Saturday, March 06, 2004

FOX's national IQ test on tv...

...is a farce. there are questions on it that are in no way objective. they require subjective interpretation and as such make very poor multiple-choice questions. pah. of course, it's FOX we are talking about so what can i expect, right? (that said, i scored exactly the same as i did last year, when we were all sitting around in the mathews house lounge screaming at the tv. looks like at the very least i haven't gotten more stupid)

finished reading the Goldstones' Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World and was pleasantly charmed. think i made it through the entire book in one day, which is something i haven't done in a long time. (well with anything other than crappy romance novels, which i zoom through post-haste when i am sick in bed and have a headache too bad to deal with real books) it's worth a read if you are any kind of bibliophile or collector of books. =) am contemplating getting their next book, Slightly Chipped: Footnotes in Booklore, but the reviews don't seem encouraging. perhaps i will investigate the book in the store before committing myself to buying a copy off Amazon. (no giving the Barnes and Noble any money. that's just sick)

also contemplating a lovely little book i picked up in the Sem Co-op today. it's Elected Friends: Robert Frost and Edward Thomas to One Another, and it's a book from another time. or it feels like that. because it's a collection of the letters the two authors wrote to each other - about their works, and about the people they knew in common and stuff like that. i'm a big fan of reading collections of letters (and published journals like those of Sylvia Plath, though one of these days i am going to get an edition that wasn't edited by Ted Hughes. i don't trust the man.) and diaries. but letters are cooler than diaries, because they really are a two-way conversation. it's fascinating to watch the back-and-forth between the two men as they talk about their work and the travails of getting/being published. so perhaps i shall get a copy of amazon, though i'll feel bad for not giving the Sem Co-op (already desperately in the red) any of my money. but i can get it online for half the price...

morals vs. my rapidly dwindling bank account.

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