Tuesday, January 31, 2012

101 in 1001- January update

11) Apply to 5 MA/Ph.D programs that I really want to attend.
3) Stanford University's English Ph.D
4) Indiana University Bloomington Gender Studies Ph.D
5) Rutgers' Women's and Gender Studies Ph.D
6) Vanderbilt University's English Ph.D

16) Donate $100 a year to charity.
STAIR- $15

19) Read 1 unassigned book per month.
(almost caught up!)
September '11- Molly Wizenberg A Homemade Life
This was a sweet and quick read, a combination memoir and cookbook. I read Molly's blog Orangette, so it was nice to get a little more personal and to see some new recipes.
October '11- Stephen King Hearts in Atlantis
I wrote about the first novella in Hearts in Atlantis here. The book is actually two novellas and three short stories, all sharing some characters. I found the rest of the book to be very good as well, though the short stories didn't hold my attention as well as the novellas.
November '11- Moira Crone A Period of Confinement
This book irritated the shit out of me. I began reading it because I was thinking about using it for my thesis. It starts out well, but by the middle, I was convinced that Crone's Richard was the most irritating and unlikable male character ever. The end of the book nearly made me throw it across the room. I don't want to totally spoil it, but I need to bitch so POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT. The main character, Alma, is this kind of confused woman in her late 20's, struggling with her identity. She is surrounded by lots of unlikable people, including her boyfriend Richard, who gets her pregnant. I cannot stress how much this dude sucks. He's clingy and aggressive and creepy and insulting. Alma's parents are fucking wackjobs, both of them basically blame Alma for her problems and their own, all Alma's friends tell her how much she sucks and eventually, she leaves. This isn't a spoiler; it's how the book opens. But THEN, at the end of the book, ALL IS REDEEMED except NONE OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE CHANGED AT ALL and suddenly Richard is a sympathetic character and just...no. It actually made me feel hopeless. So, much as I like Moira Crone's short stories, I can't recommend this novel.

23) See 26 movies I've never seen, starting with each letter of the alphabet.
W- Walk the Line (2005)

24) Learn 1 new word a week.
Primipara- a woman who is giving birth for the first time.
Numinous- having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity
Eschatologically- The branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind.
Pappy- soft and bland

28) See all of these Mindfuck movies.
Primer (2004)
Oh, god. What a giant mindfuck this movie is. Interesting and certainly thought-provoking, but I definitely see why people say they watch it twice in a row.

96) Attend 10 cultural events.
4) Baton Rouge Gallery’s Surreal Salon IV

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