May 2nd, 2011

I Miss America

rhe irony

I found out about Osama Bin Laden's death via a tacky Facebook invitation in my Gmail imbox. Amusing. I didn't understand why it was there until I opened Twitter, though.

I find nothing to rejoice about my government killing anyone. I hope later there may be fewer deaths. But what amazes me is how much in the years since 2001 I've seen my government and its citizens give up their civil liberties with so few questions. We're the only ones responsible for giving up the free(r) society we had. Nobody made us do it. Every government will always try to find a villain to unite the public, but we don't need to go along with this.

Book meme day 8

The last book you acquired, and how (begged, bought, borrowed?)

Well, this one - excluding the cookbooks I just bought as souvenirs of my trip - is easy: I had bought a copy of The Masterpiece to read for book club and LOST IT. Somewhere in my house, on the bookshelves, under a bed, LOST. This was bad as I only realized this about three days before I left on vacation and I desperately needed the book to be with me when I went on vacation so I could actually get it done in time for the meetup. But as it happens, someone from work - this nice guy who sits across from me - read Zola and had a copy! So he brought it in for me and I took it on my trip and successfully finished it before I got home.

Of course, as I was packing for the trip, I found my copy of the book, but ... I brought and read his anyway. And it was pretty cool - the characters may have been a little cardboardy but it was full of melodrama and amazing depictions of Paris in 1880. I may read more of his stuff but I'm not sure yet if I should or if I should just leave it at this one.