11 October, 2007

Your meme, I did it

So with a few minutes to kill, I did the book meme that Jenny (and some other blogger I read) did. Here ya go:

Bold what you have read, italicize your did not finishes, strikethrough the ones you hated, put *asterisks next to those you’ve read more than once, and put a + cross in front of the books that are on your bookshelf.

  • Jonathan Strange & M. Norrell

  • Anna Karenina

  • +Crime and Punishment

  • +*Catch-22

  • +One hundred years of solitude

  • Wuthering Heights

  • +The Silmarillion

  • Life of Pi: a novel

  • The Name of the Rose

  • Don Quixote

  • Moby Dick

  • Ulysses

  • +Madame Bovary

  • The Odyssey

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • Jane Eyre

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • The Brothers Karamazov

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies

  • War and Peace

  • Vanity Fair

  • The Time Traveller's Wife

  • The Iliad

  • Emma

  • The Blind Assassin

  • The Kite Runner

  • Mrs. Dalloway

  • Great Expectations

  • +American Gods

  • A heartbreaking work of staggering genius

  • +Atlas shrugged

  • Reading Lolita in Tehran

  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • Middlesex

  • +Quicksilver [i'm going with the neal stephenson version]

  • Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West

  • The Canterbury Tales

  • The Historian

  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • +Love in the Time of Cholera

  • +Brave new world

  • The Fountainhead

  • Foucault's Pendulum

  • Middlemarch

  • Frankenstein

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • Dracula

  • A Clockwork Orange

  • +Anansi Boys

  • +The Once and Future King

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • +*1984

  • Angels & Demons

  • The Inferno

  • The Satanic Verses

  • +Sense and Sensibility

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • Mansfield Park

  • +One flew over the cuckoo's nest

  • To the Lighthouse

  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles

  • Oliver Twist

  • Gulliver's Travels

  • Les misérables

  • The Corrections

  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

  • The curious incident of the dog in the night-time

  • +*Dune

  • +The Prince

  • The Sound and the Fury

  • Angela's Ashes

  • The God of Small Things

  • A people's history of the United States : 1492-present

  • +*Cryptonomicon

  • +Neverwhere

  • +A Confederacy of Dunces

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • Dubliners

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • Beloved

  • +Slaughterhouse-five

  • The Scarlet Letter

  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves

  • The Mists of Avalon

  • Oryx and Crake : a novel

  • Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed

  • Cloud Atlas

  • +The Confusion

  • +Lolita

  • Persuasion

  • Northanger Abbey

  • +*The Catcher in the Rye

  • On the Road

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • Freakonomics

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • +The Aeneid [read it in latin, but the copy i own is in english]

  • Watership Down

  • Gravity's Rainbow

  • +*The Hobbit

  • In Cold Blood

  • White Teeth

  • Treasure Island

  • David Copperfield

  • The Three Musketeers

01 October, 2007

Also something about Terry Pratchett

Photos from the 2007 National Book Festival

While I was quite disappointed with the Book Sales tent at the Festival (I really had my hopes up that there would just be stacks and stacks of books for super cheap, but alas and alack, this was not to be), I was not at all disappointed by Mr. Terry Pratchett.

Listened to him speak and do a question-and-answer session for about 20 minutes. At which point, Jenny and I decided that we should go get spots in line for our respective book signings (mainly remembering the fiasco of a few years ago, waiting for Neil Gaiman.) And what good timing, as we left just when a young man starting telling the story of how one of Mr. Pratchett's book changed his life, complete with tears. Wow.

Got in line by 12:30. And then with the waiting. Luckily, the people in front of me were hella cool. (Hi Ari! Hi Chris!). We spent the next hour and change geeking out over Pratchett, Gaiman, King and more webcomics than I thought possible. I feared for nerd riots, though, when the event staff announced that there was going to be a second hour of signing, but it would require moving everyone in the various lines that had been set up over a couple of tents.

"This won't end well" was all I could think. Luckily for our little group, we managed to get to the actual signing tent before any moving had to occur.

And I was this close to having random food scraps from an internationally-famous author in my copy of Sourcery. Seriously: Pratchett signed my book, grabbed his wrap, ate a bite of it, returned it to his plate, and then closed and handed me my book.

October is shaping up to be a fine month

Tomorrow night: Hank at the Birchmere

Saturday the 27th: She Wants Revenge at the Black Cat

Monday the 29th: Patton Oswalt and the Comedians of Comedy, also at the Black Cat

Hopefully other interesting things in the middle of the month

Dallas, Day 5

So yeah, I did in fact get out of Dallas.

Woke up somewhere around 7, and sat around watching Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World for awhile. Eventually realized that I would need to get moving and pack. Got up around 8:30, took a shower, headed downstairs to smoke a cigarette....and promptly started to feel light-headed and mildly faint-y. Huh. Not so good.

Smoked my cig and grabbed some breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Went upstairs and got everything packed. Laid down for a bit so the queasiness could pass. Wandered downstairs around 11:30 to check out. Went out for another smoke to find...

...a parade?

Well, that's just weird.

No, it wasn't the citizens of the great state of Texas letting me know that they're happy that I'm leaving. Turns out, Friday was the first day of the Texas State Fair. And for some reason, the big kick-off parade was queuing up right outside of my hotel.

Watched that for a while. Met up with my co-workers. We wondered what kind of effect the parade was going to have on the cab that was supposed to meet us at 12:30. Amazingly enough, the cabbie actually planned on being early, so was, in fact, only two minutes late, what with all of the traffic.

Got to the airport. Barely beat the crowd of people checking in for American Airlines. Stood in line for security for 11 minutes (I know this because the girl standing behind me was handed a piece of paper by someone from TSA, which is apparently part of their "let's measure how long it takes these poor fools to get through line" initiative.) Waited around for the plane to board.

Still hate taking off.

Get in to National, say goodbye to my co-workers, and then head off to find baggage carousel number five. Find said carousel, only to discover that my bag is not on it. Yay.

Wait in line to complain with everyone else that the airline has lost my luggage. Just as I move up the first person in line, I see a baggage handler moving bags from one pile to another. And, miracle of miracles, see that my bag is one of those being moved.

Thanked the man for doing such an effective job of hiding my bag.

Taxi. Home. Hurrah.

Total Bum Count: 11 (obviously, yes, it could have been much worse)