I caught this radio program recently:
) which I found very interesting. Perhaps it resonates with you
I've been reading each of Douglas Coupland
's books as
they come out since 1997, when I picked up "Postcards from the
Dead" in a bookshop. I randomly opened it at a page describing a
small town called Merritt, in central British Columbia, Canada,
about two weeks before I was due to leave to visit Merritt. I
bought it - I couldn't really not buy it could I? Edit: Coupland's
latest, "The Gum Thief" is very dissapointing. Don't bother!
I've read most (all?) of Terry Pratchett
's work, but I
don't own any of it. I wonder what that says about me?
love his style as well as his content. Having spent some time
living in Ohio
, I can
really indentify with his descriptions in "Notes from a Big
Country" of returning to the US with his English wife and kids
after 20 years of adult life in England. The book was published in
the US as "I'm a Stranger here Myself", and he describes
discovering that large slabs of his adult vocabulary, particularly
anything to do with home maintenance, were in a different language,
Yorkshire English, while his accent was still Iowa.
At least I had the benefit of a foreign accent, so when I went into
Home Depot and said "I'm looking for something which we call a
widget where I come from" and waved my hands around a lot, they
didn't look at me like I just tried to tell them Des Moines is in
Yorkshire. Actually they mostly just looked at the person next to
them and asked them if they understood what I just said.
I'm not really a big reader, but every few months I am seized by
the need to read, so I go to the library 20 minutes before closing
time and borrow an armful of books chosen in a hurry and usually
find about half are worth the read. I find myself reading more new
and interesting stuff than if I spend hours carefully selecting
books I know I'll enjoy. I've recently recognised that people on
OKCupid who are good matches to me seem to have interesting reading
habits, so now I'm raiding your reading interests down at my local
I have no TV and I rarely go to the movies, but I'll happily sit
and watch a movie with friends. I'm struggling to remember what
I've seen lately. Update, watched "Read then destroy", by the Coen
brothers, at the Astor. Good fun silly movie, much like Fargo was.
And yet raising Arizona did nothing for me.
I listen to JoyFM. Like 3PBS and 3RRR, they treat their listeners
like rational adults, rather than teenagers, and of course the
sponsors announcements are much less obnoxious than commercial
radio advertising. It's a bit like the library - a lot of what they
play I wouldn't seek out, but I'm happy to listen to it. I'm a
financial member, because I feel guilty listening without
supporting, but I feel equally guilty being a straight member of a
gay radio station, I'm not the target audience and I shouldn't be
influencing the content. So I don't vote or take part in the
station management/operation in any way, just pay my
Did I mention beef rendang
? Good stuff, beef
rendang. Unobtainable in Ohio. I'm partial to Malaysian, Thai,
Vietnamese food. Stalactites (Greek) and Alasyas (Turkish) are old
favourites, and of course a good lasagne is a very fine thing.