Monday, April 11, 2005

so i've been bad about updating. well, not that bad. whatever. shut up. man...it's fucking gorgeous outside. i'm gonna go for a run and a swim. that's right, i live by the beach so i can go for a run and then jump into the bathwater warm med. how am i going to deal with real winter? i dont fucking know. particularly since there's a minor chance i'll be spending next winter in a little town in alaska. that's right, i'm out to live life like northern exposure. where's the fuckin' moose? yeah...so i applied for a 'job' through americorps, which is like the peacecorps but domestic. it's a neat little job actually, beyond the fact that the pay is pretty crummy. the opportunity, though, would be amazing. community development and tourism. i think i just want to be a jack of all trades kind of guy. just be experienced in all kinds of different things. perhaps it's the ADD. could be. either way i realize that the only other jobs out there that i might be qualified for is working as an analyst for the CIA/DoD/FBI etc. even then my qualifications are a bit sketchy. we shall see.

it's been a good week for book buying. found an early edition of wilde's 'picture of dorian gray' and an excellent de-luxe bound and illustrated copy of T.E. Lawrence's 'seven pillars of wisdom.' i got the last one for the equivalent of 2 bucks. un-fucking-believable. you may not have an easy time finding new english fiction in israel, but it's amazing the availability of cheap vinage books. someone (and i say someone because they keep calling themselves anonymous) on the comments asked me about my favorite novel of all time. probably one of the toughest questions you can ask, natch. i'd probably go with Nabakov's 'Lolita' because it's just utterly brilliant and beautiful. i read the annoted version and the man was obviously a genious. it delves deeply into the essence of what it means to be human and moral and truly intelligent. not only in the pages themselves, but in what nabakov is saying to his readers after the fact. when the book was released, the critics almost unanimously agreed that it was in fact the young girl who was morally objectionable. what nabakov does, in his brilliant and eloquent way, is make the reader sympathize with humbert the rapist. he does this so well, in fact, that only those who feel that intellect is based on delving deeper and deeper into the symbolism fail to see that the symbolism is really meant to drive them back into the foreground. that this is the story of a man raping a young girl. it is a living critique of the intellectual failure to step back from philosophies and empathize with humanity. if i were a student of literature i imagine i could explain this far better.

back in the mundane world of everyday, i've finished two papers and am left with three short ones. i need to meet with the advisor tomorrow to talk about one of them. i'm hoping this is not a bad sign. god help me write my ridiculous central asia paper, as i have absolutely no interest in it whatsoever. i'm excited to get to write my historiography paper on sherman's march to the sea. he's certainly one of the most controversial figures in american history.

i also apparently keep sending people messages when i get home after pubcrawling. if i've done this to you, i apologize, if i havent, i also apologize. either way it seems to have been very entertaining for all parties involved.

my parents move into their new home this weekend and i'm excited that i'll have a study with a fireplace. my dream of being an old man comes closer to fruition every day. now i should probably go do something productive.

3 Comments:

Blogger Brian H said...

Ah, Northern Exposure! One of the all-time greats. I almost shit when it ran out/was cancelled. Someday I'm gonna have ta get the whole series on DVD or something.

April 12, 2005 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger ~d~ said...

or go up to alaska and visit the town that the show was based on. i was up there two years ago. nice little place where you can get amazing plane rides around denali. here's a tip, book the flight early and order the cheapest one. more people will come that want to take the fancy uber-expensive 2 hour flight and you get bumped up with them cos they want to fill the plane.

April 13, 2005 at 1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

endless number of these wonderful finds, what with the Internet being a vast network of constantly evolving ideas and all!

November 5, 2005 at 4:45 AM  

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