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Last Night’s Dreams

3 Mar

I dreamed I was in a large Asian imports and antiques store. I was mesmerized by a group of porcelain antiques: four little figurines, a few inches long (at least two were reclining) on a structure that looked like a branch or stylized log. The little people–I guess Chinese children–were painted in lovely colors, and the branch was beige. They were all from about the turn of the century. Each figurine was labeled $97.99, and the branch was labeled $16.99 (from a sticker gun).

I looked at some other, tinier items—little Greek goddess heads and the like—but what I described about was fixed in my head… and I decided to buy them.

When I was checking out, I was shocked to be charged $699. Then I suddenly had a friend with me who noticed they overcharged me and looked over the handwritten list of items and complained. I would have just walked off overpaying.

 

I recall repeatedly dreaming about the word “coronavirus” in New Times Roman 24 point, with a capital “C.”

Collecting Books by George Sand

22 Apr

Several of my books by George Sand (Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin) were published in the 1970s, a decade when second wave feminists wished to read George Sand and found it frustrating that they could read about her but couldn’t find her books. (People found her life scandalous, and misogynists insist on pretending that women are nothing but sexual objects–even a woman as brilliant as George Sand). Maybe Joanna Russ, author of How to Suppress Women’s Writing, sought books by George Sand. The main publishers of her work in English in North America were Shameless Hussy Press and Cassandra Press.

To this day, if you wish to find books by George Sand, you can’t find them in bookstores that only sell new books. Unless you shop on Amazon.com, you can only find them in libraries and used bookstores, even though she was a prolific author and wrote books that are still relevant to today’s society.

Circa 2000, I started searching for books by George Sand. I went to the public library and used interlibrary loan. I fell in love with her epic, historic, and romantic novel Consuelo and wanted my own copy. Since then, I’ve been collecting books by George Sand; some are antiques, and I found the majority at Powell’s City of Books. On Amazon.com, I eventually found print-on-demand (POD) copies of Consuelo and its sequel, The Countess of Rudelstadt, but I kept my antique copy of Consuelo.

Dismissiveness toward women’s experiences and perspectives of course are tied to dismissiveness toward women’s writing. This dismissiveness is, of course, a result of systemic misogyny.