Wed Feb 5th, 2014
A tip from daegaer in a locked post sends me to this quote by Martin Luther:
Men have broad and large chests, and small narrow hips, and more understanding than women, who have but small and narrow breasts, and broad hips, to the end they should remain at home, sit still, keep house, and bear and bring up children. See icon. That is all.
And where in all the country-that-eventually-became-Germany were all these narrow-chested small-breasted women and narrow-hipped small-bummed men to be found? Because jeez Louise, that ain't the Germans I know.
What have you just finished reading?
Pat Cadigan, Tea from an Empty Cup, and not impressed.
What are you currently reading?
John M. Ford, The Final Reflection. Star Trek tie-in novel; makes sense so far, which Ford normally doesn't.
Natsume Soseki, Light and Darkness. New translation, in my hands now because of a glitch in the library system that had me believing the book was still on order when it had actually arrived. Thus I left my hold active and was surprised to get the call three days later. Translator uses Henry James as an English equivalent to Soseki's (very odd, by all accounts) Meiji Japanese. This cannot end well.
What will you read next?
If I recover my wits, I do want to finish both the Pratchett and the Gladstone. If not... well, I have another Ford ST novel.
I snort in derision because I just cannot imagine a woman like that at all ... no matter how petite they are. Like WHUT?!!! And if they were small and petite like many of my Asian cousins ... broad hips ain't it at all!
Small and narrow breasts? Really? Are women so shaped.
FWIW some Flemish paintings from Luther's time or the century before show that kind of body-- swelling hips, narrower torso and small round breasts. I'm sure it exists- the extreme pear shape- and was an ideal then. But it's not how things normally go, and if Luther had looked more at real women and less at Lucas Cranach's paintings, he'd know.