Sunday, March 21, 2010


Last fall, in the midst of what is one of the busiest weeks of the year for me, I came home and found a mysterious piece of mail. Now, I often get these in book shape, but this was not one of those. When I opened the mail, I had a card with several gift cards in it. This was a gift from many lovely, hard-working bloggers to buy an ereader.

I was thrilled! But I had to wait for awhile because the model I wanted hadn't been released to stores yet. I finally got my ereader this past week when I realized it was available in stores. I got the Sony Daily Reader, which is basically Sony's high end model at the moment. I'm very excited about it, but I haven't been able to finish a book on it yet, partly because I was reading Gone with the Wind all weekend, and partly because I have yet to forget I'm reading something on an ereader. :) I'm waiting for that magical moment that has been promised me, when I'll forget the device and be swept into the story. As I drove home from the store, a grin stretching from ear to ear at finally having an ereader, I was reflecting on my days as a market research assistant (read: I called people for telephone surveys) on ebooks back when I was scraping my way through college. I had no earthly idea what an ebook was and the questions all felt very alien to me. How far we've come since then!

Also, I finally watched the pilot for Justified! I've been looking forward to this show for quite some time since they've been advertising for it so heavily during Damages (one of my favorite shows that sadly not very many people watch) The fact that Timothy Olyphant is in it, well that just seals the deal. I liked this show, and I look forward to where it goes in the future. These sorts of shows about troubled lawmen in very sharply defined environments seem quite popular. And I couldn't help but think of Sawyer on LOST (and how brilliant I think it was to have him be a cop in the sideways flash) at the end of the show when Raylan's ex-wife tells him, "you're the angriest man I know." By the way, the character of Raylan is a bookish character (created by Elmore Leonard) and the pilot was based on a short story.

Finally, I've been craving new music lately something crazy. I think it was being introduced to Jeremy Casella (who is fabulous--I'm working my way up to becoming a full time evangelist, just wait). So now every time someone blogs or tweets about some music I'm checking them out. Mumford & Sons? Owen Pallet? All part of my musical life now. I still need to get really well acquainted with them, but it's always fun to realize there is so much great music out there just waiting for me. I also just got David Bazan's Curse Your Branches after repeated tweets from a couple of people on twitter (who are sort of my "Oprahs" though I just realized almost all of my Oprahs are male. Interesting. Beth Kephart is probably the exception.) and reading a few reviews. It has taken a few listens for me to warm up to it (unlike Jeremy Casella who won me over with track 1), but I suspect some of you might like it as well.

What's new for you? New book? New music? New ereader? New car? New blog? New boyfriend or girlfriend? Tell me what's new in your life! :)


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