September 24th, 2005

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The Zzz-zz medicine

Once again proving that Lexapro makes me fall asleep...

For the past couple of weeks, I've taken my doctor's advice and started taking Lexapro before bed, rather than 9 a.m. or whenever I take the rest of my medicines in the morning. The result? No sudden naps!

Last night I was out so late I forgot to take the stuff before bed. So I took it at 10 after my shower. Went out for a couple of hours, got back around noon, and fell asleep for two hours, just BONK! out cold. Other than the fact Luckie was cute and sweet, cuddling with me the whole while, I was annoyed I fell asleep, because I have stuff to do.

I will now try to stay awake all afternoon and clean up this sty.
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Theseus and Ariadne

I recently finished reading Mary Renault's The King Must Die, the wonderfully fleshed out story of the mythical hero Theseus. Like the other two Renault novels I've read so far (Fire From Heaven and The Persian Boy), this book went straight to my all-time favorites list.

However, I have one question and I hope somebody can answer it: What the hell does Theseus find in Ariadne's hand after the festival that makes him decide to abandon her? Renault does not spell it out, so I guess it's up to the imagination. I've thought hard about it but the only thing I can think is that she had the young king's penis or something, which is a total guess. Theseus is so traumatized by having found out he feels he broke the "will of the god" and basically leaves his beloved behind as he goes back to Athens, but I feel like I should know more specifics.

Anybody read this book who can help? xanath? Or just know the myth well enough to tell me? I read an overview of the myth and it says Theseus discovers Ariadne has been claimed by Dionysus.

Oh, and goes without saying, I highly recommend this book. It's such an amazing rendering of a classical myth that I swear I kept forgetting it was from modern day.
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Favorite Fiction

I've been compiling a favorite (fiction) books list for many years and here's my latest update.

MY FAVORITE FICTION
(in order by author)

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Lilith's Brood (Dawn, Adulthood Rites, Imago) - Octavia E. Butler
Parable of the Sower - Octavia E. Butler
The Stranger - Albert Camus
Shogun - James Clavell
Wraeththu series - Storm Constantine
Stalking Tender Prey - Storm Constantine
Burying the Shadow - Storm Constantine
Calenture - Storm Constantine
Crown of Silence - Storm Constantine
The Thorn Boy - Storm Constantine
Thin Air - Storm Constantine
Sign for the Sacred - Storm Constantine
The Oracle Lips - Storm Constantine
Tom Jones - Henry Fielding
A Room With a View - E.M. Forster
Nightrunner series - Lynn Flewelling
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
The Birthday of the World and Other Stories - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
1984 - George Orwell
Stone Dance of the Chameleon series - Ricardo Pinto
The Chosen - Chaim Potok
The Promise - Chaim Potok
My Name Is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok
The Persian Boy - Mary Renault
Fire From Heaven - Mary Renault
The King Must Die - Mary Renault
The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice
Venus Plus X - Theodore Sturgeon
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LOL

I'm in an amused mood.

First, just watched a SciFi original movie which was better than average, but still hilarious.

Second, I just got this fortune:

Your Fortune Is

Baseball got it all wrong --
man with four balls cannot walk.
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