Tuesday, December 13, 2011


This is the sick megamix I'd make right now if I had resources to do so. Thankfully, Grooveshark exists. But, for your enjoyment, in no particular order:

Veiled in Darkness - Bifrost Arts
Happy Xmas (War is Over) - Polyphonic Spree
A Stone Would Cry Out - Sam Roberts
Sim Sala Bim - Fleet Foxes
Terrible Love - The National
Frank, AB - The Rural Alberta Advantage
By Your Hand - Los Campesinos!
The First Day of Spring - Noah and the Whale
Lofticries - Purity Ring
Blood Pt. 2 - Buck 65 Remix (ft. Sufjan Stevens & Serengeti)
Sleepless - The Decemberists
Tightrope - Yeasayer
Brackett, WI - Bon Iver
No Names - Saintseneca
Call it What You Want - Foster the People
Forests and Sands - Camera Obscura
Wildfires - Ohbijou
Jesus - Welcome Wagon
Upward Over the Mountain - Iron & Wine
Seeplymouth - Volcano Choir
These Old Shoes - Deer Tick
Basket - Dan Mangan
Do You Realize?? - Flaming Lips
You Should've Seen the Other Guy - Nathaniel Rateliff
Halfway - Milagres
Kids on the Run - Tallest Man on Earth
I Hurt Too - Katie Herzig
Will You Return - Avett Brothers
Vesuvius - Sufjan Stevens
Curs in the Weeds - Horse Feathers
Home - Mumford and Sons
The Honest Truth - Typhoon
Snakes and Ladders - Basia Bulat
Neighbor Song - Aunt Martha
Transatlanticism - Death Cab for Cutie
Left & Leaving - Weakerthans

I now expect you to make this into a Grooveshark playlist and listen to all of it. And love it.


Also, I have successfully completed The Catcher in the Rye, so now I can feel like less of a horrible English student. I'd edit the book list from my last post, but I don't feel like it.

Fare thee well.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I Like Books.

Good day, friends. Well, I've seen these lists going around on blogs and Facebook for years now, and finally decided to face my feelings of inadequacy and take the plunge. This is actually the most comprehensive version I've seen floating around, so I'm posting it more as a prompt to remind myself of the books I need to read/finish.


Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Underline those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or have only read an excerpt, and mark with an asterisk those of which you've seen a film production.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien*
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series – JK Rowling (all)
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
Little Women – Louisa M Alcott *
12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell *

22. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams *
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky

28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll *
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame *
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis *
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden *
Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown *

43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery *
47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52. Dune – Frank Herbert *
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding *

69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett *
74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens *
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White *
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams *
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
Hamlet – William Shakespeare *
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl *
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo *

21 out of 100. Ouch.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Good Dreams

I have been pondering lately if I am strong enough to love with no expectation of love returned.

Can I give myself to another, in order to benefit them alone, and not out of selfish pursuit of gain and affirmation? Could I love someone unlovely because the centre of their being is worth it?

I pray that when I find you, I will have the courage to do it. I pray that I will know, and you will know, and we will find so much joy in the knowing. You will smile at me and I'll echo it back to you, and we will revel in loving each other. We will spend a day on the couch in the living room, your head in my lap, and I will touch your hair as we talk about dreams and technology and Fleet Foxes. I will love the sum of you as you pursue the core of me. And when all of the chasing is through, we will be content to be still together, to sit side-by-side and breathe the same air.

Your love will be joy to me, and I pray that my love will inspire and encourage you, strengthen your heart and even greater still, remind you that I am not enough. I pray that my love will show you that love from our Father springs forth eternal, and it's His love that leaves us all breathless.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

The Owl and the Tanager

Foolish I pinned
My hopes on you
Foolishly they remain
Sight unseen, I'm placing bets
Waging my funds on your heart
Before our hands touched
Can I know
Before knowing you?
Can I love before sitting shoulder-to-shoulder
tense as we feel the current running through the thin cloth of our sweaters?
Can I place my heart before you to accept
Before our eyes meet, lips met?