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Wednesday reading — correspondence and correspondences

What I've been reading

I read Marcus Aurelius in Love, via lysimache and interlibrary loan. It is an extremely entertaining piece of translation, and I really love how Amy Richlin set out a system for conveying the spirit of the originals—like using incidental French to translate the incidental Greek, and familiar quotes from Shakespeare for references that would have been equally familiar—that is both thoughtful and clever, like a really good AU fanfic, and also footnoted everything so you have both kinds of precision. I typed up one of my favorite shorter letters and stuck it on tumblr for your reading pleasure.

I read Chimes at Midnight, the new October Daye book. I have to say, these books have improved a lot in their weak points over the earliest ones—hardly any of the plot of this one depends on Toby being Too Stupid to Live!—and they continue to be fun to read, with a really nice found family thing going on.

I read Lady of Mazes, which is another book I pulled off of Jo Walton's eight books from the last decade that made her excited about SF. I wouldn't go as far as she does and say it has great characters, but it has passible ones for conveying the worldbuilding and the technology and what it's like to share the world with people who are perceiving completely different circumstances, which is what I really enjoyed.

I read Pornography and Representation in Greece and Rome, edited by Amy Richlin, which is really interesting on a number of subjects, although it's weird to step back into 1991 when the feminist critical discourse around 'pornography' was very different from when I was in school ten years later or now. This is the source of Monday's post about fantasies, as well as this post on tumblr about kids playing venator and bad things happening to bunnies in Roman mosaics.

What I'm reading next

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by blackholly

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♥ She gave a talk once while I was at penn--on Marcus Aurelius and fronto actually--and I was so starstruck I could barely exchange a word with her! She's very nice though!

She's best known for The Garden of Priapus, if you're looking former of her work to read!
That is so awesome! I would feel like I was doing all right if I managed at least one actual word under those circumstances. *g*

Yay, I have a copy of The Garden of Priapus checked out on ILL and I am looking forward to reading it!