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Nothing new under the sun in Chapter 79: Evelyn feels sick and skips school; reads a book and complains about having to go to parties. The book is really The Awakening by Kate Chopin, which is a real book you can read,and maybe should? If nothing else, it caused critics in 1899 to kick up a fuss. It was a great time for fuss! 

Madison's is the fictional American publication that helped demonstrate Emily's rise through the world of fictional American publications by publishing her short story A Flaw in the Indictment!!!! early in Emily's Quest, i.e., late 1905 in the Fanfiction Timeline. Evelyn thinks they are a little stuffy and their fashion writers especially poor, but that never comes into the story.   

Meanwhile, in real life, Oxford University Press Canada has announced a NEW TOTALLY COMPLETE EDITION of L.M. Montgomery's journals, starting THIS SEPTEMBER. How is this possible? 

"The first edition of The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery was published in the 1980s, with fifty percent of the material removed to save space, as well as to reflect a quaint, marketable vision of small-town Canada. The editors were instructed to excise anything that was not upbeat or did not "move the story along." The resulting account of Montgomery's youthful life in Prince Edward Island depicts a fun-loving, simple country girl. The unabridged journal, however, reveals something quite different. 

We now know that Montgomery was anything but simple. She was often anxious, bitter, dark, and political, although always able to see herself and her surroundings with a deep ironic - and often comical - twist. The unabridged version shows her using writing as a means of managing her own mood swings, as well as her increasing dependency on journal keeping, and her ambition as a writer."

Also featuring: " hundreds of her own photographs placed as she placed them in her journals, as well as newspaper clippings, postcards, and professional portraits, all with her own original captions."

Am I excited about this? I am extremely excited about this. If I weren't suddenly unemployed through July, I would have already pre-ordered. Should I be, though? Isn't it . . .I don't actually know what adjective I would apply to the quality of really wanting to read about other people's mood swings. Ghoulish? Invasive? Unseemly? I don't really know how I should feel about how I feel about diaries.



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May. 7th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Another book to add to my maybe-read-one-day-if-I-have-the-time list. It is already incredibly crowded, so at least it'll have some company. However, right now, I am on a reading spree of immoral French authors.

I'm also excited about the complete journals, even though I am still stuck around 1924 in the abridged ones. (I did, though, finish Gift of Wings this Saturday by reading two thirds of it in one day.) In a way, I think the diaries serve similar purpose that tabloids have for other people, but they are much more neat and dignified.

(I would comment on the fanfiction itself, but once again, I have nothing to say, except that I liked it.)
May. 7th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
The Awakening is a quick read, and very lucidly written; you can read it in an afternoon, probably. Though I also approve of immoral French authors. The Gift of Wings broke my heart into a million pieces, though I was somewhat prepared by having read the later journals.

I'm glad you liked it. I. . it will end someday, I promise.

I have two collections of Canadian women's diaries now, in addition to LMM. . . and I was going to say something about them, but am being called to dinner.
May. 8th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
I found that it can be found librivox as an audiobook and I have some boring, mindless work to do this week. Though I may read it in text form, since I'm not really in mood for Céline right now and Huysmans' "How I became a Catholic" trilogy is sometimes a bit of a chore to read.

I took The Gift of Wings as a preparation for the journals. It feels a bit less immediate (maybe not the right word, but I can't remember the correct one). Though I am not sure whether to continue reading the abridged journals or wait for the complete ones.

My biggest experience with reading diaries is ancient Japanese literature and some of those are hilarious. Sarashina nikki is especially great, since it's about a young woman who just wants to read and doesn't care for all those men and religious dreams.
May. 9th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC)
Sarashina nikki sounds awesome. Only fifteen cents on Amazon? MINE NOW. Take that, vague dreams of doing something productive with my life!

I'd say go ahead and keep reading the abridged journals. They're still very dense, and it could take the unabridged journal project decades to make it all the way to the 20s. Of course, it'sup to you -- not like there aren't other things to read.
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