Sunday, May 18, 2008

The TV Guide: This Old House

Since I've been running around all week long and I have another week of running around ahead of me this coming week (along with a quick weekend trip to NYC) I really wanted to take a day and do ... nothing. Well, that's not entirely true ... I blogged and watched a lot of TV ... and I sat down and read some New Yorker magazines (THIS made me LOL almost to death) and one of my favorite books, House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski:


I first read House of Leaves back in 2002 and then again in 2006 ... so, of course, it was time to read it again. House of Leaves is one of those books I can read over and over again and still glean new insight each time. The book is so complex, I'm not really sure if a short blurb can do it justice. It's wildly inventive and very complicatedly interesting. I so wanted MZD's follow up book Only Revolutions to be as good ... unfortch, for me it isn't. I tried reading that book when it was released in hardcover -- no dice. Then again when it came out in paperback -- nope. I just recently downloaded the book in audio form -- hopefully that'll do the trick. But I'm getting off topic ... I'm back with the House and a few hours reading its pages already gave me the most vivid and life-like dream that I've had in months. I woke up this morning shocked that I had been dreaming. THIS site will lead you a forum that has more information on the book than even I know about having read it only 2 times. If this sounds intriguing to you, I suggest you check it out for yourself. It's one of the books that I love to give to people and except for Neil Gaiman, I really consider Mark Z. Danielewski as one of the smartest, most inventive writers alive today. I'm looking forward to delving back into the book.

Not sure what's up for today ... I suspect more reading. It seems criminal to stay in and read, tho ... I might venture out and enjoy the sun while I'm at it. Happy Weekend!