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Sun, Jan. 8th, 2006, 10:22 am
can't help it, i'm a librarian.

i'd like to shamelessly promote this book to anyone who sees this page: The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. i think it's really something unique, something new and unrepeatable. and sad and fantastic and enviable. it's about a time traveller, a guy who is randomly pulled back into his own past or future, and the wife who meets him for the first time when she is 6, who he meets for the first time when he is 28, though there is only an 8 year age difference...

"I sit at my drawing board with a pencil in my hand and a sheet of white paper before me. Nothing comes. I close my eyes and all I can think of is red. So I get a tube of watercolor, cadmium red dark, and I get a big mop of a brush, and I fill a jar with water, and I begin to cover the paper with red. It glistens. The paper is limp with moisture, and darkens as it dries. I watch it drying. It smells of gum arabic. In the centre of the paper, very small, in black ink, I draw a heart, not a silly Valentine but an anatomically correct heart, tiny, doll-like, and then veins, delicate road maps of veins, that reach all the way to the edge of the paper, that hold the small heart enmeshed like a fly in a spiderweb. 'See, there's his heartbeat.' "

ok, go read.

Sun, Jan. 8th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)

Ooooooooh, sounds good. And indefinable (undefinable?), which is also intriguing. Thanks for the tip, Ms. Librarian!

Sun, Jan. 8th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)

you could have just said "without definition"