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4:11 AM
@Tsundoku LOL
I borrowed "thatched eaves" from Keats's Ode to Autumn in one of my verses
 
 
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6:17 AM
@PeterShor You could ask and self-answer.
@PeterShor Every so often a 400-page tome gets talked up by all and wins tons of awards, and I dutifully try reading it and get blindingly bored almost right away. Yanagihara's A Little Life was the previous example. What is it with all these "This Book Is So Serious, Everyone Undergoes Profound Suffering And Nobody Cracks a Joke" novels.
@b_jonas I don't know that I'd call San Francisco "another city," exactly. I live in the San Francisco area. Example: I was chatting with a London based musician who was on a US performing tour, and he said that he uses San Francisco as his home base whenever he's in the US. Which is fine, except that the place he uses as home base isn't actually in San Francisco, it's in Los Altos Hills.
Point being, if one lives in the San Francisco metropolitan area, then outside of the immediate Northern California context, folks are going to say "oh, you live in San Francisco." For me, San Francisco is inconveniently far because it's an hour or so away. But it's still local in a way that say, Sacramento is not.
Like if I'm talking to someone in India, or even in Kansas (hi @CDR!), and that person says, "oh, where do you live?," I'm likely to reply "San Francisco" or "the San Francisco area" or "near San Francisco."
Speaking of Budapest, I wished a friend happy birthday via text last week, and he responded saying he was on a boat cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. I said sorrowfully that I hadn't been to either city. Or anywhere else, really. I then realized (and mentioned to him) that I hadn't even been downstairs.
@Tsundoku Are you reading the book in English?! Why? Or is that just you translating on the fly
 
7:36 AM
@PeterShor thanks Peter, added to the list!
 
 
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11:48 AM
@verbose I see.
@Tsundoku That wouldn't be too surprising as a coincidence. A lot of people experience their mother dying, and it can be a notable enough event for them that they would mention it prominently at the start of a novel. It can kick off some events interesting enough to write about.
 
 
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2:20 PM
@verbose can confirm, I was born "around" San Francisco (a ~40 minute drive), moved away when I was 2 for my dad's work. I say I was born in the "[San Francisco] Bay Area" now
 

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