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Okay, I'm going to try to reconstruct, but it really chaps my #$%. Like when someone keeps saying "what" after you've told a long story. 

Chernobyl gave me nightmares. All. Night. Long. This show. I'm so glad to hear that folks are beginning to talk about it. As they should. I think it should be required watching for anyone who is a human being. Anyone who romanticizes socialism/communism or "clean" energy. Anyone who feels horror when contemplating archaeologists unearthing hot rods thousands of years in the future. 

We've been watching Chernobyl documentaries and hands down the one that I will watch again is Babushkas of Chernobyl. This film, these women. It's a modern day fairy/folk tale. The Baba Yaga living in the poisoned forest drinking from the poisoned well serving the poisoned eggs. The Crone will always be the most fierce of the Norns. 

Finished two more Laird Hunt dark poetic parables novels - Neverhome and The Kind One. Read these. Both deal with the Civil War and slavery and women. I love this guy. I tried Max Porter's Lanny and Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Lanny couldn't ultimately deliver and GitTwF is too self-indulgent and probably didn't deserve a hard cover. Waiting for Ocean Vuong's novel. What are you lot reading?

Kidling1 adopted the sweetest kittycat I've ever seen!! She's a lovebug and Kidling1 needed this. I'm happy for both of them.

Tatyana -

Deadwood movie anyone??? HELLS YES. My father was waiting, waiting, waiting for this.

We sent a wreath to my father's grave for Memorial Day. The wreath, the flag, pennies on the stone. I can't really look at the picture. Something so irreversibly permanent about a name carved in marble.

My mother wanted someone to host a Memorial Day barbecue but it poured up here all weekend long. At four pm yesterday my sister texted that she was going to que hot dogs and everyone was invited. Uh....received that about seven pm and just shook my head. Superduper. 

I'm thinking we should start up a comm for our writers group. 


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May. 28th, 2019 05:29 pm (UTC)
Beautiful cat!! <3

I can't watch depressing documentaries right now, I'm dealing with so much grief and anger from the national and world political stage, and the fact that refusal to address climate change is going to have such horrific effects in our lifetimes, not to mention our children's lifetimes, and the right-wing and fascist governments in the US and developing in Europe . . . it kills my soul. I despair for us as a species.

(I think it's a good idea for people who don't *get* this stuff to watch it. I'm just standing by in horror and trying to keep candles lit to fight back the worst of the darkness.)

I'm about to start "The Red-Stained Wings," which is the 2nd book in a new trilogy by Elizabeth Bear, a follow-up to her Eternal Sky trilogy (it's like . . . Mongolian fantasy, but with wonderful cultural blending and characters that I really got into, including an older woman who is a magic-user, and is rocking the early-crone stage of her life.)


-- A <3
May. 29th, 2019 07:15 pm (UTC)

I know, A, I know.

I tried Elizabeth Bear on one of your recs before! I will look into this one!
May. 29th, 2019 11:16 pm (UTC)
She has so many different voices as an author — it’s very impressive.

I’d read the Eternal Sky books first, bc there have been some minor spoilers in the two newer ones.

Here’s the first:


May. 28th, 2019 07:01 pm (UTC)
Was it this Chernobyl video that gave you nightmares?

If so, I can hazard a guess as to why, because that video's soundtrack is so full of bad frequencies (ultrasonic discords deliberately used to induce anxiety) that I can't stand it even with the sound on my computer turned to barely-audible. Most people can't (consciously?) hear those frequencies, but are nevertheless affected by them - I can hear them, but even knowing that they're there, and what they're meant to do, doesn't cancel their effect.

I don't know who's been calling nuclear energy 'clean' - practically every environmental activist I've known since the 70's has been vehemently opposed to it. Remember when everybody was playing this song?

Face the fire- Dan Fogelberg(original version)
May. 29th, 2019 07:16 pm (UTC)
No, it's the Chernoble mini-series! Yes, the docus are horrifying. I remember this disaster clearly and am hoping that the mini-series opens up some new eyes.
May. 28th, 2019 11:24 pm (UTC)
This week's Chernobyl was brutal. Well, for critter-loving me. Still, it was the more compassionate choice, as the furbabies would have suffered terribly from radiation poisoning. Still...so hard to watch and contemplate.

Won't even go into biorobots. Horrible. Most horrible.

Kidling1's kitty is gorgeous!

Can't read right now. :-(

Writer's Comm! Yes! Yes! Yes!

*Hugs you tight*
May. 29th, 2019 07:16 pm (UTC)
It was brutal. And so difficult to watch. So much loss and devastation. The hubris and ineptitude...

How are you??
May. 29th, 2019 08:39 pm (UTC)
I realized that the reason I didn't know that much about it was it happened just about the time I got sick, so I wasn't really following the news. I mean, I remember that it happened, but not much else. This is an awakening for me. Unimaginable!

Not so good right now. Every little thing costs so much. My uncle is being really kind which is helpful.

How are you?
May. 29th, 2019 10:03 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people don't remember much about it, M. I think it's important and they are sure doing a great job telling the horror story of it.

Sorry you're struggling! I'm glad someone is there helping out a bit! Makes all the difference.

I'm okay. Memorial Day weekend was hard. It was also my parents' wedding anniversary. But the sun is out again and things are feeling more hopeful. I have too much article writing to do! And that makes me feel unsettled.
May. 29th, 2019 10:37 pm (UTC)
It is hugely important. Especially now. Incompetence and arrogance, two horrible human traits especially when coupled, but sadly something to be found everywhere.

I'm so sorry Memorial Day was so difficult for you. I know it was a very special time for your family and I can't imagine the grief you must have experienced. *Hugs*

What are you writing about? Sending you good writing vibes. :-)
May. 29th, 2019 01:27 am (UTC)
Cute kitty!

May. 29th, 2019 08:00 pm (UTC)
She really is adorbs!
May. 29th, 2019 02:00 am (UTC)
we don't have HBO but i'm putting Babushkas of Chernobyl on my watchlist, thanks! That actually sounds like it would be right up both K's and my alley which is a rare bird indeed.
May. 29th, 2019 08:01 pm (UTC)
So glad you're going to watch this one, J. Let me know what you thought. I'm still thinking about it. Very moving.
May. 29th, 2019 07:30 am (UTC)
What a beautiful cat! I'm sure they'll be happy together <3

I'm unlikely to watch Chernobyl movies or documentaries much. We get a lot over here, having been close enough to get some of the fallout, no mushrooms for decades, and documentaries on how it is going there for years on end. I find they show us much less of Fukushima, probably because it's so much farther away.
May. 29th, 2019 08:06 pm (UTC)
She really is a tiny beauty. And yes, I think my daughter needed this. Someone to love and care for and have that reciprocated.

I totally get that about Chernobyl! There's no question in my mind that it was worse than we know and will continue to poison the world for millenia to come. UGH.
May. 29th, 2019 09:31 am (UTC)
DW does eat. I do my blog on my own blogspot, copy it to DW and have DW copy it to LJ where I check to make sure everything was passed over correctly. I never trust DW to actually not eat things, so I always keep my original posts in my blog. So sorry you had to go through this!

Chernobyl, huh? I'll have to check that out. I've been fascinated with it for many years now.

We had rain on Memorial Day, but fortunately Sunday was clear and beautiful. One of two days ... I'll take it = LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)
May. 29th, 2019 10:01 pm (UTC)
Ah! That's what I should do - copy/paste. Good advice! It was absolutely aggravating.

Chernobyl is a fantastic five part mini-series. Moving and horrifying and very, very real.

It's sunny and hot now. Summer here we come! Dry lightning all day....I can't believe we are back in wildfire season.
May. 29th, 2019 12:00 pm (UTC)
You're not the only one who's had DW eat stuff, unfortunately. The one advantage is that it tends to eat less than LJ ever did.

Beautiful kitty!
May. 29th, 2019 10:01 pm (UTC)
It was utterly infuriating. Lesson learned.

She is a pretty girl! Seems to be very happy, too!
Jun. 4th, 2019 10:06 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful kitty! And so poofy!

If only we weren't limited to shorthaired cats...

Both WIRED and Outside had interesting articles on Chernobyl at 30 years after the disaster (back in 2016). It was so unsettling to read about people living near or IN the exclusion zone, farming the soil and eating what comes of it-- either because they don't understand the long-term effects, or because they could not afford to move and this was all they had. :(
Jun. 19th, 2019 10:32 pm (UTC)
This comes too late for the discussion, but I just ran across it, and thought it might interest you:

“Chernobyl” Undermines True Socialism at a Time When We Need It Most

Edited at 2019-06-19 10:33 pm (UTC)
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