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Aug. 5th, 2010

betsy braddock
I finished reading American Psycho, thank goodness. Extraordinary book but it draws such a vivid picture of its narrator’s psychosis that I felt a little insane reading it.

Though they’re essentially secular horror shows, Bret Easton Ellis novels seem to fill my head with visions of devils and witches.

In an effort to get my bearings back I’m currently reading Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.

At work I’m training a new receptionist to take over for the woman who quit. Training someone is hard work, as it involves being in close proximity and under scrutiny and requires me to be on and seem like I know what I’m doing for the whole of a shift. Today is the last day of training so I’ll go back to having a bit more solitarily/down time on the job which is actually something I like.

My grandmother has been having a lot of trouble with her knee the past couple of days and has been in fairly severe pain. Getting a doctor’s appointment usually involves a lengthy wait but the local hospital managed to get her in tomorrow so someone can look at it. The question is, will they be able to do anything? My grandmother had one knee entirely replaced about 10 years ago and probably needs the other one done. Unfortunately at 92 she really isn’t up for surgery.

On a lighter note, I'm actually going out this weekend. Hans is taking me to a Steve Earle concert in Oneonta. I'm very excited about that.

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samadi
Aug. 5th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
When I was reading American Psycho, I almost made a sign that read "This Is Not an Exit" to put on my door. Then I realized that I might never leave my room again.

Sorry to hear about your grandmother, but I hope you have a good time at the concert. ^_^
lawless523
Aug. 5th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
I hope all goes well with your grandmother. Have a good time at the concert.

I read Anne Lammott's book on writing, the name of which escapes me now, and took out one of her inspirational books (not sure if it was Traveling Mercies or another book) from the library, but in the press of other reading, never got around to it. Let me know what you think of it.

Wasn't Bret Easton Ellis' first book Bright Lights, Big City? I actually don't remember any of his others making much of a splash except American Psycho. He is, btw, a grade A misogynistic jerk, not that that says anything about the quality of his writing, just the quality of his character. He's been quoted recently as saying that film, and film directing, requires the male gaze, implying that women can't adequately direct films.
bitterfig
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
Bret Easton Ellis' 1st book was Less Than Zero, Bright Lights, Big City (which I read but never liked quite as much) is by Jay McInerney. I've read a lot of BEE interviews recently and didn't happen upon the remark about the male gaze but it sounds like something he'd say. He has shall we say major women issues. At least in his most recent novel women have gone from being prey to predators, which I suppose is a step up. Definitely a jerk in a lot of ways yet I find myself completely obsessed with his books. Maybe I've gotten too good at suppressing the outraged feminist part of myself. You need filters if you're going to enjoy any mainstream media but you can reach the point where you accept stuff that's just not cool. Of course there's a part of me that really goes for obnoxious, macho bad boys like Quentin Tarantino. I want to slap them around.
bitterfig
Aug. 5th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
It should also be noted that whatever Bret Easton Ellis thinks about female directors the most financially successful and critically acclaimed adaptation of one of his novels, American Psycho, was directed by a woman.
lookfar
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yay to you going out!
sakru909
Aug. 6th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
I wish your grandmother well, that really sucks about her knee.
bitterfig
Aug. 10th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you. She was the doctor Friday and he gave her a Cortisone shot which has given her some relief. She's talking about surgery but realistically I don't think any responsible doctor would be willing to operate on her at this point.
ozma914
Aug. 6th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Hope you have fun -- it's always nice to get out for awhile.
bitterfig
Aug. 10th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It is nice to get out, I too often fall into the routine of going to work, running errands, etc then just watching movies during my free time.
ozma914
Aug. 10th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I think it's safe to say that falling into a routine is a danger for all of us ...
katherineokelly
Aug. 6th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Training someone IS a challenge; good job stepping up to it! Glad to hear you're reading, working, going out... Sounds healthy. =)

How's the [not] drinking going?
bitterfig
Aug. 7th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
I haven't been drinking but I've been having a god awful time with my eating.
expectin_rain
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean about 'American Pyscho'; it's one of those books that effects you on visceral level. It's good to know I'm not the only one with bouts of literature-induced craziness. 'The Bell Jar' and 'The Secret History' also have the sort of hold over me.

I'm sorry you're stuggling with the whole eating thing. Sucks, doesn't it?
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