Finished Infinite Jest. It took me about a month and a half. That's because it is a very long book.
Whenever people would see me with this long book, they would inevitably say, "What's it about?" This is the difficult thing about long books; the longer the book, the harder it becomes to describe it in a nice summarized pithy sentence. Even the description on the back of the book seems to acknowledge this. If I remember correctly, the synopsis throws around the words "comedy", "addiction", "entertainment", "tennis" and "philosophical" in a vague-ish fashion and then doesn't go much further.
So when people would ask me "What's it about?" I'd first try to be honest. "Oh, well part of it takes place in this tennis academy, and part of it is in this halfway house, and there's this movie that when people see it they become brain dead, and all of the years in the calendar are subsidized, so it takes place in the Year Of The Depend Adult Undergarment, and..." I'm not sure where it'd go from there, but I would always feel as if I'd just ended a story with "You had to be there."
If you're still interested in what the book's about, I'll just leave it at this: addiction. And not necessarily addiction to drugs - addiction to entertainment, addiction to success, addiction to sex...
If any of this piques your interest and you don't mind being stuck with one book for a little longer than usual - and if you don't mind books where a strong conventional plot isn't the foremost priority - I'd highly recommend it to you.
In celebration, I enjoyed Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants (which felt like Goodnight Moon in comparison) followed by V for Vendetta, which - surprise - is way better than the movie. Currently working through Oliver Sacks' An Anthropologist on Mars, which is cool if you've got an interest in odd mental illnesses.
Watching Season 1 of Twin Peaks with my Dad. The series was created by Eraserhead director David Lynch, who, as far as filmmakers go, is as weird as it gets. Twin Peaks is great - cinematic, funny, compelling, and flat out odd. I find it kind of a miracle that it was made in the first place, especially scenes like this, in which a dwarf dances during a dream sequence.
And it goes without saying that I'm loving Lost as always.
My hopes were incredibly low for Watchmen - that's because I wasn't so much of a fan of 300. 300 looked awesome but there wasn't a whole lot more to it than that, so I suspected the same out of Watchmen.
On the contrary, it wasn't as bad as I expected. Great attention to detail, neat atmosphere, and amazing visuals - but no surprise on that last one. Cons, though: the whole thing doesn't feel quite as "full" as the book. The movie starts to go downhill right after a cringe-inducing sex scene that rivaled Human Growth and Development in 6th grade in terms of watcher awkwardness. The movie doesn't go downhill because of the scene, though; it just so happens that everything after that scene feels a little rushed.
Regardless, it was enjoyable, but I speak as someone who's read the graphic novel. If you haven't, you might be a little lost.
Not a lot of time for these. I've been playing Earthbound for the SNES every now and then. Any game where one of your enemies is a drunk hobo is a win in my book.