Meet Sigorney. This is the first time I’ve named my car; it’s also the first time I’ve ever been really excited about a car. For someone who’s lived his whole life in California, it’s a little odd that I’ve never really cared much about cars. This is my fourth one, my second new one. But the other three were just a way to get around town.
This one, I kind of love.
It’s a Kia Soul. The color is called Alien Green. I know–it’s ridiculous. But it makes me smile, and driving it is really fun. It’s very big inside, almost bigger on the inside. Lots of room for people and plenty of space in the back for piles of books.
I should write a poem about it.
I have been doing more reading this week, in part because of all the rain. We’ve been stuck in the house much of the time, even during the two days school was closed due to potential flooding. My school didn’t flood but my basement did. So, the basement, where all of our non-reading hobby stuff is done, has been off-limits for some time now; it’s been internet and books for the last two weeks.
My one big discovery has been A History of Rock and Roll in Ten Songs by Greil Marcus. He’s a guy who lives his subject, knows everything there is to know about it and loves to talk about it. And he loves words. It’s so refreshing to read writing that isn’t economical. The trend of late has been less is more, not just in detective fiction where it really is probably best to be economical, but in a large swath of literary fiction as well. But Mr. Marcus loves words as much as he loves music. He goes off on riff after riff, rhapsodizing about one particular record or one fantastic concert and the words just fly and keep on flying. I love it. Like in Allen Ginsburg’s Howl, sometimes more is more.
It’s also a book that has me reaching for Wikipedia and YouTube both, to look up people he mentions and to watch the different performances of songs I thought I knew well. That’s the best thing about the book–Mr. Marcus has studied the songs in such depth that he can point out things I never noticed, things that make the song even better than I thought it was though I’ve listened to some of them hundreds of times.
The History of Rock and Roll in Ten Songs will be a late addition to my top ten favorite reads of 2014 list.
We have twenty people officially signed up for the TBR Double Dog Dare this year. There is still time to sign up if you’re interested. Our numbers are down from last year, I suspect because many people have not found this new blog yet and because I’ve not been the active blogger I used to be. But it really is fun to do, so if you’d like to give it a go for the full three months or just one month or even just a couple of weeks, please sign up in a comment, either here or on the TBR Double Dog Dare page by clicking on the button at the top here.
I’ve the next two weeks off, and a small stack of books I’d like to review, so I should be much more active this week. Though we do have to rip up the rest of the floor in the basement which should keep us busy, and I have more than a few road trips planned.
I really do love that ridiculous little car.