Monday, February 18, 2008

yeah yeah yeah

The shittiest excuse for a blog you've ever seen is back! My computer crapped out, so I had to buy a new hard drive for it. In the process, I lost my top-10 list of music for 2007 (it included the new Dinosaur Jr., "New Moon" by Elliott Smith, and "The Dub Room Special" by Frank Zappa, but the rest I can't recall off the top of my head) as well as some music I was working on. The lesson here?

Backup, kids.

So yeah, here I am.

I'm part of Amazon.com's Vine program, in which basically they send me free shit to review, which is pretty awesome. So far, the majority of the available stuff hasn't really appealed to me. However, I got a book recently that, frankly, is awesome. It's called A Fraction of the Whole by the Australian writer Steve Toltz. It's about a kid learning about his family's bizarre past, and carving out his own weird life in reaction. It's got famous criminals, criminally-overlooked criminal memoirists, misanthropic philosophers, artists, the Arabian mafia, and various people of unknown origins. It's hilarious, well-written, and touching. I'd been in a rut where I hadn't read anything great in quite a while, but this book has really rejuvenated me. So, everybody out there, buy this book, get it from your local library, do whatever, but you should definitely check it out.
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