News Update!

Well, a few big things worth mentioning. I picked up Walden (and Civil Disobedience – not sure a better pair of books for me exists) today so I should have lots to talk about in the near future. So far, and rather sadly, the most complete thing thought to have come out of Walden is this: with all the subtle, sarcastic tone of his writing as he describes society’s flaws in 1800’s English, it would be hilarious to hear someone like Wanda Sykes express the same thing. Not an improvement, just funny.

Actually, I can’t say that is the only thing I’ve gotten out of it. There was one passage I especially liked:

One farmer says to me, “You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with”; and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle. Some things are really necessaries of life in some circles, the most helpless and diseased, which in others are luxuries merely, and in others still are entirely unknown.

-Henry David Thoreau

See? He’s pretty funny in a refined way. And it really rings true for me. I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that a book which has remained famous this long and inspired so many people is well written or insightful. To be honest, I would like it anyway, just because I don’t have much chance to read books written in aged English that haven’t been updated or annotated in some way.

I also picked up Flight Vol.2. I read Vol. 1 recently and it was wonderful. The second has so far been mixed (two stories in) but with many artists contributing one can’t like everything. The work is still beautiful and I am excited to read more. The entire project is worth checking out. If you’d like a second opinion, here it is.

I also picked up three other annoyingly philosophical works (one really classic, one more recent classic, and a modern classic) so I can give people headaches for a long time to come.

I hope you have a good book to curl up with to. It does wonders for the soul, and might even be among those necessaries of life. At least, I think it should be.

(By the way, I just realized that I completely missed my 100th post! That was back in July. Not altogether amazing, but a light show isn’t a bad celebration. Now to worry about 150 breathing down my back!

Also, I hope everyone takes a moment to check out the About page I added to to the right hand navigation bar. It’s about time, I’d say.)


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