May 17th, 2005

Brilliant!

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So I just went to the library. Normally I go, pick out my books, check them out, and leave. Today I went for the express purpose of sketching some ideas for this week's arteests challenge. I didn't have much luck with that. It's harder than I thought it'd be.

However, I did find something interesting. This morning, I was talking to Lolli about a book I used to read a lot, an old favorite, called "The Egypt Game" by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. It was published in '67. After talking about it with Lolli, I thought, "Well, why not see if the library has a copy!"

At the end of the book, the last line is "Melanie? What do you know about gypsies?" As I searched in the library database for key words "Egypt Game," the first thing that popped up was "The Gypsy Game." The Gypsy Game? thought I. How odd. I wonder if that's in any way related to The Egypt Game. Turns out, yes. Zilpha Keatley Snyder published "The Gypsy Game" in 1997, 30 years after the first one. I checked them both out. Re-reading "The Egypt Game" for the first time in years, I'm struck again by the writing style. You can tell that it was written in the '60s. In addition to the use of the word "Negro," the narrator also mentions the fact that April's father died in the Korean War before she could get to know him.

Anyway, I'm pretty excited. Re-reading an old favorite is always nice, and I hope "The Gypsy Game" is as good as its predecessor. (Predecessor isn't exactly the right word to use here, but it's the only one I could come up with.)
Brilliant!

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I found this post through metaquotes. This woman found an absolutely vile old tome while rifling some cobwebby boxes. It's called On Becoming a Woman, and it was written in 1951 by some misinformed pre-Bushian fundie freakazoid "doctor" type, who also happened (oh surprise of surprises) to be a man. Anyway, blinkytreefrog found the book and decided she had to share the horror, so she scanned it, and here it is!

No death threats against the doctor, he's already dead. Sorry, guys.
Brilliant!

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Update about The Gypsy Game: I just finished re-reading The Egypt Game, and I still love it. The Gypsy Game was obviously written much later because just in the first few pages, she's already referred to Melanie and Marshall as "African-American" instead of "Negro." I wondered if it would be that way.

Eeeeeenteresting.

OMG cute little kid running around the baseball diamond squeeeeeeeeeeee.

<_< Biological clock? I have no idea what you're talking about.