“I tell you one thing, though. If that friend of yours makes you happy, hang onto ‘em any way you can. Ain’t too often in this life you meet another person makes you really happy. Listen to this shit,” Chef Irvin said, stubbing out his cigarette on the sole of his shoe. “Motherfuckin Hallmark Cards oughta hire me. Make me head of the motherfuckin inspirational division.”

The Value of X, by Poppy Z. Brite

I suppose I could have stopped a sentence sooner, but then it would have taken out some of Chef Irvin's verve, I'm afraid. :P I also suppose this is more of an advice, than a simple quote - read in context, that phrase was referred to a single friend, and a pretty particular kind of one... but that's really the beauty of taking things out of context. You can take them to mean pretty much anything. In my case, though, I don't want to go really that far - also because there is no rule that says you can have only one best friend. You can get lucky and have more of them - both online and offline, I'm not making distinctions. And I know I've had that phrase, that hang onto ‘em any way you can, ringing quite a few times in my head all last week.

Now - it's been kind of a rough week, next one will probably be just as much so, which means that I was wondering if you could help me out some. I'd like this entry's theme to be All things funny. I just really, really need to laugh as much as I can*, so if you can think of any funny stories, pictures, links, whatever - could you post them here? Please. Don't worry about what I might like or not - whatever sounded funny to you. For any reason. Pretty please? ♥

* Books helped in that regard, though. I'd started reading A Confederacy of Dunces - a new bookshop opened, and the section with the books in English is a thing of beauty - but it really wasn't doing the trick, and last Tuesday I switched to A Monstrous Regiment. By page 25 I was definitely sure that yes, that was just the thing. (I'm not saying that I wasn't liking Confederacy, though. It just wasn't the right moment for it.)



I slipped the picture back where I had found it. Then I realized something: That last thought had brought no sting with it. Closing Sohrab's door, I wondered if that was how forgiveness budded, not with the fanfare of epiphany, but with pain gathering its things, packing up, and slipping away unannounced in the middle of the night.

I've just finished aforementioned book, and GOOD LORD (nevermind I'm not exactly the religious type) I needed to draw a smile. Badly. So... this. Which is really very much of a sketch.

At first, the image I'd thought of was a Lily, holding a hat to her head with both hands and laughing at the camera. Then... I chose Peter. Mostly because, as I said, Amir reminds me strongly of the idea I have of him. And then... well, I don't think I'll surprise anyone if I say that I strongly disagree from the fandom's take on Peter. It's the very definition of "easy way out". Reality... is pretty much more complex than that.

No worries, I won't start ranting or anything like that.

Title: Smile
Characters: a veeeery young Peter Pettigrew
Rating: G, of course.
Notes: ...look above! ;P

For you, a thousand times over.

Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
There will be two main points here.

Point (a):


She know why, I trust. :D

Point (b):
(mostly copy and paste through and through here, you're warned.)

I've just finished Ancien malade des hôpitaux de Paris, something like a couple of hours after having found out about its existence, also probably something like a few days before you'll actually see this posted (ETA: It was the 16th. Yeah, I know.), and--

I'm finding again what I love in Pennac: a narration that takes a pleasure void of any shame from the joys of language and thought, that loves to smile but doesn't feel the pounding need to laugh, that alternates identification and sneers. A text where often mouth and stomach are laughing, but the mind is at work, where you laugh because you've tripped: then, evrything turns all right again (or so it seems), but your foot still hurts a little.

(Quoted from an article written by Giorgio Gallione, right at the end of the book.)

(And didn't my translation suck, by the by.)

And since it's also a Pennac post, you get a Pennac quote. )

Voice Meme!

Oct. 4th, 2005 10:52 am
[livejournal.com profile] gothikmaus started this madness, and now I'm blaming her for it. You all should, too. ;P

I want to hear you talk!

You see, what I want you to do is:

1) Think of a quote you've particularly liked, and find it

2) Pick up the book/file in question

3) Read it aloud, recording your voice in the meanwhile

4) And then, of course, post it all on lj.

"Whooo-eee," said Crowley. "Where have you been?"
Good Omens, page 335.

(if you haven't read the book but intend to, don't listen to it. It could very likely spoil the fun.)

The complete quote behind lj-cut, because it could spoil the fun for those who haven't read the book. I did the whole page, because.. well, the single line on its own wouldn't have made much sense. But that was one of things that had me almost laughing the most. Oh, yes.

Also, I've still got the cold, so don't expect it to be who knows what. (not that the without-cold-me is that better... but if I have a plausible excuse, I use it. ;P) I could have waited, but I didn't really want to. :D The idea sounded like too much fun. (And it was!)

'Excuse me,' said the angel. The trio looked at him. 'This Great Plan,' he said, 'this would be...' )
Taken from [livejournal.com profile] jadis31

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

"Be quiet." Perdikkas' voice, suddenly unfestal, an angry martinet's, sobered everyone down. They led Philip to an anteroom, and started to undress him.

Funeral Games, by Mary Renault

I've had this for quite a while, and practically forgot I had it... until The Persian Boy saw me when I was walking by the shelf, and beckoned me over. I've just finished rereading it, and I still have to read this one. Of course, making this meme meant me reading the phrase above and below, and making me die to read it.

(By the by, I was drawing the laughing Marauders pic when I was rereading the last part of the Persian Boy, and I had to stop as soon as I reached the page where (NI! DON'T READ! :P) Hephaistion fell ill. I did not pick up the book again until I'd finished the drawing. Mary Renault affects me way too much.)

While we're here:

Your Inner European is Italian!

Passionate and colorful.

You show the world what culture really is.

[livejournal.com profile] wild_boys did it - a while ago, by now - er. a month ago. A month. I hadn't realized it had been that much. Anyway:

01. Take first five novels from your bookshelf.
02. Book 1 -- first sentence
03. Book 2 -- last sentence on page 50
04. Book 3 -- second sentence on page 100
05. Book 4 -- next to the last sentence on page 150
06. Book 5 -- final sentence of the book
07. Make the five sentences into a paragraph.
08. Feel free to "cheat" to make it a better paragraph.
09. Name your sources
10. Post to your blog.

"Beth Hamisfath" - the court! But Lotaria is counting on your partecipation.

"Heh, yes, a bit. In summertime, with the heat, I always lose appetite."

And, for a moment, the crow encircled his friend's shoulders with a wing. "Our mind is made porous by oblivion; I myself am deforming and losing, under years' tragical erosion, Beatriz' features.

Sources and whatnot )


May. 24th, 2005 10:33 am
Does it show that much that I have Issues with subject lines?

So, first off: [livejournal.com profile] colourme_hp. Since that was probably the only chance to see something of mine colored, I posted there a couple of linearts, Lily in the snow and Ni's Remus. The results were:

And, secondly, no matter what I said in the last entry - I've started writing it quite some days ago, and I didn't really have the time yesterday to go and change what needed changing, not to mention to do a general re-reading - I've finished Monsieur Malausséne by now, and well, I wanted to post some quotes ).
I have just (as in a couple of days ago, but that's irrelevant) found another kindred spirit who loves Pennac... I couldn't let it go by without some sort of party, now could I? :D

So, blame it on [livejournal.com profile] wild_boys. Who, as I'm told, is perfectly happy with taking said blame. :D

The Imprescriptible Rights of the Reader )

From Daniel Pennac's Comme un Roman.

ETA: Oh, I forgot to mention that sooner or later I will build an enourmous stiletto, nick a pullman somewhere and start a trip in Europe (well, Australia is that bit too far).

Yeah, I've seen Priscilla, The Queen of the Desert. Pure madness, I tell you. Mwah!

ETA 2 - To Whom It May Concern:

I found an online site where you can download some good old "frustrating grafic adventure games". :) To play them you'll need ScummVM. Near each one of them I specified the language. So many of them are in Italian... *sigh* does anyone know of places where to find them in English? I'd love to play them, especially the first two Monkeys. :D
Links )
(I'm currently very proud of myself. I'm just been at Eurochocolate - which is just a great scam, truth to be told, because a large part of the products is the same that you can find everywhere, all the year, save that here they are all together, and that they are more expensive. Anyway, what I'm proud of is that I managed to wander there and NOT buy anything. Even if Laura, a friend who was with me, had to physically remove me from the Lindt stand. And she said I often had a pained expression. Fancy that, with all that chocolate, salivation takes off.)

These last few days I read Roberto Bolaño's "Night By Chile", and Andrea Camilleri's "La mossa del cavallo".

I have the habit of quoting pieces of the books I find interesting. Only, I usually try to use English quotes. This time, though, since I read books written in Italian (one original and one translation), and I couldn't find an English version online, I'm afraid I can only offer you the Italian version. I could try to translate it, though.. We'll see. Maybe I'll edit this entry later on.

(If you know links where I could find the English versions, could you tell me? Thank you! =) )

Night By Chile )

This book (the one above, I mean) left me a strange aftertaste. It's consuming, without any doubt. I read the first 60 pages all in one go, and it felt like running a race. It just wouldn't let me lift my head and take a breath, if you know what I mean. The last part, in particular a scene a couple of pages after the passage mentioned above, made me remember a movie I saw about four years ago, and still haven't watched again ever since, "Garage Olimpo". Well, at the time, I hadn't seen yet anything remotely as hard. I still remember how shaken it left me, and that I was glad my best friend, who I knew understood me, was there with me. I think we barely talked, afterward. But I'm glad I went to see it, and I think I should watch it again now.

The Knight's Move )

Mwah! For the first time, someone made an icon from my art... It's here! Weee, I'll be smiling all day.

(And here starts a big ETA.)

I love Fabio Fazio. I love him. Saturday evening (uuuh, the things you can watch, if you're forced to stay home..) I saw his "Che tempo che fa", and he was interviewing Bondi. Did anyone see it? Really, that was a masterpiece. Fazio kept being his usual kind, polite, nice, meek self, and he kept making fun of Bondi, still in his nice, not-aggressive way, while Bondi didn't realize it, not even ONCE! I love that man, I really do.

And I also have to say that I like Fassino. I can't do anything about it. It was so refreshing, while I was seeing Ballaro' yesterday evening, that what I was thinking at one moment, shortly after was said by him. It doesn't happen often.

And I'd like to expand on the whole mess about Buttiglione, because I've heard people saying very, very, stupid things, but right now I don't have the time.


Aug. 30th, 2004 11:01 am
Hi everybody, I'm back! =)

Come on now, don't make those faces, I know that deep down you're all happy to see me. =P And thanks for the comments you left me when I was leaving!

Wherein I babble. )

No, I've not been completely out of the world lately, but I'm not going to say anything on what happened. Maybe too much there would be to say, and surely too much has already been said. (Even if I honestly expected worse: the general Italian tendency towards melodrama didn't bode well.) I've read things that made me feel so ashamed, for the simple fact that I share the man's same nationality, and others with which I agreed. But- well. I'm not going to add anything else.

Olympics. )

On other accounts, I also read a bit. For instance, I finished Kilbrack, and here's my obligatory quote date. )

I don't think I ever wrote an entry this long. So! Tell me anything I missed!

[ETA] And.. well, I was about to say I haven't been completely idle, showing you some images as an evidence of this, but I only have one and I drew it before leaving, (and this phrase should be shorter,) so it doesn't really count, does it? I also wrote a bit, but.. I need to reread it. Yeah, it happens sometimes. Would you have told? =P
Finally, a book where the character I like most doesn't die.

Ok, he's not properly alive, so I don't really know if he could properly die at all, but.. well, he didn't.

Oh! I was forgetting.. it has become a custom to add a quote everytime I finish a book. )

And a question. The man feeding the ducks is supposed to be God, right? But I was wondering.. he talks in the very same way Death does. Am I seeing too much in this?

This has absolutely nothing to do with the rest, and it's stupid, so feel free to skip this part. I'm posting it just because it made me laugh. I've always known deep inside that I was a rogue. The role of the valiant knight with the shining armour never suited me. )
University is evil.


this )

sums it up fairly well.
Ok, I'm finally back.. ^^"
To be honest, I was back almost a week ago, but I didn't really find the time to come here before.
So, I have quite a quantity of things to do.. Not that I mind, actually. ^______^ Later I'll read [livejournal.com profile] wicked_deceiver's "thing" and leave a comment.. I still hadn't read the post about Two and Reuben (I was talking all along about [livejournal.com profile] wo_net.. it's making my day, lately. XDDD), post my deaaarrrr friends is trying to make sure I'm going to read. Ohoh, my dear, you know my spirit of contradiction is quite developed.. XPP *sighs* But I'll read it anyway, I'm just too curious. They're two (uh-oh, a pun, too.. ) of my fav charas, after all.. (along with Mart and Bill (which is his surname, btw?), but that's history.)

And if you don't know what I'm talking about.. you should really go HERE. Search for the pics. Trust me, they're worth it.

I finally found the quote I was searching for.. I was reading "The Sound and the Fury" (the italian translation) and I read a line I really liked.

"I give it (he's talking about a clock) to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools."

Quite angst, I know. I wanted to read the original one and I went to every bookshop here, but I didn't find the english edition. But then, I found it here.. and now the credits are settled, too.

Now I'm going here and there to search for new fics.. And I found little news that made me glad. ^_____^ On the SB/RL FQF, there are some new works from [livejournal.com profile] mrsronweasley and Leandra (her "Life as a Dog" was nice - "In Denial" too, among the 'denial' fics I liked it (along with "Deny Not The Heart", by Ballyharon and Ithica) the best.)
Now I'm checking Azkaban Lair.

But actually I'm going in search of two things, mainly:

1) GOOD Post-Ootp SB/RL fics. GOOD ones. I still didn't find ONE really good.
Hey, I found one with Remus crying. In front of Harry. One of the most ooc
things ever existed.

2) Kingsley fics. I didn't start search them yet.. I'd prefer starting with fics written by
people I already know and appraise, but since I didn't find one, I think I should just
take my chance. (I don't know if this is the right expression..) And this rather
frighten me, thinking of the.. things I found this way, about other pairings. =__=

Anyone can help me?



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