Someone Is Missing

On August 12 I emailed my friend Christina. I thought of her immediately when I heard Viola Luuzzo’s daughter on NPR. I said I wondered if anyone else was crying in their car hearing her voice.

Close. I was standing at my kitchen sink tearing up. I was thinking of writing her daughter that I didn’t believe the racist smears about her mother (no one in the movement did) and how deeply I admired her AT THE TIME. Want to do it together? xxo, C

Christina continues to try and contact Viola’s daughter, Sally. She found an article.  This is from a year ago, but I may contact the station, since no information about her can be found right now.

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Where Are The Women In Hip Hop?

Did you know about women in Hip Hop? I didn’t. Happy belated birthday, Hip Hop.



Sylvia Archive: Who Wants To Know?

There’s a rant hotline, though it may be tapped.  Leave your answer in a comment and find out.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sylvia Archive: Mary Fran’s Future

She’s not worried about it.  Click the strip for a better look at the fine print.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cat v Gator

I fear that the gators will find a way to gang up on Mugsy, but maybe they have extremely limited responses.

Sylvia Archive: Saving

Mary Frances takes a poll.  Have input to add?

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sylvia Archive: Barbie Bashing

What else might these Bad Girls chat about? Suggest a topic in a comment.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A List I Found While Looking For Something Else

I think this list is very, very old, but here are 20 of my favorite books, from some time in my life… . Perhaps 15 years ago.

My 20 favorite books

The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, witty, mysterious, and way shorter than the others.
Women and Children First by Francine Prose. Anything by Francine Prose, the same is true of Margaret Drabble
Jerusalem the Golden by Margaret Drabble
Cruddy by Lynda Barry, dark and absorbing.
Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov

Hard Time by Sara Paretsky
Backhand by Liza Cody
The Glass-sided Ants’ Nest by Peter Dickinson: Inspector Pibble always encounters his nemesis in these mysteries, the man or woman who sees his weakness immediately and sets out to humiliate him…it’s all the more satisfying when Pibble struggles through to the correct solution.
Blanche on the Lam by Barbara Neely. Really, any of Neely’s Blanche books for their meshing of the politics of race and gender with a absorbing mystery story.

Bad Trips edited by Keath Fraser: I love to read about people’s near death experience while taking ill-considered trips to exotic locations.
Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick, an intense memoir about Gornick’s life and her relationship with her mother. That makes it sound like other books about mother/daughter, but you just have to trust me.
This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolfe, a memoir. The writing is astounding.
Behind The Mask by Ian Buruma. An amazing glimpse into the other part of Japanese culture. Not their manners, not their corporate selves seen through films, television books and comics.

Agrippina Throws A Wobbly by Claire Bretecher. This is a French cartoonist in a British edition of her work published by Methuen, and it’s about a sullen British teenager and her friends. Very funny. Bretecher’s drawing style is the envy of all of us.
Where’s My Baby Now? By Claire Bretecher, also published by Methuen. Artificial insemination with disastrous, bizarre hilarious consequences.
Doonesbury Deluxe by GB Trudeau. Or anything by Trudeau.
Anything by Jules Fieffer, and now he’s writing children’s books. I recommend Where’s My Bear?
The Indelible Alison Bechdel. Confessions, comix and miscellaneous dykes to watch out for.

Children’s Books
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Van Allsburg. The drawings and the story are magical.

Books about little tiny apartments and houses, a continuous preoccupation of mine.
Making The Most Of Small Spaces byAnoop Parikh
The Tiny Book of Tiny Houses by Lester Walker

Looking for stuff

Sylvia Archive: Other Worldly

Wednesday, August 21, 2013Click the comic to see for yourself.


Cats Who Know Too Much

This from seasoned investigator and Mariano food hostess, June.

This is vitally important information for a cat owner considering a crime. Your cat will rat you out! Aside from the obvious flaw in this reasoning which is that people who have cat companions are very peaceful and loving individuals, it seems like a forward forensic leap. Probably CSI has known of this for a long time, and of course Doctor House regularly sent his medical residents to peoples’ houses to discover what chemical allergy was causing their puzzling symptoms.

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