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Heralding the triumphant return of science to Kansas?

It's from the New York Times, so you might need login or Bug Me Not.

Anyhoo, there's not much in the way of news. I'm probably going back to school in the fall. I'm currently crashing at a friends apartment in her spare room. (Crashing meaning here, in my third month there.) It doesn't have internet or tv, so I'm getting a lot of reading done in my spare time, and more importantly getting out a lot more. Speaking of which, for those that care, it looks like I will definitely be going back to Detroit from Saturday to Tuesday, with the express purpose of completing some forms, voting on Tuesday, and generally hanging out. There's a barbeque on Saturday I'd like to go to, but other than that, I'm pretty open. I'd really like to go to Greenfield Village to see the old time baseball be played, either Saturday or Sunday, so if anyone's interested in that, let me know.

One of my new years resolutions was to keep track of all of the books I read this year. Not only am I impressed by the quantity (I'm at around book 40 by now), it's forced me to be more diligent at finishing the books I start, and choosing better books to read. I've recently had a string of some of the best fiction I've read in a long time, discovering in succession Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, A Long Way Down, and How to be Good [Also About a Boy but I haven't read that].), Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume and Still Life With Woodpecker) and P.G. Wodehouse (Leave It To Psmith, Something Fresh, Carry on, Jeeves and No Nudes is Good Nudes.

It's been a good summer. Maybe next time I come to the Library, I'll remember to write about my Great Western Adventure, but I don't have the time right now.
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troublecauserx From: troublecauserx Date: August 2nd, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Tom Robbins. Still Life With Woodpecker is one of my all time favorite books (can you see why, though, really? ;) )

I missss youuuu.

I finally have a means of transportation these days (car!) and since Brian lives in Sherwood Forest, I've become way more accustomed to driving down to that neck of the woods. Sooo yeah. We should get together or somethin'.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. And maybe it's just that my hair isn't that brand of red, but I'm not liking it as much as Jitterbug Perfume. (I also think that, while Robbins' style of writing is great, it wears on you, and I started Still Life right after Jitterbug, so I'm kinda getting sick of it. It'll be a few months, at least, before I pick up Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (which is what I'm planning on reading next.)

Yes, we definitely should do something. How flexible are you? If you've got plenty of time to hang out, I'd suggest we wing it, or at least put off figuring it out, until my schedule shapes up more clearly. If not, let me know when you're free, and if there's anything in particular you feel like doing. :) Actually, you'd be a good person to ask if there's any decent theatre going on right now, that you know of. :)

(If you'd rather not do this over comments, you're more than welcome to e-mail me, andrew dot kyser at gmail dot com)
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: August 3rd, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Foiled again by my librarian foes, and only because I forgot to login. Let this be a lesson to all you kids watching out there. Just say no to drugs. err... wait, that's not quite right...
troublecauserx From: troublecauserx Date: August 3rd, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have free time on saturday during the day - night, I think, and possibly sunday night (i usually do dinner with my dad, but after that I'll probably be somewhat free). monday is a mabe (depending on if Brian gets home or not) and tuesday is pretty much out anyway due to voting and other such business.

So, we can wing it as far as all of that goes, but just know that that's where my free time is at right now. Just gimme a call or a text beforehand, and I'm sure we can figure something out!

And I agree that Robbins' style does tend to wear on one, I read two books of his (also) in a row and I was like "Alright...that's enough for now. But I do still love him so!
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: August 4th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hows about Sunday night, then? I don't know what's good for you, I'm good with just hanging out, a la Java Hutt, or someplace equivalent. I'd suggest we get dinner at someplace interesting, but if you'll just be coming from dinner with your father, well then it seems kinda silly. :) So, that's the time, with place and activity sorta undecided.... If you've got a better idea (or multiple, even) do let me know. I have no idea how often I'll be checking e-mail and such between now and Sunday, as I plan to be busy, so, phone might be better, especially as time goes on. :)
From: pacificpiggy Date: August 2nd, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nick Hornby is a great writer with his deadpan humor about grave things. I didn't quite get "How to Be Good" though, esp. the ending, but his High Fidelity and About A Boy are two of my favorites, long before their movie adaptations came out.
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of the ones I've read so far, A Long Way Down is my favorite. I sorta got How To Be Good, or at least I didn't have a problem with it, but I was amazed at just how believable he makes outright silly situations.
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: August 3rd, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
forgot that I needed to login. Sorry, that was me. :)
rightwinger From: rightwinger Date: August 2nd, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Ted might be in town this weekend as well. That makes four of us. Should we all do something?
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 3rd, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really? Ted hadn't mentioned that to me...

Anyway, yeah, that sounds good. Actually, what would you say to the baseball at Greenfield Village idea? I think you guys would be the best to go to that with, and one of the reasons that baseball is my favorite sport is that it's so leisurely, so it won't stop us from talking and such. Or, if not, we can find something else. :)
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: August 3rd, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
grr... stupid library. That was me.
rightwinger From: rightwinger Date: August 3rd, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, still, it would be really awesome. I've been wanting to go... and I have a free pass for four people to the museum (somewhere, I hope it isn't lost).
rightwinger From: rightwinger Date: August 4th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Zumaya is signing autographs at noon on Saturday there.
somebodyelse From: somebodyelse Date: August 4th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Serioiusly? Whoa... might have to do something about that.
rightwinger From: rightwinger Date: August 3rd, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, that would be totally awesome.
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