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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

Tigger has kind of taken over my life for the past few weeks. But in the meantime, other things have actually been going on. I just finished reading "The Eyre Affair". Reading - I should say listening to an unabridged version on tape in my car. It's a funny thing about books on tape. I think of it as reading (when it's done well), so much so that I've actually gotten into the car, fumbled around looking for my book, and then realized that it was in the tape player. It sure makes any car trip go much faster, sometimes too fast so that I arrive and sit in my car listening to the rest of a chapter. Anyway, "The Eyre Affair" was the best book-on-tape I've listened to in a while. The reader was perfect, and the story was brain candy for an old lit major like me. The Salon.com review tells it well enough. All I can add is how much I loved the characters names: Thursday Next is the heroine, Jack Shit is the corporate slimeball, and so on. If you're an avid reader with a taste for the classics and a fancy for sci-fi/fantasy, this is a good one to pick up.

Also, I missed going to the Plough last night because I won tickets to see The Road to Perdition, the new Tom Hanks mob flick. As mob flicks go, this one wasn't bad. It's the story of the last six weeks of Mike Sullivan's life as told by his son. It's a story of what family means to these people, even when their lives are wrapped around guns and crime. I'm sure it's just me, but mob flicks leave me cold. It's hard for me to feel sympathy for someone whose life is falling apart because they've chosen to murder people for a living. When I get done with a film, I don't want to have to ask, "So why did you tell me this story? How did it enrich my life?" But that's how I felt. I'd much rather go see Amelie again or something. Just a matter of taste.

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