Monday, January 30, 2006

Is that...

I've been teaching a class about love stories at the U of Pennsylvania. As a by-product of being on campus, I've gotten addicted to the campus paper. The only thing that would make it better would be a local police log-- the local police reports are my absolute favorite thing to read in any small-town paper.

Today's headline: Is that my professor on Facebook?

No, sorry-- actually it's my professor on Facebook.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

More babies!

Congratulations, Steve and Jessie! Instead of failed relationships, today is about celebrating successful relationships and successful new babies. Hurrah for babies!

In other news, I have just finished watching all of Season 1 and most of Season 2 of Lost. I am the last person in America to see this show, apparently. Season 1 was fun, satisfying cliffhangers and what have you, but Season 2 has totally jumped the shark. The problem with these JJ Abrams shows is, after you watch a dozen episodes, it's hard to give a flying fig about what happens next-- but you keep watching anyway, simply because there are more episodes to see.

Monday, January 16, 2006

On Frey and Leroy

If you're following the to-do over JT Leroy's false identity and James Frey's false memoir, check out Janet Malcolm's book The Journalist and the Murderer. She writes absolutely fascinating stuff about the journalist's relationship to the facts, and how we represent truth in prose.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

I heart Helen Fielding

Have just re-read Bridget Jones's Diary, and am reminded how outrageously clever it is. Read it immediately after revisiting Pride and Prejudice (read that in 4 hours-- a new personal record), and was struck by the way Fielding graciously parallels her story on the original. I'm having one of those phases where I'm obsessed with reading modern stuff and then going back to the text it's modeled after/based on.

Fielding turns Wickham, the ne'er-do-well and arch-enemy of Mr. Darcy, into two characters: one who's preying on Bridget, one who's preying on Bridget's mom. So smart! So hilarious!

Why can't there be newspaper or magazine book reviews of books that are just discovered or re-discovered, instead of only reviewing books that have come out within the past three months?