“My perfect date night: I pick you up. In my Kia Sorrento. You get in. There’s candles in the car. You go, ‘…Is that dangerous?’ and I go, ‘Yes—but I like danger.’
We go to your favorite restaurant, and we have a fantastic meal. We come outside and we see my car’s on fire. You go, ‘Aziz, your car’s on fire. Aren’t you upset?’ I pull out a bag of marshmallows and I go, ‘No. I knew this was gonna happen.’
And then I kiss you. In front of my burning car.”—
As it turns out I’m fucking terrible at updating this thing like a regular blog. So in lieu of what was supposed to be several full “reviews” of books I’ve decided to simply tell you the books I’ve either recently read or am reading presently along with a brief summary of my thoughts on each.
1. Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I thoroughly enjoyed these books. I wasn’t expecting much from yet another young adult novel series but was pleasantly surprised by both the quality of story and the level of writing. I’m not saying either was particularly stellar but they hold themselves well and are engrossing exactly as they should be. It’s also nice to see a female main character who isn’t overly-sexualized and is capable of holding her own in physical confrontation. 6/10
2. The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo: A long and rather dense read which I’m about half-way through. It is an in-depth look at the nature of good and evil in people by the man responsible for the Stanford Prison Experiments. I’ll likely post a follow-up once I’ve finished reading it.
3. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin: He has a double “r” initial which is 100% effective in ensuring a superb fantasy author. This book, now a show on HBO, is absolutely amazing. The characters are well developed and plentiful allowing you to choose your favorites from a large pool of diverse individuals. The lore is well thought-out and not too dense for readers less inclined to fantasy. The writing isn’t the best I’ve ever seen but it is competent and enjoyable.
“Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilightseries.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
In January 2010 the former Massachusetts governor proudly cast a ballot for Republican Scott Brown in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. He didn’t own property in the state at the time, and had registered to vote listing his son’s unfinished basement as his residence. Massachusetts law defines a residence for voter registration purposes as “where a person dwells and which is the center of his domestic, social, and civil life.” Anyone found guilty of committing voter fraud faces up to five years behind bars and a fine of $10,000.
Wow I actually feel really bad for republicans and people who don’t like Obama right now
they pretty much have no choices.
if romney gets arrested then wtf happens
who does the nomination go to???
oh god the comedy keeps coming
Dude, is the GOP even trying to look legit anymore?