Saturday, January 31, 2009

36


36 years old today, in sedate (no beer) but cheerful style. Some of the traditions (long walk and photography on the birthday morning, heavy drinking) go out the window by necessity this year, but it's good to be here.

Recuperation reading:

#7 -- "Stories I Stole" by Wendell Steavenson
#8 -- "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" by John le Carre
#9 -- "Washington Babylon" by Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein
#10 -- "Away Games" by Laura Sullivan
#11 -- "100 Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

So many books, not a lot to say. "100 Years" is beautiful, of course, but you don't need me to tell you that. "Stories I Stole" is a collection of pieces written while the author was living in Georgia (Shevardnadze's Georgia, not this one) and while it's occasionally wildly overwritten it's also pretty interesting. I didn't enjoy "Spy" as much as the last le Carre that I read -- tightly plotted and well-developed, just really, really depressing. "Washington Babylon" is snide fun for a while but after some time it's just like having someone lecture you long after they've made their point. And "Away Games" is one of my dream road trips -- journeying around Europe to follow hockey during the lockout season. Thanks Tapeleg for that last one.

5 comments:

Tapeleg said...

Happy Birthday, Greg. Glad you liked the book. That last chapter is filled with a little too much Canadian hockey entitlement for my tastes, but the rest was fun.

I'm glad you are healing up nicely. Let me know if you need anything.

Cranky said...

Happy birthday. Haven't read 100 years, but I think I'm one of the only people in the world who didn't care for Love in the Time of Cholera all that much. I thought the prose was beautiful, but I just couldn't connect to the characters. Maybe I'll give 100 years a try.

Nanuk of the North said...

A belated Happy Birthday. Glad to read that you are back and apparently recovering very nicely and quickly. Good for you! Have a great year. Who needs walking?

Jes GÅ‘lbez said...

Jeff Odgers? Sweet!

gsdgsd13 said...

Jeff Odgers is the official hockey player of my 36th year. (it was him or Philippe Bozon.)