Sunday, May 23, 2010

Blackout



Well this has been fun: sporadic internet for about a week and a half now, and no real time to get it looked at. Finally did the other night and it's not the result of bad karma or crappy phone lines, but rather a modem that's about three years past warranty. So that's being taken care of. Finally.

A couple weeks back I did something I hadn't done in a long while -- went on a long walk, camera in hand. The target is below; an odd old house on Atlanta's 5th Street, one that's fallen on some hard times. I don't know what it was, though it must be something of note to have survived this long despite the disrepair. The back shows signs of either a fire at some point or renovations in progress, or perhaps both. Pictures below, book reviews follow.









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#18 -- "M. Butterfly" by David Henry Hwang

#19 -- "Behind the Curtain" by Jonathan Wilson

"M. Butterfly" is part of a large stash of books the Ski Bum lent me a few years ago, in an effort to help me to the then-elusive 50-book mark. It's just helping me along in 2010 instead of 2006. I remember the play in question being something of a big deal in the 1980s, for reasons I didn't grasp at the time. I don't read (or watch) a ton of theater, but this moved along quite nicely, with sensitivity and humor.

Jonathan Wilson is the Guardian's specialist in Eastern European soccer, and hey, guess what this is about. Wilson tours the former Soviet bloc to see how the fall of Communism has affected the sport, and by and large, free markets haven't helped things at all. It's quite well-written and interesting whether or not you're into soccer. And if you're me, it makes you want to head back to the area now. Of course, if you're me, just about anything has that effect.

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