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tear it up, terry downe

It's not all ranting about crazy conservatives around here.* Today was brightened by the arrival of an Amazon parcel containing Debbie Stoller's new book Stitch and Bitch Nation, another hipster knitting book called Knit Wit and, best of all, Locas: The Complete Maggie and Hopey Stories by Jaime Hernandez. I really wanted to get the latter ever since I heard it was coming out, but I thought it was way too expensive - it's $50.00 and despite the exchange rate is selling for about 60 quid in comic shops here. And then I saw that Amazon were selling it with 34% off, and what with the good exchange rate and everything....I couldn't resist. And I'm so, so glad, because even though I already own more than half of the stuff inside in various books and single comics, it's an insanely beautiful book and it's great to have everything in one volume. Love and Rockets is probably my favourite comic ever. I think my shall revert to my old Hopey default icon in its honour.

*Speaking of which, fromaway's comment to my post reminded me that I had been unfair to the author of that piece of crap by saying he never mentioned the Enlightenment. I actually thought he had, which I thought was unintentionally ironic of him, and then when I went back to the article to cut and paste some quotations from it in my post, I couldn't find the reference. Perhaps I was blinded by rage. Perhaps my hatred of Western Civilisation has robbed me of my ability to read English. Or perhaps my eyes just glazed over when trying to read that shit for the second time. Who knows? Anyway, I wish I could say that I was sorry for misreporting that horrible old bigot, but I'm not, because the fact that he even dared mention the Age of Reason in a piece which basically defended the religious conservative status quo makes him even more of a fuckwit than if he'd carefully ignored it. So there.


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Nov. 24th, 2004 12:29 pm (UTC)
I was just making sure those three books were on my wishlist...
Nov. 24th, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
I had been unfair to the author of that piece of crap by saying he never mentioned the Enlightenment.

I actually thought that made you overly generous. Rejecting the Enlightenment would at least have been consistent. :)
Nov. 25th, 2004 03:12 am (UTC)
Hmm, I wonder is that book still on 34% off - I think I might need it, even if I've read almost everything in it already.

Oh, and fancy giving me a crash refresher course in knitting, young sibling? I keep seeing cool scarves, etc., and thinking "I should be able to make one of them"....
Nov. 25th, 2004 03:16 am (UTC)
It is still 34% off! I actually only ordered it last week and it got here yesterday, Amazon are insanely speedy these days.

And, yes, I will remind you of your mad knitting skillz, which I'd say will come back almost immediately once you get the wool and needles in your mitts. I mean, you used to be much better than I am now - you knitted two classy batwing jumpers, I recall. Although I am catching up - last night I taught myself to do "instasia" (aka "picture knitting", or fairisle), and knitted a cute little red skull and cross bones into a piece of black knitting. So cool! And surprisingly easy.
Nov. 25th, 2004 04:00 am (UTC)
Ah yes, those 80s batwing jumpers - the one in fuchsia, grey, and pale blue stripes was particularly fetching. It's a pity my knitting expertise wasn't matched by my colour sense....

I seem to remember that most knitting techniques weren't that difficult once you followed the instructions - I used to do fancy Aran-y stuff with cables and holes and the like and it wasn't nearly as hard as it looked. Careful with the fair isle, though, or you'll end up knitting one of those giant picture jumpers with sheep and mountains on them.
Nov. 25th, 2004 06:00 am (UTC)
Unrelated but - I'm having a hell of a time sending email out, so if my email doesn't arrive I've filtered it on my lj here: http://www.livejournal.com/users/megolas/454614.html

Yay, interview!
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