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There's a meme going around, to list fifteen authors who had a lasting influence on oneself. Not to overthink it.

I got off to a bad start with this meme because the very first list I encountered had no women in it. Not one in fifteen.


It took four people to get me a prescription renewal today, not counting anyone at the pharmacy: two medical students (confused by the computer system), one GP to sign off on their work if it ever printed, and a front office staff member capable of fixing the printer's paper jam. There must be a light bulb joke hiding in there: none of the people with medical training were capable of dealing with a common printer problem.


Bakka-Phoenix books in Toronto is moving from Queen Street to 84 Harbourd - where Atticus Books used to be. They open again for business on Wednesday November 3rd: conveniently in time for me to check out their new place when I am next in Toronto!


Oct. 28th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
I did the 15 book meme a bit over a year ago. It was one of the first things I ever posted on facebook. It's also about the last, but it is still there, under "notes". It has only 3 novelists, one of whom was my only female, Jane Austen.

(Mark Twain's opinion was somewhat different. He wrote this about a ship's collection: "Jane Austen's books, too, are absent from this library. Just that one omission alone would make a fairly good library our of a library that hadn't a book in it.")