Hello all. Another day off, and another day at the library. But this time I have BIG NEWS.
Ani DiFranco is going to be in concert in my state this month and I have tickets! Now, you've heard me chat about her from time to time, but I've never gotten to see her live and I honestly thought the chance had passed me by, because I scalped a ticket when I went to see Dimbrilliance and she had lost hers.
Ani quit touring because she had very bad carpal tunnel syndrome after over 15 years of touring and playing her guitar in her beautiful, inimitable style. But she's back! And I have tickets! I cant wait. I really can't. and I'll be sure to tell you all about it.
Cross one off my "musicians to see live before I die" list. I've got her down now!
In other news. Well, there isnt much. We were supposed to have more severe weather last night, and we lucked out with only tornado watches, which is good. We needed the rain and it was lovely. The thunder was a delightful low growl most of the evening, and instead of it frightening me, it was comfortable. We watched Survivor, CSI and Without a Trace and in the commercials I worked on my umpteenth reading of "The Vampire Lestat" because I wanted some brain candy and I wasnt in the mood for Harry Potter or Alexandre Dumas. I need to re-read The Brother's Karamasov sometime soon, and then maybe start on The Davinci Code, as suggested by our good friend Flash. If it gets him off his arse and reading [quoting his profile, not being mean, I promise] its got to be decent, at least.
I have an appointment with an advisor next Wednesday to talk about my college major. I've pretty much decided to go for two degrees at once, and Beloved says I am nuts. I think I can do it. I think I'll like it. And I want to make a good decision, since I want to do graduate [and hopefully doctoral] work once I get my degrees. I'm going to be in school forever, but I love it, so its not too bad, right? In case you're curious, I've selected Professional [techinical] Writing and [Elgish] Literature as my two degree options. I know you'll be laughing, since I never proofread this site, but honestly, I can write when I am into it, and I can proofread quite well when I make an effort, but this is an escape, right?
Apeaking of books, has anyone else read The Brother's Karamasov? It was my favorite book before The Count of Monte Cristo knocked it off the top of the list. I love the book. Its autobiography, allegory and fictional prose all whirled together. Its beautifully and painfully written. Big book, though. And a bit of a lagging read, at first, I admit, but it ends in brilliant style, and its incredibly moving. There are also a lot of roots in the existentialist movement inspired by the work, in fact, if I remember rightly, Freud even discussed existentialism in this book in a paper of his. Maybe I'll look it up again. Hm.
You know, if you wanted, I'd like to see everyone's top 5 book list, if you have one.
I'll start, hows that sound?
5. Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden [new to my list - I cant put it down]
4. Oranges Aren't the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson
3. Harry Potter [select one of the last 3, I dont care]
2. The Brother's Karamasov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky [sic]
1. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas
alright. Your turn.