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7 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +5 points

Yes! Lesbian Dad wrote a brilliant blog for a number of years and you can still find it here: http://www.lesbiandad.net/

I believe LD herself is still working on LGBTQ parenting issues -- there's probably a link somewhere on the blog in the resources section.

7 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 3 replies · +7 points

Thanks! That is indeed the exact opposite of what I'd like to find.

7 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 6 replies · +17 points

Are there any Toastly sites aimed more at men / masculine folks that Toastrons would recommend?

7 years ago @ The Toast - Pat Conroy: A Tribute ... · 0 replies · +12 points

I read "Beach Music" at the end of my first year in college, when my brain was so tired that I hardly remembered how to feel. The scene that stays with me is Jordan Elliott, "military kid with an abusive father" character, facing the school bully. He picks up a baseball bat and says, look, you're twice my size, there's nothing fair in this fight. If you come after me, I'll hit you with this bat. The narrator, observing the scene, points out that Elliott is absolutely without fear: because, if you are being beaten up daily by a full-grown Marine, a schoolyard bully is just not that impressive. I never read another of his books, but I'm still grateful for the honesty of that scene.

7 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 2 replies · +21 points

OH BOY. This is such a great question, and such a delightful, loving project.

* John Le Carre. A big step up from Clancy, plenty of plot but also big questions about how to be a good person, what it means to have a job that overshadows your life, the nature of politics and the Cold War. I like "Russia House" and "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold".
* Umberto Eco? I could imagine him getting a kick out of The Name of the Rose especially.
* "Great Expectations" is a good gateway drug for 19th century literature imho.
* In a different vein entirely, what about some novels that are often explicitly read in the context of philosophy, like Camus (The Stranger or The Plague) or de Beauvoir?

7 years ago @ The Toast - Jaya Catches Up: A... · 1 reply · +14 points

I'd guess it was the Second Boer War (1899-1902) which was fueled in part by the British desire to hold on to the gold & diamond mines.

7 years ago @ The Toast - Jaya Catches Up: A... · 1 reply · +81 points

I loved this book so much -- one of the only books I re-read as a child, apart from Sherlock Holmes. It captured, for me, that particular brand of hatred some adults have for precocious, adult-oriented children. In my recollection, Miss Minchin actually makes it pretty hard for Sara to clarify that she speaks French, what with all her emphasis on not telling "falsehoods". And the genuine trauma of her father's death and the subsequent abuse in the boarding school ... I still get shivers thinking about Sara and Becky appearing the morning after their final punishment starts, unable to hide the sense of well-being that comes from having been (secretly) well fed. But the "lascar" / magic monkey situation is pretty weird, and the classism is just... well, classic.

7 years ago @ The Toast - Link Roundup! · 5 replies · +83 points

Thanks to all the Toastrons who gave me excellent radio advice! It was so much fun talking about Downton, and the host (Indira Lakshmanan, because Diane Rehm has the flu) mentioned the Toast EVERY TIME she introduced me. I tried to remember to talk slowly but a few times I got SO EXCITED to talk about women's rights and queer subcultures and the impact of World War I on economic policy... anyway, hurray for the hyphen Toast dot com, and for public radio.

7 years ago @ The Toast - Watching Downton A... · 0 replies · +3 points

You know, I really wanted DA to continue into 1926 and the General Strike, but reading up on the 1925 law, I have some sympathy for the decision to stop now! My understanding is that Lord Grantham would have been able to "bar" the entail and create a new will determining how the estate would be inherited from him. I think that this would have required little George's consent, though how that would have worked I don't know. Anyway, Lord Grantham could then could name Lady Mary as the inheritor, or divide it between the sisters (not terribly likely), or donate it to the Royal York Infirmary to spite his mother, or whatever. However, he could also have chosen to do nothing, and the entail would have persisted, at least until 1997 when there were more changes to this law -- or until the next heir decided to end the entail. (My reading suggests that it's a little dodgy that he found it so completely impossible to bar the entail back in 1912 or whatever, but that's a different problem altogether.) Now that I've written this all out, I'm back to wishing Fellowes had decided to tackle this after all... the drama! Anyway, I've mainly relied on Megarry's The Law of Real Property for this.

7 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +4 points

I loved that movie & will definitely hold onto this image