monanotlisa: (notebook)
“Sally,” I said to my housemate spontaneously enough to startle her, “here I thought I didn’t like literature set in Victorian times in England — but it turns out the novels I tried just didn't have enough lesbians* in them!"

* Or queer women, which arguably works here in various senses: modern and new, pejorative and reclaimed. Suzan and Maud are unusual, both of them, different from the women around them, from the ways they've grown up to their their sexual preferences (which are easier, in my eyes, to label in Sue's case).

So yes, I loved Sarah Waters' Fingersmith, because it has so many things I adore beyond two girls falling for each other: mystery and crime, clear-eyed depictions of class and culture down the winding road of history, three-dimensional characters, and aforementioned twists and turns of plot.

Some spoilery musings on Fingersmith )

In short, this book’s amazing, and you should read it. Or talk to me if you’ve read it!
monanotlisa: (danny - spooks)
Go see Queen of Katwe if you want to leave the movie theater with your heart bursting with joy (and your eyes perhaps a little misty). It's a sports movie, and everything that should be: uplifting; about strength and hope and faith, in others and in yourself. ♥

Luke Cage

Oct. 9th, 2016 06:23 pm
monanotlisa: Misty Knight lookin' hilarified (misty knight - luke cage)
And, oh, last post for the day -- or maybe not; I'm going to the movies to see Queen of Katwe with [personal profile] thelastgoodname later tonight.

Luke Cage - what was great and what could be improved )

Last, I don't know if y'all saw it, but thanks for playing the Number Meme a while ago; your prompts were inspiring.
monanotlisa: Stylized Team Valor Bird Matched with a Pokéball (team valor - pokémon go)
I quit playing Pokémon GO.

Details probably only relevant to other Trainers and ex-Trainers )

But again, I had underestimated my reaction. Remember how I talked about my realization that there had indeed been a good reason for me deleting every single computer game off my PC when I went to university? But back when I was nineteen years old, so much of my life was changing that I had little time to miss endless Civilization conquests or ULTIMA campaigns. In the here and now, letting go of something that kept shooting endorphins into my brain all-day-every-day for weeks is more difficult, because my routine hasn't changed. I'm reading more books again (White Trash by Nancy Isenberg; the Rebecka Martinsson series by Åsa Larsson) and listening to audiobooks (Fingersmith by Sarah Waters, which by the way YOU MUST READ because, as a goodreads reviewer says correctly, "This story has more twists and turns than a shopping cart caught in the wind in a Walmart parking lot.") But it's different; it's not tickling my brain in the same way Pokémon GO did. That game sure augmented my reality, much of which is pretty dreary.

But, onward. I have been able to just breathe, walk, shop, without any entertainment these last few days. No way from here but up.
monanotlisa: (KIMA! - the wire)
Remember my pleased little post about the structure of the clitoris a while ago? If not, no worries; there's a new Guardian article:

This is a 3D model of a clitoris – and the start of a sexual revolution.

[personal profile] liv wrote a response about the vagina/vulva/clit system and its treatment in the media, and her critical reactions: Anatomy.
monanotlisa: (notebook)
Hamilton was amazing; I'm listening to "Blow Us All Away" as we speak, and there's no doubt Alexander Hamilton was an outstanding figure of history (with a lot of Issues, of course).

But after we exited the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, [personal profile] alizarin_nyc turned to me and said, "Now I want the musical on Eliza."

And, it's true -- fifty years! Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton spent half a century after Alexander's death, and it's true that she devoted much of that to his legacy. But she didn't just dig through his writings and work; the year after his death she joined the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children -- gotta love a descriptive name, right? What happened to her, from this start to founding the first private orphanage of New York, and running it as the Vice-President. What kind of issues did she -- and NYC as a city -- encounter; how did she finance all of this as a widow? What allegiances did she make, and what enemies did she have? I'd be interested, because it's pretty clear that under the warmth and kindness that's lauded both in the musical and in historical accounts must have been a steely character.

Then, of course, Angelica -- we get that she is a sharp-minded, bold woman from the musical, but we really only see the tip of the iceberg there: Wikipedia tells us Angelica "was a prominent member of the social elite wherever she lived; first in New York, then in Paris, London, and New York again." Here, we have a cosmopolitan lady with a will and wit; we know she wrote Hamilton, but she also exchanged letters with Thomas Jefferson, with Washington and Lafayette. Who was she; what adventures did she live through?

Finally, purely off-stage but perhaps the most enigmatic: What about Theodosia, Aaron Burr's daughter? Theodosia Burr Alston wasn't only acknowledged as his daughter; she also received great education and was hailed as one of the most sophisticated members of society, close to her father all her life. "All her life" wasn't that long, though -- she disappeared in a mysterious shipwreck on her way to New York, and to this day there is a slew of theories on this mystery. Here's a short account of her life.

Who lives, who dies, who tells YOUR story?
monanotlisa: liv and lincoln being sexy hot dorks (liv & lincoln finger - fringe)
Give me a number and, if the number calls for it, a fic o'mine!

My fanfic can be found on the AO3, and of course here in my journal, if you have snippets or such in mind.

The questions are:
1. How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
2. Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
3. What character do you identify with most?
4. Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
5. If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
6. Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?
8. How would you describe your style?
9. Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
10. Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
11. What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
12. What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
13. Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
15. How do you begin a story--with the plot, or the characters?
16. Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
20. Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
21. A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
23. Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
24. A character you enjoy making suffer. asked by [personal profile] misbegotten
25. A character you want to protect.
26. Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?
monanotlisa: Comics Clint Barton from the Fraction run <3 in a suit being tended to by Katie-Katie, her back to us (clint suited - hawkeye)
Still in the spirit of posting, as you can plainly see.

I know we get plenty of our New Yorker friends' real tales of the "greatest city in the world", but a tourist's eye is always different -- even an experienced, been-there-done-that tourist's.

Five tips for New York City )


Sep. 8th, 2016 10:11 pm
monanotlisa: Claire Temple, looking captivating (Default)

Click the above tweet-link for the full visual story!
monanotlisa: (justin! - ub)
[personal profile] alizarin_nyc and I made it literally just in time to the Richard Rodgers Theatre -- we took our seats, and the musical started.

Perhaps we should not have had that second cocktail...but we had it at The Hamilton in Manhattan Valley, so how could we not enjoy our Hamilton pre-Hamilton experience?

Verdict? I really loved it! It's gripping and fast-paced and smart; it develops these historical figureheads into three-dimensional characters...if you're one of the men, that is. For all its strong notes on race and class, Hamilton doesn't do well by its female characters, whose stories rotate only around the male ones.

That said, I entirely expected this, and my Hamilton birthday gift to myself didn't disappoint me at all. Go see it if you can -- and oh, don't mind the cast switching out: To be honest, I prefer Javier Muñoz's voice over Lin-Manuel Miranda's, and the Washington A & I saw was a powerhouse (his name is Nicholas Christopher). The only original I'm sad to not have seen was Leslie Odom Jr., with whose charisma I fell in love watching Person of Interest.
monanotlisa: (cameron - tscc)
So this Airbnb as such is great -- it's in the middle of the LES and safe due to its hustle and bustle; the space is clean and cozy.

But the fact the main tenant is not here but is renting the place out full-time to two people at a time is getting my goat: I conceptually don't like the idea of sharing space (and paying for it) with people who are not vetted by me. I'm a woman; I'm queer; God only knows what the stranger is like, what they hate or love too much.

It's different from staying in a small NYC space with the main tenant, in my view: I studied this guy for a while before booking; he has 70+ reviews and has been vetted via ID. What this main tenant dude has as criteria for others, though? I don't know and I can't trust.

ALSO, goshdarnit, the guy is hogging the bathroom and I need to go to a run in Central Park. :(((
monanotlisa: Sam Wilson in Falcon gear, in profile, looking fabulous as ever. (falcon - captain america)
While I've been Pokémon-ing all over NYC, I should probably put the phone down sometimes.

When it died on me in the East Village (even with an extra charger), I was scratching my head: I know New York reasonably well -- the grid makes it easy, of course -- but I don't have a mental map of subway stations in all areas. And I was in flip-flops and my feet were reaching the point of no return home to my Airbnb.

So, sitting in this little gluten-free bakery and digging into a delectable pumpkin loaf (TuLu's Bakery @ 338 E 11th St, VERY RECOMMENDABLE), I looked around for someone to simply point me to the best (not necessarily the closest) subway for getting back. Lo and behold, there was a nice-looking Black dude munching on a cupcake. I asked him, and he started explaining...before blinking and asking me whether I'd like him to just walk him over. Sure! I said.

Turns out his name is David; he lives here; he's a Personal Trainer -- if you're in NYC and need someone to do Boxing* Training, Weight Loss regimens, and Personal Training in general, this is him. He was warm and friendly while being simultaneously chill and respectful.

* Hey, I like boxing. But like all martial arts you need functioning knees for it.
monanotlisa: (wwwine!)
By now I've run enough experiments to think I've got the proper amount of anecdata:

If you want to prevent a hangover, try this. )
monanotlisa: (abbie - sleepy hollow)
I hear there's hurricane rain coming up in New York City -- just when I thought my U.S. Natural Disaster Curse had ended:

In 1996, when I went to live in Georgia (the state, not the country), the Great Blizzard of '96 wreaked havoc; living with my host family in the famed red hills we were snowed-in for three days: it was piled four foot high, and there were not enough snow-plows to clear the roads in what is now outer suburban Atlanta. (I admit that because we did retain water and electricity, the worst that happened was that my host mom made us three kids polish all the silver in the house. But still -- snowed in! For days!) There were also some tornadoes, of course. 'tis GA for you.

In 2012, when I was invited to a student conference in NYC, I remembered to check the weather when packing. That turned out to be essential, because snowstorms were raging across the city. I didn't find them particularly threatening (see the 1996 fun!times, and also skiing all my life since I was three years old, plus living in Austria at the border of the puzta). But NYC wasn't functioning particularly well, and people looked REALLY cold all the time.

In 2015, going to Boston to see my US High School BFF again after a decade or so, I went a) because I love her, and b) because I wanted some "real winter". Well, I got that -- the year of the so-called Snowpocalypse. Not that I wasn't used to it by that point. Oy, Boston, you've got something on your sidewalks? But again, it's all fun and snow games for visitors; it's hell on the residents. My friend had leakage through the walls, it was so extreme.

Here's shots of what Boston looked like -- her street at night; the Park; the state capitol of Massachusetts.

And now, hurricanes in NYC. I'm not that worried at this point -- not for me myself -- but I must doesn't exactly give me hope for LIVING IN SAN FRANCISCO ON THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT LINE.

(Haha, I do have a "natural disaster" tag. Oh dear.)
monanotlisa: Amy Santiago and Rosa Diaz in their Detective suits, mostly frontal, smiling (Santiago & Diaz - b99)
Promised myself (and am now promising y'all, I suppose) that for this week of Labor Day Fun / Birthday Shenanigans / New York City Explorations I'd post every day.

Let's start with something NYC-related that chuffs me to this day, as reminded by this *excellent* Amy/Rosa B99 fanfic: The other day, [personal profile] sandynotlisa and I were idly talking about how much we love Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and I mentioned that I want to be Rosa Diaz but honestly consider myself a mix of Amy Santiago and Charles Boyle.

And Sandy, bless her, stared at me with genuine disbelief, and said, "I've always thought of you as a mix of Rosa and Amy. The Charles thing...only the foodie part, really."

monanotlisa: (justin! - ub)
Y'all, remembering fondly my 2015 trip and wanting to experience some hot summer nights*, I'll be in New York City for Labor Day -- ping me if you want to meet up, that is: leave your contact details in the comments (screened) or mail me at my handle at gmail dot com. ♥

* The Bay has summer nights so cold I for one need a down jacket.


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