Thursday, April 26, 2007

Finished Reading:

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. I've gotta say, this book would have done a lot more for me if I remembered more of what I learned about the political situation that Orwell wrote about here and in Animal Farm than I do. His style of writing is very easy for me to read, but on my lunch breaks at work my mind isn't really willing to contemplate the gymnastics of metaphysics and questions of existence, power and control. I was disappointed in the ending. I figured that it was going to end the way that it did, but I kept hoping that it would all work out in the end... What can I say? I like fairy tales. Let me clarify that: I like modern fairy tales.

Currently Reading:

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I've always thought about reading it. It's in the RUC library. I might as well knock another one off of the list!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Currently Reading:

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Over the past several weeks I've been looking at lists of novels - the Reader's Choice 100 best novels, the NYT 100 best novels, the 100 Most Influential Novels, etc. 1984 appears prominently on all, and as I have not yet read it, I figured it was high time that I do so. Thus far it seems to be a more detailed version of Animal Farm, except with people instead of pigs. I'm hoping to do much reading this summer.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Gambatte, Daisuke Matsuzaka san

This past Tuesday night, Brian, Kenny, Bun, Dan, Mira and I went to see the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Boston Red Sox - or, to put it another way, to see the Jays take on Daisuke Matsuzaka, renowned pitcher. I watched pretty closely but I only saw four different types of pitches - the newspaper said there was 8... I was a little disappointed. He threw many curve balls, fastballs and sliders, but one one or two of the last kind that I can't remember the name of right now. Anyhow, while it was touch and go for the first few innings, he lost his magic touch early on and walked a bunch of the batters - and then gave up a hit when we had the bases loaded. Fortunately for Daisuke he's backed up by some good outfielders who caught the pop seemingly without any effort. We won in the end, 2-1. Low scoring, but a good time. These are for you, Eric. :)

Monday, April 16, 2007

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Currently Reading:

The Love of a Good Woman by Alice Munro

Edit: After starting in on the second short story of the book, I'm starting to get the feeling that I've already read this one...