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Oh God, what have I done?

Ok. So Yo Mama's DisFUNKtional? Check. And The Chrysanthemums? SNARL!! After finishing the latter I realized once more that I really hate John Stienbeck. I can't even tell you. About two pages into it he comes at me with this sentence: "She brushed a cloud of hair out of her eyes with the back of her glove, and left a smudge of earth on the cheek in doing it." The cheek? Um, sir... which cheek is the cheek? Left? Right? Or perhaps the cheek of her eyes Mr. Subject-Confused-Madman?! Maybe it's not even her cheek, as it's the cheek she could be wiping dirt on the All-Poweful Cheek of all Cheeks, the Great Cheek, the God Cheek. Maybe she's smearing dirt on Jesus. I wouldn't even have a problem if he wrote "her cheek". Well, besides the fact that I really hate the "cloud of hair" image. I understand the whole things-being-close-to-your-eye-so-everything-is-cloudy... but the way it's written, I get the view of a huge tangled blob of hair hanging from about 9 strands. I sincerely hope that's not what he's going for, however, it should also be noted that I wish that he would have never went. GRR!

In other news, we need groceries. We need to clean out our fridge and actually fill it with things that can be eaten. I really wanted hot chocolate this morning, so I made some but I feel guilty because it's technically Miah's hot chocolate and there's not much left of it due to everyone-BUT-him drinking it. Also, I am fiending for cheese. Not brie, that was a mistake among mistakes to purchase. I'm not a fan. I'll stick to my cheddar, colby, and other designated "safe" cheeses. Popcorn is still good though. I might have to down a bag between the interim of now and dinner, because in my reading rage I kind of missed lunch. I think it took me twice as long to read the Stienbeck as it should have, just because of my acrimonious attitude. BUT! The time of irritation has past. Now I can look forward to reading the last 100 or so pages of The Other Side of the River and try to figure out, once and for all, if the story is ever going to return to the death of Eric McGinnis, or if - as I suspect - the book will continue to ramble on about anyone else in the town that has some bigot-juice to add to the everliving spring. Why can't people just be good human beings, honestly? It's not that hard.

In other other and far more cheerful news, my hermitage is almost over! The ever-so-charming Faith is coming back! I'm very glad for that. Lobbing pens and pencils at anyone else just isn't the same. However, at present more reading needs to be done. I've got my ramen, my quality H20, and the motivation of Richard Simons. Bring it!

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soliloquy1st
Dec. 6th, 2004 04:34 am (UTC)
you're wrong. John is cool. You're attacking him for a single word, and I bet he could rip anything you've ever written apart.
virtuistic
Dec. 6th, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)
Nuh uh.
No, I'm not attacking him for a single word. I have previously established that I really hate this man's writing and that's why I am "attacking him". The instance I used was just one of the reasons. The man is incapable of writing a riveting tale. He can create the scenery decently, but his stories are always incredibly anti-climactic and all of his characters either end up dead or consumptive, tragic, and weeping. It's irritating. Of Mice and Men could have been a really good story, but to me it feels like somewhere along the way John lost his inspiration and just decided to kill off Lennie and call it done. In the Chrysanthemums he writes about flowers, a knife sharpener, a loving husband, and the woman crying. Honestly, there's nothing profound about what he does. His sentences are simplistic and plain. His descriptions are repetitive and often cliche. Granted, this is just all my opinion, but I most emphatically do not like John Stienbeck.
soliloquy1st
Dec. 6th, 2004 06:38 am (UTC)
Re: Nuh uh.
he wrote about an era. What do you expect of stories and characters from the voice of the Depression?
Did you ever read East of Eden? I find John can create real characters (at least real male characters), and I enjoy the deviations he takes from the plot to describe a character or an idea.
Do you hate Hemingway? Talk about climaxless. (I was going to put a joke here about The Sun Also Rises and climaxlessness... but I wont.

Hey, I'm not trying to be an ass. Write whatever you want in your journal. From the way you write though, I figured you wouldn't mind a disagreement.
virtuistic
Dec. 6th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
Re: Nuh uh.
I don't mind disagreement. John Stienbeck is regarded as one of the great classic authors. Personally, I don't care for him. I was just saying that it's not just that specific word that makes me passionately despise him. I have disliked Stienbeck for a looooong time. I do also dislike Hemingway, and Hawthorne. I can't get involved in their stories.

I did not read East of Eden, but just because you write about an era doesn't mean you can't alter the outcome. There have been several uplifting Depression Era stories in which the characters help each other, creating a positive feeling about humanity in times of hardship, etc. And seriously, it's fiction, it doesn't have to be an exact depiction. Also, in my mind, it is possible to create a character "too well". If it's too believable, it's just the same old same old, you know? I find quirks far more interesting. I also espouse the same beliefs as Edgar Allen Poe, that if it doesn't contribute to the conclusion of the story and/or doesn't get tied in somehow... leave it out. Developing minor characters is kind of a waste of time, especially if they play little to no role. That's why stock characters exist. Granted, this is still all just my personal opinion as a reader and writer.
virtuistic
Dec. 6th, 2004 06:31 am (UTC)
also... out of curiosity. Have you ever read anything I've written?
soliloquy1st
Dec. 6th, 2004 06:38 am (UTC)
livejournalwise?
virtuistic
Dec. 6th, 2004 06:46 am (UTC)
No. Creatively.

My parodies?
Poems?
The fiction story I put up on here?
Etc.?
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