_OE
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
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Hi, Chase! [waves]

I did see that Vogue spread, and I thought a) handsome man with good lines for clothes, b) Not My Type. Despite the clotheshorse possibilities, he's a little... rough trade, perhaps, for me.;-)

I admire his willingness to take off his clothes on camera push himself for his art.

Is your Fassbender love because of your X-Men love, or should I reverse that? :-)
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From:cindergal
Date:April 26th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
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I will ask you to wax poetic on the topic of wine, particularly your preference for white. That's my preference as well, and it annoys me that it's often viewed as somehow less than to prefer white to red.

:-)
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
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I could talk about white wines for hours. In fact, in the novel I'm working on, the last scene I wrote included the uncorking of a bottle of Sauv Blanc. ;-)

I like white wines for their drinkability. A soft Chardonnay or Chenin Blanc for winter, a dry Sauv Blanc (including Pouilly Fume, mmmm) or a bright Viognier or Albarino for summer, with Vinho Verde saved for the hottest days -- what could be fresher?* The fruit-forward tastes of so many white wines enhance the drinkability factor for me, too.
*Weirdly, I can take or leave Pinot Grigio, and I'm not fond of Big!InYerFace!Chardonnay. But I can deal.

I also like white wines for their compatibility with the foods I eat. Truth is, I rarely eat hearty red meat or even strongly flavored chicken dishes. For my light meals, whites pair better.

This season I've been slammed at work, and it's been a delight most evenings to have a half-glass or so of Benziger Sauv Blanc or Chardonnay in my Riedel. Luxury for less, that's what I say. :-)

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From:janus_74
Date:April 26th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
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I'd love to know how your original project(s) are coming, and if we'll get a chance to read them :)
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2012 03:52 pm (UTC)
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I can answer the first, but not the second. ;-)

The Texas-project is ready for its last round of editing before I send it out to seek representation. My new novel-project, which involves wine and magic [grin], is at 11,500 first-draft words. We shall see what comes of them, I guess!

(And there is one original short story which I'll talk about soon...)

Thanks, T, for encouragement! :-)
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From:heron_pose
Date:April 26th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
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What has been your favorite teaching moment/theme this term? If none, what has been your favorite moment of collegial recognition with others of how absurd this whole higher ed thing is??

You are awesome!
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Bless, H_P. :-)

Actually, I've been negative-talking myself all year, so I can't really answer -- but I think I'll say that I've been consistent in asking people to open their eyes, to see clearly and understand how where they're standing affects what they see. So that's good.

YOU are awesome! Go you!
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From:paratti
Date:April 26th, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Mycroft. Hands.
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Ohhh, boy. :-)

Well, I am a connoisseur of male hands -- which explains several descriptive passages in my original fiction. ;-) Mycroft (as Mark Gatiss incarnates him in Sherlock) has *wonderful* hands: long-fingered, delicate yet sure, expressive in an otherwise buttoned-down physical presentation. The hands tell the tale -- this is a dangerous man indeed, who could sign your life away or choke you just as easily.

THanks, L!
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From:stateless82
Date:April 26th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Maybe something about your favorite museum/exhibition. Or a painting or sculpture?
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Do you know, I can't decide what I'd talk about. So I'll just list some of my favorite artists, in a long and unordered list --

Hans Holbein, William Hogarth, Brancusi, Henry Moore, Donald Judd, Ed Ruscha, Kerry James Marshall, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Long, Thomas Gainsborough, Joseph Wright, Cecil Beaton, Joshua Reynolds, Rothko, Vermeer, and oh my God I can't decide!

(Also, I know I must like more than that. Am embarrassed for myself.)

EDITED TO ADD: HOW COULD I FORGET EDWARD HOPPER AND ALEXANDER CALDER, what, I mean, really.
EDITED TO FURTHER ADD: JOHN SINGER SARGENT. Good God.

I like Modernist sculpture, 18th-century portraits and story painting, minimalist painting, Pop Art, Gothic architecture, 17th and 18th-century neoclassical English architecture, Midcentury Modern architecture, realist landscapes, black-and-white mid-20th-century photography... That sort of thing. And I occasionally dabble in Art Deco and Art Nouveau.

:-)

Edited at 2012-04-26 05:27 pm (UTC)
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From:julia_here
Date:April 26th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
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What sort of previously-classic clothing or shoes do you wish was routinely available in this double-knit sneaker-clad age?

Julia, currently wishing for summer oxfords, buff, with silk mesh panels...
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Navy-and-white spectators, T-strap or ankle-strap, mid-heel. I can find high heels, but that's not what I can wear want. ;-)

What I'll say, however, is that I wish for more tailoring in men's clothing -- or rather, I want more men to choose tailored options for everyday living. Because I personally find a man in a nice jacket, sharp trousers, and proper shoes more attractive than one in a T-shirt, cargo shorts, and Birkenstocks, and it's all about me. :-)

Cheers to you, and a good day!
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From:anne_d
Date:April 26th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
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What is your favorite room in your home?
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm. I think that my study (although it needs new carpeting and fresh slipcovers for my grandmother's armchairs] is my favorite space. It has full bookshelves on two sides, and my DVDs; over my desk, my portrait of John Wilmot aka the Earl of Rochester placing the laurel wreath of poetry on a monkey; my inspiration boards; picture windows to let in winter sun, and blinds to keep out summer sun. :-)

Thanks for a great question, A! Happy day to you!
From:gwynnega
Date:April 26th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Books you've been enjoying reading/rereading recently?

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
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Inspired by Sherlock, I've been venturing into the outer reaches of the ACD Holmes canon -- beyond "The Final Problem" into The Case-book.

I've also been dipping into Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone, although the period racism in the early pages is making me twitch. (It's much worse than ACD, which says something. ;-))

Thanks, Gwynne, and hugs!
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From:ljrags
Date:April 26th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
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If you were given 2000.00 and dropped off in Milan for a shopping spree, what would you buy?
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From:laurawise
Date:April 26th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
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A plane ticket to London, where I'd go get a Vivienne Westwood blazer, a passel of shirts at Thomas Pink, and maybe a new pair of boots.

[beams]

Cheers and thanks for a fun question! :-)
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From:roguedemon
Date:May 2nd, 2012 05:50 am (UTC)
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What do you think of the current fashion craze for bright colors? Or perhaps I should say the craze for bringing back the eighties?
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From:laurawise
Date:May 2nd, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
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Hi, Nell! [waves]

I have separate answers:
1) While I can't personally wear bright bright orange or yellow, I often find those shades look really charming and fun on women of color, so that's fine. I am a sucker for cobalt or Klein blue, so that also pleases me.
2) I am less sanguine in general about the return of the 80s, but some of the clothes aren't... horrible. ;-)

Cheers and thanks!

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