Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

I had not seen Pan’s Labyrinth before. I could recommend it, and will probably see it again at some point.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Miss Lonelyhearts & The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West (1933, 1939)

I had not read either of the two stories in this book before. I don’t think I could recommend either, and will probably not read them again.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1955)

I have read Catch-22 before, and I will probably read it again eventually.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

trip over

After about a week in New York, I have finished a satisfying vacation. I recommend avoiding the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta whenever possible. High-pressure credit card salespeople were set up along the concourse I flew from, and every seating area was subject to inane, unavoidable television news shows.

Time spent in New York, of course, was more relaxed and enjoyable. I got to see a few people that I hadn’t seen in a long time, and met one or two people that I hope to see again. I took advantage of the subway and bus systems quite a lot, and the 7-day transit pass that I bought turned out to be well worth the price for me.

As usual, I’m not very excited about going back to work.

The King of Kong (2007)

I hadn’t seen The King of Kong before. It wasn’t as good as I expected. I probably wouldn’t watch it again, but I might recommend it with some reservations.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Silent Running (1972)

I had not seen Silent Running before. I would not watch it again, and could not recommend it to anyone.

four square

I flew into New York yesterday. This afternoon I wandered around Prospect Park. I happened to find a pick-up game of four square going on, and spent an hour or two playing. A small barbeque followed.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Future Crimes ed. by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers (1999)

I had not read any of the stories in this collection before. With a few exceptions, they were uniformly unsatisfying. I wouldn’t read this collection again, and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Story of King Arthur and his Knights by Howard Pyle (1903)

I hadn’t read this version of the Arthurian stories before. I found it surprisingly goofy and superficial, and for those reasons enjoyed it more than I expected. I doubt I’ll read it again, but I could recommend it without suggesting that it has much substance to it. I may try to read another of the four books that Pyle wrote on the court of King Arthur.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Fast Runner (2002)

I hadn’t seen The Fast Runner before. As a timeless story of betrayal, revenge, etc., it didn’t interest me much, but as a snapshot of a wholly different culture, it was excellent. I could recommend it to some people on those terms, but probably wouldn’t watch it again anytime soon.