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April 25th, 2008

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02:00 pm - Books! Books! Books!
What should i read next? I'm between books. Yes, i know i should be working, but if i read nothing but scientific papers all the time my brain will collapse.

I finished reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield a few weeks ago (it was fun, by the way) and I've been in book limbo ever since. It's not a good place to be. My supply of back issues of The New Yorker is dwindling...

Help! I'm looking for something light enough to be restful but substantive enough to hold my interest and well written enough not to annoy me completely. Suggestions?
Current Location: lab office
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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Date:April 25th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace. Quoth the Library Journal:

"The year is 1990, and the place Cleveland. Lenore Beadsman works as a telephone operator for Frequent and Vigorous Publishers. Her roommate's name is Candy Mandible, their parrot is Vlad the Impaler, there is a Judith Prietht, and businesses have names like Hunt and Peck. Lenore's great-grandmother and several cronies disappear from their nursing home, and the search for them leads across the Great Ohio Desert (G.O.D.)."

This book is strange and fun, and not as long or obtuse or footnote-laden as DFW's other books.
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Date:April 27th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
This sounds perfect. I really like books with some whimsical weirdness...

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