07/08/2005: "Cheating at Solitaire"

Listening to: nothing
Current mood: ok

So I ripped off a Mike Ness album title... What are you gonna do about it? Besides, it's apt. Once again I'm shirking my scholarly duties (as laid out by my self-written schedule) by doing a blog post when I really have no reason to do one. Not to say that I ever have a reason, other than, um, hmm... Because-It-Is-There? That doesn't sound like me. Must be me some sort of psychological thing. I'm hoping for something Jungian. Ah, but I digress. So basically what happened was that I finished The Artificial Kid (which I guess I liked... I was really not expecting the direction it took, which has completely thrown off my conception of the book) and it was time to put a new book on my sidebar so I said to myself, hey I should do a blog post about my book selection and thereby make it so I'm less than a week behind on my writing (because it's summer and all I want to do is sit around playing old Super Nintendo games and the inexplicably addictive Princess Maker 2).

The book I chose could also be classified as cheating. Although most of my books (at least lately) are chosen for leisure as opposed to intellectual development, I've long been known amongst my colleagues as a strong devotee of Lovecraft. Why not just eat a bowl of frosting while you're at it you might say. But, this is not just Lovecraft. It's annotated. Actually I've already read the introduction and the first half of "The Rats in the Walls" (which scared me half to death the first time I read it, all those years ago) and really S.T. Joshi's mini-biography and notes really make it that much better. I think I need to track down a copy of his H.P. Lovecraft: A Life at some point, that sounds like a good time.

So yeah, there you have it. In summation: I like Lovecraft (and Joshi) and this post is worthless. Or if you're of a certain bent: No, no cheese at all. I was deliberately wasting your time.

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