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Diversions for a troubled mind.
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jawalter From: jawalter Date: November 19th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC) (Link)


None of these are really obscure, but they've all been on my mind for one reason or another lately. So basically, this list is more about me than it is about you. Life is hard that way.

a) Anything by Nabokov. I'm reading Ada, or Ardor right now, and boy howdy, is it a mouthful.

b) I've just read a book about vanilla and a book about baseball on Cape Cod, but I'm going to recommend one that I'm still impressed by: Moneyball, by Michael Lewis. Yes, it is a book about baseball, but no, it's not really about baseball. It's about human behavior ... the baseball is just the framework within which that behavior is examined.

c) The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I bought this a while ago, but I haven't been able to watch it because I'm surrounded by philistines.

d) William Shatner. Pe-fucking-riod.

e) Frank Miller or Alan Moore. I don't know if this is exactly what you mean, but I've been reading a pantsload of graphic novels lately, and I remember you reading League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in Maine. Sin City is really cool, and Watchmen is brilliant!

f) Booooooze. Any more specific suggestion I could make would just be redundant.

g) I've had a weird craving for mushrooms lately, but I can't figure out why.

h) How to Have Sex Like a Porn Star by Jenna Jameson. She's a (duh) porn star, and I kind of want to read this book (for non-salacious reasons ... partly), but I'm too ashamed to buy it because it probably sucks.
laughingwoman From: laughingwoman Date: December 2nd, 2004 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Stuff

ada, or ardor was simply divine. what did you think of it?

also, if you can get your hands on ennio moricone's box set, it's quite the listen.
komos From: komos Date: December 2nd, 2004 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Stuff

Music of the Legendary Italian Westerns is standard listening in my car.
jawalter From: jawalter Date: December 2nd, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Stuff

I loved it. Still and all, Lolita remains my favorite of his. I do have to admit that Ada, like far too many other books, kind of leaves me feeling stupid. It's almost as though I need training wheels to help get me through it.

It's funny you should mention the Moricone, because I just watched the Untouchables, and I absolutely love the music he did for that. He's the kind of composer I always like but have never gone out of my way to obtain. Perhaps that is a mistake.
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