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July 22nd, 2007

(no subject) [Jul. 22nd, 2007|11:43 am]
Nick Verne
The cold is mostly gone. I stayed home Monday, half day Tuesday, worked the rest of the week at half power and finally returned to the gym Saturday. That shook loose some of the gunk because I'm a bit cloggy today, but not sick. Outside work it was a book and movie week spent mostly indoors. I finished off Clive James's interminable, occasionally fascinating, often nonsensical "Cultural Amnesia" which you can google if you're interested. He went a bit overboard with the "how did you respond to the holocaust" question as the main measure of continental philosophers' worth. His thesis is that the continental style is obfuscation designed to hide from that key moral question of the last century. Still, I kept reading and now I feel slack for never trying to learn to read non-English language books with a dictionary beside me.

After finishing Clive James (and it took me a couple of months to wade through), I wolfed down Michael Tolliver Lives in a day, just as quickly as I wolfed down the rest of the Tales of the City series. I was glad to see Maupin's abilities didn't fade (unlike Tom Sharpe). I also liked the lack of overlong idiotic subplots which spoiled some of the Tales books.

On the movie front it was a re-watch-a-thon - Shadow of the Vampire, The Triplets of Belleville, Manhattan and Wild Strawberries, all DVDs we bought in SF and transported here. With no Netflix maybe today is a good day for discount DVD shopping in town? Or maybe it's a better day for Ken's at Kensington. We haven't decided yet.
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