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Zombie Orwell's blog about skullfucking navel gazing books by people that are basically this guy or, just as bad, Jonathan Safran Foer or Dave Eggers or David Foster Wallace or whatever, reminded me that on my flights to and from Paris (I'm back), I spent most of my time finally getting through Crime and Punishment, which is a heavy book.
Damn, though. It's good. Even without the no longer radical, streaming and surreal peek at internal monologue and strife (also, hey, an actual meaningful murder and its repercussions), Dostoyevsky's prose is good and his plotting is on point. Good tension, good pacing, between all the fainting spells and wrestling with the human condition.
I've tried to read more this year because I used to read voraciously and now I feel like I'm way more dumb because I've hardly read anything in recent years. Fiction, anyway. Plus every time I've picked up a book this year I've been so lucky as to get a, "Oh, right, reading is kick ass and good!" feeling, like with Crime and Punishment.
You should read, too. But maybe for knocking off rust, stretching out old bones, Crime and Punishment is a bit intimidating, like coming out of retirement to fight a 20 year old Mike Tyson. Well, I read two other good books, both started on plane rides, this year, both of which are more modern as well. You should read them.
I don't know why I own this book. I don't remember buying it. I picked it off the shelf at random needing airplane fodder. Turns out, it's damn good. It's the story of a Chinese immigrant come to America to study engineering, and what happens throughout the rest of his life. Definitely recognized notes here that my mom et al have gone through since coming to America at the end of the 1960's, but you don't have to be an immigrant to find this interesting, provided you are human and capable of empathy.
If on a winter's night a traveller.
Damn. I bought this book from Italo Calvino probably 7 years ago out of novelty after reading one of his short stories ("The Spiral"). It is, I was told, a novel written in the second person. It's also some tight fucking prose. And aside from the (well done) second person business, it's also a bunch of separate (but connected...) stories strung together in the One Thousand and One Nights vein, transitioning constantly right before climax. To be talented enough to write like (parts of) 8 different really good stories, and use 'em all up in one novel? Ballsy. This is some 8 1/2 level writing, too, sort of pretending at authorial confusion/struggle while actually being fucking ace.
There you go, read a fucking book for once. A good one, not some Game of Thrones shit. <3
Why do I only write cblogs on or about Halloween, apparently? My last one was Halloween two years ago.
Anyways, just getting weepy over the impending one year anniversary of the last episode of A la cartridge, RIP in pieces. That was a weird, fun show to do. I appreciate all of voi who still say kind things about it. We had some grand plans of bringing it back (we being my two good friends who shot, edited, and otherwise made the show while my dumb ass droned on in a monotone, nasal voice), Kickstarter and all (food costs money!), but I guess it's a bit on the back burner for now. That's a food joke. You cook food on burners, as with a stove top.
How are voi doing? I stayed up until 1AM Euro-time to watch Game 6 of the World Series only to see the Giants blow the would-be-winner and cough up 8 runs at the onset. Rough. They'll probably still win it all tonight, though. 2010 and 2012 have removed lingering 2002 fears and feelings.
Paris is neat. Played some more Bloodborne, The Order, Type-0 HD, some other things. Wow, though. People sure are carrying water for The Order. Lot of upset folks that I was a bit bored by the well dressed but bog standard third-person cover shooting bits. I don't think I made any bold opinions? I left open the idea that the game could be good, that the demo wasn't representative, that vertical slices aren't helpful for this type of game. People are upset. Comment sections are weird sometimes.
Anyways, much of the next three days is going to be spent in meetings at Games Connection, which is happening concurrently with Paris Games Week. Lot of weirder, smaller projects to play and tell voi about rather than the E3/expo-like PGW. I'll probably still go play Smash Wii U, though, if it isn't nightmare busy. I played some other things yesterday at PGW, but am not sure if there's anything to front page about them. Like, what more can I say about LittleBigPlanet 3? It's LBP. I could talk about the cool pinball level with its Nicolas Winding Refn blue and pink neon aesthetic, but you'd probably be better served seeing a video of it. Writing about games is weird most of the times.
I will make a photo gallery of all the slightly raised show floor platforms I keep fucking tripping off of, though.