September 13th, 2008

Dead Dog Cat

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Over the last couple of days, I've finished two books.

First was In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan, which tries to put forth the proposition that the highly processed foods that the manufacturing sector produces and pushes on us isn't healthy, and that "nutritionism" tries too hard to break down food into a limited number of nutrients, and that food, as opposed to food-like substances, contains vast numbers of unstudied micronutrients that are all required for good health. Thought-provoking.

The second was the latest novel by Michael Chabon, Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure. It deals with two Jews, one from Abyssinia, and the other from the Frankish realms, wandering in Khazar territory, and their adventures there. Nicely done, and I really liked the characterizations.
worm with book

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I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't get into The Inugami Clan, a Japanese murder mystery book. I gather that the author is highly regarded in Japan's literary field. Maybe it's the translator's fault?
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excellent of The Luggage

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Today was both busy and restful at the same time. Because there was some down time between activities, I was able to finish a couple more books.

The first was When the Going Gets Weird: The Twisted Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson: A Very Unauthorized Biography by Peter O. Whitmer. Bad. Compared to other books I've read recently, this is a poor imitation. It covers many of the same things, but puts a spin on each for maximum sensationality. Feh.

The second book was Cheese Primer by Steven Jenkins, which is an encyclopedic look at the world's finest cheeses, as well as the most common. It's a good reference, but I wouldn't recommend sitting down to read it, in any way.

Busy day, as I said. We started out with a trip to a local agility trial, where forestcats tried costumes on a friend's Shelties before their runs; they are going to be showing at some sort of costume shows, and my spouse was making them their outfits.

That done, quick stop at a library, followed by brunch at Farmer Boy's.

I stayed home, working in the computer room (another bag cleared, woohoo!), did some laundry, read, etc. After forestcats completed her work on the costumes, she dropped them back off with the doggies, and then did the CostCo thing. Ick. Saturday lines.

Then, it was off to Hesperia for Judy's son Kevin's eleventh birthday party at a "zoo", where a number of animals used in movies, TV and advertising were housed and trained. It was a pleasant outdoor party, with demonstrations with smaller animals for the kids, and, after dark, a flashlight tour of the critter cages. Charisma, a tiger, was there, the beastie that a couple of years back, visited our house, prompting photos of us holding a tiger cub. Cute. Other denizens included the lion from the Narnia film, and the bloodhound from the Mac vs. PC commercial where the PC guy sings a song, and the dog howls. Cool.

And back, to collapse. Apples tomorrow.
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