A few maples started turning red in mid-September. Those maples are still red, and the leaves are still on the trees. Everything else is, at best, a yallery-green, nice enough when the sun shines; or at worst, a green green, and the leaves are still on the trees. I've nothing against a protracted autumn, but experience says the leaves had better fall before the snow does-- well before, so they can be swept up and carted away. The street drain clogs that result from heavy snow trying to melt through an inch or more of compacted leaf matter are not pretty. 'One good rain will bring them down!' people say. (Worked last year.) Had the rain. Didn't work this year. 'One good frost!' Had the frost- oh the poor zucchini leaves, how they wilted- but the leaves are stuck to the trees. Except my cherry, of course, which was bare when the maples started turning red.
What have you just finished reading?
Stevie Smith, Novel Written on Yellow Paper. Story is Smith tried to publish some of her poems and was told to go away and write a novel, and did. Smith's poetry is like nothing else and so is her prose. One has never seen steam of consciousness done in quite this fashion. I'm inclined to be charmed by it, even if it is oh dear god so middle class 'England between the wars' claustrophobic I could choke.
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Oh because. Resonates. Even if I wish Gaiman would stop having heroes for whom other and more interesting people must sacrifice themselves. And in this case it's a kid, and a kid about to do the Right Thing, and a kid shouldn't have to do the Right Thing, so it's not really the same as Neverwhere. Also nice to meet archetypes and not realize until later that oh jeez how did I miss *that*???
What are you reading now?
John M Riddle, Contraception and Abortion from the Ancient World to the Renaissance. Really just a list of ancient authors and the things they said would work and the modern research that says well yes, this does prevent pregnancy in 66% of the mice it was tried on. Useful reference esp for historical writing, but not rivetting.
William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine. Still disinclined to read this, is why I'm still reading Riddle, and finished those two other books up there as well.
What will you read next?
Maybe the sequel to Novel on Yellow Paper. Maybe my manga will come at last...? Three weeks and counting...