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November 12th, 2008

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09:41 pm
Because my brain is all abuzz.

1. Lisa Hannigan's debut album "Sea Sew" First of all I am utterly in love with her from her work with Damien Rice, but her solo work surpasses her work with Mr. Rice. Don't get me wrong I love his music to death, ever since I saw Closer I have been a devoted Damien fan, but I always had this underlying wish to see more of Lisa. I've been waiting for this album for ages. And I am not disappointed. I am especially fond of "I Don't Know," "Ocean and a Rock," and "Courting Blues"

2. We by Evgeny (Eugene if you really want to Anglicize it) Zamyatin. This is the book Orwell got his idea for 1984 from. Admittedly I have not read 1984, but We is excellent. The story of a man, D-503 (people are identified in this society only as a letter followed by a series of digits), a mathematician, who lives in a society where rationality rules over all and the whole is greater than than the sum of all it's individuals. D-503 cannot even fathom the square root of negative one because of it's irrationality. No one has secrets, everyone lives in transparent houses and everything is governed by the "Tables." When one gets up in the morning, when one goes to work or eats or goes to sleep. Sex is scheduled and is the only time when privacy is allowed. D-503 starts out a normal citizen, but becomes disillusioned Because of it's anti-socialist content it was not published in Russian or in Russia for decades after it was written. It was actually published first in English and translated by a Russian Psycho-analyst living in America. I highly highly recommend it. Though having read it I am determined to read 1984. I know, the breadth of my knowledge in American literature is strikingly bare.

3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I mentioned this in my last entry, but I think it bears repeating and elaboration. This book is not for the easily creeped-out, as it is about a man who fancies young girls, but a very specific sort of young girl. In particular he falls in love with a young girl named Dolores Haze. Her mother calls her simply Lo, but Humbert Humbert, the novels' protagonist, takes to her immediately and calls her Lolita. It is at it's heart a love story, albeit a somewhat unusual and especially taboo sort of love, but the language is exquisite and full of all sorts of wordplay.

There's more, but Josh just got home, so i will reserve further notes on my intellectual consumption later.
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Date:November 13th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
"Lolita" seems like an awesome book. I wish that I read more frequently... I will check out Lisa Hannigan. There are a lot of great new artists out there! <3
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Date:November 13th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
I'm actually reading 1984 right now. Never heard of "We" though. I may have to check that out.

I've read Lolita too..you give a good description of what it is about!

By any chance, have you ever read Brave New World or Fahrenheit 451? Those are next on my list (after 1984) and I don't really know much about them.
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Date:November 13th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
I've been meaning to read Farenheit 451 for a very long time, but have not. Nor have I read A Brave New World, but that is apparently also straight out of "We." I just need to read more non Russian literature.

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