Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Both Eyes

August 18, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Narcissism!  Why the heck not?

I was exorcised at my baptism.

I can recite the alphabet backward really fast.

Foods I think are icky:  Macaroni & cheese; marshmallows; beef stroganoff.  I don’t care for popcorn or chocolate either.

Pet peeves:  Tailgaters; apostrophe abuse; people who ask to use my “restroom.”  There’s a tub in there, so it’s a bathroom!

Things I refuse to do:  Wear high heels; use a credit card; consume animal products.

I am good at:  Cleaning house; reading aloud; packing a super-tiny suitcase; following a budget.

I am bad at:  Parking; doing math in my head; making confirmation calls.

I failed my driving test twice and didn’t get a license until I was 29.

I’ve walked over 680 miles this year and plan to reach 1000 by year’s end.

I’m on a first-name basis with librarians at three branches.

I could cast a horoscope and do a Tarot reading by the time I was 12, thanks to a rather singular upbringing.

I can also ride a unicycle a few feet, read a bit of Japanese, and use chopsticks with either hand.

I’m a member of Mensa.

While I plan to read 500 books this year, it’s not the first time I’ve committed to doing a stunt and it probably won’t be the last.  The secret is making written goals.

Anyway, that’s me.  Hopefully that satisfies everyone’s Random BS quota for the day.

“Me Cheeta”

August 18, 2009 at 8:52 am | Posted in Fiction | 2 Comments

Me Cheeta is the first book I’ve read on the Booker long list this year.  It’s a mock Hollywood memoir, supposedly written by Cheeta, the chimp from the Tarzan movies.  When I first saw this book, before the Booker list was announced, I shrugged it off as gimmicky.  On reading it I found it to be not only a clever satire but a powerful and complex work.

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Me Cheeta is about the relationship between humans and animals.  It’s about what makes humans human, and whether we are really so different from animals after all.  It’s about the environment, the price of fame, and unrequited love.  It’s about some very fine things, but it’s also full of some of the snarkiest gossip imaginable.  All that’s left is to find out how much of it James Lever made up and how much is documentable from the golden age of Hollywood.

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