July 2nd, 2005


More for your reading lists

Last night I finished Merde : Excursions in Scientific, Cultural, and and Socio-Historical Coprology, by Ralph A. Lewin. An entertaining light read, of the type that will set you off on twenty-five reading/research directions that you'd never thought of until you'd read ________ (fill in title). Fortunately it has an excellent bibliography, making it easy to dig deeper (perfect wording for the topic, no?) into the different facets of feces.

Earlier this week I came to the end of Elfriede Jelenik's The Piano Teacher. Big thank yous to tommdroid for her excellent recommendation! Very VERY angsty indeed. Although I confess to giggling when Klemmer got smacked in the face with his own god's-gift-to-womanhood-ness ... served the arrogant little creep right. :-)
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Just home ...

... from a matinee of Batman Begins, after glowing recommendations from intelligent lifeforms whose taste I trust. Wow! A plot! Character development! Gadget/equipment feasibility! Motivations beyond "being good" and "being bad"! Granted, they flunked Bats 101 and, after years of exposure to REAL police manuals and videos, high speed chases in movies/television make me lose interest, but the good points FAR outweighed the bad. If this trend keeps up, I might start enjoying action movies!

P.S. Was also impressed that they dug up ol' Ra's al Ghul, instead of succumbing to predictable "costumed" villain syndrome.
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Captain Sheba, Gucci boots and all!

I was tantalizing anotheranon with this a while ago, but was unable to find the image of this particular cover anywhere on the Internet. Here it is: the original paperback cover of "The Pyrates" (a couple of clicks on the image will give a better view).

The Sheba cover of George Macdonald Fraser's "The Pyrates", Pan Books, 1984. Painting by John Rose.