Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Put Out More Lists

Don't really have anything today, and the last week has been pretty busy (too busy, even, to really watch hockey), but why blow a semi-streak of posting when I can just sum up life through a few lists?

Places I'm daydreaming about visiting

1. Southeast Asia
2. Ukraine
3. Iceland
4. Ethiopia and/or Eritrea
5. Prague (natch)

Books I swore I'd read this year, and haven't

1. "Mason & Dixon" by Thomas Pynchon
2. "The Balkans" by Misha Glenny
3. "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy
4. "The Book of Kings" by James Thackara
5. "An Instance of the Fingerpost" by Iain Pears
6. "The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie
7. "Pity the Nation" by Robert Fisk

Books I swore I'd read this year, and have actually started

1. "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith
2. "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov

Books that are scattered around my bed or couch, a bookmark or Economist subscription form indicating that progress halted 20 pages in

1. "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov
2. "The Heart of the Matter" by Graham Greene
3. "Kosovo: A Short History" by Noel Malcolm
4. "The Devil We Knew" by H.W. Brands
5. "City Sister Silver" by Jachym Topol
6. "Passage to Juneau" by Jonathan Raban
7. "The Unconsoled" by Kazuo Ishiguro
8. "The Iron Gate of Illyria" by Torgny Sommelius
9. "Deliver Us From Evil" by William Shawcross
10. "A Nervous Splendor" by Frederic Morton
11. "Rasputin: The Saint Who Sinned" by Brian Moynahan
12. "Shakespeare: A Life" by Park Honan
13. "Plowing the Dark" by Richard Powers
14. "Inventing Modern" by John H. Lienhard

What I've been listening to

1. Jesu "Conqueror"
2. The Misfits "Static Age"
3. The Misfits "Walk Among Us"
4. Modest Mouse "We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank"
5. Die Kreuzen "Century Days"
6. "Ethiopiques" volume 14 -- Getatchew Mekurya, "The Negus of Ethiopian Sax"
7. Jesuseater "Step Inside My Death Ray"
8. No For An Answer "You Laugh"
9. Bad Religion "Suffer"
10. Swiz "No Punches Pulled"
11. Carla Bruni "Quel Qu'un m'a dit"
12. The Saints "Eternally Yours"

Something of more substance, soon.


Brushback said...

I'm sorta pondering that Ethiopian sax record... did you get a good deal on it, or something? How does one go about picking up an Ethiopian sax record?

gsdgsd13 said...

It got touted a couple years back, on the Lexicon Devil blog (I think, at least) and I took a flyer (rare for me these days). Pretty great stuff -- unfortunately the review has to stop there, since I'm about as capable of writing intelligently about jazz as I am of writing intelligently about string theory. I know what I like, though!

fredoluv said...

I didn't see "California -- Oct 2007" on your dream list...