Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

images0810-bks-Smith-sub-COVER-master675-v2 I’m reading the latest Haruki Murakami and his novel is much like the rest of his work – a balance of being wild and surreal and being absolutely, insanely boring.

You know, the guy up and decided one day to be a writer, without any previous experience (by now, of course, he has tons of experience) but sometimes, his work reminds me of that amateur past. Like it’s bad when I’m reading and I see sentences and passages to delete, right?

New Words

grumpycat Husband and I recently went out with a group of friends, and reminded of the following words:

Hangry: Angry and hungry at the same time, or; angry because you are hungry.

Mad-titude: A state of having attitude and being mad at the same time.

This made us giggle.


Before work this morning, First Son asked that I draw the G train, but his request was neverending – I had to write out the station name, draw the wheels, the tracks, and all the people. He told me whom to draw (various members of the family). I gave myself a schoolmarmish blouse with three buttons, which I drew as three small circles in a vertical line near the neck. This prompted him to ask if I were a robot.

I don’t know. Maybe I am?


Photo_30Twitch+Gatorade+G+Series+Fit+Launch+Party+97xS--9WtZRl To my friends who listen with polite interest while I rapturously relive particularly excellent episodes of “So You Think You Can Dance” (which really means all my friends, because I don’t think I know anyone other than Husband who watches this show. The rest of the viewership must be children) — there is this great hip hop dancer named Twitch, a former contestant and maybe winner who comes back to perform. He performed last night, and the way this guy moves is amazing. I know when people dance and it looks effortless, although they’re spiraling several feet off the ground, etc., that it’s not just talent but hours and hours of work, but man, some people really can dance! This isn’t even my favorite Naps and Tabs hip hop choreo (their full names are Napoleon and Tabitha, but I can refer to them by nicknames without irony. One of my few saving graces: There is an organization called The League of Extraordinary Choreographers…and I can never say that without giggling.)

But go on, click the link, this guy’s dancing is sublime, sublime, sublime.

lady gaga

APTOPIX-Japan-Lady-Ga_Horo Sometimes, context really makes the music. I listen to Lady Gaga on my Ipod to go running, but when I happened to find myself at a gay night club last Saturday night, “Paparazzi” came on booming on the sound system, and I was more wowed than usual. Her music is just made for gay nightclubs — the voice, the catchy hook, the insistent beat. The setting made me see her music in a completely different light.