Señor Grumblecakes (jervo) wrote,
Señor Grumblecakes

Finished "One Hundred Years of Solitude" over the weekend, which turned out to be just as beautiful and enjoyable as I had hoped. I had been reading it at an unusually slow pace, for me, but I bought Neal Stephenson's "Quicksilver" and it was burning a hole on my bookshelf, and so I felt compelled to pick up the pace a bit.

As for "Quicksilver", well, it's massive, and since I haven't read "Cryptonomicon" in a while I can't quite remember who each character's ancestor I'm reading about. The only thing that bothers me right now about it is that the book takes place in the mid-1600s to early 1700s, and it's as if Stephenson can't quite make up his mind to fully commit to archaic language and spelling (a la "Mason & Dixon"). He does it sometimes ("phant'sied", for example), and so far he's been careful not to use any glaringly modern language, but still, the tone is difficult to pick up. He's not Thomas Pynchon, but he shouldn't necessarily try to be. Come to think of it, there's a lot about "Quicksilver" that reminds me of "Mason & Dixon", most especially the way he has his fictional characters interacting with real people - I'm only about 50 pages in and I've already met a young Ben Franklin and a young Issac Newton, and I guess it's just because of the historical nature of the book that I'm reminded of the scene in M&D where they smoke pot with George Washington. Anyway, it's nice to be reading something big and fun.

Weekend was nice, if a bit rainy and cold; I got to see my dad's new house, which is huge and, while still under construction, very nice. Certainly it got my home-owner-jones working. I also got to see his wife's incredible guitar collection - 5 or 6 vintage acoustic guitars, each one more beautiful than the last.

Tonight: rehearsal. (!!!)
Tomorrow: because Game 1 of the Yankees-Twins series is at 1PM (?!!), Kath and I are hopefully gonna see "Lost in Translation".

Maybe it's sacreligious for me to admit this, but as much as I want the Yankees to win the World Series, I'm also REALLY wanting to see a Red Sox/Cubs series. And since the Yankees HAVE won a few recently, I'm almost willing to concede, just so that the RedSox/Cubs thing can happen. I stress the word "almost", though. I have too many friends in the Chicago/Boston areas, and I'm afraid that if there is a RedSox/Cubs series, you all will die in the ensuing riots.
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