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Today we were discussing political culture, and I said a couple insightful--or at least eloquent--things in the discussion. I'm not being immodest; people applauded.

Anyway, and the prof took credit for my intelligence! I'd started this class last spring, but had to drop after only a few sessions because my mood took a swan dive, but the damn-fool idiot said, when someone asked the room where I'd learned this stuff, "she's taken one of my classes before." Arg.

I'm sure anyone with a brain could tell he wasn't being serious, but I'm still aggrieved. I mean, 23 years living with an historian, some 14 years of school--including four in the IB--and a lifetime of reading and analyzing, and this hack thinks he had anything to teach me in four sessions of an Intro to Poli Sci course at a community college? As if, asshole.


Here, help me decide what to read once I finish rereading American Gods for my mythology project:

Poll #1623264 Books!

What book should Mel read next?

The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
Murder on the Silk Road, Stephanie Matteson
The Other Sappho, Ellen Frye
Who Was That Masked Woman?, Noretta Koertge
Labyrinths, Jorge Luis Borges

The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold: In this, her first epic fantasy, we join Cazaril -- a former soldier, and courtier who is about to embark on a perilous journey, rife with lethal treacheries, demonic magic, and scheming characters. Lord Cazaril has been in turn courier, courtier, castle-warder, and captain; now he is but a crippled ex-galley slave seeking nothing more than a menial job in the kitchens of the Dowager Provincara, the noble patroness of his youth. But Fortunes wheel continues to turn for Cazaril, and he finds himself promoted immediately to the exalted and dangerous position of secretary-tutor to the Iselle, the beautiful, fiery sister of the heir to Chalions throne. Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cardegoss, Cazaril is forced to encounter both old enemies and surprising allies, as he seeks to lift the curse of misfortune that clings to the royal family of Chalion, and to all who come too close to them!

Murder on the Silk Road, Stephanie Matteson: Asked to track a Buddhist sculpture that has vanished from a wealthy estate, Charlotte Graham sets aside her guidebooks and searches for clues in China's mystical caves.

The Other Sappho, Ellen Frye: Obscure Greek folklore inspires this novel about a young lesbian slave named Lykaina. After her mistress instructs her to seek out the elegant Sappho and her famous school of poetry, Lykaina undertakes her own small odyssey from Sparta to the celebrated island of Lesbos. En route she meets Maia, a travel companion extraordinaire who initiates her into the worship of the Earth Mother. Once in Sappho's home, Lykaina thrives: "This is a palace of love. . . . This is a land of poetry. Here I belong." Eventually, however, she leaves the court, offended by the other poets' disdain for the less privileged. Lykaina returns to Maia, who urges her to recite for the country people so close to her heart. With Maia's patronage, the "other Sappho" evolves her own school of poetry. From descriptions of markets and clothing to expositions of women's love affairs and the art of verse, Frye shores up her imaginings with persuasive research.

Who Was That Masked Woman?, Noretta Koertge: Tells the story of the coming-of-age and education of Tretona Getroek, an exuberant lesbian who questions the facts of life, sex, and religion in her small southern Illinois hometown.

Labyrinths, Jorge Luis Borges: It includes "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius", "The Garden of Forking Paths", and "The Library of Babel", three of Borges' most famous stories.


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