Sunday, September 21, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Bel Ami presents a vivid look at 19th century Paris, from the corruption of politics and the influence of the press to the salons of society matrons, all told through the eyes of Georges Duroy. He's unscrupulous and conniving, always scheming to find a better life, to earn more money no matter the cost. He uses women as if they were chess pieces, inching him closer and closer to his goal, and discarding them when they're no longer of use. You can't help not liking him, but that's what makes the story such a good read: you want to see to what lengths he will go for his ideal of fortune and fame. It's definitely a book worth reading.
by Guy de Maupassant
Vintage Classics/Random House
trade paperback, 357 pgs.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
All the mistakes I've made (real or perceived) flicker at the edges of what I can see, not completely clear but a nagging presence, like a buzzing gnat. I have few friends. I'm too high maintenance. My writing goes nowhere. I want to sit on the sofa playing video games all day. I'm doing something wrong but no one will tell me what it is.
I hate theses funks! So I'm going to try to focus on some of the good things that happened in recent days. Perhaps that will help.
1. I finally finished Dishonored with the "good" ending. (It has three, depending upon how you completed the six main missions.)
2. My stack of books is slowly (very slowly) dwindling. I finished four novels within the past two weeks, most of them enjoyable.
3. Imogen Heap's latest album, Sparks, is one of the best albums this year.
4. I stumbled upon the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, about sushi chef Jiro Ono who operates a 10-seat restaurant serving only sushi. The restaurant earned three stars from Michelin, allowing Jiro to charge beginning at ¥30,000 (about $300) a plate. The film focuses on his work ethic, how he prepares sushi, and his children. Beautiful film.
5. One of our cats, River, finally allowed me to pet her without jumping in fright and bolting from the room.
6. I drive the Pacific Coast Highway to and from work every day, affording a views of the Pacific Ocean, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, and on the rare occasion, Santa Catalina Island, instead of lane upon lane of stopped cars waiting for traffic to move.
Okay...feeling a bit better already.