January 21, 2005

Consumerist Link Post

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at January 21, 2005 3:06 PM

No feline visitations this week, so no catblogging. Instead I offer an assortment of unrelated links:

I kept encountering links to Mark Dery's blog, so I read them. It's pretty good—start with the post skewering "Not One More Damn Dime Day".

There's a new Haruki Murakami book out, Kafka on the Shore. It's likely to be moved to the front of my reading queue.

By way of Amazon's (nifty) new Watch List feature, I find a pair of mix CDs compiled by the excellent band Snow Patrol. I'm unfamiliar with most of these artists, but the TV on the Radio song is great, and the presence of The Shins is a good sign as well. (I guess "Fear Divide" is actually "Weird Divide" from Oh, Inverted World.) So maybe I should check it out.

Still more merchandise: Steve Jackson Games is selling games in PDF form online.

A follow-up on the Larry Summers post: Preposterous Universe has an illustrative graph of female physics faculty by country.

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What's the Kafka book? I really like the title, but it doesn't really tell me anything about what it's about. Of course, I am hoping for it to be Kafkaesque, which I would typically think to be a good thing.

Posted by: Mason | January 21, 2005 5:23 PM

Well, I haven't read the book, so I don't know what it's about, but Murakami is a very good Japanese writer who has a talent for transforming the mundane into the surreal. I don't know whether it's Kafkaesque, having never read Kafka(!).

A good place to start with Murakami is Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World; my personal favorite of his is The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | January 21, 2005 9:51 PM

Yeah, Kafka had a tendency to do that. Read The Metamorphosis. That's the most famous of his stories.

Posted by: Mason | January 25, 2005 6:27 PM
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