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September 4, 2007

I understand that not everyone can live in paradise. And I understand that when people get an extra day added to their weekend, they naturally want to come to paradise for a little visit. However, it does make for a most uncomfortable situation, as the beaches and grocery stores and coffee shops are overflowing.

So I stayed in most of the weekend, and I decided to do a bit of cleaning up on my reading list. I love starting new books, which leads to a problem sometimes, as I spend so much time starting books that I don’t always finish books. So I decided to finish a couple of books I started some months ago. They were….

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey, by Chuck Palahnuik. This is the only Palahnuik book that I’ve not enjoyed reading. I’d give you a brief summary of it, but I really don’t want to think about the book. BUT, much like scrubbing the bathroom floor, I’m finished and my mind feels cleaner for having it out of the way.

American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman is apparently a big deal in the world of graphic novels, but I’ve not read any of his graphic work. The old gods of America — the ones brought here by immigrants from Europe and Africa and India and etc. — go to war against the “new gods” of America — the things we put our faith in now. A bit of a cheesy concept, sure. But this one is worth thumbing through at the bookstore. Other than occassionally cheesy dialogue, it’s an enjoyable read.

A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah. Beah grew up in Sierra Leonne in the middle of a civil war. He becomes a soldier before he becomes a teenager, and in telling his story, he gives a glimpse into a world of violence and drugs that is disturbing.  Before he leaves his teens, he’s “rehabilitated” by some non-governmental organizations who are trying bring peace to that area. This is a great book. It’s disturbing and painful to read at times, but it is really worth it.

I also listened to a bit of music that I’ve owned for a long time and have never listened to for some reason or other.

Modern Times, by Bob Dylan. Why have I not listened to this before? I bought it whenever it came out and then forgot about it before I ever listened to it. Love it. I’m not the world’s biggest Dylan fan, but. This is a really good album.

De Stijl, by The White Stripes. I am the world’s biggest White Stripes fan. But for some reason, I don’t think I’d ever listened to this album all the way through. It’s great. Buy it. You’ll thank me.