Did you ever call lapsies when you were a kid? Please tell me I didn't make this up.
Like, when you were 8 and wanted to sit on a camp counselor's lap? Or you were fighting your sibling to sit on your mom's lap? Or you just liked sitting on the laps of strangers and your parents didn't mind that you screamed "Lapsies!" really loud and then ran away?
I've started to read The World Without Us by Weisman partly because it's a book published by my sister company and partly because I see it everywhere and partly because it did seem like an interesting "thought experiment" as "they" call it. And who doesn't want to hear how humans can disappear and make the flora & fauna flourish again. Except that Weisman's angle is also: to discover if "the world without us would miss us," which is a badly phrased inquiry. "Miss"? We shall see what he has to say. HOWEVER, the writing is full of fun words like "Forest primeval," "Puszcza," and "ghost of a log house" but has lulling affects. "I quite enjoyed what I read & then I fell asleep" would be my review so far. I'm on page 39 and looking forward to reading more this weekend. This is becoming a mushy paragraph, sorry.
I want to check out these tables at AWP, amongst others, but I'm giving myself a limit on either the # of books I can buy or the amount of money I can spend- it's probably better to limit the money, not the #:
Wesleyan University Press
Diagram / New Michigan Press
University of California Press
Alice James Books
Calamari Press / Sleepingfish
Carolina Wren Press
Copper Canyon Press
The Fairy Tale Review
Flim Forum Press
Four Way Books
Melville House Publishing
Red Morning Press
Ugly Duckling Presse
and University presses...
Is "browsey" and adjective? It should be. She's so browsey.
I'm going to do a serious investigation of what university presses are publishing these days.
Well, on Wednesday I broke into my roommates room to investigate his organizational/decor habits. Yes, it was a stealth mission driven entirely by boredom and a case of the giggles. Yes, I said "giggles" and I'm sorry. Not.
This is what I found:
A Map of the world from 1988. Apparently Ludwig can't let go of the Berlin Wall.
When I was in 5th grade my geography teacher let us all pick countries we wanted to write a report on and give a class presentation about. I picked Java. Then we had to make a dessert from that country and share it with the class. Well, in my research, which I think consisted of looking in the J Encyclopedia volume, I found out that one of the popular desserts was this banana based dish. It involved mushing bananas. And yes, because I made the dessert with my Mom the night before, when I brought it to class, the dessert was distinctly brownish. That old Banana trick. Apples are tricky like that, too. Anyways, I had a very hard time persuading my classmates that it tasted better than it looked. It was delicious.
A Piece of Canada. I want to take a road trip through Canada:
This photo is a realtor's dream. It makes the room look like it can legitimately hold a full drum set:
Note how from this angle, the drum set actually hangs over the bed:
Better not kick in your sleep.
Cameras on a green beauro:
I got busted at the end of my investigation: