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.