Saturday, July 30, 2005

Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon

If you haven't read " The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon do yourself and favor and buy that book, hold up for a couple of days and read it. I normally have a <400 policy in which I have decided that most books (With the notable exception of the Autobiography of Malcom X, Wicked by Caroline Macquire and The Right Stuff & Electric Kool Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe) over 400 pages tend to be a little too all over the place for me to really enjoy fully. That being said I went back and picked up a copy of Chabon's first really commercial success "Wonder Boys" which was later turned in to a Michael Douglas movie that I saw but don't remeber. I am an admitted Chabon fan and would reccomend "Mysteries of Pittsburg" and "The Final Soultion"as well but neither do as amazing of a job of focusing on the irreveant yet poignet momements in life that "Wonder Boys" does. Chabon is in a uniqe class of writers who I look for release dates of new books from. He is an important part of the new movement.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Public Enemy Still Doesn't Suck

Fear of a Black Planet Changed my world in 1992. I listened with heightend excitment to each word that passed from Chuck D to my ears and found something that I didn't know even existed in music. Last night I saw the trak Welcome to the Terrordome played live for the first time and I was moved in way that was totally new to me. All at once the hair on the back of my neck stood up and my spine tingled. I felt like hugging the person to the right of me and tapping the person on the left of me on the shoulder so when they turned I could cold-cock them and beat the holy hell out of them. I did neither by the way, but that shouldn't change how you feel about how much I was moved.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Nick Hornby "The Polysyllabic Spree"

I just finished reading a collection of Hornby articles from The Gaurdian intitled "The Polysyllabic Spree" about his struggles with buying and reading books over the course of about a year. Now at first it seemed upsurd to me to buy a book about a the books a guy reads but it really is so much more than that. When I read I either want to be magically trasported to a place I have never been and lose myself of in the writing or I want to read something that opens up that layer that lies just beneath my conscious mind and makes me nod my head in agreement chapter after chapter. Hornby always does a little of both for me. Besides it has been a while since the last novel and his new novel "A Long Way Down" comes out in June and the proceeds from the book go to support a great cause. It is worth the effort. Hornby does not ever dissapoint me.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Star Wars "Revenge of the Sith"

Continuing a tradition started years ago when George Lucus re-released the first Star Wars movie and in a swing to regain a part of my childhood I saw the last of the six movies tonight(this morning) at 12:01am. I thought that this movie was absolutely masterful. I don't own a storm trooper helmet (actually I don't even own one of those plastic $9.99 lightsabers from Wal-Mart) so I am not the kind of fan that really rates when it comes to this kind of stuff but the original Triliogy becuase of my age is engrained into the fabric of who I am as much as the space shuttle challanger tradgedy and Seseme Street. I was really impressed with how well the story was able to be told and especially with how well Lucus was able to tie the story back to "A New Hope" and not miss a single strand. This is the best of the three "new" movies and is anything made me like the last two that much more.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Things that don't suck

It seems that all I ever hear about is how much things suck. Granted, there is a remarkable amount of suck in the world but at times it feels as though people are incapable of acknowledging the fact that there are indeed amazing things happening and incredible events occuring each and every day around us. This blog is dedicated to things I run into regularly that in my humble opinion do not suck. I added a couple new links to people that are writing books and making music worth getting out of bed in the morning for each day. Check em out.