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"-What is the last thing you read? Good/bad etc.
-What spinsterly book can you recommend? Why that one?
-What is your favorite female author?"

Normally I don't read that much fiction these days, and if I do I also tend to read several things more or less simultaneously, also from a short attention span.

Right now I happen to be reading "le mariage" by Diane Johnson, which I accidentally bought a few years ago from a book club due to not sending the reply card in fast enough, and it has languished on the shelf, as I did not want to read a book with that title. But a couple of weeks ago I was desperate for something to read, and it was too rainy to go to the library, so now it is begun. Since it is a sequel to "le divorce" which I had not read (which came first anyway, the chicken or the egg) I thought it was an odd sequence, but as I read this one I can see the sequence makes some sort of sense, in that writer's world.

It isn't bad. Not high literature though. I shall have to go on a fiction binge so I appreciate this topic being started.

A few years ago I read a book (also accidentally bought from the club) called "Horse Heaven" by Jane Smiley, which I enjoyed very much due to its complexity, with the exception of one rather graphic and in my opinion, unnecessary, sex scene.

These are of course popular fiction.

Favorites? The Brontes, I loved them when I was young... (I am a "real" spinster, in my menopause year, woohoo!) Virginia Woolf of course. Pearl Buck is one of the greats. Total favorite? Probably Sylvia Plath. I am sort of more into poetry, and the sciences. There are a number of novels I have read which came from female Indian writers that I really enjoyed. Such as "What the body remembers" by Shauna Singh Baldwin, for example.

Sorry this is so long, once I get started it is hard to stop. I shall have to start reading some of the recommended works posted here.

Literary chicks

Just out of curiosity, what are the ladies of SAS reading right now? Here are a series of questions, post a new subject or respond to them here.

-What is the last thing you read? Good/bad etc.
-What spinsterly book can you recommend? Why that one?
-What is your favorite female author?

I tend to read way to many books at once, mostly because I have a short attention span and need to keep changing. I will often read a few chapters out of 3 or four different books before I go to sleep, not to mention school stuff. Can't wait to hear the answers.

spinster flick

SAS recommended movie:

THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE - Aquarius

Writer/director Sylvain Chomet uses animation to tell the fanciful tale
of Champion, a lonely little boy who is never happier than on a bicycle.
His grandmother, Madame Souza, puts him through a rigorous training
process and soon the boy enters the world-famous Tour de France. When
two mysterious men kidnap Champion during the tour, Madame Souza and her
dog Bruno set out to rescue him. Their long journey leads to the
renowned "Triplets of Belleville," three eccentric female music-hall
stars from the '30s who agree to help recover the boy.

Visit the official web site and view the preview at
http://www.sonyclassics.com/triplets/


There was very little dialogue and the scenes with the three old spinster ladies are great. Personal favorite- the floppy waiter. You'll see what I mean. If you get a chance it really is worth it.
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Mu Mu

Ladies, I would like to propose that all of us buy Mu Mus. This will be a sign of our spinster status, plus they are really comfortable. I need something to wear while I do my needle point and watch Law and Order.
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SAS encourages crafty women

SPINSTER CRAFTS
(Scary and pointless as they may be...)
Over the holidays my grandmother showed me how to make "Yarn Flowers". Although they serve very little purpose, they are cute and can be tied onto the top of a pipe cleaner or stick in order to complete the effect. She grew up around Berkley and said that yarn flower making was all the rage amongst young girls during the late 1930's. If you want to be in on the secret, follow these directions. It should take only a minute.

Materials: A dinner fork, an 8-inch piece of yarn, a ball of yarn in another color

-Put the 8-inch piece of yarn between the middle tines of the fork.
-Put the end of the other yarn between two tines and then weave it back and forth between the tines (over/under) until you reach the top. Don't make it to tight.
-Tie the 8-inch piece in a knot and carefully slide all the woven yarn off the fork. Tighten the knot and tie it once more to finish.
-Trim the ends of the flower and leave the other thread to hang, or tie it around a pipe cleaner to make a stem.

My brother gave one to a girl we met and the result was quite positive. Maybe they do serve some purpose after all. Give it a try. Post any Spinster crafts you may know as well.
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A quick introduction

Hello ladies. Though I am young, I highly doubt that I will ever be sending out monogrammed invitations to celebrate my matrimony. Am fully content with a cup of Earl Grey and a volume of Hemingway or Gertrude Stein. However, a companion in life will be desired--a dog, preferably one that resembles a throw-rug.
I've a poem to share from one of my favourite authors. Enjoy!


Oh, love is a glorious cycle of song
A medley of extemporanea
Love is a thing that can never go wrong
and I am Marie of Roumania.

--"Comment" by Dorothy Parker
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a shakespearian spinster song for SAS

"Sigh No More, Ladies..."
(From "Much Ado about Nothing")

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh nor more;
Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never;
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny;
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo,
Or dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blithe and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into. Hey, nonny, nonny.

-Shakespeare

Please post all lyrics or poetry related to spinsterism (uplifting or, well, not) that you can find. There are some great ones out there. Our work on the compilation is still going, send those as well, our results should be posted within the next couple weeks.

...crosswords...woohoo!

WARNING: These sites will be bad for daily productivity.
http://www.bestcrosswords.com/
http://cascoly.com/games/triv/trivmain.htm

Keep the Spinster suggestions coming! So far we have:
-Mother Teresa (although arguable, as a religious figure)
-Emily Dickinson
-Queen Elizabeth I
-Kathleen Hannah
-Jennifer
-Jane Austen (just added, see link)
http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/pptopic2.html#protofem3

I think we should have one famous and one non-famous winner. Feel free to add yourself as a "suggested spinster" and be sure to include lots of evidence. This would be a great way to introduce our selves too. Please note; males that choose to enter must be very convincing with lots of gruesome details.