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In anticipation of tonight’s final premiere (oh it hurts to write that!) we relaunched the Lost Book Club on Ravelry ((I’m a Mod!!)){meaning moderator}.
We chose the short story by Flannery O’Connor (not a nice name for a lady don’t you think?) that Jacob is seen reading as Locke falls from the window behind him. 
If any of you are interested you can read the story online.

Sidenote: I may be the only person thoroughly disappointed in the long-awaited Jacob reveal. I mean, look at him: He’s a chimp! Ok. A chimp that can read but… I always pictured Jacob as a impressive, omniscient figure and this guy is impossible for me to take seriously (so far!) which could be Drowning Mona’s fault…

On to the reveiw. This is a very short story but wow! does it pack a lot in. There are a number of overlapping theme/storyline parallels with our Losties, Others etc.

The protagonist is an embittered man, who believes his life is without a future, that things have been decided for him and that he has fared badly through no fault of his own. He holds his mother responsible for his current situation and for what he sees as his lack of opportunity.

He lashes out at his mother because he is unhappy with his life and believes himself powerless to change – both himself and his environment.

This ties in so well with the running theme of Fate/Destiny vs. Choice. How much control do we have over our lives? How much is predetermined? Who’s fault is it if we are unhappy? Like Sawyer, Jack, Kate, and Ben this man punishes others to avoid true introspection. (I don’t include Locke here because he was unable to punish his father or his mother – passively I guess you could say he punished what’s-her-name but…mostly it was himself he was hurting)

The concept of OTHER is shared by this man and his mother. It is where they place their mistrust, their fear and insecurity of themselves and whether or not they belong. This desire to fence people out, especially those closest to the heart, is closely linked to their need to feel superior (Ben! ok, Jack too) and therefore necessary — and of course, wronged.

This This defense mechanism has played out multiple times in the series. The Others. The Hostiles. The Tailies. The Freighter Folk. The rivalry between Ben and Widmore. The rivalry between Locke and Ben. Locke and Jack. The triangle between Kate, Jack and Sawyer. Oooh baby. This list of black vs. white could go on!

In the story the man wants to take definite action “in reparation for his mother’s sins”. Jack certainly goes to extremes helping others, uselessly trying to impress his worthiness to the Father that is no longer there. Locke’s desperate search for meaning in his life in response to his father treating him as a non-person. Sawyer’s determination to do people over first – to not be the victim that his parents ultimately became. Kate killing her father because he was “in her”.

 

I found the closest match in personalities/situation to Ben in this protagonist. The man says, of his mother “there was an evil urge in him to break her spirit”. Goodness, how many people does Ben do that to, or try to? Gee, how many people has he met?

There is an interchange between the mother and another mother on the bus that left me shaking my head. I have encountered this reasoning elsewhere (most recently within the madness of Courtney Love’s “no daughter of mine” rant online) and it baffles me. The mothers are discussing the hooligans who have been committing petty theft in the neighbourhood. The stranger says that she told her son if he ever did something like that…and our mother replies “training tells.” Um yes. You raised them so…what you are saying is if they are good it’s the training and if they are bad it’s the training. But if they are bad and you disown them – wth? Isn’t it your training that caused the problem?

This interchange with the threat to disavow your own child reminded me of the dynamic between Kate and Diane. Kate believes she was freeing her mother and Diane’s response is to turn her over to the authorities. (ok – this is strictly a response to a fictional situation – I am not advocating the acceptance of murder! so don’t flame me in comments please!)

Back to our man. In repsonse to overhearing this conversation he retreats to his mind, “the only place he felt free from the general idiocy of his fellows.” Whoo! Judge much? Again this reminded me so much of Ben – his words to his father before he released the canister were: I had to put up with you. Ben’s entire demeanour oozes derision of almost everyone he speaks to.

From within his mind he says ‘he could see her (mother) with absolute clarity’. Really? It is this deluded sureness that leads to our crisis and this is the same on the show. Over and over again characters behave in ways that are unexpected by their enemy: ‘He changed the rules.’ ‘You aren’t supposed to leave.’ Juliet siding with Jack. Alex with Karl. And these led to crises of their own.

The protagonist says of life, it “gave him a certain satisfaction to see injustice in daily operation. It confirmed his view…” This sounds a lot like Locke seeking out rejection, moving purposefully towards it – with his father, with whats-her-name, with Ben. Ben certainly seems to find satisfaction in injustice, albeit while insisting on his own skewed perception of how to mete out justice! And while much yet is to be revealed – it makes me think of Jacob too. Who is he to decide? Why do his choices seem to cause so much suffering? Does it help support him in his debate with…the other Island guy. ( I cannot remember names at all today!) Or is it the other way around? Is the other Island guy finding satisfaction in the struggles of others as he tries to prove Jacob wrong?

The end of that thought was ‘it confirmed his view that there was no one worth knowing’. Ben? I certainly think so. He cuts off even the people that he ‘loves’ and I still think that he was the one confining Jacob to the cabin with the ring of ash…but nevermind that.

When things start to fall apart the man lashes out at his mother and defends his actions this way: ‘he could leave her wondering. No reason for her to think she could depend on him.’ This sounds like Ben – not being honest with people. Sawyer pushing people away. This childish, punitive approach to relationships echoes throughout LOST.

The protagonist intentionally goads his mother and then thinks to himself “now persecute us. go ahead and drive me out.” This is entirely Sawyer of Seasons 1 & most of 2. Ben absolutely does this. Locke has a persecution complex of massive proportion!

When he sees the effect of his words on his mother he feels a twinge of regret that ‘only lasted a second before principle rescued him. Justice entitled him to laugh.’ Does it? This twisted perception of morality colours the interactions of our Losties. But the laughing when inflicting pain, laughing because you are morally superior and therefore entitled sounds like Ben. Though again, since we see Jacob reading this story — is this about his relationship with other Island guy? It certainly could be.

His final words to his mother are ‘you aren’t who you think you are’. It is this realization that her own son is an Other, coupled with her recognizing herself in the Other she encountered that is her undoing. And also his.

When his mother crumples to the ground he is filled with grief and a sudden realization of what he has done and her true worth to him. Like Ben saying that Alex ‘is nothing’ to him and his immediate and visceral response to her murder, our man gathers his mother in his arms calling her ‘darling’ and ‘sweetheart’.

The story ends with the man walking after a disappearing bus – a goal that is eluding him – so that he can avoid the ‘tide of darkness. Postponing entry to a world of guilt and sorrow.’ Wow. Ben’s whole trip to revenge, to save the Island has become reparation for Alex’ death — and isn’t someone on the Island using him to that end? Is it again all about other Island guy and Jacob? I think so…but we have a few more months to learn!

 

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I’ve seen this at a few blogs I read and thought I would try it out…let’s see if I keep it up!

this week’s theme: 10 Things You Plan For

1) Waxing — your hair has to be a certain gorilla-length to make it worthwhile

2) Vacation — though even that I leave to the last minute

3) Blog posts — I’m going to try not to over think them – HA! that should be interesting…or not

4) Gifts — I love to buy or make them — it’s the joy of the giving.

5) Projects — sometimes. Most of the time I’m pretty impulsive.

6) Reading —  just a necessary part of each day!

7) Work! I do the scheduling of the children AND staff. This Fall was particularly complex. Let’s not even talk about it.

8 ) Fine viewing. I am cable-less and online-less at my Little House in the Woods. So I either have to finangle some burned discs or pirate my way into a viewing … which reminds me, LOST is only how many weeks away?

9) Eating. Yeah – I should plan that. Since tonight I am likely having an apple and maybe some Kentucky Bluegrass Fudge Pie with whipping cream So you know, fruit AND dairy. As soon as I get home I am running right out the door again. Poor pets. 😦

10) Sleep. I like planning a little nap during the day where I can — usually it happens on weekend afternoons — could be part of the reason there is a shortage of FO’s & project news here… Just sayin’ ;-D

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Whoa! Where does the time go??

I will finish reviewing Lost — this season was incredible? wasn’t it? The posts are in draft form, I’ve just been outrageously busy since like April!

Here is a glimpse of just some of the things occupying my time:

Been Awhile

Left to Right – Top to Bottom

1> I fostered 3 kittens for the local SPCA. Lots of fun, but a LOT of work. Naturally, I wound up keeping one – I’m pretty sure they know that will happen! I kept the fluffy black and white one on the end. Chaplin. One of my cousins adopted the black kitten, Poe (great name hey?). Right now I am kitten-sitting Poe while she is at ComiCon — the two boys are having a blast together.
The girl at the SPCA might need me to foster more kittens – they have 25 in the shelter! Madness!

2> I have 3 chickens! I’m hoping that at least 2 of them are hens — I would like eggs. They started out as the cutest little puffballs. This is Reepicheep in my arms.

3> Spending lots of times at the beach, the lakes, the river (freezing glacier run off!!) and the pool. This summer has been a scorcher so far.

4> I completed my RCM 1st year and received First Class Honours on my Exam! Such a relief — my 1st ever piano exam. I’m really looking forward to my 2nd year this Fall. I find it a great balance between calming and challenging myself. (if that makes any sense!)

5> Been on a few roadtrips – personally and work related. We have been going on near-daily field trips and this summer’s program is turning into a great success. 🙂

6> The chickens have grown! They are hardly recognizable as the little balls they arrived as. Last weekend I built them an enclosure. Myself! With a door that opens and closes — myself! I’m amazed. Their adorable coop was made my a family friend and they love it. Their enclosure is located outside my kitchen window — they seem to get a real kick out of peering in at me when I do the dishes/cook – which is what they are doing in this pic.

7> mmmm….Clafoutis! I adapted Alicia Paulson’s Blackberry version to use some of the abundant and delicious raspberries in my landlady’s garden. I had only made a WW’s version before and it was good. This however? This is heavenly. The tart of the raspberries contrasts nicely with the crystallized raw sugar the custard is poured over.

8> I started a small garden at my new place. This is it shortly after transplanting seedlings — it’s jungly these days. Even the green peppers are growing – due to the scorching summer weather I’ve mentioned earlier. The chickens love exploring the backyard and I’ve discovered that, likely because they arrived on the same day, the kittens watch but don’t interfere when the chickens are out and about (not that I leave them alone!) I hope they are helping to keep the garden tick free. Ugh. 
In addition to the clafoutis, I’ve also been experimenting with SouleMama’s Ruby June. I tried the rhubarb syrup but found it rather tasteless – so next I made a raspberry syrup. It made a divine drink! Very nice with sparkling soda and actually alright added to ice water.

9> Seen some great movies and some not so great movies. The latter was not-so-great because it was viewed with a very sensitive child whose first words to follow the intro: “I know one thing, I’m going to have nightmares tonight.” While sparing us from potetnially gory footage there were still a lot of ominously intoned “he won’t survive for long” & “if they don’t…they will surely die” . Sheesh.

10> Lots of BBQ’s already. This is a great year for it. Loving the quick and easy recipes that lend themselves to summer weather cooking. mmmmm…the company is the best ingredient though. ;-D

11> I finished the 365 Project…not that it’s up to date yet…but the photo’s have all been taken!

12> And what is summer without reading? Getting a surprising amount of reading done depsite all the other activities AND since I have started quilting! (pics coming soon)

What have you been up to?

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Lost 504

I originally was expecting this episode to be all about Aaron — or little Charlie Widmore. Watching made it evident the title was referencing this book, which I’ve never read and…given what I read about it online, am not too likely to read!

I did find this character interesting though:The Lamplighter who lives on an asteroid which rotates once a minute. Long ago, he was charged with the task of lighting the lamp at night and extinguishing it in the morning. At that point, the asteroid revolved at a reasonable rate, and he had time to rest. As time went on, the rotation sped up. Refusing to turn his back on his work, he now lights and extinguishes the lamp once a minute, getting no rest. The Prince actually empathizes with the Lamplighter, who is the only adult to care about something other than himself. 

Onto the show….

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I very much enjoyed this book – and as I continued to read, I enjoyed it for itself and not for what it said about Lost to me. However, since this is what the post is about…that is what I will focus on.

Fiver questions their very existence saying to Hazel, “You’re sure we are here, then?” Hazel dismisses the question out of hand – this exchange reminds me of the Man of Science/Man of Faith debates between Jack and Locke. Jack regularly dismisses Locke’s arguments.

In their quest for does, Hazel’s rabbits come across a warren called Efrafa. This warren is run by a military despot, General Woundwort. In describing his experience there Holly says of the rabbits “The holes are all hidden and the Owsla have every rabbit in the place under orders. You can’t call your life your own: and in return you have safety – if it’s worth having at the price you pay.”

This reminds me of New Otherton – Ben has everyone firmly in hand – either through direct orders or through manipulation based on fear. Like Efrafa, when our Losties join their camp, Holly goes on to say “Things can’t go on like this – the system’s breaking down. But it doesn’t do to be heard talking about it.”

Juliet’s exclusion of Ben from the Book Club is a small symptom of the underground rebellion building up under Ben’s leadership (the response of the Others to Locke’s appearance & Alpert’s open acceptance of him are other signs that they were chafing under Ben) . Ben is wise to it and has Goodwin dispatched — that this also serves his personal ‘romantic’ aim is convenient — and so removes Juliet’s support. The others in her Book Club are aware that they are doing Ben ‘wrong’ but they are uncomfortable about it and unlikely to continue to meet without him, especially as Juliet is critical of Ben.  In Efrafa it is also a doe who voices discontent, who questions authority for her group and when one of the males joins them in this resistance he is severely physically punished.

In the telling of one of the rabbit legends of El-ahrairah and Rabscuttle, Rabscuttle is seperated from his warren and imprisoned by a King. He is kept locked up except when he is made to work digging. Hmmm…Dharma biscuit anyone?

Oooh there is a particular legend of the Black Rabbit of Inle that strikes me as similar to Jacob/the Island (thus far anyways). Here is his description: “The Black Rabbit of Inle is fear and everlasting darkness. He is a rabbit but he is that cold, bad dream from which we can only entreat Lord Frith to save us…When the snare is set in the gap, the Black Rabbit knows where the peg is driven; and when the weasel dances, the Black Rabbit is not far off…The Black Rabbit brings sickness too. Or again, he will come in the night and call a rabbit by name; and then that rabbit must go out to him…He goes with the Black Rabbit and leaves no trace behind. Some say that the Black Rabbit hates us and wants our destruction. But the truth is – that he also serves Lord Frith and does no more than his appointed task – to bring about what must be.”

 

 

Jacob is the biggest mystery remaining – for me anyways. I at times think he is the Island or the Island’s representative. It is interesting that this Black Rabbit’s appointed task is to bring what must be – that seems eerily like the ‘course correction’ Desmond fought against. The reference to sickness is interesting too – I wonder if we will learn more about the disease that Rosseau’s people fell prey to (well, fell prey to her) the people in the Swan were innoculating themselves against something – whether it was real or imagined we don’t know yet.

Incidentally, while traveling to meet with the Black Rabbit of Inle, the rabbits heard from “far above, the cry of some great, evil bird on the wing.”

Later the rabbits are invited by the Black Rabbit to wager their lives on a game of Bob-stones, a tradional game played with stones similar to gamling along the lines of Odds or Evens, wherein the opponent must hazard a guess as to whether the stones cast are light or dark. Obviously games of chance feature in many mythologies and legends, but it calls to mind the recurring games theme in Lost: backgammon, chess, Risk, golf, ping pong (ok, there is not a great deal of chance in Chess — unless you are playing me! I have no strategy- but sometimes I can hang in there for a long time! to the aggravation of better players). 

The rabbits escape from the Black Rabbit’s lair and, since I just started rewatching Season 1, it reminded me of the Losties first encounters with Smokey after the Pilot was killed; it said of their escape ‘they did no know where they were going, except that they were going away from the Black Rabbit’s warren.’

Towards the end of the book, Hazel’s rabbits learn that General Woundwort plans to attack their warren. Some of the rabbits are fearful and want to run again but Hazel stands firm and vows to stay and fight, that they’ve been through enough and they will fight to the end if necessary. This is not unlike the Losties determination to hold the beach despite Rosseau’s instructions to hide in the jungle.

The chapter that marks the turning point in the rabbit’s fortunes is entitled: Dea ex Machina.
                                                      
Deus ex Machina (god out of a machine) was the first Lost episode to scare the bejeezus out of me. Certainly not the last…

The book’s epilogue begins with a quote from Through the Looking Glass “He was part of my dream, of course – but then I was part of his dream, too.” I sincerely hope the conclusion of this series does not end with any St.Elsewhere style – dream sequence revelation. Sincerely.

Deeper Lost books are on order, but in the meanwhile A Wrinkle in Time is my next Lost Book Club selection.

 

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