2. So, yeah, Provo. The wedding was great (although it was dry) and it was awesome seeing all my cousins again. My cousins are all amazing and fun people to be around, and I don't get to see them as often as I'd like. Provo itself is pretty beautiful, nestled between mountains, although the Mormon-ness of it makes it a bit creepy. On Saturday we went down to Sundance and took a very nerve-racking ski-lift ride up to the top of one of the nearby mountains - it looks like amazing ski country, although I'm not sure I'd be able to make the ride up again. I'm glad to say that I've become quite comfortable w/r/t airplanes, but the ski-lift thing was just a bit too much. We took a lot of photos with our digital camera, but we haven't uploaded them yet; in the meantime,
3. I tried reading a bit more of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" but I just can't do it anymore. There are some authors who use their love of language and words to create unforgettable images and moods (see "Fortress of Solitude"), and then there's people like Dave Eggers and recent-period DFW and now this Foer kid who ARE SO INCREDIBLY BRILLIANT and are incredibly manipulative with language and they create this impression of showing off; there's no honesty or sincerity behind the flashiness or gimmickry. I'll also admit that I'm probably repressing a lot of 9/11-related angst, which doesn't help w/r/t ELaIC's subject matter, but that doesn't change the fact that I don't like people waving their literary abilities in my face, like some flashy toy. My disappointment with Fortress of Solitude was in the artifical plot getting in the way of the natural story progression; my distaste with ELaIC is how incredibly artificial EVERYTHING is, which makes the otherwise interesting storyline much less palatable. (In re-reading this paragraph, I again realize that I'm not a good enough writer to fully articulate what I'm trying to get at. Oh well. Hopefully you'll fill in the blanks.)
4. Still in love with that New Pornographers record; it's neck-and-neck with Illinois as my record of the year. So much goodness; it reminds me of what the Shins could sound like if they grew some balls, but so much better.
5. This week... I have no idea what's going on for this week. Hopefully Good Evening will get some more songwriting sessions in, and also we've got to finish our press kits. Which reminds me... stacyinthecity, I need to ask you something.