act i: what I’ve been reading
scene 1: Fifty Shades of Grey
This book really is as terrible as everyone says it is. But I still loved reading it and would do it again; here’s why. For the cynical take, you’ll have to check-in with twitter friends @knsstxs (“reading that book is my own red room of pain,”) and @theluckynun (“I could write better one-handed reading with one hand tied behind my back & some gross dude spanking me.”) I also enjoyed Chip’s ostentatiously lazy review.
scene 2: Love is a Mix Tape
Gawd, what a great piece of pop culture writing. I heart Rob Sheffield, and this book made me cry like a baby, even though (or perhaps because) it was about Duran Duran and Missy Elliott. I’m going to cheat by linking to my brand new review for Lawrence Public Library — this review isn’t officially published until tomorrow. Doesn’t it feel exclusive?
scene 3: 2666
Roberto Bolaño is totally freaking me out, in that way that only the best writers know how. I loved Savage Detectives, but 200 pages in and I’m already calling it: 2666 is Bolaño’s masterpiece. I’m crawling along, reading just a few pages at a time, because it’s too much to take in. This business with Amalfitano and the geometry textbook is KILLING me.
act ii: what I’ve been watching
scene 1: Game of Thrones
Baby dragons > frozen zombies. Also Peter Dinklage.
scene 2: Mad Men
Ladies, a lot of meaty questions were raised in Mad Men season 5. Whose plight would you rather: Joan, Peggy, Megan or Trudy? Also, can we all just agree: Lane’s scene with his brand new Jaguar — darkest piece of TV comedy EVER.
scene 3: Girls
Lena Dunham is my new god, and Neko Case agrees. Is abortion really that big of a deal? I already gushed about this new HBO show a lot over on Chip and Nog’s blog. Have we discussed how much I love Zosia Mamet yet? (Yes.)
act iii: library events I’ve been eating my heart out over
scene 1: Lawn Games and Moustaches Party
See above! It was so worth it to wake up at 7:00 am on a Saturday morning to dish out free pie and fake moustaches to the people of Lawrence, KS. DJ Wake played a nice little set of psychedelic 70s tunes over by the popcorn machine, and little munchkins slogged it out for trophy cupcakes in our old-school cupcake walk. Lesson learned: it’s not over for moustaches yet.
scene 2: Fractal Light Show
I’ll see you all here at Lawrence Library July 13th (7:00 pm sharp) for our Fractal Light Show with Albuquerque’s own Fractal Foundation! Things I have already learned via our email correspondence: fractals are everywhere, especially in french bread and broccoli. Come in the physiological state of your choice. Featuring original music by Meat the Vegans.
scene 3: Civil War Fashion Show
Seriously, if you can throw me a bone here people. What have I gotten myself into? One way or another you will all be viewing period crinolines, hoops, and waistcoats on the catwalk
on August 21st, styled with a 21st century flair. Plus a great mix of vintage and modern music. Promise.
Update: we’ve postponed the fashion show until the 2013 Quantrill’s Raid sesquicentennial year. Apropos, no?