Today I was riding the train and the guy next to me was on page four of Walden. I still haven’t finished the book but I really liked the first half of it. I just started reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman. The first chapter was one of the best things I’ve ever read. It pulled me in completely and, at first, imperceptibly. All of the sudden I really cared about this guy and his world collapsing. Really deft writing. The second and third chapters I think are also really, really good. Not as good as that first one though. Overall I think this has the potential to become a new favorite book.
Fucking A, that’s what I wanted to do today, but instead I came home and started getting worried about money again. 2015 is supposed to be the year of the dollar, and then I said fuck that and went down to four shifts, but then it snowed and now no one at all is coming in to the restaurant and we can’t make any kind of money. I’m legit going to make no money in February. I will be ok, though, by mid March I will be able to buy groceries again without having to do anything life altering. So, still in an upwards-ish trajectory financially speaking.
So anyway I’m still going to read that shit. I have to talk with this crazy man about his book thing again today at some point. What the hell else was I going to say?
Oh yeah, fucking A I watched Russell Brand on g live or something with the Guardian. I think The Babe recommended it because he looked sexy. It’s true. And also, really engaging interview, as always. I am looking for his book on sale somewhere. Maybe I will get it at the library. Otherwise I will wait until late March when I have a few duckets to spend. That’s a great interview, and so is Stephen Colbert interviewing Neil deGrasse Tyson. Did I already talk about that?
Watch that shit!
Yeah I told my brother, who believes that Thoth and Hermes Trismegistus are the same person, that shit is looking up around here. More people are talking about shit that matters and more people are questioning why society is built the way it is. I think we’ll be “having Tescos” by the end of the decade. Maybe slightly optimistic, especially with oil prices going down. That was from the interview with Russell Brand, “having Tescos.” It’s really funny, he’s saying that corporations have to run according to their charter and if we wanted we could just take them over. They’d be like, we’re not doing any of that we’ve got lawyers and money and so on and then we’d be like, “yeah well, there’s loads of us and we’re having Tescos.” Yeah so…I’m sure that recreated it pretty perfectly for you.
Here’s the link: RUSSELL BRAND, and if you’re pressed for time, just go to: FUNNY PART ABOUT TESCO.
I was listening to Marc Maron again and I was thinking about how if you listen to someone you like you can learn things that they’re not even talking about, where if you listen to someone you don’t really care about or don’t like, they can tell you really important stuff and it might not even register. Marc Maron’s style kind of fits my thinking so when I’m listening to him, new information is presented in a way that I can integrate with my own half-thoughts and then I’ve got a new insight. Other times I listen to new podcasts I’m trying out or read certain books or whatever, and it could be really cool information but it doesn’t hit me in that way. It’s an interesting thing for a writer to think about. Maybe you and your work are the only way someone else will ever learn an important thing.
Well back to sitting around worrying or reading…or eating perhaps I will just eat until I feel better. No I will read and wait for this bastard to call me. Any second now I’ll be trapped in a harrowing phone conversation with a muttering psychopathic maniac.
Bloody hell I have a post in draft exactly about this guardian interview, which I found incredible. Damn. What am I going to do with it now? I was all touched around 49 mins into it when Brand gets spiritual. That stuff gets to me… And Neil Gaiman– American Gods is probably my favourite of his novels. But I still love his Sandman graphic novels the best. Here’s to literature and the weekend and more time to read and nap…
Publish your post! I’m sure my inchoate ramblings are no competition. Yeah I like how he mentions that part again towards the end saying that was him being real and the rest is him showing off and drawing attention to the issues. This is my first Neil Gaiman book but I really like his commencement speech on YouTube about making good art. Just finished my phone call with the mad geezer so now I have the rest of the night free to read!
I love this line by the way: “Maybe you and your work are the only way someone else will ever learn an important thing.” It would be great if our posts had that effect, wouldn’t it?
It really would!