Currently reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Thoughts on Douglas Adams?
Bukowski for sure and also Burroughs and Dostoyevsky and Norman Mailer.
Or this book
The first three books are amazing, the next one is quite good and Mostly Harmless is, well, an apt title.
The Original Radio Scripts are amazing (with fantastic commentary.) As are the actual radio shows. These came first, of course, and were done nearly off the cuff and he reworked where the story went when he wrote the books but these are no less funny.
The Infocom text-based computer game was quite amusing if more difficult to get through.
The BBC series had its moments but there the limitations (budgetary, mostly) are for me more distracting than charming.
The much more recent feature film had its moments as well but they muddled with things enough that it felt off for me much of the time.
His Dirk Gently books are quite good if in a slightly different vein.
I don't think I'm hosting a 2016 collaborative playlist.
i have Naked Lunch by Burroughs, haven't delved into it just yet though. i'll give Dostoyevsky and Mailer a look at as well.
And careful, don't knock Sandman. That series holds some of Gaiman's top notch stories. The depth, character arch, development, and grand scale of the all of the characters is superb.
http://www.stephenking.com/index.htmlIt's now official--Stephen is working on Dr. Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. This weekend Steve read an excerpt from this at his appearance at George Mason University. They have given us permission to post their taping of the event here on Steve's site which we will do as soon as we receive the file. Dr. Sleep's plot includes a traveling group of vampires called The Tribe which is part of the passage he read from.
I SAW THAT ON THE TV IN MY WORK ELEVATOR. SO EXCITED!!
the busy bee has no time for sorrow.
It will be a miracle if I finish Gravity’s Rainbow before my 2nd library renewal. Might have to buy this one. In other news, I’m now number 173 on the wait-list for Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants. 173. Ah, Los Angeles Public Library, it turns out that there is a limit to my love.
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Actually, I’m surprised to find that I'm really enjoying it. From everything I'd ever read about the book, I'd assumed I'd find it cloying and precious. Instead, I find it really engaging. Although, I have to admit, it’s unlike any other reading experience I’ve had. While I’m reading a passage, I find myself completely engrossed, but because of how Pynchon jumps all over the place I don’t find myself compelled to go back to the book regularly. I have to push myself to crack it open every day, but once I’m a few sentences in, I’m hooked again. Never quite experienced that before.
I know this is probably more appropriate for that other thread, but no one talks about books and culture over there.
Librarians checked out in 'Men of the Stacks' calendar
Group of male library workers bids to remake dowdy image of their profession with glamorous catalogue
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 29 September 2011 09.01 EDT
A group of male librarians is attempting to overthrow the cliché of the bespectacled, permanently shushing female library worker with the publication of a Calendar Girls-style calendar.
Featuring clothed as well as unclothed models, the "Men of the Stacks" 2012 calendar brings together 12 photographs of American librarians, from January's Zack (naked but for a strategically placed book, glasses, finger to his lips) to December's Gabriel (shirtless, brushing his teeth in the mirror). Its creators point out that the American library profession is 80% white and 72% female, with "tens of thousands of librarians expected to reach age 65 in the next five years".
"The Men of the Stacks project was first conceived a couple of years ago after learning of the publication of another library-themed calendar," they explain. "Our first reaction to that calendar? 'Well, cool but…where are all the men?'
"There is an entire population of professional librarians out there who disagree with the way the library profession is perceived in contemporary media outlets and in the historical consciousness of the American mind. Different people and different associations will use different means to try to change those perceptions. This is ours."
Von, a librarian, PhD student and June's (topless) model, said that "we can't just leave it to others to tell the people who we are; that's why the stereotypes about librarians continue to flourish. We have to be the ones to go out there and tell people who we are. It's not enough to complain about inaccurate images of librarians; we must be able to present alternative, positive images in movies, books and, yes, blogs." And, obviously, in calendars.
All proceeds from the $19.99 (£13) calendar will go to the It Gets Better project, an initiative established by author Dan Savage to let gay teenagers who are bullied about their sexuality know that life will improve.
won't be buying that. Good cause though.
the rest of the calendar. Goggly McDog's pretty cute, though.
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I enjoy the winter months.
John Hodgman's new book of nonsense is imminent and he's doing a tour with some pretty fucking spectacular guests. I can't really imagine that an evening in his presence would be anything less than delightful, so here's the tour information, ensmallened for reading ease and otherwise written in a truly infuriating style I pretend to tolerate because he's just so darn lovable:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, in BROOKLYN
At 8PM I will be appearing at THE BELL HOUSE
149 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
GUESTS shall include:
and CYNTHIA HOPKINS
TICKETS are $30
EACH TICKET INCLUDES one copy of the book THAT IS ALL courtesy POWERHOUSE ARENA.
—WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, in CHICAGO
At 8PM I will be appearing at the SECOND CITY ETC stage
1608 North Wells Street, Chicago IL
MY GUESTS shall include:
TICKETS are $27 and are available by calling 312-337-3992.
EACH TICKET INCLUDES one copy of the book THAT IS ALL, courtesy THE BOOK STALL.
—THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, in ST. LOUIS
At 7PM I will be appearing at the MAD ART GALLERY, a former police station (!)
2727 South 12th Street, St Louis MO
TICKETS are $25
EACH TICKET INCLUDES one copy of the book THAT IS ALL, courtesy SUBTERRANEAN BOOKS.
—FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, in LOS ANGELES
At 8:30PM I will be appearing at LARGO AT THE CORONET
366 North La Cienega Boulevard, LA, CA
MY GUESTS shall include:
MR. PAUL F. TOMPKINS
MR. JOHN RODERICK
and MR. RICH SOMMER
TICKETS are $35
EACH TICKET INCLUDES one copy of the book THAT IS ALL, courtesy BOOK SOUP.
—SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, in PORTLAND, OREGON
At 7PM I will be appearing at MCMENAMINS BAGDAD THEATER (sic)
3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR
MR. JOHN RODERICK shall be joining me again, among OTHER GUESTS.
TICKETS are $25
EACH TICKET INCLUDES one copy of the book THAT IS ALL, courtesy POWELL’S, of course.
—MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, in SEATTLE
At 7:30PM, I will be appearing at TOWN HALL
119 8th Avenue, Seattle WA
MR. JOHN RODERICK shall conclude his section of the tour with me here in his home city.
TICKETS are $25
EACH TICKET INCLUDES one copy of the book THAT IS ALL, courtesy THE ELLIOTT BAY BOOK CO.
—TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, in AUSTIN, TEXAS
At 7PM I will be appearing at BOOK PEOPLE
603 North Lamar, Austin TX
I WILL BE JOINED by that prodigal son of Austin: NEAL POLLACK
AND THERE WILL ALSO be a mustache contest. FOR SERIOUS.
TICKETS go on sale November 1 and cost $25 for EXTREMELY LIMITED SEATING and a copy of the book THAT IS ALL.
$5 STANDING ROOM TICKETS will also be available, which $5 is applicable against the purchase of the book THAT IS ALL.
—WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, in DURHAM, NC
At 7:30 PM, I will be appearing at the DURHAM ARMORY
220 Foster Street, Durham, NC
MR. DAVID REES will also be talking and sharpening pencils as only he can.
TICKETS are $25
EACH TICKET INCLUDES one copy of the book THAT IS ALL, courtesy THE REGULATOR BOOKSHOP
—FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, in ASHEVILLE, NC
At 7PM, I will be appearing at the ASHEVILLE COMMUNITY THEATER
35 East Walnut Street, Asheville, NC
MY GUESTS shall be announced soon.
TICKETS are $30
EACH TICKET INCLUDES one copy of the book THAT IS ALL, courtesy MALAPROP’S
—MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, in MANHATTAN
At 7PM I will be appearing at BARNES & NOBLE in Union Square
33 East 17th Street, New York, NY
THIS EVENT IS FREE and requires no ticket. It would be nice if you bought a book, however.
—TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, in BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS, my home-town
At 6PM I will be appearing at The COOLIDGE CORNER Theater, WHERE ONCE I WORKED
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
TICKETS are $25
AND I CAN NOW ANNOUNCE that we will be joined by
MR. TED LEO of “T. Leo & the Pharmacists.”
YOUR FIRST TICKET includes a copy of the book THAT IS ALL. You may also by a SECOND TICKET without a book for only $5.
ALL BOOKS come courtesy of the BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH.
—ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, in SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA
At 8PM I will be appearing at the FITZGERALD THEATER
THIS PROGRAM will be a special presentation of the Minnesota Public Radio Program “WITS”
HOSTED BY JOHN MOE and musicked by JOHN MUNSON, and with special guests
KEVIN MURPHY and
TICKETS are $23 for members and $25 for non-members.
BOOK ARE NOT INCLUDED in the price of the ticket, but will be available for sale at the venue via COMMON GOOD BOOKS.
Finally you two can run away together as destiny intended.
While I like the cut of that jib very much, I don't think it'd be fair to subject the rest of the world to the subsequent discussions that would inevitably somehow wind up on public radio. This week on Inexplicably Indulged Tedium: Hodgman and Rain go to Staples and discuss the pros and cons of different types of paper fasteners for three hours while chuckling at everything for no apparent reason! It's insufferable! Right after Science Friday.
Anyone jumped into The Instructions by Adam Levin yet? It's a huge novel about a 10 year old Jewish-American super-genius with a messianic complex and (what seems to me) some severe anger issues. I started it yesterday and have had a hard time putting it down. The kid never comes across as a kid, which is a bit distracting, but I'm really enjoying the story and the characters so far. Delightfully odd.