Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
Gayle Madwin

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Birthday Presents!

I have birthday presents! Every present I received is a book, except for one (or possibly two, if you count the cat vomit splattered all over my carpet as my birthday present from Stardust). They are not Harry Potter, though. Everyone is much too crazy over Harry Potter. I mean, I'll read the new book eventually, probably even within the next month or two, but all this desperation to read the book immediately on the first day it's released is just silly. And as for the people refusing to go near the Internet at all right now for fear of spoilers: They are right that finding out the ending probably would totally ruin their enjoyment of the book, but in my opinion, this says a lot about how bad the book is. Nobody complains that knowing the ending of Moby Dick ruined the book for them. They might like Moby Dick or they might hate Moby Dick, but knowing the ending ahead of time has nothing to do with it. Personally, I liked Moby Dick a lot more than I've liked any of the Harry Potter books, and this difference is why.

(And no, I will definitely not post any Harry Potter spoilers even when I do eventually obtain the book, so stop worrying already. They are not interesting enough to merit writing about!)

Anyway, here are the books I did receive for my birthday:
  • Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925 by Vera Brittain
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
  • We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Sound of the Mountain by Yasunari Kawabata
  • A Fisherman of the Inland Sea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami
  • I Am a Cat by Natsume Soseki
  • The Fur Person by May Sarton
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind
  • The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki
  • Sexual (Dis)Orientation: Gender, Sex, Desire and Self-Fashioning by Tamsin Wilton
The one non-book I received was the CD Counterfeit2 by Martin L. Gore. I long ago ceased to be anywhere near as crazy about him as I was in my teenagehood, but I will say this for him: His voice is still very beautiful, and it is definitely not his fault that his cover version of the song "Stardust" on this album is currently strongly associated in my mind with cat vomit.

The cat was purring happily and apparently perfectly recovered by the time I returned home from my parents' house, as indeed cats usually do seem to be whenever they have just finished splattering their insides all over a bedroom. Hopefully she won't be due for her next round of vomiting for another several months now. (Going longer than that without vomiting seems to be too much to expect of a cat. Or at least of this cat.)

I do kind of wonder whether my being away all evening at my parents' house immediately after having been away all day at work caused this round of massive vomiting, because she's made it very clear long before this that she hates being left alone for long time periods. In the future, I need to find a way to communicate the concept of "birthday" to her.
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