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A confession

by on Feb.08, 2013, under Digital Storytelling, reads

I have been recently watching “Downton Abbey”, making it through the first series.  I justify it because of my class in Digital Storytelling, and because it provides me with some QT with my spouse, something that is in short supply whenever you’ve got two little ones, a job, a stint in grad school, etc.  I’ve put down “V.” for the time being, I think the next time I will actually have a block of time to pick it back up is on a family camping trip.  The little 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there that I was doing made it too difficult to follow along; it’s too dense for that.

I always poked fun at the bodice-rippers (even though I have read one just to find out what it was all about), and at first I just thought DA would be another better put together of that old meme.  But as many have already said, it really gets into the early 20th century class dynamic in England and I just like how the stories are laid out.  I feel a connection with the characters even though I would like to think I’m smack dab in between both of these depicted extremes.

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by on Jan.29, 2013, under reads

I had every intention over this past Christmas break to get in on some good education reading.   I even had such lofty ideals as reading Dewey.  But I mis-underestimated how much time would be eaten up in corralling kids, catching trains, stuffing my face, catching up with relatives, not to mention playing with Legos to get Started.  So in place of that I substituted some good educational-themed conversations with my uncle and as the clock struck midnight ringing in the new year I vowed to read less about education and get more into reading for pleasure.  After all, part of my course load wasdigital storytelling, so it seemed appropriate.  I’m not sure how to lay out this page, I may just make a page for every finished book and just put in notes on this page as I think about them.

Over the break I did get a chance to read Tom Robbins’ “Still Life in Pictures”.  Somewhere in the frontmatter or backmatter, or maybe in a review for that matter, was a mention of Thomas Pynchon, who I have heard about countless times but never gotten a chance to read.  Scrounging in the local used bookstore on a rainy day I dug up a copy of “V.”  So far I’m into it, but it’s hard to make sense of the “Stencil” chapter that I’m currently in where he tells of a diplomatic / espionage adventure from 8 different viewpoints.  I rarely have more than 15m at a time to dedicate to reading so it’s difficult to put myself in the novel world and stay there long enough to progress through the book.  Maybe now I understand why so many people really get into the easy reading mystery books for sale at your local airport.
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