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October 28th, 2007

On Books: Why I love Nick Hornby @ 05:15 pm

temper: mellow mellow
soundtrack: Free - Phish

Having an indulgently lazy weekend this week: laundry, cooking (I now have stuff in the freezer that ought to feed me for the week, yay!), cleaning the bathroom (French roommate and I went through experiments with baking soda and boiling water this morning so that hopefully it'll take less than half an hour to drain the bath after anyone has a shower now... yes, maybe you wouldn't want to believe it, but apartments with four girls in them are GROSS). More importantly though, since that so far sounds neither indulgent nor particularly lazy, yesterday I took a trip downtown (well, to 72nd St, which only counts as downtown for Columbia students) to find myself the most recent Q, and ended up in Barnes and Noble being seduced by books.

I managed to limit myself to a couple from Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, which I have read before, essential reading for any music nerd, especially of the  British persuasion, and About a Boy, which I have only ever seen in the Hugh Grant film version), and the complete works of Lewis Carroll. But that won't last for long.

I also read a book that my mother left here in September - the Memory Keeper's Daughter, about a doctor that gives away his Down Syndrome daughter in 1964 and tells his wife that she died. Somewhere between 'scarily poignant' and 'disturbing look into varieties of WASP emotional repression', but I liked it.

Following up a great tip from krazycake I've joined www.goodreads.com - last.fm but for books!  That's right, I needed MORE outlets for my obsessive/lazy tendencies. Check it out people, it seems pretty awesome.

Anyway, I shall return to High Fidelity now, and leave you with a quote that inspired me to actually write a post in the first place.

"All my life I've wanted to go to bed with an American, and now I have, and I'm beginning to see why people don't do it more often."
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Date:October 28th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
*snicker* Oh, that is rather an inspired bit of writing. It makes me feel that I should take another crack at High Fidelity. The last time I read that novel was in college, when it was shoved down my throat without mercy during a Contemporary Fiction in the U.K. (or something like that) course. As with anything foisted upon me in such heavyhanded fashion, my initial efforts to tackle it were halfhearted, at best.

What can I say? I'm a contrary sort. Albeit in a very passive way.

It also occurs to me that I probably ought to be getting around to cleaning the shower . . . An apartment in which four girls share one bathroom might be gross, but those with even one guy get awfully funky fairly quickly, too. Though I do feel I've become something of a father-figure to the sprawling colony of micro-organisms that have taken up residence at the bottom of the bathtub.

Now I'm conflicted.
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Date:October 28th, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
High Fidelity is great! You'd probably be better set up to read it now too, after a few years of Katey and I foisting random music plus lists, lists, and more lists on you. Although we may have focussed our efforts on a different era. Maybe try About a Boy, which is less obscure sonic reference heavy, while still having that Hornby modern british understated briliance. Literary Britpop, as it were. Trash restated much longer, and in purely verbal form.

Good luck with the conflict! If it helps resolving things at all, pouring a couple of teaspoons of baking soda down the drain and then a jugful of boiling water is extremely fun. Although getting rid of the gross stuff that comes back up isn't so good.
Date:October 29th, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)

It's Kaye.

I'm too lazy to log in, haha. HEY! What's your email for goodreads? Mine is shinywackyfun@gmail.com. Friend meeeeeee; let me know what you're reeeeeeeeadinggggg!

And, when are you coming to CA eh? :D
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Date:October 29th, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)

Re: It's Kaye.

reenieb@gmail.com - i've tried to friend you, I think.. so yay!

As for California... maybe next year sometime, we'll see. I'm over to the West Coast for Christmas this year, but up in Canada.
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Date:October 29th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)

Re: It's Kaye.

You will be sure to let me know if you come out here? Because the transbay tube takes me at LEAST half an hour to hide in properly. ;)

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