Wednesday, May 17

Fun forward

With classes starting next week I’m trying to cram as much fun-time in my few remaining free evenings. So far I’ve managed to—

Finish watching the latest season of Spooks, a series about a group of MI5 agents doing post-Cold War spywork (i.e., anti-terrorism). I like it because it makes being a spy almost seem like an ordinary day job, though the official MI5 website contains a disclaimer of sorts as to how (un)realistically the Agency is depicted in the show (heh). Plus, I just find the British talent for understatement infinitely amusing—who else would classify such things as treason, civil unrest and terrorism as only so much “unpleasantness?” :P

Become completely obsessed with Veronica Mars. “Nancy Drew meets Philip Marlowe” is how Stephen King describes this show, and I emphatically agree! My favorite character is Logan Echolls (played by Jason Dohring), their resident poor-little-rich bad boy. And Enrico Colantoni is so cool as Keith Mars, VM’s dad. Not surprising since he was also great fun as Elliot in Just Shoot Me. Love this show! Can’t wait to get the 2nd season on dvd!

Read The Human Stain. This is my first encounter with Philip Roth and I’m dismayed that it’s taken me this long to get around to reading him. Some find Roth a bit long-winded (a reader once counted 100+ words in 1 sentence!), but I find his style completely absorbing and stimulating. Now I’m in trouble ‘cause I’ll be compelled to collect his other novels! At the top of my list: American Pastoral and I Married A Communist, his two most recent Nathan Zuckerman books.

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