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Sebastian ([personal profile] wildeabandon) wrote2017-05-10 10:14 am

Life snippets and reading notes

Oogh. Somewhere in the last year or so I seem to have completely lost my erstwhile ability to drink truckloads of diet coke and fall asleep anyway, so I'm now functioning on very little sleep. I think I'm going to have to institute a "no caffiene after six pm" rule.

The new job continues to go well. I'm out of the honeymoon period, and people are still generally helpful and lovely, but I'm now confident that they're not just putting on their best behaviour for the new guy. I'm now firmly past the stage where I'm just learning new things, and feel like I'm making substantial and concrete contributions (although I'm definitely still asking questions at a formidable rate, which I hope isn't annoying my team too much!)

I recently finished reading a couple of books by Samuel Delany. The first one, Hogg, can only be described as violent hardcore pornography. It was disgusting and vicious and visceral and vile, even by my generally open-minded standards. It was also fascinating and compelling at the same time as being deeply uncomfortable reading. It invites comparisons to Lolita and 120 Days of Sodom, and also reminds me, in its exquistitely written journey into a pit of depravity and unpleasantness, to [personal profile] hjdoom's novel "This is not a Love Song".

I followed that with one of his earlier and shorter SF offerings, Babel-17, and whilst the deftness with the English language is a common feature, they couldn't be more different in terms of content and ambience, and reading this was an unalloyed pleasure. On one level it's classic science fiction with a fast-paced plot and spaceship battles and intrigue and betrayal, but on another it's a work of poetry and an exploration of the psychology of trauma, and a love song to language.
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[personal profile] miss_s_b 2017-05-10 09:21 am (UTC)(link)
Job sounds like a keeper :)
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[personal profile] miss_s_b 2017-05-10 09:39 am (UTC)(link)
W00t!
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[personal profile] sfred 2017-05-10 01:33 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm glad the job's going so well.

I (can't tolerate caffeine in coffee at all and) have no caffeine after six pm unless it's a deliberate choice to stay awake late, which works pretty well for me. I hope you find a good balance.
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[personal profile] onyxlynx 2017-05-10 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
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If you're in the neighborhood of 40 or so, caffeine apparently stays in the system longer or affects one more strongly, or something. The "side effects" of more than one cup of coffee a day kicked in around 39-40 in my case. (Diet sodas had, let's say, sufficiently unpleasant results that I haven't had any in a long time.) Six pm sounds good. It'll get earlier. Sleep is good.

Hogg is the one Delany I refused to buy when I was trying to get all his in-print work . Babel-17 is what I bounce language questions off.
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[personal profile] onyxlynx 2017-05-10 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)
The Internet ate my response, but my suggestions were the Neveryon books, at least the first two, Triton, Nova, Stars in my Pocket Like Grains of Sand, and the short story collection Driftglass. Dhalgren takes preparation. (I need to re-read all Delany's work; it's been years.)
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[personal profile] charlie 2017-05-11 09:33 am (UTC)(link)
Really pleased to hear your new job is going well x