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Vass ([personal profile] vass) wrote2014-02-27 12:29 pm
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Culture Consumed Thursday

Books:
Continuing Les Mis. I have a higher tolerance for Monseigneur Bienvenu than some, but even I think that 'Monsieur Madeleine in Mourning' (from The Descent, in Fantine) is the purest ipecac in literary form.

Read Fullmetal Alchemist vol 4. I feel like I'm missing a lot because I don't get visual information as easily as written, and the dialogue's pretty sparse. The fight scenes in particular, I have very little clue what's happening. There is all this worldbuilding and plot stuff that I'm going on faith will be explained later, while wondering all the while if I was supposed to have picked it up already from context and/or visual cues. The side story about the dog was surprise nightmare fuel. All the more so because it was meant to be cute and sweet.

Finished disc 4 of the audiobook of The Mauritius Command. Stephen Maturin's take on the psychological effects of colonialism on Lord Clonfert is interesting, in a sort of "you're mostly right about colonialism except for your COMPLETE FAILURE to extend your insight to the Black people in the country where you are RIGHT NOW" way. Period-accurate.

Music:
Some Sleater Kinney albums I'm less familiar with (One Beat and The Woods.) The Pixies (Death to the Pixies), whom I've never really listened to before. On shuffle in a playlist with some Mountain Goats albums, REM's Automatic for the People, a small handful of My Chem, and Pink's Greatest Hits So Far compilation, so there's lots of music I'm familiar with in the mix with the less familiar.

TV:
More ATLA. Last watched episode 34 (City of Walls and Secrets). Ba Sing Se = not a place I would like to visit any time soon.