Thursday, October 20, 2005

Currently reading:

Haruki Murakami - "Kafka by the Shore"
Stan Brakhage - "Film Biographies"
Gwynn Dyer - "War, the expanded edition"

Recently finished:

Philip K. Dick - "A Scanner Darkly"
Oscar Wilde - "The Picture of Dorian Grey"
Morris Berman - "The Twilight of American Culture"
Robert Hughes - "Culture of Complaint"
Dave Eggers - "You Shall Know our Velocity"

My only thumbs down goes to the Eggers, for it's showy mid-course switcheroo, a post-modern trick of cards in which the second half of the book deconstructs the first. In a lot of ways it reminded me of the second installment of Art Spiegelman's "Maus," in which Art suddenly begins pontificating on the success of his first installment, and wondering out loud if his inclusion of real dogs into the storyline "screws up" his animal metaphors.
Well yeah.