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Sunday, September 5, 2004

I'm finally reading a book I'm not ashamed to be seen with in public. It's not a gothic bodice-ripper or a sappy teen romance or a kids' baseball story.

Not that I'd read anything like that, of course, being a high-falutin' English major and all. Unfortunately, my current read isn't something I'd want my old professors to find me so wrapped up in, either. It's just another mystery from the best-seller list, nothing special. But I wouldn't be afraid to take it to the car dealer or the doctor's office waiting room.

If I didn't read so slowly, I'd get through the junk books so fast they wouldn't even register on the radar. When someone asks me what I'm reading, I wouldn't have to say, "Well, I finished the new Susan Sontag," especially since anyone who knows who she is would probably also know that she hasn't published a novel since 2000.

In the last two weeks I've finished three books. That's lightning fast for me, so you can imagine the quality and content (if you really want to). Anything I can get through that quickly has to have not many pages and lots of sex. Probably. I mean, I'd never actually admit to reading those kinds of books. I'm just using that as a generic example.

Anyway, I'm now reading something other people have heard of. It's a book people don't click their tongue about when they hear the title. It doesn't have a purple dust jacket that I have to hide even from myself. If I did have a Book List on my site (which I don't), this is probably the first one I've read in six months that would actually show up on the page.

28 August 2004

Another structure in the middle of my back yard.

Maybe I'll let you know when I finish it. If I finish it. It could be that I'll put it aside as soon as the next set of bodice-rippers (or whatever, that's just an example, don't take it literally) arrives from Amazon (or wherever; I'm not saying I don't patronize my local independent bookseller).

Whew! This secret identity business is way too much work.

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When Randy Johnson takes a shutout into the sixth inning, you get the feeling he's going to close it out and beat you. But the Giants came up big with two in the sixth and two more in the seventh to beat Johnson and the D-Backs, 4-1, and complete a sweep of the three-game series. Who even cares about leading the wild card race when it's so satisfying to have picked up three games on the Dodgers in three days?

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One year ago: Turkeys
"He was facing the wrong way, but after standing there for a few minutes 'thinking' (or whatever it is turkeys do that passes for thinking), he hopped down and wandered around until he was headed in the customary southerly direction, where he could hope to meet up with his sisters and his cousins and his aunts."

Two years ago: Being Green
"The very aspect of our life that was attacked from the outside has also been attacked from the inside. We can't stop resisting all attempts to limit free speech and free thought. We will not react out of fear, and we definitely won't vote out of fear."

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