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Archive for April 20th, 2009

Mood: Less tired, more anxious
Music: Medusa’s Spell-Prelude

I may complain about it often and at length, but I actually like taking the bus.  It can be a trying experience on occasion, but it’s like I’m made out of time during the work week.  I usually spend my commute time (about 1.5 hours per day) listening to music and reading books…or staring out the window…drooling…a lot.  Since starting the bus a few months ago (February?), I’ve managed to get through…

The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Phillip K. Dick

Ubik by Phillip K. Dick

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk

Pretty good, right?  I’m also about two-thirds of the way through The Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide to Magick and the Occult but those are all shorter essays, so I can pick it up or put it down as the mood strikes me (and it usually strikes me after a hot bath).

What goes better with words than a thematically coherent picture?

I'm sorry dear, but we're fresh out of books.

So, I’m about to start another book and it’ll prolly be Memoirs of a Geisha or Moby Dick.  Neither of them sounds super appealing right now, but I’m sure they’re both good.  Here are some books that are on my future reading list…

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

More Douglas Coupland…Girlfriend in a Coma, Hey Nostradamus!, or newer

A Scanner Darkly by Phillip K. Dick

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (ha Ha!, and you thought I’d already read it!)

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (I’m as shocked as you are)

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

All of the Quicksilver books by Neal Stephenson

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Orlando by Virgina Woolf

Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

The Atrocity Exhibition and Crash by JG Ballard (R.I.P. btw)

So yeah, that should fix my wagon for the next year or so.   I’m open to recommendations (or gifts) for some light, “filler” books to space out all of the literature I have planned for myself.  What are you going to read this summer?

Mood: Tired
Music: Emperor-The Wanderer

In a comment I left on a friend’s blog, I said something like…

Wait, you better not be talking about that bitch Anna Karenina…her blog is so dumb.

Now, I’m sure all of you have read Leo Tolstoy’s realist masterpiece, Anna Karenina, so I won’t bore you with an in-depth analysis of its importance in the canon of modern literature…we all know.  Instead, I thought I’d expand on the idea that Anna Karenina, whilst still living in late 19th century Russia, somehow has a stupid blog.  Because that’s how I like my comedy…timely and relevant.  Here are some “excerpts” from her blog…

OMG, did you see what Countess Vronskaya was wearing last night?  Fur is murder you guys!  And big pink hats should be some kind of crime.

So, the other night, Leo was all, “Anna, vat do you tink about Anna Karenina 2: Hot Moscow Nights?”  And I was all

Guess who Count Vronsky’s crushing on?  THE ANSWER IS ME!!!!

Seriously y’all, I love Czar Alexander III.  I hope the Russian monarchy lasts a thousand years!

Peasants are stupid and the proletariat is stupidest.

Seriously you guys, BORSCHT IS GNARLS.  If you like it and you’re not my babushka, then we can’t be friends.  Sorry.

So you see, seriously you guys (lol), her blog is dumb and so is she…yet I still subscribe to it.  Why is that?  Actually, I bet she’d have a twitter account, which is even worse.

And just because I care about you all and I hate to leave you without some visual action on this, the Mondayest of Mondays, here’s some art that I love by Sanna Annukka


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