I’ve finished The Time Traveler’s Wife (see below), and I just can’t recommend it strongly enough – buy it now, check it out from a library, or borrow it from a friend, just read it. Niffenegger does a fantastic job with all the hard stuff like paradox, fate, and free will. It’s a sexy, thinky, fun read – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll scratch your head and wonder. Read it.
Now I’m moving on to The Da Vinci Code and I’m enjoying it so far, but I’m only 38 pages in, so about all I can say right now is, ‘Is there help for the widow’s son?’
update – When I bragged to The Lady Janet that I was one of two Google hits for the widow’s son quote above, she casually informed me that it was only because it was really, ‘Is there no help for the widow’s son?’
I was watching Austin City Limits night before last, trying to catch Fountains of Wayne, and they were OK, but the guy who did the first half of the show, Jason Mraz was simply phenomenal.
He did a song called I’ll Do Anything that’s reggae/pop with a section that says, “Let’s get set then, to go then, and let us jet set, we’ll be like the Jetsons. You can be Jane my wife. Should I marry Jane tonight?” (He does a little aural quote from the Jetsons theme song on “Jane my wife,” then he plays up a pun on “marry Jane”=”Mary Jane”=”marijuana”), then, on the Austin City Limits version, he lapses into a verse of Bob Marley’s One Love and comes back – it was just cool.
And I think you can tell just by lookin’ at this guy that he sounds a little like a young Paul.
A lot of bloggers have picked up on the new Google beta for searching and displaying text from books (kinda like their answer to Amazon’s Look Inside the Book), but it’s all been pretty general, so here are a couple of concrete examples: When I looked up The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and clicked on the obvious thing, I saw this, but curiously, now the first link is kinda broken. Guess that’s why they call it a Beta.
Also making the rounds, I assume that this nod to George Carlin’s famous Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television is real. I note that compared to the orignal, the T-word is missing, having been replaced by the A-word.