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April 24th, 2014

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07:49 am
We have a houseguest here from Great Britain. I haven't had much time to spend with her, due to work constraints.

On the other hand, various things are happening to the house. For example, we've pulled out two pet-damaged pieces of furniture; we've had three pet-damaged screens repaired; we've replaced some moulding surrounding a door that was pet-damaged (are you detecting a theme here?); Stouty came by and finished off a pair of stumps! It all looks much better.

Yesterday was our beagle's birthday. In honor of this, brushette and corveys went to the dog-o-mat, both for a shampoo, and the latter for a shave. They both look fantastic. I don't expect the beagle to stay clean for long.

On another tack, I continue to work my way through a pile of comics gathered over months. I caught up with Battlestar Galactica #8, 9 and Annual. Not so good. Then there's Bushido: The Way of the Warrior #1, 2. This tale is a bit much...a Portugese kid gets shipwrecked in Japan when his vessel is attacked by vampires, and after he gets rescued and raised by a daimyo as a spare son and trained as a samurai, though as a gaijin he'll never BE a samurai, the vampires attack the Shogun and... C'mon! I'll probably finish reading this but I don't expect much from it.

Last night after finishing up some chores, while my wife and our guest went to experience a drive-in theater, I watched The Road via Netflix streaming. Depressing. Post-apocalyptic, though they never really say what the cause of the breakdown was. I guess the point was that the director wanted to make was that people are vile and evil. Not a pleasant film.

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Date:April 28th, 2014 01:44 am (UTC)
I'm working my way through Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian; or, The Evening Redness in the West, and I suspect that his weltanschauung, at least since Blood Meridian, is not at all to your liking. He wrote the novel that The Road is based on (as well as No Country For Old Men and All the Pretty Horses; his first produced original screenplay was The Counselor, which came out last year, starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penelope Cruz, with bit parts played by Rosie Perez and Dean Norris [Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad]).

I'm highly ambivalent, if not out-and-out hostile, to Blood Meridian: I'm something of a misanthrope, but Blood Meridian is a bit too misanthropic even for my taste; it's based on the exploits of a real-life band of psychos called the Galton gang, who, in the mid-1800s, hired themselves out as hunters of Apaches to various Mexican towns and states, but massacred and scalped friendly Indians, Mexicans, and even the occasional American they bumped into, to say nothing of not distinguishing between actual warriors and women, children, and old men. The problem is, Blood Meridian has zero character development and waaaay over the top, faux-biblical prose that continually uses darkness as a motif and constantly harps on how animal-like, specifically ape-like, humans are. (One longs for a quick round of "The Monkey"....)

I read, and, ultimately liked, Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! (which had single sentences that were over ten pages long...), so I'm not immune to the dubious pleasures of pontificating, stilted, densely-written prose; but Blood Meridian is becoming more and more like a parody of McCarthy's style the further into it I read.
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Date:April 28th, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I like some dense writing; it can really evoke emotion, for example. But lately I need some fairly simple material as I'm a bit brain-burned after the workday.

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