Showing posts from May, 2010

The Illuminatus! Trilogy, by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

I think my wife hit it. It's interesting to a teenager, but not so much to me. I read the first 'book' of the three. I liked the secret submarine with stealth technology (that didn't work) tracking the crab excavator robots looking for treasure in Atlantis, and f**king an apple statue with a woman inside as an initiation rite, but all the non-linear hallucinations got tiring. I appreciated the self-mockery of the short section that quotes a reviewer panning the book for not doing non-linear style as well as a more famous author. Another swap from paperbackswap, and it's destined to return, hopefully sent to a teenager.

Review: The Savage Detectives, by Roberto Bolano

I couldn't finish it. I made it to pg 166 of 648, then skipped ahead a few times to see what might happen. Someone dies, surprise surprise. I couldn't get interested in the drop-out poet who likes sex and occasionally does drugs, and tries to save a prostitute. Eh. The diary section that switches to a multi-character non-linear interview style is mildly interesting, but I couldn't stay focused or follow it long enough. Free trade on paperbackswap, and it's probably going back there.

More feeds I might read, but don't have time for...

These just post too much, so I can't keep up. If I have spare time, I might go to the main website.... Beyond the Beyond Bruce Sterling Boing Boing TV (and/or BoingBoing) Design Milk Dig Photo School FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right Lifehacker No Impact Man Reason Magazine The Kitchn TreeHugger I liked design/architecture and science. WebUrbanist Wired Science Worse Than Failure