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Gotta strongly suggest that y'all revisit The Idler Wheel... That album is absolutely gut-wrenching, start-to-finish.
@Anchovy Cake Or a book of cocktails with accompanying napkins!!
@BoozinSusan Just speaking from personal experience, I have a friend who didn't discover she was pregnant until just past the 4 month mark. She'd been taking birth control and had still had withdrawal bleeding on her off-weeks from the pill. She'd had minimal morning sickness that was mistaken for a food intolerance, and she'd gained weight in part (she thought) because she'd been working so hard and didn't have time to exercise. If she'd had the 20 week restriction in place, she might have only had a week or two to figure out what to do about her pregnancy, as she was understandably pretty conflicted.
I'd recommend reading this: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/magazine/study-women-denied-abortions.html?pagewanted=all
It's not a complete look at the issue by any means, but it tells the stories of some women who didn't quite discover they were pregnant until it was close to being too late to get an abortion.
(So in addition to all the issues with detecting fetal anomalies, it does happen that women sometimes don't quite figure out that they're pregnant in time)
I definitely sent this to my cheerier roommate with an apology from me and the other Gloomy Gus living in our house.
@queenofbithynia Huh. That's an interesting way to look at it. I've never been wild about that period of literature to begin with (I'm not really an Austen fan either, though gosh I do love me some Colin Firth Darcy). Thanks for your perspective (seriously. This is the internet and things like that can come across as sarcastic, so I'm clarifying. Thank you & I mean it).
@JanieS I read it when I was 15, and by all rights should have loved it because TRAGIC IDEAS ABOUT LOVE PLUS LOTS OF BROODING, but all I could think of was how all of the characters would have been better off in therapy. I just wanted to punch EVERYONE.
Interestingly, Kate Beaton also made Gatsby more palatable for me. That was another book where I HATED all of the characters, but I liked the book because I thought the writing was pretty and that it was about hating most of the characters.
@SarahP You actually KNOW someone who liked Wuthering Heights? I don't think I've met a single person who liked that book, and if I have, I've blocked it out of my memory.
I would like to know if a single human out there reading this actually LIKED Wuthering Heights. I've never met one. I don't even think my 9th grade English teacher, who TAUGHT us the book, liked it.
@fondue with cheddar, oh, you absolutely can. I just don't happen to like most of the music that falls within this designation. I like some wispy lady vocals SOMETIMES, but I find a lot of the wispy lady vocals/bloop bloop stuff to be grating and not really all that viscerally satisfying. I always get the distinct impression that these bands are trying way too hard to be cute and missing the point of making good music.
But again, personal preference.