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12:47 am: mean
I walked fast to get to SF book group, because I thought I would be late. I got there early and a little out of breath. James asked if I was rushing to set the book on fire. "No," I said. "Why? No!" We read The Stars My Destination this month. Yes, I can see all the sexism I didn't notice as a teenager, but I still like it.

Then we went upstairs to where we talk. First we go around the room and say what else we've been reading, and whether we recommend it. I said I had nothing worth mentioning. Jacqie asked if there was anything I particularly hated, I said yes but it wasn't SF. She said she'd enjoy hearing what I thought of it anyway, so I talked about The Whip, by Karen Kondazian, and then asked, "Do you think of me as someone who is mean about books?"

Jacqie said no, she thought I was always interesting about books, but I think "Do you think I'm mean?" is a question you would not answer yes even in part unless you were really good friends and had had a chance to think it over.

I don't mean to be mean, but I do want to be funny, and if I have to choose between "not mean" and "funny", I will often choose funny.

If I've been mean to you, though, I didn't mean to, and I will appreciate it if you tell me and give me the chance to apologize.

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Date:March 12th, 2016 01:41 pm (UTC)
You've never been mean to me. :) Also, if you're going to Wiscon this year, I'd love to hear about it. I've got a clinical that weekend and will have to miss this year.

Edited at 2016-03-12 01:42 pm (UTC)
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Date:March 12th, 2016 07:05 pm (UTC)
i have no recollections of you being mean to me or mean to someone else in my presence. i do recall myself being...rather assertive when someone followed you and interrupted a conversation we were having to try to continue a conversation from a panel you were in together. i hope i didn't make you uncomfortable.
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Date:March 13th, 2016 09:35 pm (UTC)
I tried to read The Stars My Destination a few months ago because I read an essay by Pamela Sargent about how it was the book that gave her hope when she was a teenager stuck in a mental institution. I stopped when I got to the point where the protagonist rapes someone and it is clearly supposed to be just one of those gritty "ooh, you asked for it, society" moments. Was there something great in the rest of the book that I was missing?
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