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at work, I ate a bagel, stared at the windowless walls, made some revisions, completed phase one of my zen project to put all of my papers into an EndNote library, and started to write an abstract.

after work, I spontaneously called Carole to see if she and her brother wanted to go to Elliott Bay to hear Jonathan Lethem read from his new book, The Fortress of Solitude. They did, and happened to be downtown; so we met up and made our way to Pioneer square.

I haven't read much by Lethem -- only the McSweeney's pieces -- but the book has been getting nothing but good publicity and it had been a while since I'd been to a reading. Plus -- it was a Stranger Suggests!

We stood in line, without tickets, and were able to get a set of seats relatively close to the stage. He read a chapter about summer in Vermont that made me really glad that I bought the book on the way into the store. Even though my stack of unread books continues to grow (the temptations of the remainders table!), I think that this book is now on the top. [ you can read a chapter here ]

After the reading, and waiting in line for a signature, we had Italian food. I caught the bus back to the house and arrived in time for a few rounds of Taboo. Our team, The Rage, lost by a narrow margin to the Buzzers. I think I'll blame our narrow defeat on Al's sneezing.


I bought that book on Saturday, despite also having a huge pile of books I haven't read yet. I just can't help myself when Schuler's has their new books 25% off! I started it last night, and am definitely enjoying it so far...
I finally finished it this weekend and found that I liked it a lot. I think that the first "book" was substantially stronger than the third, and didn't really know what to think of the superhero content. Magical realism?

I wouldn't be surprised if it was in contention for the Pulitzer with all of the multi-generational, multi-ethnic Americana content. Maybe that's just the pattern that I'm imputing from the last two winners: Kavalier & Clay and Middlesex . . .
I have finally finished it now too, and had a few days to think about it. I liked it a lot as well, and agree definitely that the first book was better than the third. I was less interested in the details of everything once Dylan was grown up, I'm not sure why. I can't decide how I feel about the Aeroman stuff. Part of me liked it, and sees how including it took the story in some interesting directions, but part of me thinks there was no point and it would have been better off without it. I think I'll have to maybe wait a year or so and read it again to get a better handle on what I think of it. I was slightly disappointed in how quickly/abruptly it seemed to end, but that could just be that I had been reading it in 15 minute snippets at breaks for the first 2/3 and then I read the rest in one sitting. It would be nice now to go back to Brooklyn with the added context of knowing what so many areas were like just 25 years ago...
i really admire how you seem to take full advantage of seattle... i feel like we get out and do a lot, but it's usually the same thing over and over again


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Rhiannon and Josh... the book is set in my neighborhood, where Lethem grew up. The housing project I belive he discusses (I haven't read it yet) is one up towards the Bergen stop on the F... which you walked by when you visited. Just thought I'd add some context. *grin*