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Tuesday so far

I read Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts.  So many times when I start reading a book and put it down, I don't get into it again, so I stayed up until 3:30 a.m., until I'd read the whole thing.  Then I couldn't get to sleep.  I read The Blizzard of 1888 by Tracee de Hahn.

Harlem is Nowhere talked about Harlem's history and the present day.  Luxury condominiums are going up in Harlem now, or they were at the time of the writing of the book.  There's already a lack of affordable housing there.  That became a cause for the author, housing issues.  She wrote about earlier writers, and the 135th St. Branch library where she did a lot of research.

I slept from around 8:00 a.m. until noon.  I made it to a 1:30 p.m. podiatrist's apppointment.  My feet seem to be in good shape.  I ordered another pair of sensible shoes, these ones looking rather like Mary Janes, so I could wear them on occasions demanding something more formal than the shoes that look like sneakers.

I stopped at a grocery store.

It's warm out, but not bad.  I'm sure I'll have more notes on what else I'm reading.  I'm doing a re-read of some fic, including "All the Other Ghosts," "Il Castrato" and "Overtures."  "Overtures" is in the Symphony 'Verse.  I should have stopped on the last chapter of "Cadences" and not read the epilogue.  When I started reading "Overtures" again, that epilogue nearly ruined it for me, but I managed to get into the story still, somehow.  It helped that I'd read it a couple of times before I read "Cadences."

I thought about the Blaine of the Harlem Renaissance fic I wrote a prompt for.  He's very vivid to me.  That Blaine is very outgoing, and likes to perform.  His situation and surroundings are different, but he's more confident in some ways than canon Blaine, perhaps because the one I imagine is several years older and has had quite a lot of life experience in that time.  That imaginary Blaine is a World War I veteran.  He goes to parties all over Harlem, not just the "respectable" parties Mercedes throws.  He performs at most of them, whether playing piano and singing, or just singing.

Slightly later: I downloaded the Google Play app onto my phone.  I have some Google books.  Now I have the Kindle, Nook, Kobo and Google book apps on the phone.

I did a rewatch of "Shooting Star."  I was much more subdued in my emotions watching this time.  I already knew what happened.

Later: I read an article that Uly had written: http://www.newmillgay.com/apps/blog/show/32159110-validation-assimilation-and-some-thoughts-on-being-gay-today I had been e-mailing to him asking about Gilded Age history references, and he said he'd written an article.

I did laundry.

I texted some with A.  We'll talk tomorrow night after the F Yeah Glee Podcast, or that's the plan.
Tags: medical, rambling, reading, tv
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