I picked up He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo yesterday from the public library. It had been enthusiastically recommended and well-quoted on Tumblr; it sounded fun, and I was curious. After skimming through a few random pages just now, I’ve decided that it’s definitely a good thing to read for girls who are not completely secure or certain about their relationships/love interest. Moreover, guys should be reading this — at least any guy who is genuinely interested in better understanding the reasons and reflections of his own behavior and that of the girl(s) in his life, and interpretation of both sides. The commentary by both Behrendt and Tuccillo make for a good balance of observations and opinions, and their main emphasis is self-respect. I’m inclined to pull a lot of quotes from it and post them here, but other Tumblrs have already done a fine job at that.. Well, here’s my favorite ..
On one of the first pages in Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis is a line:
The Moon’s gone down, but
Alone I lie.
Reading this threw me for a loop, since I had also just started reading The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck and I fully forgot which book I was reading. I wonder, and I think, that Orson Scott Card’s line from Ender’s Game:
the enemy’s gate is down
must stem from Steinbeck’s line or be rooted from the same source. Their message is the same.
From The Moon is Down:
Free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat. Herd men, followers of a leader, cannot do that, and so it is always the herd men who win battles and the free men who win wars.
How do I adequately convey how good this book is? Its story and message are so simple, but so deep, sad, beautiful, ugly, sad, and true. Steinbeck must have seen so much beauty, and known so much pain, to write what and as he does.
I really wish I could post comments on shared items in Google Reader. It’s so aggravating that I can’t.
Google’s letting me down hard.
J.Crew Wool Taryn coat, item 99969
<del>long and gushy pointless entry about an article of clothing</del> So, I’ve had a crush on this coat for weeks/months. I finally got it. I’m happy. The end.
[photo from Wikipedia]
For such a resourceful and “advanced” country, I find the unavailability of mangosteen in the USA extremely disappointing. (But I might find it in Canada? Really? Get it together America!)
/me wants to see Next to Normal
Arena Stage presents Next to Normal, a provocative and exciting new musical. Directed by Michael Greif (Rent), the musical tells the story of two suburban parents discovering how far they will go to keep themselves sane in an over-stimulated and over-medicated world. Next to Normal was listed in Entertainment Weekly’s top 10 shows of 2008.
The Slumdog Millionaire movie is wonderful. The Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack is amazing.
After all the trouble, finally locating and ordering one (at higher cost), and weeks later being notified that “product is discontinued”…
…I still have no 2009 journal/calendar.
The bad news (for me) is: secure sites (gmail, citibank) are down all over the DC area for Verizon fios. The good news is: (tho I’ll be paying notably more), I’ll jump from 5mb to 20mb/s. I’ll also have HD channels (hello, 21st century), but who cares about that when I’ll be able to stream Hulu and similar at that’s-the-heck-more-like-it speed.
Hope they figure out that secure-site-access issue soon, though, cuz all the speed in the world won’t help if I can’t access the usual sites..
It seems that Verizon’s Omnia is NOT a worldphone. At this rate, I’m not sure a phone will ever be designed and offered (in the U.S., let alone on Verizon) that fits my basic needs. So, do I get the Omnia anyway, and just consider that a lost $200 when I trade up for something more comprehensive in the near(??) future (whensoever it rears itself)? Omnia falls short on resolution, falls flat on worldphone capability, and I’m not impressed with its use of space (fitting screen/keys, etc.). But it seems to be otherwise feature-filled and supposedly quite responsive. Wish its features lived up more to its name.
I’ve been so patient, so long… Now I’m just tired.