Right now I'm rooting for one 4-0 NFL team (the Broncos) and one 0-4 (the Bucs), and I suspect that after this week it's gonna be 4-1 and 0-5. Denver's win last week was stirring enough, though (I ran around a pool table, whooping in celebration), that I'm at least a believer that they really are a pretty good team.
I've been fighting off a cold all week -- it's kind of like the Battle of Verdun, in that I give a little ground, then the cold gives a little ground, then I give a little ground. Right now the French forces (me) are kind of on their heels so I doubt there will be much energy regardless of outcomes, but perhaps the healing powers of bloody marys will perk me up.
No longer awful, now just mediocre picks:
14 - Minnesota over St. Louis
13 - NY Giants over Oakland
12 - Pittsburgh over Detroit
11 - Buffalo over Cleveland
10 - NY Jets over Miami
9 - Dallas over Kansas City
8 - Baltimore over Cincinnati
7 - Indianapolis over Tennessee
6 - Jacksonville over Seattle
5 - Arizona over Houston
4 - Atlanta over San Francisco
3 - Carolina over Washington
2 - Philadelphia over Tampa Bay
1 - New England over Denver
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#69 -- "Inherent Vice" by Thomas Pynchon
I almost feel like I'm cheating: a Pynchon novel that's almost completely linear, where I don't lose the whole thread for chapters at a time? A Pynchon novel that's (gulp) easy to understand?? What's going on?
The more I heard about "Inherent Vice" being far simpler than his other books, the more reluctant I was to read it, but thankfully it's the usual blast. I'm a sucker for the PI theme anyway, and just because the book's more straightforward doesn't mean it's lacking at all in big/crazy ideas, bizarre/hilarious references, and loads of weird shit. It reminded me a lot of "Vineland," probably his least popular novel but one I like a lot, and I think they share a few characters. And I'd also say there's more emotion and loss than in any of his other books (except, again, possibly "Vineland"), which gives it a bit more resonance for us real world folk.
Hell, I should never have doubted -- it's brilliant and fun. Sadly, I'm all caught up on Pynchon now after this and reading "Mason & Dixon" earlier in the year. I guess it's time to read "Infinite Jest," or go back to the TP starting point and read "V." or "Gravity's Rainbow" again.