Friday, May 29, 2009

Pardon Me As I ZZZ

  • Random Pop Culture:
    • At an event tonight, I saw Jonathan Safran Foer speak. It was very interesting to hear his thoughts on why he writes and how he feels about books in general. He's one of the leading young authors in the world, having written one of the great books of the last decade, Everything is Illuminated. The book follows the narrator's search for the Righteous Gentile who saved his grandfather from the Nazis, going farther back in time as he scours the Ukranian countryside; at the same time, it tells the story of the small village his grandfather grew up in, starting with its founding and moving forwards. Both stories collide on the day that the Nazis attack the village. The movie only tells half the story, so you have to read the book to get the full effect. It takes some patience because of some quirky language and some slight stream of consciousness, but it's a must-read if you like modern literature and will go down as a classic.
    • Have the day off for a Jewish holiday tomorrow and I'm pondering either going to the movies (Up or The Brothers Bloom) or to Camden Yards for the big Wieters debut.
    • I've never been a big fan of the Bible. Always thought it was a bit overrated because it's flawed in a lot of ways and because people interpret it with such laziness and thick-headedness. I'm coming around though. Hard to knock a book that has existed, in one form or another, for 3,500 years. Thinking about incorporating a commentary on a weekly basis, but in a really non-religious way.
  • Random Hatred and/or Love:
    • I don't understand people who don't like to learn. I love learning. Their lives must be really boring.
  • Random Question:
    • I was listening to a band tonight for a little bit and then, on the way home, Incubus came on the radio. It made me think about the fact that I've fallen asleep during three bands' sets ever, all at festivals: Incubus, Garbage, and Primus. Each of the groups' songs all sound alike. Anyone else have any?

1 comment:

Steve said...

You gotta go to the Wieters debut.