Green Stockings Craft & Design

October 4, 2012

This is Green Stockings!

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Welcome!

You’ve stumbled across the corner of the internet taken up by the crafting empire, GreenStockings, ruling overlords of a small ground floor apartment in Montreal, QC.

GreenStockings is a small time crafting outfit immensely concerned with knitting, but also with sex-positive feminism, life with a toddler, sewing & other crafting, the city of Montreal, and Unitarian Universalism. GreenStockings is a one-woman operation with immense support from a spouse affectionately known as the HusBear. GreenStockings may not be much of a money-making outfit, but it’s definitely a fun-making, clothes-making, d├ęcor-making, mess-making (just ask Bear), laundry-doing, rarely-cooking, but frequently nap-taking crafting adventure!

Please feel join us by following the blog, following us on Instagram (@green_stockings), Facebook (Green Stockings Crafts & Creative Events). We also have a Ravelry group (GreenStockings Creative), and feel free to friend me (GreenStockings) on Ravelry.

You can reach us by email at greenstockings@gmail.com

July 13, 2010

Book Review: The Yiddish Policeman’s Union

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The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon

Reading time: less than 1 week
Number of pages: 400+
Book from: Fripe-Prix

Chabon has created an alternative history for the 20th century in which Jews, exiled from Palestine, have settled on the West coast of Alaska in the burgeoning city of Sitka. Officially a temporary Federal District, Sitka will revert its territory to Alaska in six months time, and the future of the Jews of Sitka, the Sitka District Police, and Detective Meyer Landsman, are uncertain. What a time for a man to get shot in the scummy hotel where Landsman has been living since his divorce.

Strange times to be a Jew.

A story of a whole culture’s fear, exile, and self-pity hidden inside a murder mystery adventure, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union is rife with archetypes – the partially destroyed, alcoholic police officer who is offered a chance at redemption; the returning ex-wife (smarter, sassier, and stronger than the ex-husband she left); the “half-breed” Tinglit/Jew side-kick who struggles between his histories; and the Messiah-who-could-have-been, who turns up dead.

Fortunately, they are archetypes, not stereotypes. Chabon has created an alternate world which hangs together without being startling, contrived, or even particularly alien. It leaves you at least partially believing that the world that he has created is really our own, that Chabon himself grew up with penguin pajamas, and an island full of maniacal Messianic Orthodox Jews living across the bridge. His Alaskan Jewish enclave is rich in culture and character, and the “historical” tidbits he peppers through his narrative can be amusing and sweet – JFK seems to have survived and married Marilyn Munroe.

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