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So, uh, hi. It's been a while, huh? Um. I've been going through some things. And I've decided, for the moment, that I don't want to do what I was going to do with this journal. I am not really ready to share my original writing with the world. And it turns out I don't write reviews regularly enough to maintain much of a blog.

I might try again someday. Maybe sooner than later. For now you can find me at pakaboori, where I rant and rave and blather and pontificate about quotidian things. Sometimes I post reviews of books and stuff. And if I ever write a poem I like again, it'll probably go up there.

For now...bye bye, and thanks for your attention!

review: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Notes: Ahh, I've been neglecting this journal. Apologies; life got in the way. Anyway, I have a few things in the pipeline (including fanfic, for those of you I've met through fan communities) and will hopefully be posting often over the next two weeks, though life might get in the way again so no promises.

This review is a slightly edited version of one published by my university's Bangladeshi Students' Association in a supplement to their programme for their annual cultural show, under the theme "reflections." I've taken out some of the references to that theme because they were irrelevant outside of that particular publication, but if any glare out at you on the screen, it's because this was written with that theme in mind. I'm not really involved with the BSA at all, except that I get their e-mails; when I saw that they were looking for submissions to this publication, I couldn't resist the chance to let people know about this excellent volume.

No grade for this book. I might revisit the idea of grading at all. It's an easy shorthand, but I'm not particularly fond of it.

The book jacket blurb for Jhumpa Lahiri’s new anthology, Unaccustomed Earth promises that the stories it contains are “more emotionally complex than any she has yet written,” and I certainly found this to be true. The stories are also longer and denser than those in her first book, Interpreter of Maladies, and the final three are connected to each other, forming something of a short novella. The collection also focuses on the second-generation experience, with each story featuring characters born in America to immigrants rather than the immigrants themselves. None of these stories are fully set in India as some of her earlier ones were, and Lahiri also departs from her usual Boston suburban settings by sending some of her characters to the west coast, South America, England, Italy, and Thailand.

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So I realized that I didn't really say anything specific in my review of Private Arrangements. My roommate just read the book and we've been talking about it, so I've had a chance to think about what specific things appealed to me. I've read some negative reviews and responses to the book in the past few weeks that have made me wonder if I'd spared this lovely book any critical thought at all, since after I read it I could only rave vaguely about its wonderfulness. To that end, I've listed a few of the things I liked most below the cut. Mildly spoilery, mind!

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I think I have learned my lesson. The next time I want to squee blindly about a book, I'll wait a few weeks before posting a review so I have more coherent, specific things to say :P

visual: icon extravaganza

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So, I thought I had the perfect user icon for this journal saved somewhere on my hard drive. It had been made by someone else and I'd saved it, I was sure. But then I couldn't find it at all. So I decided to look through some of my images and make some of my own icons...and then it got a little out of hand. And in the midst of the icon-making and re-discovering frenzy, I did find the original one I'd been looking for. It's my current default, an image of a pen against some text with a simple frame, made by cynicaltwilight.

Anyway, behind the cut, 46 icons made by me. Not all of them are actually new; some have been posted before, elsewhere. I'm not sure I'll be posting much visual content here, as I don't usually make icons, my digital camera is currently dead, and I don't have a scanner at home. That kind of limits what content I have to share, you know.

But I figured, this is sort of appropriate here, even though it's not writing. Variety is the spice of life, right? Well, no. Spices are the spices of life. But variety's something good, so yes.

Enjoy! Use at will! Comments and credits appreciated, especially if taking.


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I think that about covers it. Feel free to use these and modify these anyway you like. Credit is definitely appreciated. Please don't hotlink or re-post more than three of these elsewhere yourselves; but do link back here, if you want to share them.
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This isn't a review so much as unrestrained gushing, structured to be as minimally fan-girly as I can manage. I don't know how to write reviews, really ;P

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ETA: If I had to give this a grade, it'd be an A :)

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