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Readercon

Days attended: 2 (Friday, Saturday)

Bookspoils:

The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction, Justine Larbalestier (I've read it, I liked it, it was on sale)
The Moon Pool, A. Merritt (ditto, ditto, even more on sale, all hail Wesleyan University Press)
Heroes and Villains, Angela Carter. (The novel of hers that I don't like and consequently didn't have, but it is silly not to be a completist when the book in question is a quarter)
The 13 Clocks, James Thurber (nice hardcover)
Fantasy: the 100 Best Books, James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock (The reference book that warped my childhood by introducing me to Angela Carter, William Hope Hodgson, and Vathek, and which has cost me a great deal of time and money over the years by pointing me in the direction of Marjorie Bowen)
Cthulhu Senryu, Nick Mamatas (yes, it is a collection of one hundred Lovecraftian haiku; yes, it is extremely funny)
my contributor's copy of Cabinet des Fees

Less than usual. Odd.

Persons encountered: too many to be accurately listed, but the highlights were getting to spend time with eredien and rax and nineweaving and sovay, in various combinations, and also an impressive dinner involving the above and catvalente and lesser_celery and yhlee and justbeast and several other wonderful people whose LJ names I have completely forgotten. And I shook hands with crowleycrow in passing and went to his reading from Endless Things, which has finally found a home with Small Beer Press (and there was much rejoicing).

And I got to thank Liz Hand for recommending John MacGregor's The Discovery of the Art of the Insane in the foreword to Mortal Love, because it is proving one of the most interesting reference books I have stumbled across in lo this many a year. She also recommends his monograph on Henry Darger, but the library doesn't seem to have it; must try Harvard.

And was extremely amused to run across my boss at the MFA talking with oracne in the ladies, upon which each discovered the other knew me. It is indeed a small world, or at least a small convention.

Events attended: many many many. The motif of the Kirk Poland Memorial Bad Prose Competition this year was "the clammy embrace of the hell-thing", which turned out to have been perpetrated by Lin Carter. I went to nineweaving's paper on Shakespearean language and fantasy, and Faye Ringel's paper on the Gothic in Australia and New Zealand, and I want to write both of those up later, for they were rich. I went to the Mythic/Jabberwocky group reading (eredien's first public reading-- congratulations!) and sovay's reading and the last five minutes of Rosemary Kirstein's because I was running late, and I went to the Rhysling awards and heard a great many good poets, and I went to the panel on libraries in fantastic fiction and the one called 'Towards a Taxonomical Nomenclature of the Fantastic', and then I went home and went to bed and failed to get up again until just recently.

I will write up panels later. It was a very good con. Readercon is I think my favorite out of all the conventions of any kind that I have been to, because it is genuinely focused on the things that interest me, and is also a kind of singularity point of intelligent conversation and really good used booksellers. I am glad it is so close to home that I can make it, and I look forward to many more of them.
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