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I've been lax in updating recently, but honestly - there's not very much to write about.

I am thoroughly entranced with "Against the Day" - I'm only 238 pages in and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that there's still 840+ pages to go. Pynchon more or less demands that you read slowly and carefully, and I'm only too happy to oblige.

Pynchon, in his own blurb, writes: "With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred." There's a chapter, however, starting on page 149 of the hardcover edition, which could very well be about NYC in the months immediately following 9/11, and it's absolutely stunning - the man is as famous a recluse as anyone can be, but he still does live in the same world as the rest of us, and to hear his take on that event, however allegorical, is quite moving. And yet, there's also a very small and hilariously out-of-place Star Trek reference on pate 237. Obviously I've got quite a long ways to go, but I gotta say - this is the most fun I've ever had reading a Pynchon novel. (I will also definitely be re-reading Mason & Dixon after this.)

It's about that time where one is supposed to start compiling "Best of 2006" lists; mine are going to be somewhat paltry. I bought a lot of music this year, but nothing in at least the last 2 months; I'm pretty sure I only saw 4 or 5 movies in the theater this year, if that; I did read a lot of books this year, and frankly I loved most of them, which will make choosing my favorite that much more difficult.

Oh yeah - scrollwheel is back! Mega-tournament is currently seeking submissions - get yours in by 5pm EST.

EDIT: And another thing. Kath has gotten me hooked on "Dexter", and we watched 2 DVRd episodes last night, and so I had about 200 Dexter-related dreams this morning, and if you're familiar with the show you can imagine how wierd I felt when I awoke.
I may extend the deadline until tomorrow morning if it gets us 32 contestants.
We're at 18 right now; maybe give it until tomorrow afternoon? Or maybe if we have an odd number, some of the higher seeds can earn a "bye"?
Yeah, we'll let it go until it gets too late to get both rounds started before the weekend; I'm thinking before 4 pm tomorrow.
Oh, yeah, you remember the Star Trek reference in M&D too, right? Although that was half a Star Trek reference and half a reference to Leonard Nimoy cribbing the "live long and prosper" hand gesture from his rabbis. :)
I don't remember the M&D one, but let me say this: as I was reading that passage in AtD not 10 minutes ago, I actually made the sign with my hand and was startled to see what it resembled, only to read the following sentence describing what the sign actually meant.
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Oh God no, not Dexter. Everyone at work is talking about Dexter. Serial killer/FBI consultant? What am I not getting?

(oh, goodness, it's the last day of your 30th year on this planet!The anticipation is killing me!)

-Ally
pynchon piqued
so, since i work in a library amongst a horde of intellectuals and i sit right next to the literature and languages librarians, all anyone kept talking about in recent weeks was pynchon, pynchon, pynchon. it got to me that i hadn't ever read a pynchon novel (though that didn't stop me from guffawing when he made "an appearance" on the simpsons) and i was coaxed into reading "v". i'm about 60 pages in and i find myself reading paragraphs over and over again because his writing completely sucks me in. it is the kind of writing that makes you want to relive it immediately. does that make sense?
Re: pynchon piqued
It absolutely makes sense. You have to read Pynchon very slowly and deliberately ANYWAY, since he makes lots of left turns in the way he reveals the narrative and it's easy to get lost, but the bonus is that you get to spend more time with his absolute mastery of language. Each sentence is a diamond.