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24 July 2010 @ 06:19 pm
And a meme, at that-- how uncharacteristic. From gramina via nellorat.

The Meme: List the first 15 books you think of that have had the greatest influence on you. (This should be fast -- no more than 15 minutes!)

Madeleine L’Engle _A Wind in the Door_
_Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art_
_The Arm of the Starfish_
Marcus Aurelius _Meditations_
Joan Slonczewski _A Door into Ocean_
CS Lewis _The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe_ et seq.
Robert Heinlein _Stranger in a Strange Land_
Gillian Bradshaw _Hawk of May_
Brown & LeMay _Chemistry: The Central Science_
Wheelock _Latin_
RSV Bible
Strunk & White _The Elements of Style_
William Labov _The Study of Non-Standard English_? (It may have been this or another of his of the same era; I no longer have access to it.)

Charlotte Bronte _Jane Eyre_
Jane Austen _Persuasion_
Orson Scott Card _Wyrms_
Katherine Kurtz _Camber of Culdi_ et seq.

And as I try to pick just one Barbara Hambly, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Anne McCaffrey, Guy Gavriel Kay, Diane Duane, etc., this blurs into a list of books I love and keep rereading, which is related, but not quite the same. So I'll quit before this gets out of control.
02 October 2006 @ 03:34 am
The following is an excerpt from the introduction to A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, by Barbara G. Walker, dated 1969. It's been on my mind enough lately to drive me to commit an act of bloggery. It's related to the idea of Naming in Madeleine L'Engle's A Wind in the Door, and it's something I need very much to believe right now.

Handicrafts of all kinds hold a deep, unspoken philosophy, which contributes to the satisfaction of their practitioners even though the latter may not be conscious of it. Thousands of years of history have passed over human civilization, and during all that time human beings have fought, killed, plundered, and wronged each other in every possible way. Of such stuff is history made. But also during all that time, other human beings have quietly and patiently persevered in the development of arts, crafts, inventions, and ideas. From these millions of creative workers, most of them unnoticed and unknown in the upheavals of history, have come good and lasting things in the sum total of human culture. The builders, the weavers, the artisans, the carvers and smiths, the poets and musicians, the inventors of new techniques in all fields-- these were, and are, the makers of civilization. The eternal calm figure of the needleworker looms large among them, for the arts of thread and yarn have been with us since the beginning.

When you embroider, crochet, or knit, there are centuries in your hands. [...] Use these patterns to refine and embellish your own ideas, and you become one of the makers of the world.

I will persist in my small acts of creation.
26 August 2005 @ 10:52 pm
I have created this account primarily so that I can post non-anonymously, and read a couple of friends-only journals. Do not expect much actual blogging.