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What's In Karen's Tabs?

What up, Internets?

I have a post I'm going to make tomorrow on Awesome Teen Comedies with Serious Messages, but tonight I am actually watching said teen comedies, so you get what will probably be a regular Saturday thing: What's in Karen's Tabs?

I am screening out all the boring stuff. You don't really want evidence that I'm googling the correct hanzi for "Taiwan". This is a selection of the veeery best.


The House of Aunts, by Zen Cho, at Gigantosaurus.

The first time she saw the boy across the classroom, Ah Lee knew she was in love because she tasted durian on her tongue. That was what happened–no poetry about it. She looked at a human boy one day and the creamy rank richness of durian filled her mouth. For a moment the ghost of its stench staggered on the edge of her teeth, and then it vanished.

She had not tasted fruit since before the baby came. Since before she was dead.

After school she went home and asked the aunts about it.

“Ah Ma,” she said, “can you taste anything besides people?”

Go read this story right now. It's incredible, and it does so much: young love, the sick touch of colonisation and invasion, the strength of women, the generation gap, and more, all wrapped up in evocative prose, dialogue that is heartbreaking and hilarious, and superb characterisation.


And so:

The Four Generations of Chang E, by Zen Cho, at Mascara Literary Review.

起狮,行礼 (Rising Lion- The Lion Bows), by Zen Cho, at Strange Horizons.

Zen Cho's dreamwidth account, [personal profile] qian, with a sticky post at the top listing everything in print. I just read the ebook in which "Prudence and the Dragon" appears - most certainly worth the tiny amount I paid, and then there are MORE stories!


Twilight and Eclipse Commentary Moments. RPatzz and KStew bring the trolly, trolly lols on this excellent tumblr blog tag.

You're Beautiful (Episode 4), SBS Youtube channel.

This k-drama is awesome, but I can only take it in about ten minute chunks or all the FEELINGS rush over me and I commence to squealing. My sister came in and I paused it to give her the brief summary - cross-dressing trainee nun joins boyband in place of her twin brother so that she can preserve their dream of trying to find their mother, is found out by mean bandmate with heart of gold, who threatens to tell but doesn't, and creepy bandmate who doesn't even tell her he knows but is just like, and now she is my girlfriend? She is not found out by the dumb blond bandmate, who is getting really wound up about all the apparent gay among his friends.

ME: Okay?
FABULOUS SISTER: ... okay...
ME: *starts episode again*
FS: Is that the girl?
ME: No, that's the creepy one.
FS: Oh, so THAT'S the girl.
ME: Nope. That's the mean one with the heart of gold. They are meant to be.
FS: But he's wearing sequins!
ME: He sure is! And this is how the world's least convincing cross-dressing passes.


Purple Ombre Sprinkles Birthday Cake. I am doing this the second I have a vaguely viable occasion to cook it for. Like, "Happy Tuesday!"

Slow Cooker Spiced Porridge for a crowd. This is the recipe I did last night. It cooked HEAPS, and I've got breakfast sorted for a week.

Bourbon Brown Sugar Chicken. I cooked this for dinner tonight, with steamed corn, seeded mustard mashed potatoes, a chopped salad, and some carrots I threw in the roasting dish. My picky, picky family declared themselves satisfied.

What's in your tabs, Internets?



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Jan. 28th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for recommending The House of Aunts! I was glued to my seat reading it, no lie.
Jan. 29th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Me too! Wonderful stuff.
Jan. 29th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
If I made a purple cake I would be unable to resist giving it a flavor to match such as lavender lemon.

My tabs are full of nothing more intersting than unread fanfic, but I am writying you with a redhead siting on my head, so there is that.
Jan. 29th, 2012 06:53 am (UTC)
Oh You're Beautiful! I really need to finish watching that some day... SO MUCH SPARKLY!!!!
Jan. 29th, 2012 08:16 am (UTC)
Ahh you have the BEST recommendations.
Jan. 29th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
This one's courtesy BFF Robyn, who recced it to me!
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