The enormous amount of mosquito bites on my legs and ankles, as well as the ridiculous tan line across my chest is the best testimony to my recent activities. The utter lack of posts on this blog is another indication. It’s summer! And unlike last year, it is REALLY summer, with sunny hot weather and everything. As you can maybe guess, in the majority of my free time I have been playing outside this month. Everything from hiking to swimming (in the ocean!) to fires in the pit out back to an outdoor wedding to drinking on my friend’s front porch has filled my time, to the complete exclusion of touching a computer. I have even brought my laptop to town with me, with the intention of going to the internet cafe after work, and been waylaid by a friend’s invitation to go for a late afternoon walk and then dash to catch the end of happy hour. Too good a venture to pass up, right? So it goes.
I’ve got a monster pile of movies to write about – a few of which were so great that I can’t pass up the chance to tell you all about them, someday.
I’ve also read a little bit this month – a very little bit actually. I read a graphic novel called The Eternals by Neil Gaiman, and found it only somewhat interesting. I know Gaiman has widely appreciative audience, but I have picked poorly when it comes to his massive body of work, and I have yet to find something I really like. Still willing to search!
I finished this month’s Non-Structured Book Group read – Moo Pak by Gabriel Josipovici – this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for a great pick Emily! We’ll be discussing the book next week. Meanwhile, I’ve been eyeing this list I found back in the beginning of May – Josipovici’s top ten list of novellas or long-short stories. Perhaps I’ll track down a few of them:
Diderot, Rameau’s Nephew
Kleist, Michael Kohlhaas
Stifter, Ice Mountain (often translated as Rock Crystal)
Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilitch
James, The Turn of the Screw
Mann, Death in Venice
Perec, Un Cabinet d’Amateur
I hope to shuffle a bit more computer time into my days in the future, but I’m sure you all understand the lure of the sunshine and a cold brew. I’m still reading your blogs whenever I can, and I’m hoping everyone is enjoying the start of summer! Until…erm, most likely…next month!