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The instructions:

1. Typ in november in the "find"-window of your music player.
2. Copy and paste your "November-compilation" in the comments section.

No cheating! So when you happen to have Guns 'n Roses' November Rain on there, you will have to tell us!

Here's my list:
November Spawned a Monster, by Morrisey from The Best of Morrissey
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28th-Oct-2007 11:48 pm - Odd books. [tea scones and madeleines]
This post can go several ways. It's up to you. Read on and I'll explain.

On Saturday I had a look at my collection of vintage English language textbooks. One of my favourites is called English Daily Life written by a German teacher called Dr. R. Kron.
It's an absolute gem - there is no publishing date, but it mentions several events of 1899 and was definitely published before January 1st, 1901, because that's "when we shall enter upon the 19th century". (Oh, and Victoria is the Queen, so my best guess is that it was published in 1900.)

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Or you can wander to your bookshelf and give us some quotes from the weirdest non-fiction book you own.
Do you know where your children are?

Or at least where your music collection's at?

Share the ecclecticness of your music with us, and follow these easy instructions:
1. Typ in saturday in the "find"-window of your music player.
2. Copy and paste your "Saturday-compilation" in the comments section.

No cheating! So when you happen to have the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever on there, you will have to tell us!

Here's my list:
- 10:15 Saturday Night, by The Cure from Staring At The Sea: The Singles 1979-1985
- Saturday 3am, by Faithless (10 songs on that remix album)

Next week (or some other time) comes another word for new musical lists.
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23rd-Oct-2007 09:02 pm - Empty places [the looking-glass]

No post since August ?

The Salon is empty, the furniture is gathering dust...

What's the most depressing? 

Real deserted houses, industrial wastelands, cars sent to the breakers, a writer's block or the liveless web pages that pullulate on the Internet?

Vermeer, woman in yellow
27th-Aug-2007 11:31 pm - Outside Civilisation [the looking-glass]
A couple of posts by danah boyd conflate with a link provided by simonf and some comments made by other people on my flist. Mashed together they bring forth some ideas I've been having about human behaviour on the internet. In fact these ideas aren't more than ephemeral intuitions, possibly prejudices based on hear-say and other people's experiences. I notice what others encounter when they become social on the world wide web. In order to comprehend this kind of bodiless behaviour I make up theories. Now I'm turning them into typed statements for you to refute, endorse, or plainly laugh at. I might be making the kind of sense that isn't. There isn't supposed to be a line in this.

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13th-Aug-2007 12:11 am - P. Jays drying [the exhibition wall]
P. Jays drying
© KayLynn Deveney

The concept in itself is easy: the photographer acquaints herself with a neighbour, an elderly man who's living on his own. She starts taking pictures of his day-to-day life. She photographs his quirky habits and crazy rituals. In and of themselves the photographs are nice, but they are taken further. The object they show gives commentary on what he himself sees. Sometimes he has written what happens and sometimes he shows a beautiful insight into his own mortality. Maybe it's compulsory to become a philosopher at the age of 91.

"The Day-To-Day Life of Albert Hastings" is part of the exhibition "Relative Closeness" at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. And now I notice it closed on the 8th. The museum is free, and a nice place to look at pictures. You can check out their website and see if there's anything else of interest.

Crossposted to frances_lievens.
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Book review taken from frances_lievens.

In a hot and sweaty Summer with nothing interesting going on, a murder mystery in a sleepy town attracts people like wasps flock to a glass of soda. As does the disappearance of Old Man Lawson in Michael Collins' novel The Keepers of Truth. His no-good son Ronny is immediately murder-suspect number one. The threatening figure of the son who keeps proclaiming his innocence enlivens the town. Suddenly the outside world shows some interest in a dead town located in the American Rust Belt. Stories of town gazette The Truth get picked up by The Times and other big newspapers. Unfortunately the success doesn't last. Without one bit of evidence and no body the investigation comes to a halt.

When misfit journalist Billy sees his claim to fame melt away, he starts taking a personal interest in the case. He sees the events in the small town as the natural effect of its decline. But his poking around also pulls him in too deep.

Collins takes us into the mind of his protagonist and although we might think him a bit dimwitted, the reader misses the same clues to be able to solve the mystery beforehand.The Keepers of Truth isn't so much a murder mystery, as a bleak view on the decay of what once was a thriving industrial region. Where Billy doesn't succeed in showing the link between the murder mystery and the decay, Collins does. He sucks you into the narrow-minded world, which lets you give him just enough layway for a couple of unlikely twists and turns. They are only unlikely because, like Billy, you never fully grasp and understand the big picture.
The Keepers of Truth is an interesting and fun read. Not a pageturner that makes you read at the highest pace possible to know the solution of the mystery, but a thriller that has you savour the words and wonder about the image shown.
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Unfortunately I missed Queens of The Stone Age when they were in France but I think I'm going to buy their new album, Era Vulgaris, before leaving for Greece. The reviews aren't all good but I don't care. I liked the previous album while some people didn't.

I like QotSA's music, its mixing of melody and furious heavy rock. They do have a unique sound! Some new songs sound quite good, like "Sick, sick, sick".

Vermeer, woman in yellow
21st-Jul-2007 04:11 pm - Royal [pop-corn/choc-ice/tv dinner]
Yesterday  I watched Stephen Frears' The Queen on DVD and wrote down a quick review on my LJ.

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I watched a few films in the last couple of weeks...


And finally, the movie I saw yesterday:

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