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Saturday Night's Alright for Blogging

I'm full from a great meal at a local Italian place (Pesto's, for those in the area/know) and watching the World Series, so I thought I'd jot a few things down between innings.

I had to give up on a book today and not because I wasn't liking it. I checked The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides out from the library last Friday; I'd even gone so far as to request it a while ago so I got first crack at   a copy. The problem, however, is that this far in the semester I don't have much time to read for pleasure and I'd only managed 47 pages in a week's time. Too many other people want to read it, which means I can't renew it, so I decided to cut my losses. I like what I've read so far and I will get back to it at some point.

I have Colson Whitehead's Zone One waiting for me at the library right now and I'm going to pick it up Monday or Tuesday. I have a better shot at finishing it because it's a shorter book and I have an upcoming four day weekend thanks to fall break from the day job.

In the meantime I need to start reading Wuthering Heights for my English class now that we've finished our many weeks reading Tom Jones. I read Wuthering Heights more than once in high school because I liked it a lot. It's been more than 20 years since I've read it, so I'm interested to see what my adult brain makes of it.

I still have things to read outside of my school work. I actually started making a dent in my SF magazine pile, though new issues arriving have restored the pile to its original height in the last week. I've also been working through my pile of trades and picking up some single issues. The relaunched DC had me curious and most of what I've read has been pretty strong.

After lamenting to Muzzle of Bees over Twitter at the fact he doesn't do his podcasts anymore, I've spent much of the afternoon and evening listening to playlists he's posted to Spotify. Some good listening.

Speaking of music, how have I not heard of One Week One Band before today? I've got some archive digging ahead of me there.

I guess that's about it until the morning's Sunday Shuffle..

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