Saturday, September 25, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Guys Read book club: summer '10, session 2, Hatchet

Remember when I used to do these on a regular basis? I do.

For the second of the Guys Read book clubs, I went, as so many of my generation do, to Facebook, where I asked for suggestions on what book might be a good choice. I can't remember who it was—if it was you, say so in the comments, please—but some obviously intelligent person suggested Gary Paulsen's classic adventure Hatchet.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Because apparently I have too much time on my hands

I'm on a radio show/podcast! It's called The Geek Report, and it's me and three other geeks, talking geekily about geeky things, like a bunch of geeks. We're only on the Internet right now, but are in talks about getting ourselves on the actual radio waves, which, despite having only a fraction of the audience of your average podcast, will somehow confer respectability upon us.

The site is here, and the feed (for you to subscribe to in your podcast-listening program of choice) is here. To paraphrase the immortal Scott Pilgrim: We're terrible. Please listen to us.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Novelists and empathy

So I just recently finished reading Pierre Loti's Madame Chrysanthème.

For those of you not up on your 19th-century French semi-autobiographical literature, Chrysanthème is the story of a French sailor, Pierre, who goes on shore leave in Nagasaki, where he marries a young Japanese girl, samples the delights of Japan, and eventually leaves the country (and his wife), presumably forever. It was the inspiration for an opera of the same title, as well as the more well-known Madama Butterfly (which was, itself, the inspiration for Miss Saigon. It also caused a significant degree of cognitive dissonance in me for quite a while.