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Today has been pretty pleasant. Woke up after something like 7-8 hours of sleep, got ready and then still had over an hour before I had to catch the bus. So I watched the Christmas special of Dr. Who. I think I watched the first season in about a week. Now I'm on the 10th Doctor, David Tennant. I really liked the 9th, but #10 seems like he'll be at least as fantastic. I'm having a lot of fun, and I'm pretty excited because the second season is a lot easier to find.

Work has been kind of pleasantly non-eventful. I've only been yelled at once, but since the lady was yelling at me while I was giving her what she wanted, she stopped after a bit and it wasn't really that big of a deal.

I desperately need more HD space for all this shit I've been downloading. First paycheck, I'm gonna buy a portable HD.

This pissed me off really bad. A civil rights and peace advocate speaking out about the Israeli government fucking over the Palestinians is hardly anti-Semitic. He's also a big critic of the government of Zimbabwe - by the logic they seem to be using, are we to assume that Desmond Tutu is racist towards black Africans?

Dear Smart-Ass Teenager,

Honestly, what reaction were you expecting when you asked me for books on serial killers, Satanism and voodoo? Were you expecting me to get the vapors?
"Satanism? Oh, my stars!" (hand to bosom, fall over in a dead faint).

I bet you sure as hell weren't expecting me to give you a list of books on the subject as well as a few suggestions for more indepth research. I could tell because you stopped elbowing your friend and looking smug.

Listen kid, it'll take a hell of a lot more than anything your tiny brain can come up with to shock me. I've had used condoms land on my hand while shelving, watched in amusement while a bounty hunter tackled a guy in the periodicals section, cleaned up crap, barf, urine, blood and other body fluids, been slapped, screamed at, survived attempted conversions and Lord knows what else. You painting your nails black and carrying around books by Aleister Crowley (a rather well-known person in the occult whose name I had to suggest to you and that I know you won't be able to read with any comprehension)does little more than make me roll my eyes.

Why don't you go try your tired schtick in a church and make some Lutherans pass out? I'm a librarian, motherfucker, you couldn't shock me if you tried.
from library_mofo.

Stole this from dragonpaws. Since I'm killing time at a library (=working), I thought it appropriate. Plus it'll give me ideas for stuff to read once I get my fines from forever ago taken care of.

These are the top 200 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. Bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.

I'm also going to steal the idea of underlining things that I still want to read.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149)
Anna Karenina (132)
Crime and Punishment (121)
Catch-22 (117)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (115) - I read about half of it, it was okay, but I kinda lost interest
Wuthering Heights (110)
Life of Pi: A Novel (94)
The Name of the Rose (91)
Don Quixote (91)
Moby Dick (86)
Ulysses (84) I really really tried. Next to impossible to read.
Madame Bovary (83)
The Odyssey (83)
Pride and Prejudice (83)
Jane Eyre (80)
A Tale of Two Cities (80)
The Brothers Karamazov (80)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies (79)
War and Peace (78)
Vanity Fair (74)
The Time Traveler's Wife (73)
The Iliad (73) I read parts. I may come back to it and I may not.
Emma (73)
The Blind Assassin (73)
The Kite Runner (71)
Mrs. Dalloway (70)
Great Expectations (70)
American Gods: A Novel (68)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (67)
Atlas Shrugged (67)
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (66)
Memoirs of a Geisha (66)
Middlesex (66)
Quicksilver (66)
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (65)
The Canterbury Tales (64)
The Historian: A Novel (63)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (63)
Love in the Time of Cholera (62)
Brave New World (61) I swear I'll come back to this. I liked what I read.
The Fountainhead (61) I was going to write that essay in high school, but then I realized that I was a socialist and probably wouldn't win.
Foucault's Pendulum (61)
Middlemarch (61)
Frankenstein (59)
The Count of Monte Cristo (59)
Dracula (59)
A Clockwork Orange (59)
Anansi Boys: A Novel (58)
The Once and Future King (57)
The Grapes of Wrath (57)
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel (57)
1984 (57)
Angels & Demons (56)
The Inferno (56)
The Satanic Verses (55)
Sense and Sensibility (55)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (55)
Mansfield Park (55)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (54)
To the Lighthouse (54)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (54)
Oliver Twist (54)
Gulliver's Travels (53)
Les misérables (53) There were no songs and a bunch of crap about the sewers.
The Corrections (53)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: A Novel (52)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (52)
Dune (51)
The Prince (51)
The Sound and the Fury (51) I tried reading some Faulkner, but I don't remember which one.
Angela's Ashes: A Memoir (51)
The God of Small Things (51)
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (51)
Cryptonomicon (50)
Neverwhere (50)
A Confederacy of Dunces (50) I found a copy of this for free, and never really got into it. Maybe someday, maybe not.
A Short History of Nearly Everything (50)
Dubliners (50)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (49) I have no idea what it's about, but I've always thought the title sounded interesting.
Beloved: A Novel (49)
Slaughterhouse-Five (49)
The Scarlet Letter (48)
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation (48)
The Mists of Avalon (47)
Oryx and Crake: A Novel (47)
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (47)
Cloud Atlas: A Novel (47)
The Confusion (46)
Lolita (46)
Persuasion (46)
Northanger Abbey (46)
The Catcher in the Rye (46)
On the Road (46) - maybe someday when I am really bored and really stoned.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (4)
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (45)
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (45)
The Aeneid (45) (In LATIN, bitches! Yeah!) - ditto, DP.
Watership Down (44) I've always meant to but never did.
Gravity's Rainbow (44) I want to try it, but we'll see if I actually get through it.
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences (44)
White Teeth (44
Treasure Island (44)
David Copperfield (44) I think I started this.
The Three Musketeers (44) I read this when I was really young, so it might have been abridged.
Cold Mountain (43)
Robinson Crusoe (43)
The Bell Jar (43)
The Secret Life of Bees (43)
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (43) - dunno which translation I read
The Plague (43)
The Master and Margarita (43)
Atonement: A Novel (42)
The Handmaid's Tale (42)
Lady Chatterley's Lover (41)
Underworld (41)
Little Women (41) I remember reading it, but it was in second grade or something, and I don't remember much.
A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes (41)
Stardust (41)
Jude the Obscure (41)
The Chronicles of Narnia (40) once or twice.
Possession: A Romance (40)
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (40)
Never Let Me Go (40)
The Trial (40)
Kafka on the Shore (40)
Bleak House (40)
Sons and Lovers (40)
Alias Grace (39)
The Arabian Nights (39)
Baudolino (39)
Confessions (39)
The Great Gatsby (39)
To Kill a Mockingbird (39)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (39) I've wanted to reread this for a while.
The Alchemist (39)
Candide, or, Optimism (39)
Snow Falling on Cedars (39)
Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story (39)
Midnight's Children (39)
White Oleander (39)
A Passage to India (39)
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory (39)
The House of the Seven Gables (39)
The Lovely Bones: A Novel (38)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (38)
The Amber Spyglass (38)
The Histories (38)
Swann's Way (38)
The Shadow of the Wind (38)
Fahrenheit 451 (38)
Good Omens (38)
Running with Scissors: A Memoir (38)
Everything is Illuminated: A Novel (38) I've heard this is way different from the movie, but I wanna read it anyway.
The Divine Comedy (38)
Paradise Lost (38)
The English Patient (38)
Uncle Tom's Cabin (38)
The Origin of Species (37)
The Plot Against America (37)
The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling (37)
Silas Marner (37)
The Hours (37)
Prodigal Summer: A Novel (37)
The Bonesetter's Daughter (37
Doctor Zhivago (37)
The Shipping News (36)
The Phantom of the Opera (36)
The Portrait of a Lady (36)
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (36)
Heart of Darkness (36) I was going to read this in AP Lit, but I got lazy/senioritis.
The Robber Bride (36)
The Last of the Mohicans (36)
The Age of Innocence (36)
The System of the World (35)
Tropic of Cancer (35)
The Mayor of Casterbridge (35)
The Gormenghast Novels (35)
The Gunslinger (35)
The Golden Compass (35)
The Republic of Plato (35)
The Remains of the Day (35)
Cat's Eye (35)
Eragon (35) It was kind of blandly okay YA fantasy. I'll probably keep reading the series, but it's not my favorite.
A Game of Thrones (35) He needs to finish the next one.
Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy (34)
The Island of the Day Before (34)
The Good Earth (34)
A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (34)
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (34)
A Farewell to Arms (34)
East of Eden (34)
The Book Thief (34)
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story (34)


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Oct. 4th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Dude, I totally wrote that The Fountainhead essay back in the day, and I won $25!

I felt it was completely in the spirit of things to write a deliberately bullshit, lying essay about how wonderful Objectivism was so they would send me money. It still fills me with glee (and they still email me about their youth rallies).

Also, I hate the Aeneid. I don't know how the man shits with both his head AND that big stick stuck up his ass like that.

Faulkner is fucking amazing. I read Absalom, Absalom! in college, and it was like... dude, you can DO that? Seriously? He is worth tackling. But then, you're the lazy philistine who didn't read Heart of Darkness, so I dunno. :P

And you should read The Time Traveller's Wife.

/DP, on caffeine
Oct. 4th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Oh, and by "the man" I mean Aeneas, not Virgil/Vergil. I loves me the big V., mostly because I've decided that the Aeneid is actually subtle social satire against Augustus.
Oct. 4th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
That's actually pretty awesome about the Fountainhead essay. I kept getting so angry with her that I almost wrote the essay anyway. I was going to quote Marx a lot and talk about how I liked classic architecture.

For the record, no one in my graduating class read Heart of Darkness. We ran out of time, and Beaudoin told us that we could read it if we wanted to, and then pointed at a stack of books. It was April of senior year, and if I was going to read something for fun I wanted it to be fun. I plan to fix this hole in my education eventually.

I tried reading Faulkner in 10th grade or something and I didn't like it. But my tastes have changed a bit since then, and I might give him another go.

It's only been three or four years, but what I remember of the Aeneid gets fuzzy beyond the first bit we had to recite and that Mr. Souther named his cat Dido.

Will do on the Time Traveler's Wife.
Oct. 4th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
I need to start reading Sophie's World again. I kind of forgot about it. I love philosophy so I was loving the book. Then just kind of stopped, and now it's been hard to get back into it I guess lol.
Oct. 4th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Also, LOL at the thing from library_mofo. hahahah.
Oct. 4th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
hey buddy! I have jonathan strange and mr. norrell. it's pretty interesting and if you want to pick it up john has it somewhere in some box at his place. I'm currently reading 20 thousand leagues under the sea which is really neat so far.
miss you!
Oct. 8th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Miss you, too.

I read 20,000 leagues a long time ago, but I really liked it.

You should blog more. If at all possible, you should also go to Cardiff and kidnap David Tennant and bring him back in your luggage for me.
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