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Posted on Friday 12 September 2008 at 7:16 am

I should be asleep right now instead of rambling on LJ


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I typed this and tried to post it at around 3:00 to 3:15. For some unknown reason, my internet went out so you're getting it now.

  • It is 3:00 am. Why oh why am I wide awake at three-bloody-am? Perhaps more importantly, why is it that I've only managed decent sleep two out of the past five nights, despite taking sleeping pills three out of those five nights in a desperate attempt to get some sleep? Insomnia sucks.

  • There is a hurricane headed straight for Houston. My parents and sister live in Houston. My parents have left and are on their way to my grandparents', but my sister, her husband, and his family are not leaving. I'm not happy about this.

  • I hate presidential election campaigns. Why? Because I get obsessed with them and can't get anything done around my obsessive news checking! In related news, I think my family is considering disowning me because I'm voting for Obama and have gone over to the the Dummy-crats as they say. I also need to get on switching my voter registration to Virginia since a vote for Obama in Texas won't matter but one for Obama in Virginia could make a difference.

  • There is this book that could very well be the gold mine for my dissertation. It came out in 2002, has an up-to-date bibliography, lists all the repositories of documents in the US and The Netherlands on New Netherland, and is basically the best well-organized summary of the history of New Netherland and the current state of scholarship. I have to have this book. So of course it is out of print already (hooray for academic publishing), the only places that list used copies have it as out of stock and costing $150, and my library has access to an online edition so they won't get a physical copy for me. I hate reading books online! I mean, at least I can get access to it in some form so I can't complain too much, but man I want my own copy to flip through and mark up and generally use and abuse for the next bazillion years of my life! My goal for tomorrow is to see how much of the bibliography and Sources essays the electronic copy will let me print because I've got to have that.

  • I really like Charles Dickens. I'm trying to read Tale of Two Cities right now for probably the third or fourth time and I just can't get into it. I would class David Copperfield and Great Expectations as among my favorite books of all time. I really like Hard Times, Oliver Twist, Christmas Carol, and several more works by Dickens that I've read (by no means everything the man wrote). WTH is wrong with either Tale of Two Cities or me that makes me incapable of getting through the bloody thing?

  • I want to have a party to show off my new sectional. I mentioned to the roommate that we should have a Comedy Central Indecision 2008 watching party on election night and she agreed rather enthusiastically, but election night is a long time from now. We should have some other party sooner, but I don't know what or when. Big problem with when in the immediate future is I leave next Friday for Disney World and won't be back until the following Saturday so that basically knocks out those two weekends.

  • I'm still not really tired but I think I'm going to quit rambling and go to bed in the hopes of falling asleep. I have to get up in about four hours to go volunteer at the elementary school. I'm volunteering with the same teacher as I have the past two years but will be at a different school because she switched over the summer.

Comments:

train_lindz at 12:25 pm on 12 September 2008 (UTC) (Link)
It's A Tale of Two Cities, not you. I have the same problem with that book every time, but I can't pinpoint what the issue is. It's just... dull.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:02 am on 13 September 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh good. I'm glad it's not just me. I'm going to keep trying, but being able to blame the book might make it a it easier.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 1:39 pm on 12 September 2008 (UTC) (Link)
But A Tale of Two Cities is amazingly good! Stick with it! It kind of annoys me that there's not a good movie of it. Someone should do one!

I'm keeping your sister in my thoughts, babe. And your parents' house!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 1:03 am on 13 September 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'll stick with it. We'll see how it goes. I keep hoping it will get better, but so far no luck.

I'm keeping your sister in my thoughts, babe. And your parents' house!
Thanks. *fingers crossed for the best*
rickwolff at 8:38 pm on 12 September 2008 (UTC) (Link)

New Netherland books

If you can hold off, there's a new book coming out from the New Netherland Institute (Charles Gehring and his bunch): Adriaen van der Donck's "Description of New Netherland", in a new translation. Here's a link to Amazon: http://is.gd/2xX3
It's due out October 1. And of course, there's Russell Shorto's "Island at the Center of the World".
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 8:58 pm on 12 September 2008 (UTC) (Link)

Re: New Netherland books

I've got Shorto. I really like it for some things. Given Shorto's background as a journalist, it is probably not surprising that I love his narrative style. This other book (Jaap Jacobs', fyi) is a bit more analysis than narrative and has a stronger bibliography, which would be very helpful for doing my own research.

I've started working with some of the other translations from Gehring and co. I'm interested in the new Description translation, but it is a bit early for my actual focus area. I value the translations immensely as a starting point, and I'm working on learning Dutch so I can hopefully get into the originals of things that haven't been published yet in translation or look at places where exact wording matters and make sure my translation matches the published one.


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