April 18th, 2010
|10:13 am - Dream on the beach, divorce, book|
I stayed up late watching, like, 3 episodes of Firefly in a row in bed. I had a strange dream.
The setting was the beach in Okinawa where Holly and I had stayed. Night time was approaching. I was with my classmates Casey, Nicole, Jeremy, and Ian. We were going on some mission/adventure the next day. Zoe (from Firefly) came up to us. She was really upset and was holding a book entitled "This is Why Our Marriage Should End". She was pissed off at her husband and had written the book as a result. I think she gave us the book and then walked away somewhere. Carley and Katie, two other classmates, were late to join us. Carley had a jacket that she wanted to hang up. I told her I needed to hang my knapsack, too, so we decided I'd hang my bag first and she'd put her jacket over it (there were coat racks in the middle of the beach). Then I think we all somehow had a copy of Zoe's book and all contemplating divorcing from our respective husbands/wives. I specifically remember thinking in my dream how I was following in my mother's footsteps.
I finished reading "JPod" by Douglas Coupland. The whole thing reminded me a bit of the introduction to Dave Eggers' "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius", although Coupland's novel is strictly fiction while Eggers' book is autobiographical. JPOD is about 6 people working in a gaming company. They all have their quirks and have funny relationships with one another. The story follows the narrator, Ethan, through crazy happenings at work and in his personal life, both which intersect. The novel is filled with things that make you raise an eyebrow at first, but then they become somewhat normal. Not in the Murakami style, though, because there is that initial moment when the characters themselves raise their eyebrows. I find in Murakami, when those strange things happen, the characters go with the flow. Coupland's characters have to first get into the stream. I think that makes it seem a bit more "normal". The characters are well done. It's hard to dislike any one of them, even when you look at their despicable traits. I guess all the humour (yes, this book is full of sarcasm and laughs) softens them. We laugh at and with them, even (especially?) if they're being cruel to their co-workers.
Wow, how pretentious does this look? Lookit me, reviewing a book... :P Anyway, the point is that this book was fun and definitely worth a read if you want something a bit off the regular beaten trail of novels.
-He actually printed out the first 100,000 digits of pi. It took up 23 pages.
-Scattered between the "chapters" are commercials and junk e-mail.
Bree said, "I think computers ought to have a key called I'M DRUNK, and when you push it, it prevents you from sending email for twelve hours."
A lumber delivery for Kaitlin's hugging machine arrived just as Kam's car came to get me. When I kissed her goodbye, she smelled like a house under construction.
"Do clowns have religion?"
"Maybe clowns are like most people, and they merely adopt their parents' beliefs as their own, all the while flattering themselves that they're the ones who made the decision."
And finally, my favourite page:
But... I wonder what happened to the final "R". Do we just recycle the previous "R"?
Still waiting for official Carleton confirmation. Starting to get impatient and annoyed. Also waiting for job calls, but not feeling impatient or annoyed since I do not know whether those will ever come. I do know the Carleton thing is supposed to come!
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The first letter on the next page is S. So hmmm... R still missing. It could be intentional. I'd rather think of it like that, because the book is brilliant. :P
HAHAHA, ok, I didn't read all 23 pages of pi, but I *considered* doing it, if that counts. XD