Epitaphs

Reading Ad Infinitvm by Nicholas Ostler, he mentions a Latin epitaph commonly found on grave markers in twelfth century Europe.

Reading Ad Infinitvm by Nicholas Ostler, he mentions a Latin epitaph commonly found on grave markers in twelfth century Europe. I find the English translation haunting:

Whoever you will be who has crossed,
stand, read, weep.
I am what you will be, I had been what
you are. I beg you, pray for me.

What are some memorable epitaphs you have come across?

The Magicians

On the strength of another Fountain Books staff member’s recommendation, I purchased a copy of The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman.
The Magicians by Lev Grossman.

On the strength of another Fountain Books staff member’s recommendation, I purchased a copy of The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I think it was released today in hardcover. I like the blurb by George Martin on the back, “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of whiskey is to a glass of weak tea.” I added the novel to my Reading List (see the sidebar).

I wasn’t planning on purchasing a book. (Damn my luck.) Fountain Books was hosting Chef Andy Howell of Cafe Rustica to celebrate the upcoming movie on the life of Julia Child. Chef Howell demonstrated one of Child’s recipes for tuna salad which was very good.

If you’re in the area, Fountain Books is having a Julie and Julia night at the new Bowtie Cinema theater in Richmond this Thursday at 7pm.

Favorite Pens

Just wanted to plug the gel pens I find indispensible (yet disposable) when writing.

Just wanted to plug the gel pens I find indispensible (yet disposable) when writing. The brand is Zebra and their line of Sarasa pens are a pleasure to write with. Ink flows very smoothly with little pressure and the 10 packs come with a nice variety of colors, which makes marking up what you wrote easier.

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A Blog Rises

This is the first public post of mine on WordPress.

This is the first public post of mine on WordPress. (Up till now, the blog has been private while I move in.) I’ve taken a quick look at some other writer’s blogs and linked to a few that I liked, such as How Not to Write and Words and Wardances. They all have better names for their blogs than my eponymous one. It’ll have to do for now.

My frustration with writing is procrastination. The feeling is similar to pushing a shopping cart with a bad wheel, so it veers off and I don’t end up where I want to go. When I’m not writing, I want to write. When I have time to write, I find something else to do.

Well, at least I’ve written a blog post.

Being Human

Flipping channels last night I had come across bits of a new show called Being Human on BBC America.

Flipping channels last night I had come across bits of a new show called Being Human on BBC America. The premise may seem like the set up of a joke: A vampire, a werewolf and a ghost share a flat … But actually I found it to be a charming story. Three damned individuals trying to hold onto their humanity. I think this was the second episode and I will try to catch the pilot and the third episode this week.

Anyone else watch this show?