December 28, 2007 -- Friday afternoon

Reading Metaphors We Live By, by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson. She is an American Studies student at Berkeley and this is a book from last semester that she finally has time to read. In it, the authors discuss how metaphors are embedded in almost every thought and sentence we speak and write--up is used to connote good, down, is bad. We freeze, we become shattered, we float through life.

One of her favorite books is a collection of essays written by Joan Didion in the 1960s--they engage her in a subculture that's not around anymore, like the culture in the Haight.

A book that has helped her through life is High Maintenance, by Jennifer Belle. It's about New Yorker who realizes what she needs is not the love of her life but rather the loft of her life. Home is very important.