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Katya Diamant (voiceinthepiano) wrote,
@ 2003-07-01 11:41:00
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    Current mood: awake
    Current music:NIGHTWISH - Walking in the Air

    Well, the birthday party didn't seem much of a twenty-first. There were only three people there so it's hard to even call it a party. There was hardly drinking going on and I drank nothing. My boyfriend and I left far earlier than anticipated (we were expecting to spend the night!) I felt a little bad for my boyfriend, he was trying to make it really fun for his friend and put a lot of money into the alcohol and food, but his friend hardly took a sip of a beer. Although we did eat most of the food!

    Yesterday my boyfriend and I got digital cable in our bedroom. The cable guy was a little strange and barely spoke English. He reminded me of Mr. Bean. He kept making funny noises and poking my cat.

    I'm reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck (better known for his writings Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath) at the moment. It's an extremely good book. I didn't know what to expect when I picked the book up, but it's better than I imagined. He's very profound with his works, a remarkable artist


    Just as there are physical monsters, can there not be mental or psychic monsters born? The face and body may be perfect, but if a twisted gene or malformed egg can produce physical monsters, may not the same process produce a malformed soul?



    Monsters are variations from the accepted normal to a greater or a less degree. As a child may be born without an arm, so one may be born without kindness or the potential of conscience. A man who loses his arms in an accident has a great struggle to adjust himself to the lack, but one born without arms suffers only from people who find him strange. Having never had arms, he cannot miss them. To a monster the norm must seem monstrous, since everyone is normal to himself. To the inner monster it must be even more obscure, since he has no visible thing to compare with others. To a man born without conscience, a soul-stricken man must seem ridiculous. To a criminal, honesty is foolish. You must not forget that a monster is only a variation, and that to a monster the norm is monstrous.


    John Steinbeck
    "East of Eden"



     


    I'm on my way to Pearl, I'll probably spend several hours there but hopefully not several dollars. I have to take the city bus because my mother totaled my car *huffs*. At least my boyfriend is coming with me to keep me, I never traveled the city bus unaccompanied; I’d probably have a fainting fit.


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glittervomitxxx
2003-07-01 17:39 (link)
sounds like an interesting book! i havent read much of him myself; though i liked of mice of men.

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voiceinthepiano
2003-07-02 13:17 (link)
It is really good, I highly recommend it if you're into philosophy. About three hundred pages into it I realized the book was about John Steinbecks family history. So it's also an interesting read as far as learning about how people lived in the early 1900's.
Katya

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glittervomitxxx
2003-07-02 18:51 (link)
I am very interested in philosiphy, and things of the like. I'm also always looking for new material to dig in to. I must give it a read!

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