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Maribou

Maribou is a voracious reader who also likes to watch, stare at, and listen to stuff. Occasionally he makes stuff, too. They work in a small liberal arts college library, and share a house in Colorado with their husband Jaybird, three cats, and what looms ever closer to ten thousand books. She is identifiable as genderfluid, trans, farm-raised, citified, and bisexual, among a plethora of other adjectives.

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  1. Avatar Maribou
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    (Just a note that despite my elegiac tone above, my aunt and uncle are still alive, still married, still very kind to me, and still live on the Island, except for the years when they’ve spent half the year or more traveling through North America in their RV. They’re 30 years older now, so their lives are different, but they are still very deliberate and very decisive about putting life first and paid work second.)Report

  2. Avatar PROFESSOR ESPERANTO
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    Link to photo is b0rk3n, ‘bouReport

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to PROFESSOR ESPERANTO
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      @professor-esperanto It’s no doubt a sign of how late at night / early in the morning I was writing this, but I didn’t mean for it to be a link, it was just a citation URL, because the only reason for that text was to give a photo credit.

      That said, I have now linked it.Report

  3. Avatar Jason
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    I’m going to try to finish Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson. It’s an interesting book, and it’s beautifully designed (I love me some hardcover books). I also started reading Zola’s The Masterpiece to satisfy my Francophile urges.

    We might start watching season three of Preacher, as we liked the first two seasons; it is weird in a good way. Plus, we’ve binged a lot of our favorites–we finally finished Midsomer Murders nineteen series, and we went through Downton Abbey pretty quickly. Part of me wants to catch up on the netflix marvel stuff, but then so many of the episodes are just dull, or have dumb plots.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Jason
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      The cover of Bats is beautiful – I added it to my reading list of doom a while back based purely on that.

      Did you ever read the comics of Preacher? I feel like they got a lot of it right in the show, certainly the most important stuff, and that it would have been unfilmable/unairable if not altered… but I still haven’t brought myself to watch more than a few episodes.Report

      • Avatar Jason in reply to Maribou
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        I’ve had Bats for several years and just started reading it this summer. It’s good and well-designed throughout.

        I haven’t read the comics–I have a friend who said the first season was a prequel to where the comics began (or something like that). I like the mythology of that world.Report

  4. Avatar Atomic Geography
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    Berry’s The Unsettling of America and McPhee’s The Survival of the Bark Canoe are forever linked in my mind after a forming the reading for a couple of weeks in the Adirondacks in the late 70’s. When we got back, our Ruth Stout style garden looked even more glorious (the squashkins just starting to ripen) and we went out and bought a record of loon calls.Report

  5. Avatar Jaybird
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    The Mad Farmer is an absolutely amazing poem.

    If we ever have to get another house, we’ll need to get one with more nooks, corners, and places that hold a comfy chair (but wouldn’t hold two comfy chairs).

    (My hoarding, at this point, tends more toward Bruce Timm… so we’d need one of those nooks to hold a television and a comfy chair. Or two, I suppose.)Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Jaybird
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      The living room held two comfy chairs and a long couch that two people and a dog could sit on. Solitude is not something I need, or even always prefer, for quiet contemplation.

      I’m glad you love that poem though. Means you might not mind so much if I decided to get it tattooed onto my body (the longer bit would probably be an image, not the words themselves; I’d know what the words were).Report

  6. fillyjonk fillyjonk
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    I haven’t read as much Wendell Berry as I probably SHOULD (given that I’m an ecologist, and interested in the whole back-to-the-land movement, and all) but one bit from one of his poems has long been a touchstone of mine, to remind me:

    “In the darkness of the moon, in flying snow, in the dead of winter,/
    war spreading, families dying, the world in danger,/
    I walk the rocky hillside, sowing clover.”

    the idea that even if it’s all going to Hell, you can maybe try to fix something in your own little corner of the world. It’s not much, and it won’t fix everything, and it might not even fix ANYTHING….but maybe next spring some bees come to the clover, and some rabbits, and you’ve got at least bees and rabbits to look at even if the rest of the world is in chaos…Report

  7. Avatar Fish
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    I’m nearing the end of The Heart of Everything That Is by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the story of Red Cloud and the Lakota Sioux and their struggle against the U.S. Government (and nearly as often, other American Indian tribes), culminating in Red Cloud’s War when whites began pushing into Powder River country. Riveting even knowing how it’s going to end.Report

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