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1. Katharine was always going to be leaving for two weeks for the Orlando Fringe Festival, and I kept thinking about that trip in somewhat abstract terms (i.e., mid-May) and not, for example, this Wednesday. The imminence of this reality is only now starting to dawn on me. This will be the longest we've ever been apart, pretty much since we started dating 7 years ago. (!!!) The dogs, bless their tiny hearts, do not yet know. Indeed, they probably still won't get it until she actually does come home on the 28th. For the next two weeks, when I get ready to go to sleep, they will hang out with me for a few minutes but then perch at the foot of the bed, alert and attentive, hoping for the tell-tale screech of the front door that will never come. This will also probably result in them not being able to sleep AT ALL, as opposed to their current routine of waking up anywhere between 3:30 and 5:00am. The two adjectives I would use to describe the dogs' moods while Kath is gone would probably be: (1) high-strung and (2) poop-ridden.

2. Kath and I watched Tideland the other night, and, as with Brothers Grimm, we were unable to get through it, although for vastly different reasons. Whereas Brothers Grimm was just a flat-out dumb film, Tideland felt like more like vintage Gilliam - except for being brutally, uncomfortably dark and bleak, and also somewhat narratively confusing. It's a very complicated role for the young lead actress, and there were points where it seemed a little actor-y. We ultimately reached our breaking point about halfway through, just as another strange, mentally disabled character was being introduced. I love Gilliam's work, I really do, but as much as I wanted to adore this film, I kept feeling both repulsed and disinterested - which is indeed a strange set of feelings to have simultaneously.

3. I'm about 110 pages into The Yiddish Policeman's Union, and it's about as fantastic as a murder mystery set in a fictional Jewish sect in the middle of Alaska could possibly be. I have a feeling I'm going to be needing to read more Chabon when this is over. I've already read Kavalier & Clay, and I also read Summerland (which is his attempt at getting into young adult fiction)... and I've been meaning to pick up his Sherlock Holmes story. Those of you who know - anything else I should pick up?
though considered one of his minor works, i thoroughly enjoyed "wonder boys". and i also recommend the film of the same name.
wonder boys is great. werewolves in their youth is great. i liked mysteries of pittsburgh a lot, although it was his first novel, written in grad school. the final solution was just so-so, but i think michael chabon's so-so is better than most other contemporary fiction, i'm such a geeky fan. i gotta get his new one.
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hope all is well with Katharine gone. as for Chabon, i would recommend starting at the beginning with "Mysteries of Pittsburgh" and "Wonder Boys" granted the first of the two isn't as vastly written, but it's a good place to see where Chabon started (obviously). That said, Kavalier and Clay kind of ended Michael Chabon for me. All that wordiness only to be left with a convuluted plotline...still it's a great one for comic fans to check out.
Re: chabon
If K&C didn't do it for you, maybe the new one will. Much more to-the-point, straight-up murder mystery with a bizarre setting. And, also, it's fantastic.
Re: chabon
i don't know. i've sort of given up on Chabon. i mean i like his writing, but it just leaves me unsatisfied. of course that's the case with most modern writers. to be truthful the last two current novels that i enjoyed were Arthur Phillip's Prague and The Namesake bu Jhumpta Lahari (i cant spell). actually my favorite current writers are Dan Fante and Richard Russo (I highly recommend Russo's Nobody's Fool, Straight Man, and Risk Pool) you can borrow from me if you are interested.