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It's a humid, muggy day here in NYC; took a long walk to the Borders at Kips Bay because I had a gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket (thank you, Secretaries Day!) and by the time I got back to the office I was a wee bit moist.

But I did, in fact, go bananas:

1.  The Yiddish Policeman's Union
2.  Tristram Shandy
3.  World War Z
4.  Elliot Smith, "New Moon"

I'm trying to get healthy again, and, as per usual, my body is freaking out.  Yesterday I took a multivitamin and got the jitters for an hour or so, and the last few days my stomach has been out of control.  Not good times.

The dogs have not been helping, either - the last few days they've been waking us up between 4:15 and 4:45 in the morning.  We heard them crying this morning even though we both had earplugs, the windows open and the A/C fan on.  They're so goddamned cute, but this is bullshit.
I am curious about #1 and #3. (I'm just finishing up Chabon's "The Final Solution".) Still on the fence about #4, I greatly preferred the XO/Figure 8 style of ES writing/recording/arrangement thatn I did the Roman Candle/s-t/Either-Or period. But there's some good songs on there, no doubt.
How was "Final Solution"? It's a Sherlock Holmes story, isn't it? Kath and I have been reading the actual Doyle stories, so I've been in the mood. "Yiddish Policeman's Union" got a fantastic rave in today's NYT, and I've been wanting to read "World War Z" since forever.

Interesting that you say that about Elliot Smith. The s/t is how I was introduced to him, and that whispery 4-track sound is what I'll always associate with him - I had a much harder time getting into his Dreamworks albums, which are fuller and cleaner. (I guess. I confess that while I've heard his later albums, I've never owned them.) The little bits and pieces I've heard of "New Moon" are right up my alley.
Final Solution is excellent, and also a very quick read -- 110 pages with large margins. Probably a three-hour book. But the man's style is so articulate, so rich and elegant, I think he could make anything sound romantic and peculiar.

And yeah, my first exposure to ES was hearing XO in a record store, and it's now one of my five favorite records of all time, so though I do enjoy some of the earlier stuff, it wasn't my first Smith experience.