a) A Suitable
, Between the
Bridge & the River
, Eddie's Bastard
, Gone with the
, Trinity, Exodus, Kara Kush
, Tightrope Passage, In
Defense of Global Capitalism, As I Lay Dying, Light in August,
For a New
, most P.J. O'Rourke
which I've read about half. Holidays in Heck sucked, though.
Have also been reading parenting books for obvious reasons - Some
for technical advice like 'The Happiest Baby on the Block', 'On
Becoming Babywise' & 'Secrets of the Baby Whisperer'. Sidenote
- attachment parenting ain't happening. Then others that approach
general parenting philosophy such as John Gray's 'Children are from
Heaven' (it's very poorly proofread, obviously rushed & written
by a shameless whore, but it checks out nevertheless.), 'Children:
The Challenge', 'How to talk to Kids will listen & listen so
Kids will talk'. Much less nervous for having read them.
Also have a thing for travelogues - so for that there's P.J.
O'Rourke & David Lamb's 'The Africans
'. Have a few others on
my shelf but haven't gotten to them yet. I've been reading more
about Africa this year. One of those things where the more you read
about it the less you realize you know - kinda like Russia, another
favourite subject of mine. I read on break at work & at home
when I remember to. I like the clearance sections of used book stores
& tend to buy at least 3 at a time. There's a store in town
that sells 6 for $5. I like that store. It's where I bought
'Eddie's Bastard' which was a really good fucking book.
Also recently acquired a tablet, which I'm sure will save me a
tonne of money (not to mention space, the family bookshelf is huge
& it's mostly mine).
the Barbarian Invasions
, Friends with Money, Lovely & Amazing, Walking &
Talking. 'Please Give' was alright, but it's high time Nicole Holofcener
made another movie. Have been watching more TV series than movies
these days - mostly The Wire
(greatest ever), My So-Called Life
(close second), Tremé (off to a good start), Sons of Anarchy (1st
two seasons were good, anyway. Now I just watch it for the sake of
matrimonial tradition, my wife still loves it), It's Always Sunny
in Philadelphia, Community, South Park, the Boondocks, the Simpsons
(older ones, anyway, haven't seen a new one in years) & Parks
& Recreation. Also like travel shows, even though I don't
travel, in the interests of advancing our permanent
c) Ryan Adams
Otis Redding, R.L. Burnside, Matt Mays, Lynn Blakey, Emmylou
Harris, Holly McNarland, Tool, Dethklok (for a fictional band,
they're really, really good), Rascalz & other random
higher-quality hip hop, Children of Bodom, the Streets, Tres
Chicas, old country & blues. Most, but not all, of my music
choices could be described as 'quiet'. In music as in conversation,
I find that people with points to make don't need to shout. Bunch
of others coming & going. Country (real or alt-country, not
bubblegum country) & soul are my two favourite types of music,
otherwise I'll listen to anything except '70s prog-rock, '80s
new-wave, bubblegum country, flat-out teen pop, nu-metal or emo.
Besides those, just about anything goes.
d) I've been doing most of my own cooking recently - so currently
baked ziti, chow mein, colcannon, rice & beans & stoner
munchies as always. Also started doing my own baking - cheaper that
way. I like meat but often cook without it. Again, cheaper that
way. I'm a frugal motherfucker.