I went to school with a girl named Melissa Hiscock. Her boyfriend was a friend of mine and once remarked, "Wouldn't it be funny if my last name were 'Hercunt'?" I heard she legally changed her name after high school.
Why does everyone think they are poorly educated about poetry? I think it seems like it's this intimidating thing and you're not allowed to like what you like and you need to be fancy. Psshaw!
Check out poemhunter.com (All the good websites are somethinghunter dot com, am I right?? Uh, anyway.) Blow off the rest of the workday and get to reading. You can start with the top 20 or do a search or whatever floats your boat!
@hallelujah Right? When she gets to the part about having diamonds at the meeting of her thighs? Go girl! There's a lot of pain in her poems, but also? So much sexy sex. Not shy, that one. She is all woman. Love her.
I love love love "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou. I could cover my body with tattoos of her words. Her poems are breathtaking.
Actually, if I had some face ouchies like that, I would probably just say "fuck it" in well-known situations like everyone has said. But if I had to go to the store or something and be around strangers, I'd have different t-shirts made with each of my snappy answers and wear those so people could have a chuckle and leave me alone.
LW#3 I want to hug you! Having worked my way through all of the "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" books as a kid, here are my suggestions for responses if people ask you what happened:
1. "Fight Club. Shit! I just broke the first and second rules."
2. "I'm pretty sure I was bitten by a zombie. I'm fine right now, but if I start to moan and/or attack, I need you to promise you'll stab me in the brain with a letter opener. Can you do that for me?"
3. "What? Damn it! Do I have lipstick on my teeth again?"
4. "I rescued some kids from a burning building. *sigh* Stay gold, Pony Boy."
5. "I fought the curb...the curb won."
6. "I have a highly contagious flesh-eating disease." (squeeze their hand) "Thanks for asking."
7. "It turns out that Groupon for a pharmaceutical grade chemical peel was too good to be true. I did think it was weird that the woman was working out of a van..."
8. "I'm experimenting with a new contouring technique I saw on Pinterest. Kim Kardashian does it. Too much?"
9. "I do all my own stunts, albeit accidentally."
10. "I'm conducting an experiment to find out how nosy people are."
@parallel-lines Now that I've finished the book, it all makes more sense - not the WBC, but her non-repetent attitude. She didn't leave the church, or escape; She was excommunicated. I don't think that's clear in this interview. She was kicked out and tried desperately to get back in.
Shes uses the word "fag" throughout the book, and I guess it could be argued that she was using the language of the WBC for effect, but it still stung. Then at the very, very end, she explains how her feelings have changed. We're talking about the last few pages. She even goes with the, "I have a lot of gay friends," line.
I hope that one day she truly gains some perspective, but at this point, I think she would be tempted to go back to the WBC if they invited her. She still seems to remember the pickets fondly. Those were definitely her favorite part. Ugh.
I'm reading the book right now, because I'm so disgusted by the WBC, but also fascinated by aberrant human behavior in general. I was hoping for some real insight, and I'm only about 4 chapters in, but so far: none.
I really do not get the sense that Lauren feels ashamed of her actions. She doesn't come off as having been brainwashed. I'm truly surprised at the tone of the book. I was hoping for an "insider's look" at what was happening within the WBC and how they rationalized their beliefs and actions, and it just isn't there so far. It's more of a "this is what we believed because we believed it."
Lauren says at one point how nobody could ever win a logic-based argument about scripture with anyone from the WBC because their facts and logic were so tight, but when she attempts to explain it, it makes so sense whatsoever. (And not just because I don't agree; I'm a business analyst - it's just not logical. The arguments are circular and contradictory at every turn.)
So, yeah. The book is disappointing.
The Discovery Channel's Curiosity show did a whole show on the female orgasm. A woman masturbated while in an MRI machine. Another couple had sex while a technician did an ultrasound on the lady's bits. You can catch it on your cable provider's On Demand. Fascinating stuff.
Plus, it was hosted by Maggie Gyllenhaal, which made it even cooler.
Holy Shit! LW3 could be me. I am floored! And this Dude just gave me a better answer than any marriage counselor ever has. I'm going to read it again. Very enlightening.